Pokemon Stars, an expanded version of the recently released Sun and Moon games, is slated to launch on the Nintendo Switch in 2017, according to a report from Eurogamer.
Although this move would follow the series’s long-standing tradition of releasing a third title some time after the initial launch of a new generation, it would be the first time that a mainline Pokemon game has ever appeared on a Nintendo home console.
The game has reportedly been in development at Game Freak alongside Sun and Moon, though work was halted “a couple of months ago” in order to ensure a polished release for the 3DS duo. Now that they have released, however, development on Stars is restarting, focusing on features that due to time or technical constraints could not make it into Sun and Moon.
Despite this, the titles will interact, as it traditionally the case, with pokemon being transferable between Sun/Moon and Stars. In addition, Pokemon Stars will reportedly feature more creatures to catch than are found in the 3DS titles.
Furthermore, Eurogamer’s sources report that the core of the game, meaning the map, story, and art style, will remain largely unchanged from the existing versions, though these elements will be recreated with higher-resolution assets.
If true, this move further strengthens the already notable line-up for the Nintendo Switch, which also features The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and reportedly, an all-new Mario game and a feature-added version of Splatoon. However, it also gives credence to the idea that the 3DS may be Nintendo’s last dedicated portable console.
We’ll keep an ear out and confirm this news when we can. In the meantime, let us know what you think of it and the Switch in the comments.