Pokemon Pinball and other unreleased Nintendo DS games leak canceled
Pokemon Pinball games have appeared on Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance, which has likely led some fans to speculate that the spinoff series will become a regular on Nintendo handhelds. This turned out not to be the case, as the series hasn’t seen another game since 2003. Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire. However, we now know thanks to Nintendo’s “gigaleak” that a new entry was planned for September 2006. The game would have been Wi-Fi compatible and would have been developed by “FUSE”. This information was shared on ResetEra, and a poster speculated that the listed developer was probably referring to Fuse Games Limited, the team responsible for Mario pinball land and Metroid Prime pinball machine.
According to the timeline, the game would likely have been based on Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, but it’s impossible to say. Diamond and pearl ended up being released in September 2006 in Japan and the following year in North America. Maybe this new Pinball Pokemon would have come too close Diamond and Pearlrelease date, or the game was based on previous generations and would have been considered obsolete when the new generation was released. Either way, the game has unfortunately been discontinued.
In addition to Pokemon Pinball, other canceled DS projects have also been discovered thanks to the gigaleak. Apparently, Geist DS was expected. Presumably, this would have been a follow-up to the Nintendo GameCube game, and it would also have had an online game. Gauntlet DS was also planned, based on the arcade classic. Last but not least, Magic the Gathering creator Richard Garfield and developer NIGHTLIGHT had apparently come up with a game called “PLUCKER”, which would have been a strategy game using numbers, as opposed to cards.
While the gigaleak has given fans a lot of interesting information about Nintendo, it also leaves us with a lot of additional questions. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing how far the development of these games was. Nintendo has actually sat on near-completed games in the past, like Star Fox 2, but it’s just not clear if any of these games were close to an end as well. For now, fans will just have to wonder what could have been!
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[H/T: Nintendo Everything]