The Nintendo 3DS has been on shelves since 2011, and it’s had a decent life. But now that the Switch is hitting its stride and getting popular as a portable device, it’s about time for the 3DS to be slowly retired. In a recent interview, developer Game Freak has revealed that the upcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be the last outing on the system.
Talking with IGN, series director Shigeru Ohmori explains that Pokémon Sun and Moon pushed the limits of the 3DS’s capabilities, and with the expanded versions coming soon, “[Game Freak] is really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system”.
Considering that the latest generation now features 802 fully rendered Pokémon, cramming that many models onto a 3DS card likely won’t leave a lot of space for innovations. Pokémon as a series could see some big improvements using the Switch’s power and unique controllers. Imagine having split-screen battles, or some other kind of competitive play on a shared system.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will launch for the 3DS family of systems on 17 November.