Pokémon to say goodbye to Nintendo 3DS
The twin release of Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun in November 2017 will be the core franchise’s last appearance on Nintendo 3DS, paving the way for a shift in focus to other formats. Though inextricably linked to Nintendo, the mainline Pokémon games are in fact developed elsewhere, at Tokyo-headquartered studio Game Freak.
For over two decades, Game Freak has overseen some 26 entries to the franchise, from its 1996 beginnings with “Pokémon Red,” “Pokémon Green” and “Pokémon Blue,” to 2016’s “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon.” But this year’s remastering and reimagining of “Sun and Moon,” known as “Pokémon Ultra Sun” and “Pokémon Ultra Moon,” will together become the last of eight Pokémon role-playing adventures released on the portable Nintendo 3DS console.
Released in 2011 and treated to five subsequent refreshes over the intervening years, the 3DS has sold upwards of 67 million units in the six years since.
That’s actually not too impressive for a Nintendo system — its clamshell predecessor, the 2004 DS, shifted 154 million units, surpassing the Game Boy and Game Boy Color’s combined 118m as well as the Game Boy Advance’s 80 million-plus. But during a time when the Wii U dramatically failed to live up to …read more