Game Freak Reiterates Pokémon Ultra Sun & Moon are the Last 3DS Entries in the Series

The ‘mon are gone after this round of releases.

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 10/21/2017 20:30 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nintendo 3DS has shown some genuine longevity, especially in the wake of increased competition from mobile gaming, but everything eventually must go the way of the Dodo bird, and if Game Freak’s recent comments are any indicator, the handheld is approaching its twilight. According to director Shigeru Ohmori of Game Freak, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be the final Pokémon games to appear on the system.

Speaking with IGN, Ohmori stated the following:

“When we were making Pokémon X and Y, we really were trying to push the 3DS system to its absolute limits – which is what we thought we’d done. But when Sun and Moon came around, we completely redesigned the system, and actually ended up pushing the 3DS even further to what we thought was the most we could draw out of it.

With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we’ve tried to eke that out more and really, really push the system to its absolute limits, and we’re now feeling that perhaps this is the maximum of what we can get out. So we’re really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system.”

Of course, we do know that Game Freak is hard at work producing a mainline Pokémon installment on Nintendo Switch, so it’s not like the beloved Pocket Monsters are going anywhere. Still, it’s rather sad to think that the days might be numbered for Pokémon on a dedicated portable gaming system. What do you think of these developments? Share with us in the comments!

Source: IGN

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