MCV recently reported that Nintendo’s upcoming console, codenamed NX, will have new Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon games within six months of the console’s launch.

This was one of the talking points on
this past episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we think this is totally plausible, but nevertheless a little fishy. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

None of us have any hesitation believing a new
Mario game and Zelda: Breath of the Wild will both launch within six months of NX, but Pokémon is where we raise our eyebrows. We think it’s plausible—likely, even—that a spinoff title like Pokémon Stadium or Pokkén Tournament could be well underway, but the report mentions that it’s being developed by Game Freak.

We’d think this report is entirely accurate if not for that small detail—which isn’t totally unreasonable, as the author may have heard only that a
Pokémon game was in development and then assumed Game Freak was the developer. We don’t think it’s likely for them to make a new Pokémon game so soon after they launch Sun and Moon in November, but if MCV is to be believed, there are a few possible explanations.

Game Freak could make an enhanced third version of
Sun and Moon as an NX exclusive, but it’s usually much longer than that before they release the third version of a given Pokémon game.

What we more easily see happening is a new remake of
Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, because it would be a fantastic way for Nintendo to get lapsed fans who recently enjoyed Pokémon GO interested in the main series of Pokémon games again. The series has come a longer way in the twelve years since FireRed and LeafGreen Versions launched than it had in the eight years that convinced them to remake Red and Green in the first place, so it wouldn’t be too soon to give Kanto another go. And by now they’ve surely realized that there’s no better time than now to capitalize on Kanto.

For our full in-depth thoughts beyond this brief write-up, be sure to check out the discussion video above. If you like the video, you can
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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.


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