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Report: They're Making a New Pokémon Game Starring Pikachu

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Pikachu, I choose you! For a starring role in the next Pokémon game, that is.

Later this month, Japanese broadcaster NHK is airing a profile on Pokémon Company honcho Tsunekazu Ishihara. The profile will feature, of course, interviews with Ishihara as well as provide an exclusive look at the company.

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But there's more: According to the NHK site, work began this summer on a new Pokémon title, which stars Pikachu.

Wonder if it's heading to Nintendo hardware or, gasp, smartphones...

Photo: TV Tokyo

第215回 2013年10月28日(月) 放送予定 [NHK]

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DISCUSSION

You guys literally just posted an article about Iwata's interview where he said there are NO plans for smart phone games, and now you're going to hint at the notion that it might, *gasp*, come to smartphones.

Look, why would Nintendo seriously consider putting one of its strongest franchises, and one of the best selling portable games on the market, on a non-Nintendo handheld? Pokemon is a game that doesn't just sell copies. It seriously sells hardware. Just wait until Sunday and see how many 3DSs are sold worldwide. That'll be your answer as to when a series like Pokemon will debut on smartphones.