The Pokemon Company is planning something big next week.
According to the Japanese Pokemon official website (via Siliconera), the company is intending to announce some “shocking” news in collaboration with Japanese video game publication Famitsu during a live stream on Nico Nico on Tuesday, August 26.
Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara will be making an appearance on the stream, which starts at 10:00 p.m. JST (9:00 a.m. EDT).
It is unclear how The Pokemon Company intends to surprise its loyal fans of the game.
Recently, an iPad version of the popular Pokemon Trading Card Game Online was revealed, and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are definitely on the way in November.
It could be that in light of flagging sales — Nintendo lost $229 million in the 2013 fiscal year — and the introduction of the Pokemon TCG Online for the iPad, The Pokemon Company is finally going to move its game to the mobile devices and away from its Nintendo 3DS family of consoles.
In January, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had said: “The spread of smartphones does not spell the end of game consoles.”
“Its not that simple, and it doesn’t mean we should put Mario on smartphones.”
Perhaps Nintendo will truly do some serious “shocking” with an about face on this stance, or really come up with some other novel idea or product.