It's difficult to think of an appropriate way to describe the success that Nintendo has seen with the Pokemon series. The franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2006, and basically seems to endlessly print money for Nintendo through an endless stream of video games, movies, cartoons, toys, and other merchandising. Part of the reason Pokemon has done so well is because the core gameplay just works so incredibly well for a portable game. So much so, that I've been scratching my head for years now wondering why someone hasn't made a great Pokemon-esque game for iOS, assuming that it just has to be on a to do list on a whiteboard at Gameloft.
Indie developer Fuzzy Professor Head decided enough was enough, and has thrown their hat into the Pokemon clone creation ring with Puppysaurus. Details on the game are incredibly vague right now aside from the few snippets that have been posted in the thread in our upcoming games forum but they have released this teaser trailer:
Puppysaurus is still a few months off according to the developers, but I'd be lying if I said my interest wasn't seriously piqued. I just hope you can move on a diagonal because every Pokemon game ever has been ruined for me because of that. Either way, if Fuzzy Professor Head succeeds in making a competent Pokemon clone, I can't even imagine how popular it could be, especially if it leverages all kinds of online functionality that would never be possible with a Nintendo game.