In an interview with The
Wall Street Journal, The Pokémon Company
president Tsunekazu Ishihara bolstered rumors that the Nintendo NX will be a
console/handheld hybrid, while simultaneously pledging game support for the
Although much of the WSJ
article focuses on the success of Pokémon Go, Ishihara did have some promising
words for those who have been pining for a console version of Pokémon since the
original release of Red and Blue.
“The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to
be a home console device or a hand-held device,” Ishihara told WSJ. “We will
make games for the NX.”
While Ishihara doesn’t say what those games will be, The Pokémon
Company only oversees Pokémon games, along with the trading cards, toys, and
other licensed merchandise of the franchise. That doesn’t preclude the possibility of a Pokémon Snap
or Stadium-style spinoff for the NX instead of a mainline RPG entry, but if the
NX is both a home console and a handheld (as rumors
and now Ishihara suggest), that means the main series could conceivably show
up on it.
In the meantime, the latest series entry, Pokémon Sun and
Moon, will release on November 18. For more on the game, check out the Eight
Big Changes Sun and Moon are introducing, along with the 50+
new monsters you’ll be catching.
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]
The dream of a home
console version of Pokémon ranks right up there with a new 2D Metroid for many Nintendo
fans. Between the sky-high popularity of Pokémon Go earlier this summer and the
potential of the NX merging the home and handheld markets, the odds of a
souped-up sequel seem better than ever.