US gaming publication Game Informer has run a lengthy interview with long-time series producer, director and composer Junichi Masuda. There’s a wealth of content to be learnt from the interview but one of the highlight questions was whether Pokémon Sun & Moon would be the last Pokémon game for the Nintendo 3DS with the Nintendo NX expected to launch in March 2017. Here’s what he had to say about this.
With the NX looming next year and whatever that could mean for handheld Nintendo consoles, will Sun and Moon be the last Pokémon games for 3DS?
Junichi Masuda: When it comes to the main series, thinking of Pokémon RPGs that we develop at Game Freak, we always really considered the timing of when we released them. There has to be a certain point where we’re able to release the games and get them into the hands of enough people, to make sure the audience is big enough. This year, with Pokémon Sun and Moon, obviously we’re going to be starting to think about the next title, and then depending on what that timing is, I think that will determine which we platform we would release it on.