Marc Zablotny said this not too long ago...but I disagree! [/Colress]
Also guys, as for when Generation VI will come out, it's freaking obvious now - 2013. Genesect, who is currently the last Pokémon in the National Pokédex order, has been confirmed as being in next year's movie, yet we already have it. Japan received three Mythical Pokémon this year - Keldeo, Meloetta and Genesect. There is no reason to continue Generation V. In regards to the main series, the last games for this generation were Black 2/White 2. If Ruby/Sapphire remakes are to happen, they might be a part of Generation VI - but the next games will not be remakes, they will the primary pair of Generation VI, which will be for the 3DS.
For people who say that generations typically last for four years - you're wrong. Out of the completed generations, only two of them lasted four years - the other two have lasted three. If Generation VI comes out next year (and it will), then Generation V would have been around for just as long as the first and second generations - the two it was trying to thematically replicate.
It's also important to remember that Black 2/White 2 were Nintendo DS games, but released a year after the Nintendo 3DS was released. The fact that Black 2/White 2 were released in June in Japan as opposed to the usual September was obviously Nintendo wanting to have the international release done this year, as come 2013, they would have no chance of selling ordinary DS games. If you look through Junichi Masuda's comments in the past, it's fairly clear that he believes the new opportunities new hardware can deliver to developers is enough to differentiate a new generation from a new one. He wouldn't waste that opportunity on releasing a remake first, he would want a brand new generation with loads of new features to take advantage of a new console. Besides, if GameFreak were planning on releasing a Generation V game on the 3DS, they would have just made Black 2/White 2 3DS games in the first place.
In regards to Pokémon Snap, Junichi Masuda has commented on this. Back when the original N64 game was released, not everyone had a camera - now, cameras are in everything. Besides, Pokédex 3D Pro's Augmented Reality feature lets you take photos of Pokémon. Done.
As for why Pokémon wasn't in Nintendo Land, it could be because Pokémon is actually a second party property as opposed to a first party (although Pokémon characters appear in Smash Bros), but it could also be because of the nature of the game. Maybe Nintendo EAD couldn't find a way to incorporate Pokémon in a way that would show off the Wii U and the GamePad, as opposed to more obscure IPs like Takamaru's Ninja Castle (which looks awesome by the way). Or maybe The Pokémon Company are already planning a PokéPark style party game, or even a 3D battling simulator with minigames, ala Stadium and Stadium 2?
Personally, what I think the Pokémon franchise needs in the next year or two are the following:
- A brand new generation on the Nintendo 3DS that truly takes advantage of the new system's features and power. I honestly think the days of sprites should be behind us. Although Pokédex 3D Pro features 3D models of all currently known Pokémon and the new Mystery Dungeon reuses those models, we have to remember that GameFreak will also need shiny models, attack animations etc. Considering that we'll probably have around 750 Pokémon by that time, it might be too much for the 3DS, it might not be - I bet GameFreak have at least discussed it though. However, when I've been playing 3DS games and go back to my Black 2, the sprites honestly look tacky and I imagine they would look worse in a 3D environment. I also think that like Pokémon Conquest and the Ace Attorney games, dialogue for characters should be shown in a way reminiscent of visual novels. There's no reason why on the 3DS, we should have to put up with chibi little sprites and speech bubbles. I loved those moments with N in Black and White and I also loved that about Conquest; B2W2's lack of them actually disappointed me. I believe it will really help characters emote and add the weight to the story.
Even if full 3D models for Pokémon aren't possible, the overworld definitely needs an overhaul. I remember playing Tales of the Abyss and noticing how vast and wonderful the overworld is; very similar to Pokémon Colosseum. In past Pokémon games, towns have always been too small and not very detailed, but with the 3DS' extra power, we should be able to truly receive a vast region.
- In regards to the new Nintendo 3DS features, just think of it - StreetPass exchanging Battle Box data with other players, allowing you to battle people you pass on the street at your own leisure, or maybe even Pokémon the other person owns that you haven't seen being registered as "Seen" in your Pokédex? Maybe you could have a special slot designated in your PC for a Pokémon that gets traded to a player you pass-by who also has a Pokémon in said slot, thus creating a chain of trades that you won't even know about until you get home and check your 3DS?
SpotPass could also finally make Mythical Pokémon a surprise again. In the past, they have been pre-programmed into the games, so when people reverse engineer them at launch we know all about them. However, this time GameFreak could add either the Pokémon themselves or just their data (as a patch-type thing so the game doesn't glitch if you encounter someone who does have a mythical Pokémon you don't have data for).
- The increased online stability also hopefully means that the game will be able to identity who disconnects - thus preventing me from being unfairly kicked out of Wi-Fi tournaments again and allow DCers to be punished. Also, maybe even Pokémon battle communities, like Mario Kart 7 has (maybe even 8-16 player tournaments? That would be awesome).
Then for the Wii U, I think we definitely need a 3D battling title, which Generation V has surprisingly lacked (I would have thought a Gen V battle sim would have been Nintendo's final send off to the Wii). I think this game should definitely return to the roots of Stadium and Stadium 2 though by having mini-games (with that GamePad, they would be awesome). Also guys, we all want to send out Pokémon by flicking Pokéballs from the GamePad towards the TV - don't try and deny that you don't =3.
That's what I think The Pokémon Company and GameFreak should focus on next. Although a Wii U ranger that has you draw circles on the GamePad screen would be cool too.