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GameFreak shoots down Wii Pokemon RPG, says core series will “always” be portable

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 06:17 GMT By Nathan Grayson

The part of us that’s still ten-years-old is crying right now. Look what you did, GameFreak. Look what you did.

When asked by IGN about the possibility of a Wii main series entry in the Pokemon franchise, GameFreak co-founder Junichi Masuda replied:

“I don’t think so. I think the Pokemon core series is always going to be with handheld hardware, in the future as well.”

“I consider handheld hardware you can carry around with you as almost being equal to being with Pokemon, always. I think handheld really matches the idea of Pokemon that we have. Also, you can communicate and transfer data all the time, whenever you want with a handheld. That’s also a match with the Pokemon concept.”

Granted, that doesn’t mean home consoles are being completely left out in the cold. Masuda added that consoles are perfect for “parties, and those sorts of things.” “Maybe in the future, if we can think of a way to do something cool with that, then that’s the sort of environment we can work in,” he explained.

Pokemon Party Babyz. It’s inevitable now. Consider even the mere possibility, and never know happiness again.

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16 Comments

  1. Crysis

    Keep the JRPG on portable devices, I don’t care, but why neglect the home console owners? I’m sure a well crafted 3D RPG could do well on Wii, instead of the kiddy/party shit we only see, least good pokemon game on a home console was the 2 Stadium games.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    I would honestly be up for a proper Pokemon title on the home consoles than the portables. I’ve been curious about it, having loved Red and Yellow on GameBoy as well as playing Stadium on N64 at an old friend’s.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    They could simply just pick a random game, put it on the large screen, give it 3D graphics & make the battle scene like Pokemon stadium, couldn’t be that hard, just give us a few exclusive features, customizable character, advanced online features, split screen even. The franchise has so much potential for a proper RPG.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Rudderless

    No, I think the whole concept of Pokémon only really makes sense as a handheld game. It is, after all, about ‘pocket monsters’.

    I think most people would be happy with a decent Colosseum game on home console. The Wii one was ridiculously restrictive – all they need to do is transfer the battle system wholesale from the portable titles, allowing players to use their collected ‘Mon to fight it out on the big screen.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Rudderless

    Anyway, as I’ve said elsewhere, what Game Freak needs to do next is to create an AR Pokémon Snap using the 3DS camera.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Zurtech

    In Japan it’s called Pocket Monsters for a reason. All they really need to do is a decent stadium style game for home console, with added on foot exploration, ye don’t need a full RPG, I think it’d actually detract from the series’ popularity and the pick and play nature of the games.

    Completely agree with #4, what happened to all the added stuff and proper connectivity in Battle Rev over the awesome Stadium 2, mini games, daily mystery gifts etc.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    It’s called Pocket Monsters because you catch monsters with pocket balls (hence Pokéball) that you store in your pocket, game has nothing to do with the console being able to fit in your pocket.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. jacobvandy

    Screw “pocket monsters,” when I was 12 and in the midst of the Pokesplosion, I wanted an action RPG for N64. You encounter wild Pokemon or trainers while wandering out in the world (or in gyms, of course) and then you go into a battle arena based on the landscape you were just walking around in. Choose a Pokemon and then you control it (kind of like Smash Bros. but 3D) and run/jump/fly around with the agility you would expect based on its attributes. You can do basic weak attacks with B, but each of the C buttons has one of your four moves assigned to it, which draw from your PP meter (a regenerating pool like mana). You have to get up close for melee blows, but ranged attacks have auto-aim and can be dodged depending on the attack (maybe a leech seed could be avoided by a speedy Pokemon but a thunderbolt would be a near instant hit).

    You get the gist of it. They could totally do that and people would love it, even if all they did was convert Red/Blue.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. jacobvandy

    @8
    Since I can’t edit, I will add: It’s basically injecting the fucking awesome real-time battles you see on the TV show into the game. It sucks watching two Pokemon bouncing around like pinballs and then bashing into each other with sparks and fire going everywhere, then being stuck with the static back-and-forth “fighting.” Pokemon Stadium was okay, but it was still the same shit, your Pokemon just stands there trading blows until one of you dies — I don’t even know how many times I fell asleep playing that.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Zurtech

    @7
    Well you say that, but the game was called Pocket Monsters, because it was a handheld game on a device that would fit in your pocket. The game was made in two versions to promote connectivity and play where ever and when ever with who ever. The whole emphasis of the series has been about sharing, trading and playing (wants wifi/local co-op play).

    In short Game Freak started off as a magazine in Japan, Satoshi visited Nintendo and came up with the idea of Pokémon after seeing the newly developed Gameboy Link Cable. and imagined bugs crawling from one gameboy to the other (Satoshi being a bug catcher). The idea was purely about having monsters in your very real pockets to share with you friends. The name Pokémon came about from Japanese fans and retailers shortening the name Pocket Monsters to Pokémon. Nintendo later started using this themselves too. When they finally released the game in the US, the name Pocket Monsters had already been copyrighted, so Nintendo opted to use the name Pokémon.

    As for the keeping Pokéballs in ye pocket, none of the trainers in any game does so, they’re generally stored on a belt or bag.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Crysis

    Well if that’s the case, then why are the balls called pokéballs?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Zurtech

    @11
    They’re originally called Monster Balls in Japan, when the name Pokémon started becoming used in a more official capacity, they became known as Pokéballs. Just as many items in the Pokémon universe has the term Poké placed before it. Just as an example, I really doubt Pokénerds are found in people’s pockets. -_^

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Crysis

    Well i guess I could find some large pockets lying around somewhere :P

    #13 4 years ago
  14. jacobvandy

    @10
    That’s nice, but it hasn’t stopped them from making spin-offs before. If they can come out with Pokemon Snap (actually not a bad game), they can come out with an action version of the RPG for the console.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Zurtech

    @14
    Still not sold the traditional Pokémon RPG would work that well on a home console, but as ye stated an action RPG could work very well. Personally I’d say the Pokemon Ranger games would make a good choice for a more action RPG formula, would prolly improve greatly over the DS games too.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Akuame

    Why can’t they release a game that goes on both portable and home? like they used for heart gold and soul silver they had that pokeball thingy you could put one pokemon on. Why can’t we use the portable game like that, use the portable like a Stadium to take your pokemon any where with you or carry on the RPG game. Then when you get home you transfer the pokemon or your progress back to the home console to play RPG again.

    We transfered pokemon to the home console before why can’t it be the other way around?

    And now with Wifi we can trade as well as battle on home console if that is one of their problems.

    #16 4 years ago

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    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]