It’s no secret that the official reveal of Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 has been met with both excitement and mild confusion. The Nintendo 3DS is cruising nicely now after a poor start, but there’s still no denying the appeal of a brand new pair of Pokemon games — something the 3DS is still without. So when the new titles were confirmed to be coming to the Nintendo DS, instead of the Big N’s newer and more powerful handheld, some fans understandably became a little upset.
The follow-up to Pokemon Black and White, which many assumed would be Pokemon Gray, was rumored to be on the Nintendo 3DS. As The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have since confirmed though, is that they always planned to offer Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 on the Nintendo DS — despite the need Nintendo felt for these games during the drought of games the early adopters of the 3DS suffered through early last year.
Nintendo has now issued a response after IGN proceeded to do a feature on how Pokemon may be hurting the 3DS. The statement itself makes it clear why Nintendo and The Pokemon Company decided to develop the new Pokemon games on the Nintendo DS, but it likely won’t comfort 3DS owners who’ve been waiting for an exclusive pocket monster adventure title since purchasing the portable.
“Remember that Nintendo 3DS can also play all Nintendo DS Pokemon games. The Nintendo DS family also has a massive installed base of more than 51 million systems in the United States alone, and we are keen on continuing to deliver new experiences to this audience.”
There’s no denying the success the Nintendo DS has had in North America, and all over the world for that matter, but Nintendo should not be focusing on selling software for a dying portable when their future should be focused on moving more Nintendo 3DS units with big exclusives. That being said, it’s very easy to criticize the developer when you’re still not aware of all the un-played cards they may have up their sleeves. Maybe Righteous Ruby and Sacred Sapphire versions are already well into development for the 3DS. Still, it’s going to be a long wait for Pokemon fans longing for a true 3DS installment.
In the meantime, we can look forward to Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 hitting the Nintendo DS this Fall in North America.
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