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Pokemon CEO on what Switch means for Pokemon, not ruling out accessories, more

Posted on September 5, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Aside from Pokemon GO, Switch was another topic Bloomberg brought up during its interview with Pokemon CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara. Ishihara kept quiet for the most part about the upcoming game for Nintendo’s console, but spoke about the system in more general terms.

Ishihara said that Switch provides an opportunity to create something “that goes deeper and with a higher level of expression.” Playing on an HD TV also affords “a whole different world with graphics and sound.” Ishihara also wouldn’t rule out releasing accessories.
Ishihara shared the following:

“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?”

“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.”


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  • awng782

    Sounds like Pokemon Gen 8 on Switch could be the first entry in the franchise with local couch multiplayer, in addition to being the first home console and the first HD Pokemon game.

    That’s a lot of “firsts”…

    • Devlind

      Hopefully the first good Pokemon game in years too.

    • Auragar

      Wouldn’t count on couch multiplayer.

      • awng782

        Ishihara is sorta hinting at it, though it could just be an idea in his head and only his head.

        • Auragar

          I see what you mean but eh… I don’t think that means much it just wouldn’t work with Pokemon without completely changing what Pokemon is and there not even be Pokemon anymore. Maybe a spin-off but definitely not mainline.

    • Goma

      Local multiplayer would not work in Pokemon as it is now, your opponent would see your attacks and strategy.

  • LB

    I hope they stick to the same formula of the previous generations. Just cause it’s a nintendo system that plays on the tv doesnt mean it has to have couch co-op. i mean, look at one of the switch’s most successful multiplayer-based games, Splatoon 2.

    • Auragar

      It won’t have couch co-op it just doesn’t work for a single player game like Pokemon.

      • I wouldn’t say no if they crammed in a couple of the Pokémon Stadium or Poképark minigames as a multiplayer bonus. You know, the way older Kirby games usually have little MP games attached that keep friends busy for a bit. Full-on couch co-op is very unlikely and probably neigh-impossible to implement in the first place, Pokémon games don’t really have the structure to even support that, but I wouldn’t count out some smaller additions that implement the Pokémon of the main player.

        …I mean, technically, a Stadium component wouldn’t be the worst idea either.

        • Auragar

          If they handle it like that, sure I can see that working I guess, be yeah definitely not the actual main game. What do you mean a Stadium component?

          • What I was thinking was basically a multiplayer Pokémon Stadium mode, where you can battle your friends on one console by either importing their teams or them “renting” Pokémon, or just having the Switches connect if they have one with them as well. They could work that in as an actual location in the game, but leave it separate from standard online battles, which could just be disguised as random folks in the world or a lobby system. It could have extra lore behind it, even an actual announcer (cheesy as that was at the time) or ingame rewards beyond simply being the winner and so on.
            Just a thought though. But having the game on TV with friends around opens up that kind of gameplay option. I always felt like Pokémon Stadium had a different vibe from the mainline games and their battles.

          • Auragar

            I don’t see how you would import their teams or how that would different from just local play with two Switch. Making it a specific building would be neat but not necessary, the way they handled it in X/Y/OR/AS was great, but eh. I dunno that sounds weird but not the absolute worst thing I’ve ever heard I suppose.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    No stupid Pokémon Stadium or Snap I swear! Unless it’s VIA mini-games in the real game they’re creating, anybody else noticed how he didn’t mention “Core Pokémon game” when talking about approaching the Nintendo Switch and the Pokémon 2018 game? They should realize that Genius Sonority helped them create one of the perfect games Pokémon ever had and now I will continue to hype that were getting Pokémon Orre 3!

    • Carlos

      They were far from perfect. I don’t think they would go that far graphically for the next gen, at least not yet.

      • Princess_Eevee9

        So when was the last time you played Pokémon Colosseum or Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness? Even if I’m not being blinded by childhood nostalgic feelings those games are true RPG masterpieces with Pokémon elements. Like do you understand that the best Pokémon games are from two spin-off titles and not even mainseries franchises? If I had to throw in a Region though, Sinnoh and Unova are the closest we get to traditional RPGs, not counting Alola cause we’re not done with this Generation yet.

        Also Genius Sonority helped develop those games and they’re freaking beautiful! Sooo on their own I’d agree GameFreak can’t handle nothing, but since they’re on the Nintendo Switch now they have so many in house talent to help them with their obvious ineptitudes.

        • Carlos

          As a matter of fact I played it in June. While they were good, they had issues like slow pacing, battles taking forever, being linear, etc. so yes’m they were far from perfect. At least with main series Pokémon games you have some sense of exploration and adventure, which is what an RPGs should be.

          • Princess_Eevee9

            Well than we’re playing two different games as the battles are fast if you’re not stupid and know how to play. Story immediately throws you into the Lore, something that the main story surfers from so much, and the sense of Adventure be there as you’re roaming the Region. The only complaint that’s valid for these games are you can’t explore the entire Region as it’s all condensed but luckily it doesn’t take away from the story as the characters don’t make me want to set them on fire and the gameplay is engaging. Not ever RPG needs to be super open worldsy.

          • Carlos

            So now I’m stupid because I think a Pokémon game has slow battles? I know how to play Pokémon. The battles and pacing are slow. Most people would agree. Also, there isn’t a lot of exploration in it. It doesn’t have to. E open world, but if you can’t tell that every main series game has a bigger world than it, I don’t know what to tell you.

            Just for clarification, I’m speaking about Colosseum, since I still haven’t played XD yet. I do want to eventually. I heard it’s better than Colosseum.

  • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

    First words when the Pokemon CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara discovered that big HD TVs exist in 2017:
    “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.”