GameFreak says don’t expect Pokemon on Wii U or Smartphones
Over the weekend the newest installment to the Pokemon franchise was released. Pokemon X and Y is all the rage for Nintendo 3DS owners right now, but there are plenty of people who have been begging for a Wii U or even a smartphone version of the game. In the past GameFreak has stated that the Pokemon franchise is at home on Nintendo portables and director Junichi Masuda has confirmed the company still feels this way in a recent interview.
“You can trade and battle with people you’ve not met before. We think this mode of play is best 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.”
The entire series got a graphical remake with the release of Pokemon X and Y, which no longer relies on sprite-based graphics, but rather cel-shaded graphics that feel much more console-like than previous Pokemon games. This has led many people to speculate that a main entry to the Pokemoon franchise could be released on the Wii U in order to boost console sales. That seems not to be the case, as GameFreak seems committed to the Nintendo 3DS has the home for the Pokemon franchise in the foreseeable future.