Pokémon – Black Version: Nintendo Answers Back on Black and White 2 Crit
When Nintendo announced that its game development arm will be releasing sequels to its Pokemon Black and Pokemon White titles, 3DS fans could not be blamed for being expectant and hopeful. Sadly, their hopes were dashed as quickly as the announcement was made since the sequels will only be available for the DS.
Of course, this launched quite a bit of criticism on the Internet. Nintendo has now officially responded regarding this issue. The company says they went the DS route because they wanted to give owners of that handheld platform “new experiences.” Say what? After a shaky start, the 3DS is now doing well enough and could definitely use new Pokemon titles to further firm up its position as the replacement for the DS. The DS only announcement must have come as a curve ball. More than a few fans were upset. First, the follow up game wasn’t Pokemon Gray but two sequels, now they have announced that it will only be for the DS. Talk about adding insult to injury. It wasn’t exactly easy for the 3DS early adopters last year when they could have used more title support from Nintendo. Given the Pokemon series’ brand power, it would have helped the 3DS. Things haven’t exactly been all wine and roses for Nintento in terms of corporate financial performance. This is the kind of news they need the least. Regardless, the official response says that people should remember that the 3DS is backwards compatible with DS titles.
Given the huge installed base of the DS in the US alone (51 million) and the fact that the 3DS is backwards compatible, Nintendo is “keen” on delivering new game experiences to this market. While that makes sense on a surface level, the truth of the matter is the 3DS is a successor system and the DS is dying.