One of the main complaints from Pokemon fans over the last two decades has been the decision of Game Freak and Nintendo to only release the main titles on handheld devices. This means that the most popular games can only be experienced on portable consoles rather than on television screens through traditional hardware.
However, that looks like it could be about to change with the release of the Nintendo Switch. Recent reports suggest that the new console will get a special release of Pokemon Sun & Moon entitled Pokemon Stars when it hits store shelves next year.
A number of well-placed sources have informed Eurogamer that the title is already in development and will be ready to launch at some point in 2017. Pokemon Stars will follow the trend of releasing a third game in the same generation that acts as a compilation of its two predecessors – though it will be the first time that any such release has made its way to a home console rather than the likes of the Game Boy or 3DS.
The departure from their traditional thinking is likely due to the fact that the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid that can act as both a portable device and a static piece of hardware. It allows the core concepts of trading and battling on the go to remain whilst the developer can upgrade the performance and visuals of the game by taking advantage of the extra power available.
The move would significantly boost interest in the Nintendo Switch with the Pokemon series currently being more popular than ever thanks to the recent launch of Sun & Moon and the summer explosion of Pokemon Go.