3DS, Wii Pokémon games in development

Release date, boxart for Typing DS also announced
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  • Friday, January 28, 2011

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Satoru Iwata has revealed numerous pieces of information at today's financial briefing. First and foremost, Iwata showed the boxart for Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS, along with revealing a release period of April 2011. In addition to this, Iwata announced that Nintendo is working on "various projects" for the Wii and the upcoming Nintendo 3DS regarding the Pokémon franchise.

Boxart for Typing DS

Iwata also mentioned that Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS is not particularly aimed at younger audiences, as higher levels in the game are very challenging; Iwata himself has been unable to beat the high score in the game.

Packaged keyboard

Information on the keyboard peripheral included with Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS was also revealed. This keyboard will connect to the DS using Bluetooth technology implemented in the keyboard and the game card. The keyboard seems to be a simple Bluetooth keyboard, as it can connect with other devices such as Android devices and iPhones.

We are also scheduled to launch a new game called “Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS” (Japanese title) in April. This touch-typing practice software features Pokémon, the aim of which is that our children will be able to touch-type without realizing it, just by enjoying playing the software.

However, this software is not aiming to appeal only to children. The developers have made it so that even adults who have mastered typing to some extent will find it challenging. I recently received an email from Mr. Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company, which reads, “I thought I was not that bad when it came to typing, but I’m now deeply into this software as I cannot get a high score. I’m glad to be able to feel that, even at my age, I’m getting a bit better at how I use my little fingers.”

To be included in the software’s package is a keyboard which is compatible with Bluetooth standards. A Bluetooth communication function is also included in the ROM card, so they wirelessly communicate. Although Nintendo does not guarantee the connections, the keyboard can be connected with various other devices. Internally at Nintendo, some are connecting the prototype keyboard with iPhone and Android. Actually, I’m one of them. After all, when it comes to the speedy typing of a long sentence, a keyboard has the advantage. For Pokémon, we are also proceeding ahead with various projects on Wii and Nintendo 3DS. We will announce them later at the appropriate timing.

  -- Satoru Iwata  

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