Nintendo at E3 just quelled a lot of uncertainty for Pokémon fans. Many fans were disappointed at the recent Pokémon Direct, hoping for a Core Pokémon game to come to the Nintendo Switch. In light of this, Nintendo has responded within their Nintendo Spotlight. Yes, a Core Pokémon game is in development for the Nintendo Switch! For some, this news was obvious, but certainly, this is reassuring for those not excited by the Pokémon Direct.
How Long Will It Take?
How long it will take is somewhat unclear, but we can make some educated guesses based on information we have. First, the fact that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is releasing this year suggests they wish to appease fans of Pokémon Core games. Any hardcore Pokémon fan will tell you, too long with no new game at all, and they get quite antsy. Plus, speaking personally, there is a joy in exploring a familiar world a second time with new elements.
Second, it would seem that the Switch release of Pokkén Tournament DX serves four purposes. The first is to have more games on the launch year of Switch. Then, like all the major Switch ports, it gives the millions that never purchased a Wii U access to quality content. Third, the port gives The Pokémon Company and Game Freak an idea of what kind of graphics could be achieved on the new system. And finally, Pokémon fans at least get something to play on the first year of the system.
The final fact we know is that there was no new trailer shown, implying that the game must be quite early in development. Moreover, given that the game is being produced for a new console, the likelihood that the game will be a new generation entirely is very high. This means that new Pokémon must be created, and Game Freak will be given the task of producing a Core Pokémon for a home console for the first time. Add that to whatever new mechanics and features are added, and there is clearly much work to be done.
So, based on this information given, what can we guess? We have Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as tide-overs, the release of Pokkén Tournament DX serving several purposes, and the early development? Honestly, I think late 2018 is generous, but entirely possible. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, we have a new adventure in Alola, an old adventure in Johto, and an improved fighting game with an actual install base to look forward to this year.
How do you feel about this information? Was this reassurance, or did you already know? Will you be playing the other Pokémon games that come before this new release, or will you just wait? We want to know all this and more! Let us know @Wtfgamersonly on twitter and other social media! Or to me, @MrLuidon on twitter!