As long as Pokémon has existed as Nintendo’s biggest cash-Miltank on its handheld consoles, so have fan requests for the Big N to port their pocket monsters franchise on over to a home console. And in a way, Nintendo has done just that. Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Rumble U and Pokémon Stadium are a few examples of this.
But they’re all spin-offs. None of these games have been actual entries in the core franchise that has you exploring a new region and acquiring new friends along the way. It’s something that the staff at developer GameFreak have been adamant about, desiring to keep Pokémon as a portable experience that encourages battling with strangers.
But with the Nintendo Switch around the corner, it might finally be time for Pokémon to step up to the even bigger leagues. That’s the word according to Eurogamer’s reliable sources, who say that the Nintendo Switch will be graced with a proper Pokémon game. Not only that, but the currently code-named Pokémon Stars will follow the series formula of combining the best of both games in a new generation when it lands on that home console next year.
Think Pokémon Platinum, Emerald and Yellow. According to the Eurogamer sources, development has been going on for quite some time as GameFreak worked on parallel version of Pokémon Sun and Moon, pausing only to further polish up that title several months before release. With Sun and Moon out in the wild, it’s all hands on deck for Pokémon Stars.
So what’s the difference then? Higher-resolution models and even more pocket monsters to find for a start. But it might be a while before Pokémon Stars is ready for launch, as the report detailed:
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.
Anyway, that’s a perfect pairing. You have a new console that wants to sell itself as a mobile heavyweight, a hungry fandom who have been waiting twenty years for Pokémon to make the home console jump and a new entry in the franchise that has been geared towards embracing a younger generation again for the next pair of decades in the Pokémon universe.
And that’s how you get a license to print money.
Last Updated: November 21, 2016
November 21, 2016 at 08:01
November 21, 2016 at 13:27
Another Pokemon, Another Mario, Another Zelda, Another Mario Kart, Another……. See the pattern?
Although I do not disagree with their games I Strongly disagree with Nintendo’s consoles power of late. Here is my point NINTENDO WANTS TO BECOME A PUBLISHER! Here is why…. Xbox has their Halo etc, Sony has their Uncharted, and both systems are powerful to run third parties.Enter Nintendo…..under-powered system and rules and regulations that turn off third parties. This is where some Fanboy will say”youre an idiot did you see Skyrim on Switch?” My answer, “yes I saw an old game running on a system with sub par specs compared to current gen. In my strong opinion, Nintendo should become a publisher, focus on Sony/Ms and mobile gaming. Or if they want to take advice, maybe sell their system at a loss and make up on it with their software. They always brag on their software and stellar games, put your money where your mouth is Nintendo, Create a super powerful system to attract third parties, ease up on your regulations and your stupid Youtube banning and people may take you seriously again.
And to fanboys The Wii U was my last Nintendo system, I have owned them all, and quite frankly Im done. My kids are done with Nintendo, we got rid of the Wii U so they could trade it in for PS4 and Xbox One games……their choice.
And again to the fanboys that attack every comment I make on my opinion of the Nintendo systems power, please stop! Heres why, you constantly tell me that “Nintendo games are great and their games focus on gameplay not graphics” This would be true if there was no competition on the market. But again, Sony and MS both have stronger systems that attract……………….THIRD PARTIES.
They sell their system at a loss. Nintendo can keep marching to the beat of their own drum and they will end up walking in a parade that no one will attend.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!