One of the things that made the first year of the Nintendo Switch so special was all the 1st party games that were brought to it. It kicked off with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, then Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, then ARMS, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom (technically 3rd party, but it’s Mario), then Pokken Tournament, Fire Emblem Warriors, Super Mario Odyssey, and finally Xenoblade Chronicles 2. That’s quite a lineup. But, Nintendo didn’t stop there, they announced key franchises that would be coming to the Switch. Mainly, Pokemon.
Now, yes, Pokken Tournament is a Pokemon title, however, that’s a “spinoff” game. Game Freak is working on a “core” title that resembles the handheld games, or maybe, an evolution of the main games. But since its reveal just before E3, the game has been very silent on the development front. That is, until Nintendo revealed a report citing all the sales numbers for the Switch, 3DS, and all the games that are housed inside.
In it was a table about upcoming games, and one of the lines of that table was for Pokemon’s upcoming Switch title. According to the table, it’s listed as “2018 or Later”. Which, to be fair, is…well…fair. After all, we found out about it less than a year ago, and given the grand scale and scope of Pokemon games, plus the need to make the Switch version special, it goes to reason that even if it came out this year, it’d be very late in the year.
Still, this is positive news, as the possibility for a 2018 release is possible. What’s more, if it does release, it would be a HUGE seller of Switch consoles, which is what Nintendo wants as they’ve declared that they want to sell 20 million Switch’s in 2018’s Fiscal Year.
Having an epic Pokemon core title would definitely do that.