No way. No how! Pokémon X and Y, and every other game in the series following, will never dangle Pokémon from a string which can only be bought through typical DLC means. At least, not while the current brass is in charge.
In an interview with 4Gamer, translated by Siliconera, Pokémon Art Director Ken Sugimori and Director Tetsuya Watanabe discussed the future of microtransactions in Nintendo’s popular portable RPG series. Basically, it’s never going to happen, because it would disrupt the power that’s inside.
“When it comes to business, the one thing I’ve always said ‘no!’ to is ‘the act of buying Pokémon with money,’” claims Sugimori. “That is something that has been said since the days [creator Satoshi] Tajiri was completely involved in everything.”
The reason being, is because it’s one of things that could ‘ruin the worldview’ of Pokémon. I believe the reason we don’t simply commercialize [Pokémon], is that it’s a way of protecting the brand, and for this purpose, we have the specialty company called The Pokémon Company. Therefore, suppose we sell a Pokémon for 100 yen, then we must prepare something that is worthy of that 100 yen, along with a reasonable consent for doing so.
Nintendo has broken new ground with the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U by finally bringing DLC packages to its most popular franchises. So far, New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the 3DS has seen extra challenges emerge for a small price and New Super Mario Bros. U saw a major expansion in New Super Luigi U.
Beyond that, Nintendo also crept into the RPG DLC world when it started releasing missions for Fire Emblem: Awakening. This led many to believe that Pokémon would be the obvious place for Nintendo to crank out a few extra dollars, but this stand from the series’ two top figures makes it seem like this won’t be happening.
I wonder how long Nintendo would sit on this gold mine before it starts poking its nose where it shouldn’t go.
Should Nintendo start introducing microtransactions into the Pokémon series? Of course the correct answer is a firm “no,” but if they can’t start selling Pokémon, where else might they be able to make some extra cash within the confines of the game?