In this year's E3, Nintendo confirmed that a new Pokemon game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Not much details were given, but the announcement made it seem like Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon would be the series' final 3DS games. With all of this considered, it's kind of funny how the CEO of these pocket monsters thought that the Nintendo Switch would fail.
During an interview with Bloomberg, Pokemon CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara admitted that he thought the Switch was going to be a bust. He felt that in this age of mobile gaming, no one would want to bring a portable console with them. Ishihara is relieved that he was wrong, since the Switch is a huge success in Japan and the rest of the world.
Here are his exact words:
"I told Nintendo that Switch wouldn't be a success before it went on sale, because I thought that in the age of the smartphone, no one would carry out a game console.""It's obvious I was wrong."
In fairness to Ishihara, he's not the only person who feels that mobile gaming has made it tougher for modern gaming consoles. Sony of America stopped supporting the PS Vita a few years ago, claiming that the mobile market made it impossible to keep the system alive. Keep in mind that the Vita is alive and well, with a number of quality games coming, just not from Sony of America.
Still the sales success of the Nintendo Switch, along with the amount of copies Pokemon Sun and Moon sold, show that smartphones haven't killed portable gaming. Now that a new game in the series is coming to Nintendo's new console, fans can't wait to see how the game will look and play in the new system.
While the Switch game won't be coming out soon, 3DS owners still have Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to look forward to. Both games will be released this year, on November 17.