IGN reports that, according to Junichi Masuda, the co-founder of GameFreak, and the director of the 5th generation Pok√©mon RPGs, the Wii may not host a main Pok√©mon RPG in the future.
Over the past few days, we’ve had a couple chances to talk to Junichi Masuda, co-founder of GameFreak and director of Pokemon Black & White. While our full interviews are on the way, some news just can’t wait. A few weeks ago, during a quarterly investors briefing, Nintendo revealed that it was working on a Pokemon project for the Wii. The Internet was set abuzz, wondering what type of game might result. We even joined in on the Wii Pokemon speculation. We were eager to find out more information about how Pokemon might take shape on the Wii, and tried to see if we could discover some new details about the nebulous title.
Would we see the Wii host a Pokemon title that was a main part of the series? “I don’t think so. I think the Pokemon core series is always going to be with handheld hardware, in the future as well,” Masuda told our UK counterparts. “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.”
We asked if the increased connectivity of home consoles would allow them to overcome the portability concept. Would we then see the series make the leap? “What I think is best for the Pokemon series is to be able to carry it in a portable device, to be able to go anywhere and have fun with people, to not be bound to any one spot. I mean in the future it’d be nice to work on other systems if they were more portable.”
“Obviously the home console allows people to get together, for parties, and those sorts of things,” Masuda told us. “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.”
To be clear, this is not a definitive confirmation, merely the director of Pokemon Black & White discussing his thoughts on Pokemon’s role on the Wii. But it certainly is a bit of a bummer to know the co-founder of GameFreak doesn’t see home consoles as an integral part of Nintendo’s juggernaut franchise.