The Switch is a “chance to create Pokémon that goes deeper”

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Nintendo’s Switch is a phenomenon. The system is selling like those proverbial, clichéd hotcakes in much of the world. It’s selling far better than the PlayStation 4 in Japan, and would likely be outpacing that system in the US if stock wasn’t still so hard to come by.

In the six months since release, the Switch has built up a considerable library of genuinely incredible must-haves, and that’s something that’s only going to continue. At some point, Nintendo will also once again have a licence to print money. That’ll happen when they finally release a core Pokémon game on the system.

Traditionally, main entries to the series of critter-catching games have only appeared on Nintendo’s handhelds, leaving usually middling ports for home consoles. The Switch is both (though it’s almost used exclusively as a handheld in my household), and with that comes a bit of a change to the design philosophy.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara said that Pokémon on the Switch would take advantage of the system’s unique features.

“With the Switch, we see it as a chance to create Pokémon that goes deeper and with a higher level of expression. As a result, that makes it an extremely important platform.

Right now, we’re using 7 to 8 inch screens, but on a high-definition TV, you can express a whole different world with graphics and sound.

Until now, games were made as one for one person, but now you can go home and play with everyone — so how do we tackle these themes, and how do we make sure it’s not complicated?”

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I can’t say that we’ll release accessories, but I’d like to think of that possibility.

Unlike smartphones, the Switch is not a game device that assumes that there’s constant network connectivity. So from our perspective, it’s really not that different from DS or 3DS in terms of connectivity.”

Could we be seeing a Pokémon game with something resembling multiplayer? Perhaps. Unfortunately, my pre-Switch release dreams of something that cleverly incorporated Pokémon Go mechanics in tintoe game won’t be happening, as the Switch’s tablet doesn’t have a GPS or a camera.

Last Updated: September 7, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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