Given that the proper online Pokemon we really want can't show up for at least another year, here's Temtem.
The basic idea of Temtem, which will come as absolutely no surprise, is capturing and taming the wild Temtem that occupy the islands of the Airborne Archipelago. It's a Kickstarter campaign by the same team responsible for Immortal Redneck, a roguelite FPS.
"Defeat the ever-annoying Clan Belsoto and end its plot to rule over the Archipelago, beat all eight Dojo Leaders, and become the ultimate Temtem tamer," the Kickstarter description reads.
Temtem, however, might run into more trouble. Watch the trailer below, and see if you can pinpoint exactly where Nintendo might have a problem with it:
I mean ... come on. I would adore the living hell out of an actual, proper Pokemon-style MMO. People have been begging for one for years. And parts of Temtem look fantastic, especially the co-op support and the pick-and-ban system for competitive matches:
The game's been in development for six years supposedly, although the Kickstarter's only asking for $92,559 with a tentative launch date of September 2019. I'd be surprised if Nintendo lets things get that far, given how they've responded to fan games in the past. Those games have directly used or referenced Nintendo IP, however, so fingers crossed that developers Crema don't end up burning cash on legal rigmarole.
You can check out the full campaign here, and there's a listing up on Steam as well. Part of me hopes this gets over the line without a scratch, but Nintendo are very quick to protect their assets and brands.