In an interview with EDGE magazine, Junichi Masuda discussed why mainline Pokémon games will continue to release on handheld consoles. With Pokémon being focused around community and communication, Masuda feels handhelds are the best way to achieve the vision for the series.
“When coming up with the idea of Pokemon, what we really wanted to create was something where people could get together and have fun trading, battling, showing off their Pokemon collection, and just talking about their own adventures with the game. Handheld consoles and devices offer us the best way to achieve this vision.”
“We want Pokemon to be a means of communication. What I really want to do is to connect people, then help them form great memories by experiencing these distributions and such in certain places. I think of it like having a meal. By itself, a meal is usually pretty forgettable – it can be hard to even remember what you had for lunch yesterday! But if you go for a meal with a close friend at a restaurant you love, you’ll remember that meal for a long time. I want to give people memorable Pokemon experiences with one another.”