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Pokémon: No MMO or Wii version soon

Monster creators give the disappointing news

Everyone and their dog familiar with the Pokémon Game Boy games wants a monster-catching MMO - or at the very least a proper home console instalment on Wii.

It's disappointing to hear then that the proper 3D Pokémon we've been fantasising over since the N64 days, is still not even a dream in its creators' heads, according to an interview conducted by What They Play.

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"At this point, we're not thinking of going in that direction," game director Junichi Masuda, accompanied by designer Takechi Kawachimaru, replied when asked of the series' potential Wii and MMO future.

"Trading is a core concept of Pokémon. So when you're trading, you meet with a friend and decide which one you want and which one they want. I would like to emphasize real-world communication. You don't see each other online," Masuda added.

Brilliant. As for the next, 300th instalment in the handheld line, the Pokémon man says it may take advantage of the DSi's new features: "If we think there's something interesting and fun for the players that we can do with the camera, then we'll definitely consider applying that new technology to the future Pokémon games," he said.

"You can take a picture and draw on it, and that's fun, but we have to make it much more fun for the player if we want to put it in our games."

If we have to wait any longer, we're going to make a 3D Pokémon.

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