Pokémon X & Y Aren’t On Wii U Because Game Freak Believes in the Social Power of Handhelds

A lot of people have noticed that Pokémon X & Y‘s 3D graphics don’t really show off the full potential of the Nintendo 3DS and have wondered why the game isn’t coming to Wii U as well (or even instead) to take advantage of its HD visual capabilities. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are sticking to their traditional response: rather than using the full power of consoles, Pokémon is better suited to the opportunities for social interactions and portability offered by handheld platforms.

It’s this portable aspect, the companies say, that makes the trading, battling, and adventuring elements of the game so fun. Hop inside for the full quote.

Here’s the exchange between The Pokémon Company’s director of consumer marketing J.C. Smith and Game Informer:

GI: Pokémon X and Y looks like it could be a good fit for console as well. Why not make a Wii U version?

I can’t speak to the specifics, but traditionally Game Freak has always loved the game to be on a portable device because of the communication, trading, and the experience of taking this adventure with you. That’s why they’ve always prioritized a portable version of the game first. They’ve always liked what you can do in the real world with that.

GI: Why haven’t we seen a console Pokémon?

It comes down to what the creators want to do. Every time I’ve heard them talk about it, it’s been about the portable experience, taking the adventure with you, being able to share it with friends, communicate, trade, battle – really encouraging that interaction

I can understand the impetus behind the decision, to be sure, but doesn’t it make sense to offer alternative means of experiencing the world of Pokémon for those who might find more interest in playing from home or over the Internet? Still, they haven’t gone wrong yet – so I’m content to just sit back and let them do their thing.

Source: Game Informer

  • Linkfan99

    I read this thinking it was a joke…
    “The social power of handhelds”…

    • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

      They obviously don’t get that at school or in public that people rarely talk to each other let alone finding someone to battle with, even in the days of the Game Boy you had to physically find someone to battle/trade with. If you initiate conversations nowadays you are considered weird is what I’ve been led to believe,, someone who hasn’t had friends since high school off of Facebook (going on 7 years) It seems no one is interested in friendships anymore. When I was a kid Poke’mon was considered “lame” and now a decade later everyone enjoys it.

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        I mean, people might go over to friends’ houses to play it (at least, that’s what everyone did when I was in 3rd grade), but they’re not going to go out in public and just ask random people to battle. Seriously, Gamefreak doesn’t seem to understand that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Garabedain/75401337 Richard Garabedain

    As long as i can remember ive wanted a console 3d pokemon game. Then when i saw this I jumped, only to be let down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/coolkangarooo Gabriel Gomez

    Pokemon Z for the Wii U.

  • Anon

    There are console games. Not main titles, sure, but Colloseum and XD were perfectly respectable and a ton of fun.

  • Clem

    Wii U has a SOCIAL NETWORK built into it, Game Freak… How much more social does it need to be?!

    • Clem

      As it is, I don’t buy Pokémon games any more because I find the “social power of handhelds” to be very limited, especially as an adult without that many associates who play Pokémon… I got white version and had a battle with friends a total or two or three times… and that’s it. That’s what I got the game for. If I had a Wii U Pokémon and I could battle friends over Miiverse, then that would be 100 times better!

  • PitadorBoy

    Waaw really Gamefreak?!…
    I’m Sad because of this.