Pokemon has been getting mainline RPG’s for years now and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the series get the console game or two. Games like Pokemon Snap (N64), XD Gale of Darkness (GameCube), Pokken (Wii U/Arcades) and Battle Revolution (Wii) have shown the series can work on the console well.
…..But the series is doing something different on the Switch according to Eurogamer; getting a full-mainline RPG title for the very first time.
Nintendo’s new 3DS duo Sun and Moon, available today in North America and Japan or next week in Europe, have shared much of their development with their Switch bigger brother. As you might expect, Pokémon Stars is being developed by the Sun and Moon team at Game Freak, the studio behind all main Pokémon games since the series’ Game Boy beginnings.
In fact, you may have already seen something from the Switch version. Sun and Moon’s February reveal teaser culminates in split-second shots of Game Freak staff such as series boss Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori working on Sun and Moon spliced with quick flashes of in-game concept art and models, including this HD in-game model for new bird Pokémon Pikipek. We’ve heard this is for the Switch edition:
Pokémon Stars’ development shouldn’t be seen as taking anything away from Sun and Moon’s launch – this is how all third entries in the Pokémon franchise are developed. And there will be reason to play both: Pokémon will be tradable between Sun/Moon and Stars via the Pokémon Box app. We’ve also heard suggestion there will be more creatures to collect in the Switch version, although not all of our sources could confirm this.
Expect the Switch version of Sun and Moon to feature the same map – the same routes and cities – and the same art style, although be built using separate, higher-resolution assets. It may be some time before Stars releases, however. We heard the game was initially a summer 2017 launch for Nintendo Switch, but has since been pushed back to later in the year.
This is a rumor and can easily be wrong. But considering Eurogamer (a major gaming news outlet) is reporting on this and has sources backing up this claim, there might be some truth to this rumor. Either way, it was rumored before that Mario/Zelda/Pokemon were all coming to the Switch within it’s first year. If this is true, it would join Mario hitting the system’s launch and Zelda releasing sometime after the systems launch.