Nintendo has announced a Pokemon core RPG for the Nintendo Switch. The Pokemon games have come in many shapes and sizes since the release of the Red and Blue versions in 1996 from fighting-based battle games to an adaptation of the trading card game and even Pokemon Snap for the N64 which required players to go around taking photographs of various Pokemon, rather than capturing and battling them.
And despite the franchise passing its 20th anniversary last year, the conveyor belt of Pokemon titles doesn't seem to be slowing down. In the last week, Nintendo have announced Pokken Tournament DX for the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon for the 3DS and Pokemon Gold and Silver for the virtual store available on the 3DS console.
Somewhat more intriguingly however, The Pokemon Company's Tsunekazu Ishihara announced during Nintendo's E3 live stream (via Anime News Network) that developers Game Freak were working on a core Pokemon role-playing game for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately for eager fans, Ishihara also claimed that the game may not hit shelves for over a year and details remain very thin on the ground as of right now.
The announcement could potentially be the rumored Pokemon Stars game. Prior to Nintendo's E3 2017 announcements, reports began to circulate suggesting a Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon Sun and Moon called Pokemon Stars could be one of the company's major reveals and this new announcement is the closest possibility revealed at the event.
Pokemon fans have been clamoring for a core title to be released on one of Nintendo's major consoles, rather than their handheld fare, for years now and this exciting announcement could potentially see the realization of this wish. Interestingly, Ishihara didn't specify that the new RPG would be direct adaptation of Sun and Moon which leaves the door open for this new project to be an entirely new Pokemon adventure with a new story, new region and new monsters. Even if the game does eventually turn out to be a Sun and Moon copy, anticipation for the release will still be very high, such is the desire for a console-based Pokemon RPG.
With that said, is now really the best time a non-handheld core Pokemon RPG? Nintendo's advances in handheld technology mean that the 3DS is able to offer much more in terms of visuals and game play than the original DS or the Game Boy Advance ever did. Arguably, the technology gap between today's handheld and home consoles and those of six or seven years ago is smaller and therefore the necessity for a core Pokemon game to hit the Nintendo switch perhaps isn't as great as it was in the era of the Wii, for example.
The Nintendo Switch's Pokemon RPG is currently without a release date.
Source: Nintendo (via Anime News Network)