What do Pocket Monsters become when they make the move to a mainstream video game console? Well, it looks like Pokémon aficionados will find out in just over a year when the core Pokémon franchise delivers an entry made exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
The news came directly from Pokémon President Tsunekazu Ishihara during the Nintendo presentation at E3 2017 on June 13. “Game Freak has begun developing a core RPG Pokémon title on Nintendo Switch,” Ishihara, said during the Nintendo Spotlight. “It may not release for more than a year, but we hope you’ll look forward to it all the same.”
While no title name was dropped, the game he’s referring to might be the long-rumored Pokémon Stars, which was theorized to be the equivalent to what Yellow was to the original Blue and Red but for Sun and Moon.
More realistically, however, the game could be something closer to the Yellow of the recently announced [Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon], a (https://www.inverse.com/article/32553-pokemon-ultra-sun-moon-stars-sequel-new-games-nintendo-direct) pair of games which are direct sequels — along the same lines of Black 2 and White 2 — to the best-selling pair of Pokemon games America has ever devoured: Sun and Moon.
Even then, this new game won’t have anything to do with the Nintendo 3DS, so it could be something entirely new and different. One way or another, the Nintendo Switch will have a brand new core Pokémon game, and that could mean something very exciting.
The firm step outside of traditional formats is major evolution of the major gaming company. Who knows what Pokémon will bring fans next?
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This new Pokémon game won’t be out until at least late 2018, so you have plenty of time to get excited.