Game Freak Talks Pokémon’s Future On Nintendo Switch

Pokemon is coming to the Nintendo Switch
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The September issue of Game Informer has a lot of different features, including the cover story for Call of Duty WWII, along with a piece that will see the Game Informer staff travel to Game Freak’s offices in Japan to talk with the Pokémon team.

Game Informer spoke to both Game Freak co-found Junichi Masuda and Pokémon Sun and Moon director Shigeru Ohmori about the announced Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch.

“What I’m really curious about, and really excited to see, will be the main way that people play the Switch,” Masuda said. “Will it be home for the most part? Will it be out and about? I think that is really going to depend on where the person lives, maybe. Depending on the country, maybe the main style of playing will be different. As we’ve been saying a lot, we always focus on, when designing the games, thinking about how the player is going to play the game – how they’re going to enjoy it, and what kind of experiences they are going to have. I’m really just kind of excited to see where the main style of playing is going to land.”

You can watch Game Informer’s interview with the Game Freak crew below.

Since its debut in 1996, Pokémon has jumped from console to console, but going from a handheld system to a home console like the Nintendo Switch will be something new for the franchise.

“It’s definitely different this time,” Masuda said. “Just playing it at home is kind of a little bit different than the portable systems we’ve made games for up until now.”

The excitement from the Pokémon community when a Nintendo Switch version was announced was not lost on Game Freak, but with that excitement comes added pressure.

“It definitely is really fun to see that, but at the same time, it is definitely a lot of pressure, so we’re going to do our best to create a game that answers those expectations,” Ohmori said.

“Of course, it is very difficult to make the game, so I hope people don’t get their expectations up too high,” Masuda said. “We’ll do our best.”

Pokémon on Nintendo Switch was announced by The Pokémon Company International President and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara during Nintendo’s E3 2017 presentation. No details were given but announcing the franchise would jump onto the Switch was enough to get fans excited.

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