The End of an Eron – Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon mark the end of current handheld Pokemon RPG’s.
Just like darkness approaches the land of Alola in the latest trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the series’ directors have decided to call it a night for the 3DS.
Gamefreak developer Shigeru Ohmori cites ever-expanding game design as the reason for the switch to Nintendo Switch, according to an IGN interview.
“When we were making Pokemon 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.”
Ohmori, of course, is talking about the 2013 release of Pokemon X and Y, which introduced the sixth generation of Pokemon and with it, fully polygonal 3D graphics. The game featured a full map of France-inspired geography and a multi-pathed main Lumiose City to match.
Until next handheld.
Only a year later, Gamefreak embarked on another show of the 3DS’ abilities with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, a remake of the original Gameboy Advance titles.
The game included a more expansive and dynamic universe, including Primal Reversions for the cover legendaries and even a trek to space for the mythical Deoxys.
Gamefreak decides to once again introduce a generation with the 2016 release of Pokemon Sun and Moon.
The game and its Ultra counterparts delve into the concept of Ultra Wormholes and the existence of other-dimensional beasts.
Like the platform itself, Ultra Sun and Moon breaks past the previous limitations and delves into new dimensions.
The 3DS release brings multiple game features like character customization, support for nine languages (the first to include Chinese), and access to Pokemon Bank – a digital storage system for up to 3000 Pokemon caught anytime during the 25 years of the franchise!
Ohmori comments that the Gamefreak team is “really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system.” And after 3 core series titles and a plethora of game-changing expansions, their work with the 3Ds system is done.
Just as the time of the DS ended with Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, now is the time for us to anticipate Nintendo’s next handheld console which should usher in the new Pokemon RPG’s for handhelds.
With no more Pokemon RPG’s in line for the Nintendo 3DS, share your favorite 3DS Pokemon games with us in the comments.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon releases for the 3DS on November 17th