Game Freak director Junichi Masuda has reiterated the company stance on keeping mainline Pokemon titles on Nintendo portables, rather than home consoles. Masuda points towards the Player Search System in Pokemon X & Y as one of the reasons why Pokemon should remain on the Nintendo 3DS. Masuda also addressed calls for the franchise to appear on smartphones, but he admitted that he finds other mobile platforms a little bit frightening. However, Masuda conceded that he doesn’t know what the future holds for the Pokemon series.
“With the bottom screen there’s a feature called the Player Search System. It’s enabled one to look for and find other players in the same area, so if you’re out and about and there are other people playing Pokémon X and Y, you can see the icons of those trainers on the bottom screen. Just by touching the icon of that trainer you can immediately propose to battle or trade with that person. It’s one of the key features of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y which is possible because it is portable.”
“But by the same token if you take the game home and you connect it through the internet, then you can do the same thing with other people who are also playing online at the same time. You can trade and battle with people you’ve not met before. We think this mode of play is bets possible with the Nintendo 3DS. If, for example, the Wii U were to be portable in its own right we’d probably reconsider. But for the moment we think the 3DS is the best device for Pokémon RPGs.”
“One of the considerations we have for Pokémon games is that it can be safely and securely played in a fun environment. Are you happy to give the game to your own child or lend it to another child? Personally, I’m a little bit nervous. I find some of the other mobile platforms a little bit frightening – so to speak – in this respect. Who knows what the future will hold, but definitely the best choice for Pokémon is the Nintendo 3DS.”