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Pokemon X & Y: The Pokemon Company explains why they aren’t hitting Wii U

Wednesday, 9th January 2013 13:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Pokemon X & Y were announced for an October 3DS launch yesterday in a furore that made our site’s traffic stats blow up – almost literally. If you missed the announcement, screens and trailer then go here first. The Pokemon Company has since explained why the game is coming to Nintendo’s handheld, rather than Wii U.

Speaking with Game Informer, J.C. Smith – the director of consumer marketing for The Pokémon Company International – said, “I can’t speak to the specifics, but traditionally Game Freak has always loved the game to be on a portable device because of the communication, trading, and the experience of taking this adventure with you. That’s why they’ve always prioritized a portable version of the game first. They’ve always liked what you can do in the real world with that.”

When asked why we hadn’t seen a new Pokemon game for Wii U yet, Smith replied, “It comes down to what the creators want to do. Every time I’ve heard them talk about it, it’s been about the portable experience, taking the adventure with you, being able to share it with friends, communicate, trade, battle – really encouraging that interaction.”

What about you readers? Would you like to see a full Pokemon game on Wii U? Let us know below.

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  1. John117

    If this game came out for Wii U I would actually have a reason to buy the damn console, though I would still probably wait until the next SSB game came out.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. DrDamn

    “being able to share it with friends, communicate, trade, battle – really encouraging that interaction.”

    Like you can do with a semi-decent online system? In fact with Miiverse the Wii-U is arguable better suited to the game as an platform. However the consumers are generally 3DS owners, so that’s where the game will go.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. monkees19

    I’d be excited but I think it is better suited as a handheld game.

    #3 1 year ago