Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company, casually dropped a huge piece of information in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. When asked for his thoughts on Nintendo’s mysterious upcoming console, the NX, he said, “We will make games for the NX.”
He didn’t specifically say what those games would be, but since The Pokémon Company only handles Pokémon, it’s safe to say some sort of Pokémon game will be available on the NX.
Multiple spin-offs have appeared on consoles in the past, from competitive games like Pokémon Stadium, to larger RPGs like Pokémon Colosseum, to the camera-based Pokémon Snap. No main-series Pokémon game has ever been released for consoles, and Ishihara’s statement isn’t necessarily evidence that this trend will change.
However, his comments on the NX also fueled further rumors that it will be some sort of hybrid console/handheld system, as he said it is “trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device.” If he’s correct, that certainly sounds as though the NX may blend the two.
Ishihara also confirmed previous reports that sales across the entire Pokémon franchise have seen a notable rise since the release of Pokémon Go. Pokémon has always been a huge series, and the augmented reality spin-off has only increased its popularity.
What sort of Pokémon games do you think will appear on the Nintendo NX? Will a full-fledged title appear on a console at last? Was Ishihara referring to spin-offs like we’ve seen before? Or is the NX really a hybrid between consoles and handhelds—which would let The Pokémon Company create a new game in the series that would be a console and handheld title at the same time?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. As for now, all we know is that Pokémon will appear on the NX is some form. With any luck, Nintendo will reveal information about the NX soon to give fans a clearer picture of their upcoming console and Pokémon’s potential place on it.