Pokemon Gray: Nintendo's Not So Secret Weapon
With PlayStation Vita nearly upon us, the big N would be wise to drop a Wailord sized bomb on consumers on the fence about purchasing 3DS.
At first, Nintendo's surprise announcement, that the publisher will host a press conference in Japan this Friday, was a bit strange. After all, the company already held a big time event in early September, where it provided more info on the 3DS slide pad and blew the doors off Capcom's Monster Hunter 4.
Of course, it makes sense when you consider Sony's recent PlayStation Vita release news (February 22 in the U.S. and Europe). Clearly, the big N wants to steal some of its rival's thunder.
Make no mistake, Pokemon is still a huge game changer in this business. Following the URL announcement, message boards were full of rabid Poke fans overflowing with excitement, largely because this will probably mark the first full-fledged Pokemon adventure (the upcoming Rumble Blast is more of an offshoot) on 3DS. That means more impressive graphics and possible online/StreetPass connectivity, not to mention snazzy 3D effects.
Bottom line, this new Pokemon will definitely sell in the millions while convincing newcomers to pick up 3DS systems, and while we don't expect Pokemon Gray to debut anytime soon (unless Nintendo makes another shocking announcement), just seeing this title in action is enough to give budget conscious consumers pause. Go with the more expensive Vita, or stick it out for the cheaper 3DS?
Besides, Nintendo needs to make as many big splashes as possible to keep 3DS sales hot and shareholders at bay. It just makes sense to, at the very least, give the world a small taste of what's to come from this incredibly successful franchise.
Of course, Mario and co. could reveal something completely different, perhaps a third party game no one saw coming. At this point, though, Pokemon Gray's the safest and smartest bet.