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Masuda talks possibilities of Pokemon Black/White 3, Pokemon Snap sequel and Wii U interest

The following information comes from producer Junichi Masuda...

Why the Pokemon Black/White 2 is on DS instead of 3DS...

"The primary goal is to get as many people as possible able to play the game. With the Nintendo DS, it's the handheld hardware system that the most people in the world have. Those who played Black and White may not have a 3DS, but they definitely played on a regular DS.

There are some aspects of HeartGold and SoulSilver that were purposefully left out of Black 2 and White 2. HeartGold and SoulSilver were more focused toward those who played Gold and Silver a long time ago. It was a celebration and commemoration of those games. With that target audience, we were able to do things that maybe made it more convenient but may not have been so obvious for new players."

On basing Pokemon decisions on the way they look...

"There are a lot of cute Pokemon and a lot of very strong ones. A lot of times, they look cute because they're not very strong, or they're strong in battle but don't look very cute. When we come up with moves and statistics and parameters for each of the characters, we always take into account how they look and what would be realistic for that character. We always try to think of them as living creatures."

On making a direct sequel to Pokemon Black/White...

"Although the story of Black and White was concluded and complete in its own form, a lot of the development staff wanted to do more with these characters. We definitely thought about the intimidation factor for new users. We focused on making it super accessible for new players and old players alike. The protagonist is completely different. There's a new town, and the route in which you progress through the game is different from Black and White."

On the possibilities of Pokemon Black/White 3

"If in the future, we feel that we want to continue, perhaps we'll have a continuation. But we're really satisfied with how Black 2 and White 2 have turned out, so perhaps not."

On Swapping keys between the two games that will open up bonus features in their opposites...

"If you complete Black 2, then you get a key. By giving that to someone playing White 2 who hasn't completed it, they can actually lower the difficulty. The idea is that if siblings are playing the game and one finishes it first, they can make the other version a little easier for their brother or sister."

On the Pokemon series as a communication tool...

"We think of the Pokemon games as communication tools. It's important that many people own the same hardware, so they can play with each other. The 3DS has a lot of very cool features. The 3D, new network features - we could challenge ourselves with that hardware, so we're definitely taking a look at it. We're very interested."

On lack of interest in a Pokemon Snap sequel...

"Photography wasn't as widely spread in those days. Now everyone has a camera and can take photos whenever they want. Releasing it in that same form wouldn't be as interesting these days. Maybe there's a new idea, though."

On Wii U...

"It would be very cool if you could play Black 2 and White 2 on the Wii U." (said with a laugh)

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17 Sep 2012 23:30

Yeah... Snap 2 please.
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17 Sep 2012 23:32

Dude! Pokemon Snap on Wii U. Bam, tablet. Bam sequel. Bam happy fans. BAM! $$$$$
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17 Sep 2012 23:36

Pokemon Snap 2 on Wii U seems too good of a fit to not happen.
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17 Sep 2012 23:44

With that target audience, we were able to do things that maybe made it more convenient but may not have been so obvious for new players.

The option to set two registered items comes to mind.


On basing Pokemon decisions on the way they look...

So basically just pick the tough looking ones and you're set to go, apparently... :(


Releasing it in that same form wouldn't be as interesting these days. Maybe there's a new idea, though.

Snap 2 on the Wii U would be great, especially with how you can look around with the tablet. The 3DS can already do this, but with augmented reality as well.
So I can kind of get where he's coming from, but it would still be neat to get a sequel to Snap and see Pokemon in their natural habitat.
That may sound silly, but look at Black/White. There's civilization everywhere, with those huge cities, construction zones, train tracks, etc.


Haven't played BW2 yet or know how it ends but if there was a third I have no idea how they would change it up, sounds boring.



When you think about it, Pokemon has a lot of potential on Wii U. But will Nintendo utilize it?

It could have had a lot of potential on the Wii. But it did not, as far as having connectivity and impact on the main series RPG. You got your battle game and Pokemon Box stand in, and that was it. That's just beating a dead horse though and it's time to move on.
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18 Sep 2012 00:01

Considering I've already played Black2/White2, there's definitely room for a sequel, and a way to expand it if done right. However another game in the series with certain events in mind can make this work too.
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18 Sep 2012 00:11

"Photography wasn't as widely spread in those days. Now everyone has a camera and can take photos whenever they want. Releasing it in that same form wouldn't be as interesting these days.“

Well, we still don't have pokemon all around in our real life, I think that's what makes it interesting!
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18 Sep 2012 00:32

@osk

Exactly. It isn't like I can go outside and take a picture of a Charizard coming out of a volcano any time I want. Or take a picture of a Gyarados spurting out of a waterfall. Or find a Mew floating around in a strange rainbow bubble.

Either make Pokemon Snap 2, or make real life Pokemon a reality. Your choice, Nintendo. I'm sure one costs a lot less than the other.
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18 Sep 2012 00:50

I'm still shocked that they haven't made Snap 2 on 3DS. Now they have an even better excuse with the Wii U Gamepad.

Luigi's Mansion is getting a sequel, so why not Pokemon Snap :p
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18 Sep 2012 00:52

On Wii U...

"It would be very cool if you could play Black 2 and White 2 on the Wii U." (said with a laugh)

That's the real story, right there! Is he hinting at being able to play DS games on Wii U, with your TV serving as the top screen and the gamepad being the lower touchscreen?
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Anonymous
18 Sep 2012 01:12

"It would be very cool if you could play Black 2 and White 2 on the Wii U." (said with a laugh)


YES. That would be awesome, I could actually capture and stream Battles legally! (I use a Sav ripper to rip directly from my game cartridge, but still have to use a ROM to capture the battle footage)
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18 Sep 2012 01:29

@jraics

This please, Nintendo.

...Please?
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Anonymous
18 Sep 2012 01:31

"We always try to think of them as living creatures."


Well that explains the ice cream pokemon and the chandelier pokemon.
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18 Sep 2012 01:49

CrispyGoomba wrote:Dude! Pokemon Snap on Wii U. Bam, tablet. Bam sequel. Bam happy fans. BAM! $$$$$

Bam! My money is gone!

Seriously, Pokémon Snap 2 is so easy to imagine on the WiiU, a caveman could do it!

Someone needs to make that game exist! It would be seriously amazing, and practically impossible to screw up!
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18 Sep 2012 02:51

Snap 2 for the Wii U please! The gamepad would be perfect as a camera, it would be awesome - using the gamepad as a camera is a good enough "new idea".
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18 Sep 2012 03:08

What do they mean lack of interest for Snap 2?

People have been begging for years for a sequel rather than the same old Pokemon (Color/Gem/etc) over and over.

The 3DS and WiiU hardware are practically BEGGING for a Snap 2.
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18 Sep 2012 03:20

BaNGeR wrote:What do they mean lack of interest for Snap 2?

People have been begging for years for a sequel rather than the same old Pokemon (Color/Gem/etc) over and over.

The 3DS and WiiU hardware are practically BEGGING for a Snap 2.

For one, it's not his decision. He is a higher up at GameFreak. Snap is a spin-off by another company. Therefore, it's not an either/or thing.

Saying "the same old Pokémon" indicates you don't have knowledge of the games as they drastically change with each iteration
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18 Sep 2012 04:18

Johnknight1 wrote:Seriously, Pokémon Snap 2 is so easy to imagine on the WiiU, a caveman could do it!


Image

:P

But yea i pretty much agree with you guys, there is a big opportunity here for nintendo to bring us a pokemon snap 2. But then again there are a ton of opportunities like this that nintendo is failing to cash in on, oh well *goes back to wishing for a super mario bros 2 sequel*
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18 Sep 2012 05:25

I just had an Idea for a Snap 2 on the 3DS. Instead of a virtual world, you can take pictures of Pokemon in the real world.
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18 Sep 2012 06:24

Masuda wrote:On Swapping keys between the two games that will open up bonus features in their opposites...

"If you complete Black 2, then you get a key. By giving that to someone playing White 2 who hasn't completed it, they can actually lower the difficulty. The idea is that if siblings are playing the game and one finishes it first, they can make the other version a little easier for their brother or sister."

But I wanna make it harder not easier. D:
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18 Sep 2012 15:16

CrispyGoomba wrote:Dude! Pokemon Snap on Wii U. Bam, tablet. Bam sequel. Bam happy fans. BAM! $$$$$


This. The idea is so obvious. Especially on 3DS, too.

jraics wrote:On Wii U...

"It would be very cool if you could play Black 2 and White 2 on the Wii U." (said with a laugh)

That's the real story, right there! Is he hinting at being able to play DS games on Wii U, with your TV serving as the top screen and the gamepad being the lower touchscreen?


This, too. The Wii U brings dual screen gaming on home consoles. It's like the "Super Game Boy" but for DS and 3DS games. ^_^
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18 Sep 2012 17:20

1) No threequels, thanks.

2) Pokemon Snap on the Wii U [or 3DS] with all pokemon would be AWESOME!
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18 Sep 2012 23:02

HylianHeroLOZ wrote:
Johnknight1 wrote:Seriously, Pokémon Snap 2 is so easy to imagine on the WiiU, a caveman could do it!


Image

:P

But yea i pretty much agree with you guys, there is a big opportunity here for nintendo to bring us a pokemon snap 2. But then again there are a ton of opportunities like this that nintendo is failing to cash in on, oh well *goes back to wishing for a super mario bros 2 sequel*

HAHAHA!!! That was a good one!

But really, Pokémon Snap 2 is an easy cash in. The same goes for a 2D Mario game that has elements of any 2D Mario game from the NES/SNES era (yes, including Super Mario Bros. 2; turnip throwing in Mario FTW!). :lol:

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