I’ve been incredibly disappointed these last few days since Nintendo announced that the only Pokemon game we’re getting on the Switch this year was released on the Wii U previously, but if we’re going by history then we could expect to see one of the core games on the Switch soon.
Pokemon Ultra Moon/Sun was a huge announcement, but it became a huge disappointment to many Pokemon fans, myself included, when we realized that it would not be coming to the Switch at all this year. It’s a 3DS exclusive and will probably be sold alongside the New 2DS later this year. I don’t plan on buying any new games for my 3DS after I get Fire Emblem Echoes. The last Pokemon game had performance issues, and didn’t even have 3D support. I can only imagine the issues this “new” one is going to have. I was prepared to throw my money at the screen in joy for Pokemon Stars, but I really don’t want another Pokemon game on the 3DS.
I did some digging and realized something. Every time new hardware releases for Nintendo we never get a new Pokemon game along with it. Gold/Silver released a year after the Gameboy Color, Ruby/Sapphire released a year after the Advance, and Diamond/Pearl released TWO years after the DS launch. Pokemon Emerald, and Black/White 2 released on previous gen after the latest consoles were released. These aren’t the first Pokemon games to do this and they probably won’t be the last. I think the Switch Pokemon game is still a ways off and probably isn’t ready for a reveal yet. It would be nice if it was at least announced so I could have something to look forward to this year, but that’s Nintendo for you…
I think we’re going to get Gen 8 Pokemon on the Switch. I think Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon is the last we’re going to see of Gen 7 and I think it’s last Pokemon game we’ll get on the 3DS. Gen 7 is one of my favorite generations of Pokemon. Pokemon Sun/Moon took everything we knew about Pokemon and changed it. Gym battles were replaced with trials, and we actually got a good story for once. I’m excited to see what happens next with the series, but I want the next game on better hardware. The 3DS is ancient and needs to go, but I understand why Nintendo is still supporting it from a business standpoint. Hopefully we’ll see less, and less 3DS games announced going into next year and more Switch titles. I can think of many games on the 3DS that I would love to see continued on the Switch.
What do you think? Are we getting a Pokemon game on Switch? Why we’re on the topic, what are some games you would like to see migrate from the 3DS to the Nintendo Switch?