Report: Switch is Getting Pokemon Star Next Year, 3rd Game After Sun & Moon


Over the years Pokemon games have occasionally gotten a third version. For Red and Blue it was Yellow version. For Diamond and Pearl is was Pokemon Platinum. Since those days however it has fallen out of favor over at Game Freak… that is until apparently right now. Pokemon Sun & Moon are reportedly getting a third entry exclusive to the Nintendo Switch in Pokemon Star, featuring full HD visuals.

This naturally would be the first mainline game to release on a “home console”, but it also marks the first time the third title has appeared on platform different from the first two games. This is all according to Eurogamer, who provided some additional details:

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 (picture is seen above)…

…And there will be reason to play both: Pokémon will be tradable between Sun/Moon and Stars via the Pokémon Bank 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.

Eurogamer also says the game was originally planned for summer 2017, but has been pushed back to later in the year. This suggests it could be the Nintendo Switch’s major holiday title next year. What do you think? As always nothing is confirmed until Nintendo fills us in.

Source: Eurogamer

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  • Nicolas Cage

    You do realize modeling software wouldn’t be displaying at the same resolution as the system the models are going to be seen on, right? Where is your actual evidence of this being a thing? This baseless rumor most likely built off the rumor of there being a Pokemon(most likely third party) game on the Switch?

    • This is an original rumor from eurogamer’s sources – the same ones who ended up leaking exactly what the Switch was months before it was revealed, including the fact it was Nvidia tech

      • Nicolas Cage

        That still doesn’t really mean much, honestly. Do they have any proof? Any furthering evidence beyond “the models shown in the trailer look oddly high detail for a 3DS game, despite being in modeling software that obviously won’t show it in the same quality as in-game”? Because if not, it doesn’t soun like a real rumor to believe, regardless of the source.

        • Sean Michael-Patrick Thompson

          It shows that a member of the media, who does have access to information the public does not, has a good track record. You don’t have to believe it, and I’ll give you that the post has little to go on for actual evidence to back this rumor, but a large and usually reputable source reporting something does give it enough possibility to at least hear them out.

        • I am not sure you fully grasp the purpose or ideals of a rumor. By sheer proof of having insider knowledge in the past gives some credence to having insider knowledge in the future. When they leaked all the switch info – they didn’t have images or anything else associated – just their insider sources. They were 100% spot on down to the tiniest of details.

          That means using those same sources, there is a high chance that new information from those sources is also correct.

          That doesn’t mean you need to believe any of it – that’s the reason it’s a rumor and not a fact. What you’re asking for is a burden of proof, which technically makes it no longer a rumor, but instead a leak. There is a distinct difference.