Pokemon Core Title Coming to the Switch in Over a Year!

Today at the E3 gaming trade show, Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara announced that Gamefreak has started developing a Pokemon core title exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. However, he stated the game may not be ready for over a year.

It seems like Gamefreak will keep us occupied with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in the meantime. If they need more time to develop this upcoming Switch game or want to wait until the Switch saturates the market, maybe they’ll also hold us over with Diamond & Pearl remakes for the 3DS? Although if this Switch title comes out next year, that leaves little room for another game in-between, so we might have to wait until Gen 8 to get a D/P remake (if Gamefreak even decides to continue remakes now that they’re re-releasing old Pokemon games on the virtual console).


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  1. Master_Z Zach Carmichael
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    I think Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon will mark the end of the 3DS era for the core games, which is fine by me. The Switch is far more powerful and has a lot of impressive features they can take advantage of. I'd say November 2018 for generation 8 on Switch, and then the Diamond/Pearl remakes on Switch in 2019 since there appears to be a 5-year pattern with FR/LG, HG/SS, and OR/AS. Just my two cents!
     
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  2. flilix Aspiring Trainer
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    This is great! I was afraid that they would keep Pokémon on 3DS.
     
  3. Rozureido Aspiring Trainer
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    Based on past release schedules I think it is a safe bet to say Gen 8 will be coming in fall of next year (barring any "please understand" issues of course). This is almost a year and a half notice, so for you younger readers or anyone really who is concerned about "not having money for a Switch" start saving your pennies now, and no complaining about having to buy a new system. New systems will always come out, it is just a fact of life at this point. You can't be mad at Nintendo about releasing some of their best selling games on them. It has seemed obvious to me that the Switch would be the successor of both the Wii U and 3DS since before it was even revealed. My only concern is having to buy 2 of them since my fiance and I will both want the be playing the game at the same time. That's gonna suck especially since the Switch is $400 in Canada.
     
  4. Seng vang Svang20
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    I think 2018 is too short for gen 8 to come out. I will say that Gen 8 will be out fall of 2019.
     
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  5. that_one_venasaur Aspiring Trainer
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    Why aren't people freaking out??? Am I misreading this? It sounds like a true Pokemon RPG will be coming out for a console. Isn't this what people have wanted for a long time? I sure wanted a full RPG title for a console. I'm pumped up for this!
     
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  6. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Shiny-Hunter, & Fossil-Collector
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    Remakes have always been 1 generation per console, so I don't see why DP remakes wouldn't be for the Switch (or new handheld system outside the 3DS family).

    FRLG: GBA Generation
    HGSS: DS Generation
    ORAS: 3DS Generation

    Looking forward to hearing more about this core series Pokémon game. Not sure if I'll buy the system for it, but we'll see.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2017
  7. dotamin Aspiring Trainer
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    So late 2018/srping 2019? I honestly can't see this being anything else but gen 8 games. I'm totally ready for this. Then D/P remake can come out in 2019/2020.
     
  8. NinJamezor ZA WARUDO
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    Now I need to buy a Switch....
     
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  9. 007manyo Aspiring Trainer
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    And this time, DP is on the shelf.
     
  10. ZygardeGuy Baba ba wawa ha ha ba ba
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    Aren't Pokemon games normally 5 years apart? It should be be 2020 to 2022 that we get Gen 8
     
  11. Alphahitman4 Aspiring Trainer
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    They should keep the games for 3ds too i dnt wnna have to buy switch just to play pokemon, should give pple the option of playing on the 3ds or switch.
     
  12. TheRealBro.. Let's come together!
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    Nope, B/W 2011, X/Y 2013, S/M 2016.. It used to be 4/5 years, but now it's more like 2/3 years so it fits the tradition in that sense.. But come on, now I 'm gonna have to buy a switch, just when I decided not to for lack of games. This has to be promising. First time since those Gamecube titles in 2004.
     
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  13. flilix Aspiring Trainer
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    I assume the 3DS will be pretty much dead by then. Also, the games on the Switch look way better than on the 3DS, so they would have to make two games that look totally different.
    They aren't making games for the DS or the Gameboy anymore, so it's only logical that they will also stop making games for 3DS soon.
     
  14. Alphahitman4 Aspiring Trainer
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    That is unfortunate, idk why they dont want to keep making games for the 3ds, especially when releasing old pokemon games for it. the only vid games i play are pokemon and dnt want to spend 300 dollars just to have the ability to buy a 50 dollar game to play it.
     
  15. AuraJackle Aspiring Trainer
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    So my thoughts on this are that I bet they will make a cheaper switch that can only be played portable is is less powerful which will allow families to buy multiple for there kids to accommodate for the high price tag of current switches
     
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  16. John InCENAroar Professional PokeWrestler, Tamer of Girasatan
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    This is totally going to be D/P remakes, and they will be revealed on May 5th, 2018.
     
  17. ZygardeGuy Baba ba wawa ha ha ba ba
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    So will they stop making DS game systems? Pokemon has been on DS/3DS for a long time
     
  18. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
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    I highly doubt that it'll be like Gale of Darkness. Switch is a console that can be played by 2. The main Pokémon game usually played by 1 person. You can even dismantle the controllers to do the thingie. If the Switch gives us Gen 8/Gen 4 Remakes, Okay, I'll take it. Not all people as of now own a Switch because it's way too expensive.
     
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  19. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    That’s basically the New 2DS it would eliminate the shtick of the Switch, and considering how the Switch is selling Nintendo’s in no rush to make a lower price tag
     
  20. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer
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    While this is amazing, my main concerns are:

    Owning two Switches to trade Pokemon between to evolve them, will be super expensive and means that we're going to need rather good friends so that we can evolve those Pokemon, especially the Pokemon that evolve when you trade them with an item, like Electivire and Scizor.

    And Pokemon VGC tournaments would be impossible. Physically. The 3 Hour battery on the Switch is way too short to be able to compete in the VGC as the tournaments usually go for about 6+ hours themselves. This means that there would need to be a ridiculous amount of recharge stations in the building where the tournament would be held. This means that the VGC might have to go from being physical to digital, meaning that people sign up and compete but they can stay at home.

    Otherwise, this is going to be awesome as the Switch will not only give us better graphics, it'll also give us better capabilities, meaning that regions can be significantly bigger, or at least more detail per area. Either way, I really can't wait.
     
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