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Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara has already triggering speculation regarding the form factor of Nintendo's forthcoming NX system by stating that it will "change the concept" of handheld and domestic gaming, and Game Freak's Junichi Masuda has added more weight to the "portable" side of things by reinforcing the franchise's commitment to handhelds.

Speaking to EDGE about the Pokémon series, Masuda said:

When coming up with the idea of Pokémon, what we really wanted to create was something where people could get together and have fun trading, battling, showing off their Pokémon collection, and just talking about their own adventures with the game. Handheld consoles and devices offer us the best way to achieve this vision.

We want Pokémon to be a means of communication. What I really want to do is to connect people, then help them form great memories by experiencing these distributions and such in certain places. I think of it like having a meal. By itself, a meal is usually pretty forgettable – it can be hard to even remember what you had for lunch yesterday! But if you go for a meal with a close friend at a restaurant you love, you'll remember that meal for a long time. I want to give people memorable Pokémon experiences with one another.

We still don't know exactly what form NX will take as Nintendo is yet to officially unveil the console, but Masuda and Ishihara's comments point to a strong portable focus, even if the system does have some kind of domestic presence.

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