Pokémon Confirmed For NX; Hybrid Concept Hinted

During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Tsunekazu Ishihara (head of the Pokémon Company) spilled some details that many of us had speculated about over the past few months. He said:


The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device. We will make games for the NX.


Now, it’s not too shocking to hear that Pokémon is coming to Nintendo’s next gaming platform. However, let’s remember that when it comes to Nintendo’s home consoles the traditional line of Pokémon games has never materialized. Instead, games like Pokémon Rumble, Snap, and Stadium were created to push the brand. It’s unknown whether or not the mainline series is in development for the NX or another spinoff.

I was more surprised at the first part of his quote, where he basically confirmed that the NX would be a hybrid device, straddling both the home console and portable markets. This has never been confirmed by anyone at Nintendo, so up until now it’s only been strongly hinted at via rumors. The Pokémon Company is practically a second party for Nintendo, so they were likely among the first to receive development kits for the NX and would obviously know what type of device it’s going to be. This could be a sign that NX is almost ready to be unveiled. Then again, it could just be a misstep from Mr. Ishihara not knowing this information wasn’t officially disclosed to the public yet. Either way, it’s nice to finally get a little more information regarding Nintendo’s next platform.

The NX is scheduled to launch worldwide in March of 2017. Details have been scarce since Mr. Iwata announced the system was in development back in April of 2015.


[Source: The Wall Street Journal]


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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