Pokemon Confirmed for NX, Company Exec Teases Handheld-Console Hybrid


A new report via the Wall Street Journal has confirmed Pokemon games will make an appearance on Nintendo’s upcoming NX console.

The news was confirmed via The Pokémon Company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara, who revealed the long-running RPG series would naturally be on the console.

“The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device,” Ishihara teased before confirming the franchise on the NX.

This is the first real statement addressing the hardware’s long-rumored focus on switching between a handheld and a home console.

How do you guys feel about the new console having some kind of ability to go from home console to handheld? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. Pico
    September 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Or maybe the cartridges are compatible for both systems

  2. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    September 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Nintendo please, I just want exclusives to give a shit about (and games that aren’t censored for that matter and avoid region locking).

  3. Ozzie Arcane
    Ozzie Arcane
    September 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    This makes the most sense. To produce games that work on both a handheld and console version of the hardware that are 2 separate devices.

  4. deadeye
    September 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Having essentially just one console would be a good move for Nintendo at this time. Unifying handheld dev teams and console devs teams would also mean they could output more games. This means there would (hopefully) no longer be those several month long dry spells that both the Wii U and 3DS had occasionally.

    Pokemon was obviously going to be on the NX, so this doesn’t surprise me. And hey, this now means Pokemon is finally going to be a console game.

    I do wonder how long they’ll continue to support the 3DS though. The Wii U is obviously a failure and they probably can’t wait to leave it behind, but as far as I know, the 3DS is still doing moderately well.

    The biggest thing I can see in the future is Monster Hunter being on the NX, since Capcom seems quite happy with Nintendo. Then I can finally play Monster Hunter on real controllers that don’t cramp my hand.

    Oh, also no region locking please, that would be great.

  5. PenguinPlayer
    September 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Makes sense, the Wii U was failure, the 3DS has been out for a while and Nintendo’s biggest success after the NES/SNES era was on handhelds.

    If it’s region locked though then I will just say fuck it and just import one from Japan. I will just google and watch YouTube videos for the interface then use the rest of the game as training for moonspeak. God knows that’s the only exit these days.

  6. ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)
    ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)
    September 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I love pokemon but I would love to see a pokemon game aimed for the older fanbase.

  7. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    September 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    A Pokemon spinoff is obviously coming, but if the main series (or even a Coloseum style game) is another question.

  8. Shinobu
    September 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    That’s the thing, I would love to role play as a different avatar other than just a 10-12 year old kid. I’ve played every main entry since I was 10 years old back in 98′. Let ME be an ace trainer for once!

  9. dogmentation
    September 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    We all know it’s gonna be the same song and dance, just more of the same. Another gimmicky console with a bunch of rehashed first-party titles, a handful of decent third-party titles butchered by censorship and localization, a shitload of shovelware, and the predictable nintendo forced family-friendly fun mandate.
    As much as they enjoy innovating, Nintendo never strays far.

  10. AR7777
    September 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Not even a real console then? My last hope in gaming down the drain.
    Fuck this generation and the next

  11. Narmy
    September 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    The NX sounds like more dumb gimmicky shit. Make a Gamecube 2.

  12. Smug
    September 25, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    That’s a nice wish but we know the good old days of demos, free-bug full-games with no DLCs, and no Amiboo shit, is sadly a thing of the past.

  13. No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Just my luck to have a console Pokemon game crippled by handheld/console duality after Gamefreaks refusal to ever allow a console game again.

  14. No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Best bet is that it’s a mashup of all the best parts of each Console series with someone other than Gamefreak making and that the things holding back Smash 4 are dealt with in such a way that stuff isn’t cut and scaled down for it to work on handhelds.

  15. Minuteworld92
    September 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I love gimmicks.

  16. Mr0303
    September 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    They will need a Pokemon game to push the system. As for the handheld aspect – it does sound interesting, but it may be underpowered, which could create issues with third party devs and Nintendo needs everyone it can get to develop for the system after the lacking support for the Wii U.

  17. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Just hurry up and reveal the damn thing, it’s nearly October.

  18. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    That’s what I’m thinking it’s going to be.

  19. chaoguy
    September 25, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    When people have emulated 3DS titles, the poly count stays the same, but the resolution is much better than what the 3DS pumps out.

    I could see Nintendo doing that- but not with physical carts. E-Shop ports sure- but why risk making a game for two systems, then everyone just uses a 3DS?

    They need to sell the NX, so they’ll be a catch.

  20. chaoguy
    September 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Definietly something that’ll let you battle online like Battle Revolution did.
    Question is, will they use 3DS’ shorter animation and models with a few more polys?
    Or will they update the Battle Revolution models with longer animations?

  21. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    September 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I like it.

    This sounds like its basically a Vita and a PSTV in one, but with more power than the Vita. Basically a handheld you can also hook up to your TV. Handhelds by the notion of being handhelds have functionality that can’t be replicated on other platforms, making them more worthwhile to own. But unfortunately, not being able to just sit and relax with a controller playing handheld games on one’s TV can be kind of lame, and this seems to be addressing that. I’d totally play Pokemon on the big screen. I just hope we don’t just get Pokemon, but also Pokemon spinoffs like the Mystery Dungeon games. PMD games are better than mainline Pokemon any day of the week.

  22. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    September 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Gamefreak didn’t make Colosseum and XD if that’s what you’re referring to.

  23. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    September 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Isn’t that what the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are?

  24. GameZard
    September 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I think we all knew that the NX is basically a powerful mobile gaming device that can connect to the TV.

  25. ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)
    ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)
    September 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Not…. really..I mean? kinda? I want something on the same level as modern day rpg.

  26. ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)
    ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)
    September 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    XY was the easiest pokemon game I’ve ever play…they held your hand the whole entire way.

  27. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    September 25, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I really want to see this NX already.

    If it can be my 3DS AND my home console, I’d cry.

  28. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    September 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    It’s a kids game first. Then those kids grew up, but still loved the game.

    But there are always kids, and that’s where the money is.

    That said, I love the childish feeling of Pokemon.

  29. TsukuyomiMagi99
    September 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Pokemon Coliseum and Pokemon Conquest were aimed at older audiences.

  30. larverto365
    September 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Be careful saying that, you’re gonna bring Travis Touchdown over here!

  31. dontbleedwhenyoudie
    September 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Shin Megami Tensei works for the time being.

  32. Zombie_Barioth
    September 25, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    They never refused to allow a console Pokemon game, they specifically said that they don’t see the point anymore and that MAIN entries are handheld games.

    They don’t really consider the spin-offs their games, so they don’t seem to care as long as it doesn’t take away from the main RPG games. They already gave HAL their ‘blessing’ for a new Pokemon Snap, so its up to Pokemon Co and Nintendo.

    This console game might also turn out to be Pokepark 3 or something, or maybe Detective Pikachu.

  33. Note5
    September 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    and the Nintendo fanmen continues to be in denial of the NX’s power….LOL!

  34. Note5
    September 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    unfortunately Nintendo can’t be arsed to do that

  35. Note5
    September 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    The Foxconn sketch just got confirmed

  36. Tubsiwub
    September 25, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    The rumored NX controllers look far from comfortable… :(

  37. Zombie_Barioth
    September 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    NX isn’t necessarily a single device though, and it wouldn’t matter which device they use, either way its a win for Nintendo.

    Having software shared across devices would be a huge selling point, especially when you consider Japan prefers portable devices and the west is more console and PC oriented. They can easily cater to both.

    There are people who will only game on one or the other, and then there are those who will want both.

    I would imagine that, assuming NX is a unified platform, it would be similar to Nvidia’s Shield devices. Two of them together would cost the same as a standalone console.

  38. OSad
    September 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Yeah, unifying the two platforms might legitimately be a good idea, but Nintendo needs to really hammer home the point that you can have the same experience you had before on your 3DS using the NX’s portable mode, and I hope to god that Nintendo learned their marketing lessons from the Wii U.

    The 3DS does make this slightly inconvenient though, the New 3DS specifically is not that old and it’s everywhere at this point. The point where you stop supporting the 3DS and shift everything to the NX might be a ways off yet.

  39. bigbear514
    September 25, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    The NX might very well be backwards compatible with the 3DS if they do go the cartridge route.

  40. 3rdStrike_Ebi
    September 25, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    About bloody time. I’ve been wanting a Pokémon console game for years now.

  41. scemar
    September 25, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    They’d also unify markets.

    Their consoles will sell poorly, but their handhelds always sell well.
    This method would ensure their premium home system games have a big market to sell on.

  42. scemar
    September 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    It’s about time they accept the fact that they alienate a huge amount of their audience with their mediocre sub par scope towards game design.

    I’ve had more fun with rutile ruby and star sapphire than any pokemon game in ages and it’s thanks to the redesigns implemented to make the gameplay fresh, engaging and interesting.

    Every gym has required a well thought out plan, many encounters have made me sweat and it’s been a very rewarding and fun experience.

    I’d really recommend those games for anyone over 8 looking for a real quality pokemon experience.

  43. scemar
    September 25, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    the design makes a ton of sense, we’re at a point where a handheld with a power similar to past gen consoles is plausible and viable

    and nintendo has two options, make a system that can compete with the next gen 1.5 consoles at their best, or do a less powerful system

    we all know they will not go for option A, so going for option B is the only way to go, thus taking that system and also making it a handheld flips the script and instead of an underpowered home system you get an interesting hybrid that expands the market and its library

    additionally think about it this way, Nintendo was going to force a gimmick either way, at least this is a gimmick that won’t get in the way of gameplay very much, unlike the motion controls disaster or the pitiable tablet controller

  44. Ozzie Arcane
    Ozzie Arcane
    September 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    They wouldn’t make two separate versions of the game if the handheld version of the NX is the successor to the 3DS.

  45. Malascus
    September 26, 2016 at 2:19 am

    I think the party wide exp share, that you get early on in the game was also a big reason fort he game being easier.

  46. Josh
    September 26, 2016 at 4:22 am

    From what I’m hearing it just sounds like the NX will be a portable with advanced enough tech that allows it to run PS4/Xbone quality graphics on its games, and it streams to TVs.

  47. Feniks
    September 26, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Wow Nintendo is going full Steve Jobs huh?

    Weaning people off smartphones seems a lost cause but good luck I guess.

  48. Feniks
    September 26, 2016 at 5:01 am

    And only Japanese devs will care.

    When was the last time a Western developed triple A portable game came out?

  49. Note5
    September 26, 2016 at 9:44 am

    But that is one complicated contraption. Why cant it be as simple as the PSP 3000?
    Man, the PSP is a blast to play on my 1080p TV!!

  50. DrearierSpider
    September 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Console is already DOA for me.

  51. totenglocke
    September 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Supposedly the same guy in the interview said that those controllers are NOT the primary controller (more of an emergency controller if you don’t have enough for everyone).

  52. totenglocke
    September 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

    That’s what the rumors have been for awhile. Three types of cartridges – one for console only, one for handheld only, and one that will work on both (all depending on what the developer intends for the game). I think two types makes more sense, one that works on both and one that is console only due to superior graphics.

  53. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    September 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    It’s not a hybrid. We’ve known this for years now.

  54. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    September 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Exclusives remain the best in the industry.

    Games aren’t censored.

    And region locking is not an issue, wait for an actual release.

  55. Smug
    September 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    “And region locking is not an issue, wait for an actual release”

    which is the JP release of the japanese game I want, not its bastardized cousin. Region locking is a pain for that.

    “Games aren’t censored.”
    fucking lol

  56. No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I know, they to my knowledge didn’t make any of the console games. What I’m referring to is Smash4.

  57. Note5
    September 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    The PSP 3000 has long did this handheld home console thing. No innovation there Nintendo.

  58. flashn00b
    September 26, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Nintendo can afford to be Nintendo until 2052, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea.

    I still cannot help but think that it would be in Nintendo’s best interest to aim for a console armored against the PlayStation 5. Something that could at least play next-gen games at 720p

  59. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    September 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Bastardized? Ha ha.

  60. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    September 26, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Please god don’t tell me this is a real leak? Source?

  61. Note5
    September 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    It was just privately shared to me by some random guy.

  62. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    September 26, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    The sad thing is I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo

  63. Smug
    September 27, 2016 at 12:30 am

    If you want to stay a pleb faggot and play localizations, because you cant be bothered to learn japanese, that’s your problem Cody.

    Dont defend shitty restrictions because of that though

  64. Tubsiwub
    September 27, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Oh? Good to know, thanks.

  65. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    September 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    That’s… huh. Those notches in the middle of the two prongs are mad ugly, so I doubt this is real.

    Then again…

  66. Ainai
    September 28, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Calling it out as fake. There might be some truth to its design since it’s based on what’s currently known about the NX, but even as a mock-up, it lacks the signature solid D-pad design found on all Nintendo systems since the NES/Famicom.