Now, while Nintendo, Game Freak and the Pokemon Company are allowed to do whatever they want with their video game projects (after all, it is their intellectual property and they can do with it whatever they so please), something they must seriously consider is the release of items and/or gateway event items. Currently, a number of rare items and berries, including but not limited to the Rowap Berry, the Enigma Berry, the Liechi Berry, the Light Ball and the Soul Dew, all potentially game-altering items and all items necessary to truly filling out one’s game in a fulfilling manner, have yet to be released into normal gameplay. The item Light Ball is in and of itself a crucial item in order to obtain the rare move Volt Tackle on a Pikachu, and, to be perfectly frank, you don’t run a Pikachu without a Light Ball. The Soul Dew is also an excellent item if you’ve gotten lucky enough to obtain a Latias or a Latios. Honestly, I’m not sure what the hold up is in releasing these items. In normal gameplay, you are given three items (Adamant Orb, Lustrous Orb and Grisious Orb) for Pokemon that you may or may not even have, let alone use in a competitive or regular gameplay sense!
That being said, the powers that be recently released a special event Zoroark with the special move Snarl. Well, it is special, because it cannot be obtained in regular gameplay. Except that it could be. The Pokemon Company, Game Freak and Nintendo have been sitting on the idea to release an item known as the Lock Capsule that, once obtained in 4th Gen and transferred to 5th via the Relocator, can be unlocked by an NPC in Castelia City to receive the move Snarl as a TM. Using it, one could teach the move Snarl to a wide variety of Pokemon other than keeping it sealed in Zoroark. The completionist in me is begging to possess this hidden TM, but as of yet, there has been no word on when, if ever, the TM will actually be released.
Don’t get me wrong, I love these games and I love that these companies produce them so that we can all play them and enjoy them, but I like to be able to possess all the tools I can. I guess from the standpoint of ensuring that the competitive battling scene isn’t dominated by the flood of Choice Items and Focus Sashes that most of us experienced to our great satisfaction in HG/SS, I can understand. From the standpoint of putting the players out of their comfort zones, maybe. But honestly, when you’re playing a game like Pokemon, we as the players don’t want to just be given all the items, but we DO want to theoretically be able to possess them. Getting the rare berries and items makes competitive play that much more interesting. Using the items like the stat-altering berries or the Soul Dew or Light Ball makes the strategy that much more complex and makes certain Pokemon even more usable than they were before. For that, I think I speak in agreement with many other fans of Pokemon when I say “please, end the item blackout”.