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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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  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

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  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

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  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

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  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

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  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

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  • GTA 5 PC: new mod adds snow to GTA Online

    If you’re looking to get some snow in your GTA Online, someone figured out a way. Modder ECB2 created a mod that works with GTA Online on PC. The mod is called “Snow in GTA Online” and it does what it says on the tin. YouTube channel imperfectplayers captured a video showing it in action. […]

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

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  • Mortal Kombat X: PSN sign in problems fixed in new patch

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Mortal Kombat X and it brings an end to the aggravating sing in issue encountered by some users on PS4. Mortal Kombat X 1.03 patch has been released. The patch fixes bug CE-34878-0, which affected the PlayStation 4 version. The bug caused users to have to log in and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new patch fixes Windows Media Player issue, getting stuck in the clouds

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  • Halo 3: ODST and Relic remake come to The Master Chief Collection in May

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  • Rockstar says Social Club wasn’t hacked, account details leaked from other websites

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  • That Destiny: House of Wolves teaser is packed with new intel, Reef reveal at 11.00am PST today

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  • Star Wars Battlefront content not shaped by DLC plans, says producer

    Star Wars Battlefront may have DLC on the cards already, but DICE hasn’t built the game with extra content in mind, apparently. Star Wars Battlefront releases on November 17, and then on December 8, before the launch of the new movie, it’ll receive a slab of tie-in DLC. This early, pre-meditated content drop is a […]

  • We’ll finally get a look at Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 at E3 in June

    CI Games will show off Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 at E3 in June, according to the event’s official website. The Lords of the Fallen developer confirmed the game was in the works back in December as a AAA “production effort”. It is set during a modern day conflict in Eastern Europe and players will be […]

  • Ultima 7 Complete, Wing Commander 3, others added to Humble Origin Bundle 2

    The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has been updated with four more titles. The new titles are for Windows only and are SimCity 2000, Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger, Wing Commander 4: The Price of Freedom and Ultima 7: The Complete Edition. All can be yours if you pay above the current average, which […]

  • Don’t Starve Together has been updated to inlcude Reign of Giants expansion

    Don’t Starve Together has been updated and now includes “the vast majority” of the Reign of Giants content. Players who currently own Don’t Starve on Steam will get Don’t Starve Together for free when it exits Early-Access. During Early-Access, current owners of Don’t Starve get 2 copies of Don’t Starve Together through the Frontier Pack […]

  • Xbox Live Gold Members can play NBA 2K15 for free this weekend

    NBA 2K15 is free to play this weekend on Xbox Live for Gold Members in celebration of the NBA Playoffs. All Gold Members can play the basketball game for free starting at noon PDT April 24 through 12.01am Monday, April 27. Should you decide you want to purchase the game, your progress will carry over […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access and is 10% off

    Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power has finally arrived on Steam Early Access and until April 28, you can knock 10% off the list price. After that, the title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99. There’s also a three-pack available if you want to buy some friends a gift. It will run you $44.99 with the 10% […]

  • You can now grab Killing Floor 2 through Steam Early Access

    Killing Floor 2 is now available through Steam Early Access. Players who purchase Killing Floor 2 during Early Access for $29.99/₤19.99/€26.99 will given free content which carries over to the full release and even more content upon release. The Early Access version of the game contains the following, per Tripwire: Three non-linear levels – The […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves livestream will reveal The Reef social space tomorrow

    A Destiny Twitch stream will take place tomorrow and provide a sneak peek at the House of Wolves expansion. The stream takes place at 11am PDT/2pm EDT tomorrow and will show The Reef social space along with a look at new Vendors. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player arena […]