The Nintendo Switch represents a bold new step for Nintendo, as it currently seems that the company will be going forward with just the one console. This will mean many new beginnings, one of which is the future of the Pokémon series, which has historically kept its main entries to portables. With the Switch being both a home and portable console, some have wondered what that will mean for the main series, and its producer, Junichi Masuda, recently weighed in with his thoughts.
Masuda recently talked briefly with Meristation, and he had this to say on the future of the series:
Without a doubt, Nintendo Switch is the future, but we will have to wait until it goes out on the market and study how it can benefit from Pokemon. When people have it, we will have too see and deeply study how to use it so we can think how the next entries of Pokemon are going to be and how the saga can benefit from the new console.
An interesting response to be sure, as he's being quite careful to step around the matter of confirming whether or not the main series will be making an appearance on the console. There are rumours circulating around about the supposed Switch follow up to Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Stars, but perhaps it'll be a longer wait than expected.
What do you think? Will the main Pokémon games come to Switch? Drop us a comment in the section below.
If we're getting DP remakes this generation, I'd love to see em on the Switch. Seeing my fav gen using Switch graphics and tech instead of the getting on a bit old 3DS hardware....
"the next entries of Pokemon"
....So the main series IS going to the Switch....oki then. lol
So... just like every time a new a new console is released? Gotcha.
Isn't it a foregone conclusion that Pokemon will be on the Switch? Nintendo owns part of it and I can't imagine it wouldn't be on the next piece of Nintendo hardware.
How could the Switch benefit from Pokemon? Easy. A follow-up to the Pokemon Colosseum series!
Pokemon S/M is only a month old, a straight confirmation, or even hint of the existence of Pokemon Stars could hurt sales of the current games. Even if it's real, of course he won't confirm if Pokemon Stars exists for the Switch or not.
Every Nintendo system since the Game Boy and N64 has had a Pokemon title of some sort on it, so I would think that the Switch would have a new title (main series or spinoff) on it as well.
I want a Pokemon mystery dungeon for the nx. Right now I'm playing darkness for the DS and that's the only one I haven't played so now I'll need a new game to play xD
I completely understand waiting to see how successful a system is before making games for it, but Pokémon will not just drive software sales, but also system sales. I'm hoping they don't wait too long so the Switch can get that "Pokémon" hardware boost before third parties (potentially) back out.
I see a lot of comments saying "of course Pokémon will be on the next Nintendo console... it's Pokémon!"
But I think you guys are maybe missing something. We're not talking about spinoffs- yes every Nintendo console gets spinoffs. We're talking about a main series entry.
And since the inception of Pokémon 20 years ago, there has never been a main series entry on a home console. It's been handheld exclusive since it was created.
That's why this is a big deal. This would be the first time in Nintendo history a main series Pokémon made it to a home console (even if it is a hybrid, it still plays console games on the TV and despite being portable, it isn't exactly a pocket handheld)
IHas it ever been clearly stated why that is? Is it the one account thing? On a console it is expected to have multiple saves and/or accounts and Pokémon is about trading and having your own sort of pokedex device with you.
I'm wondering how Nintendo is going to deal with the multiple account thing seeing how it works very differently on 3DS and Wii U for instance so I wonder if this is the main question block.
I actually think Nintendo has just leveraged the popularity of Pokémon to sell their handhelds. By keeping the franchise on their pocket devices which the pocket monsters are associated with. Kind of like a trump card, and no matter how bad their home consoles do, they don't risk jeopardizing their trump card.
That and the fact console development is more expensive and Pokémon Company probably doesn't want to invest all that money when they can sell just as many copies using low res assets and rely on low cost development.
But now, after Wii U and the birth of the hybrid, I think Nintendo is finally playing their trump card. Besides, Pokémon Company may not have a choice in the matter if Switch truly ends up replacing both Wii U and 3DS.
I certainly hope it's on the Switch, and I hope they put it on quickly, in case the 3rd parties back out for whatever reason.
Carefully worded. But if you really think about what he's saying, it isn't so much whether or not the Switch will get a main series entry. That seems to be a given.It's more so how will a main Pokemon game look on the Switch (beyond aesthetics)
Imagine Pokemon on Switch with Ultra HD rendering, Huge Open World, Different seasons and weather changes, Mini games, More trainer customazation (Appearance, Fashion, Accessories, etc), No Forgetting Skills (Pokemon can keep all Skills), Part time job (For quick easy money), etc. It will be BOOM !
Where else would it go? Stay on the ever aging 3DS that can barely handle SM as is? Even with the option of playing Pokémon on the big screen, I'd still just lay with Switch on the couch and watch Netflix or YouTube while training my 60+ Pokémon.
What do people expect? 1) of course Pokémon games will be on Switch, it's clear the system is meant to (in time) be Nintendo's sole system, and 2) if they're already working on a game of course they won't say so yet, Nintendo isn't ready to pull the curtain on games coming aside from Zelda and Sun and Moon sorta just came out.
@DarkKirby exactly! What he said seemed like a brush off response. Its similar to what bethesda said..
If I'm remembering right, Nintendo is entertaining the idea of creating a true successor to the 3DS. The Switch would still have its portable aspect, but this other device would be a dedicated handheld and likely cheaper. The way I see it, they want to wait and see if Nintendo goes forward with that. Still, that makes me wonder then about those rumours of Stars...
I will play a.main series pokemon game on the big screen if given the chance. Im sure a lot of other people would too.
Mate, it's blatantly obvious how Switch benefits Pokémon, in the concept trailer we already saw multiple Switches connecting. There is literally zero difference between having Pokémon on 3DS and having it on Switch.
Except, perhaps, that you'll have to make the games look less ugly.
PR talk, I'm not buying it. Stars (or equivalent of) will happen late 2017 I reckon.
The rumours have been on point and the same source says Stars is a thing for Switch.
I suspect any 'dedicated handheld' will just be a Switch (same architecture, similar build) with the controls built in rather than strapped to the side, perhaps bigger battery.
They clearly don't want to make two versions of games and could use this method to plug the fact that some are more suited to handheld.
@MitchVogel After watching the Switch reveal trailer with all it's portability segments, can you really see a secondary, separate Nintendo portable that is not the switch being advertised and sold along side it with less graphical capability? Surely such a device won't exist solely to put the battery life of the Switch to shame and the screen to be a mere inch smaller as if to shame also the Switch's portability - the very thing that makes it the Switch?
As Game Freak prefers to watch from a distance before going all-out on the Switch, for @rjejr's own amusement, the Wile E. Coyote comparisons return!
@NinChocolate I could see them doing something as a budget release, much in the way it seems they're positioning the 3DS post-launch.
@Anti-Matter If by skills you mean moves, that is a ridiculous idea. It'd remove a ton of strategy from battles.
I keep pointing out that they've implied before that they were sticking with the 3DS for the main series games... but it is important to note that he does appear to be referring to the main series games, rather than the franchise in general.
As I've mentioned before, the rumoured Pokemon Stars may be real... just not a main series game, as was assumed... it could simply be a Stadium-style game that links to Sun and Moon, with the dual meaning of the word Stars being perfect for this.
Probably stars won't be confirmed until mid 2017.
I really doubt that will see in the January presentation.
Pokemon is part owned by Nintendo. Nintendo will only have one games machine going forwards, so there are only three options for Pokemon: No more entries in the series (because who wants money?), the series continues on Switch or the series becomes a mobile exclusive.
My ideas about keep all skills after learned is from Monster Rancher ideas. The Monster have several moves from near until far range. Also, you can switch the moves based on the distance. So why don't keep all skills and we can set best 4 moves for battle ?
@DragonEleven It's certainly possible Stars could be a Colosseum or Stadium type game, the rumours of Pokémon Stars did only say it was being worked on in tandem, not that they were similar styles of game. Also, Pokémon Stars is the code name, it will almost certainly change.
However, there is the matter or all the high-res assets (used and unused) hidden in Pokémon S/M, the fact the controls appear to deliberately steer the player into using the Switch setup (stick for navigation, d-pad buttons) & that Pokémon Sun & Moon chugs as badly as it does on the 3DS.
Personally I don't see where a next generation of Pokémon can go on the 3DS, they're using almost as much power as either the old & New 3DS can provide and it would be madness for Nintendo to launch a 3DS successor within a couple of years of the Switch. My hope is that Gamefreak does have something up it's sleeve.
@Anti-Matter A good idea, would make more sense with Alakazam's 5000 IQ that it could learn more than four moves. My only issue is moving away from RPG turn based combat to something closer to a game that vanished a while ago (was pretty fun). It's bad enough Square-Enix would rather Final Fantasy plays itself than go back to the gameplay the majortity of fans want.
My personal (non-reply) opinion is that Gamefreak pretty much confirmed the next Generation will be on the Switch. confirming the Switch is the future is one thing, but they seemed pretty clear to say they would wait to see what the Switch can do before making the next story in the saga. There was no if there, only a when.
Basically they're not saying the next gen isn't coming to Switch, they're saying they're going to take their time & get it right.
Of course in the mean time, this leaves us open to get remakes, Stadiums, Colosseums, Shuffles, Hey You Pikachu's and any other side project which people would also love to see.
I think it's absolutely vital that the next main entries come to Switch.
Obviously he's not going to say they're developing a new Pokémon game for Switch right now, so as not to undermine Sun and Moon's sales.
@yomanation The Switch is neither a home console or a handheld console... it's both... a hybrid... a whole new type of console that should be treated as such.
There is no reason for Nintendo not to be able to support two consoles... they were just unable to compete consistently in the home console market... there's no reason for them to leave the handheld console market as well.
@DragonEleven A hybrid is both a handheld & a home console, by that very nature Nintendo would not be leaving handheld gaming behind moving to the Switch.
Nintendo can not afford to have another failed console & combining their two player-bases together is an intelligent way of ensuring they keep both active & engaged with the brand.
Making a second non-Switch handheld not only dilutes the Switch brand by competing for a big chunk of the same user base it also puts puts out the message that the Switch isn't up to the portable role.
As @yomanation says, Nintendo would be likely to bring out a smaller more portable Switch later on. In the meantime though, the original Switch will likely sit in the same place in my messenger bag that my 3DS does (new dev rumours are the battery life is the same anyway).
Seems like an odd stance to take unless they plan on sitting on the 3ds for a while.
Then again they want sun and moon sales so...
@Ryu_Niiyama I don't think it's such an odd stance, they don't want/need to release their flagship game so quickly that it looks bad compared to other franchises a few months on. They want to see what the Switch can do before bringing a new Gen to the Switch.
Plus it would definitely hit Sun/Moon sales.
@RyanSilberman Colosseum was great, it was one of the few Pokemon games that actually took a lot of risks with the formula. I've always found doubles battles to be much more strategic and interesting than singles battles, and it baffles me that they're not utilized more in other Pokemon games. I also liked the art style much better than X&Y.
He doesn't sound too confident about the Switch's future success to me - WiiU seemed like a good idea at the time but flopped, so we dunno how the Switch will perform. At least we know that PKMN on the Gameboy - DS lineage has been a best seller. I hope that PKMN stays exclusively with the DS for many years to come.
Switch wouldn't be that useful without buttons and analogs though. Little point in having a more portable system you can't actually play.
The thing is the size of a gamepad. Which, don't get me wrong that's still totally portable, but it can't compare to a 3DS that can fit in your pocket.
@Kit It's not "lack of confidence", when a new handheld of console comes out it takes a while until the full potential is discovered. If you look at the earliest games of any console they look pretty bad compared to later ones. He's looking more at getting the most out of (the most benefit from) the Switch.
The Switch is the next DS, the same way the DS was the next Gameboy. I had an original Gameboy, eventually progress does happen.
This seems like a perfect opportunity to go to the next level with Pokemon. Take a few years and develop something bold and fresh. We'll wait.
@NintyFan @yomanation If Stars is a Sun/Moon follow-up on the Switch, just consider how Sun/Moon ends... pretty much everyone that doesn't leave for Kanto talks about following the ones that did (being as non-spoilery as I can). Wouldn't that be a great place to add some content... say a new map?
@AlexSora89 Thanks Alex, I needed that this morning.
@DanteSolablood I mentioned sun and moon sales. I still think it is odd. If there was a handheld successor announced sure but with the NS feature set? Still strikes me as odd.
No need to go all Charlie Brown over this, pal. Being a Nintendo fan can be a chore sometimes. It's like working at a bakery. We have little time to sleep because the Directs and whatnot are broadcasted at absurd times, we're always broke because games hardly ever get noteworthy discount much like bakers are often broke because bread isn't exactly the most expensive product in the world, and we need passion to stick to Nintendo no matter what. But every once in a while things can get rewarding. We get an occasional baguette, crafted as a work of art, in the form of a Super Mario 3D World, an A Link Between Worlds, or a Tropical Freeze. We get laughed at by other consoles' owners, but you know what? We're the ones playing Mario games, so in the end we're the ones getting the last laugh.
@Ryu_Niiyama What do you mean by "NS feature set". The 3DS is a rectangle with a screen that takes cartridges & plays games. The Switch is a rectangle with a screen that takes cartridges & plays games... the only thing the Switch does that the 3DS doesn't is slot into a dock for play on the TV. Something you could copy with the SNES for G1 (Super Gameboy add-on).
BTW, I was only acknowledging your own mention of sales.
@AlexSora89 Haha, if Nintendo games weren't so highly sought after, their second hand value would drop. Nintendo just value gameplay too much.
@DanteSolablood What it says on the tin. A feature set is a product's features or capabilities listed in a set which is well-defined collection of distinct objects, considered as an object in its own right. In this case the ability to be a tv game console or a portable game console. I am confused by your confusion. Not sure why you went in the direction that you went to with your rebuttal.
@Ryu_Niiyama The reason I went the way I did is you seem to think the Switch's feature set would not be suitable for a new Pokémon Gen... but a successor handheld would? Other than not slotting into a TV... what "feature set" would this successor handheld have?
Hopefully this allows more people realise Pokémon Stars is fake.
Pokemon WILL be on Switch, nuff said!
@DanteSolablood That isn't what I said AT ALL.
@yomanation I'm surprised you'd take a very unoriginal idea over some gameplay altering features.
@InfernapeKing97 Actually if anything it strengthens the case for the rumor.
I don't care what this is or where it's going, give us those walking pokemon and my soul can finally rest
@Ryu_Niiyama If there was a handheld successor announced sure but with the NS feature set? Still strikes me as odd. You may not MEAN to say it, but this really looks like you're questioning the NS feature set against a "handheld successor".
Anyway, if it wasn't your attention, no problems.
This is GameFreak saying they're going to wait before deciding about releasing Pokémon on the Switch. Clearly proving the rumour.
So much hate in the comments, jeez. This is why I usually avoid them!
As for the topic...I would really love to see a new Stadium game after all these years. I recently got back to the original two, and had forgotten just how genuinely FUN the games could be, even with their flaws. I love Colisseum and XD and would love another of those games, but battle animations and models aside, they just aren't much like Stadium. And Battle Revolution was...well...I enjoyed it more than most people seemed to, but it definitely was a let down for anyone expecting a new-gen version of Stadium 1 and 2.
Wow, you're one of the most rude people I've seen on this site. Excuse me your highness, I beg your forgiveness.
It doesn't matter if it has an add on or not. Either way you've gotta have analogs and buttons on the side. It doesn't matter if it's Joycons or an add on device.
If you want to respond kindly, you're more than welcome to. But if you just plan to throw more insults out, save your breath, please.
Slowpoke Masuda used Wait'n'see!
@AlexSora89 "No need to go all Charlie Brown over this,"
So, it's kind of like I'm Charlie Brown, Nintendo is Lucy, and the football is good games on Nintendo consoles, so what you are saying is I should just stop being a Nintendo fan b/c Lucy is ALWAYS going to pull that football away.
I may just have to do that. Sony may not have every great game that Nintendo has, but they have enough to keep me busy, usually at very reasonable prices, that I can just ignore whatever it is I miss. Guess we'll see in mid-January.
Perhaps I will, but I'd suggest revaluating when you choose to be insulted. Someone saying "screw what you say, I'm not listening to a word or it"... sure, that's offensive. Someone simply not grasping something you describe though? That's not an insult. That's called misunderstanding
@AlexSora89 Not to imply that Sony does no wrong. I was really excited for The Last Guardian on my PS3, and I don't like having to pay for PS+ to play online on PS4, and I bought a PS TV for $24 but I won't get any games on it b/c of the over priced memory cards, I'm just planing on using it to stream PS4 to my bedroom. So Sony does screw up a lot as well. But I buy a lot of games for $5, and get some ice games on PS+, and they have a wide variety for me and my kids. So more positive than negative w/ Sony, more negative than positive w/ Nintendo the past 4 years. Unless you are a handheld gamer, which I'm not, than Nintendo is your best friend.
Getting back to what you're talking about though, I see two levels of portability. Well, three. One is pocket portable, like 3DS. Two is portable but can't fit in a pocket. Like a Switch, or an iPad. Three is non-portable devices or that require a separate screen.
Way I see it is, if it can't fit in your pocket, may as well just buy a nice case and carry it rather than go for clamshell. I see clamshell as useful for Pocket sided devices, and if it can't fit in your pocket there's little advantage over a normal case.
But that's just me
"Arr-jay-ee-jay-arr---!!... Okay, I hold the disc close to your console, then you come and put it in."
"No no no, Lucy Fils-Pelt, you always trick me like that! First with Super Paper Mario, now this!"
About Sony... yeah. What with their console outselling the others, they're kind of doing nothing - the exact opposite of what the lack of Wii U sales caused Nintendo to do. CG stuff, trailers, promises, games coming next year, The Last Guardian getting delayed, et cetera. So much for "This is for the players"...
... which is why Nintendo's consoles not selling enough can still be a win-win situation.
@Mr_Zurkon Based on his comments it seems like it is a foregone conclusion it's coming to Switch.
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