Nintendo announced a brand-new Pokémon experience for Nintendo Switch during last year’s E3 conference. After initial rumours of a remake of a 3DS entry of the series, we’re now getting a bespoke game built specifically for Nintendo’s new hybrid console.
Trusted Reviews has rounded up everything we know so far as well as a wishlist of what we’d love to see from the Pokemon Switch debut. Also, we now have a rumour that the entry will feature a brand new generation of Pokemon.
Pokemon Nintendo Switch News – Could this leaked art be real?
An anonymous user on 4chan (via ResetEra) has uploaded a piece of art they claim is from the next duo of official Pokemon titles. We’d take this with plentiful grains of salt for now, but you can take a look below.
According to the post, the duo of titles are, when translated, known as Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee. As you might’ve guessed from the titles, Pikachu and Eevee would be placed in the spotlight of each respective game, if they exist, that is.
Industry insider Emily Rogers also posted in a blog update that she expected a new Pokemon title to be announced by the end of May 2018. This would be ahead of E3 2018, which is a surprising direction for Nintendo and Game Freak to take, if true.
What is Pokémon Nintendo Switch?
A Game Freak job listing asked for artists and designers to work on a console RPG based on a hugely popular franchise. After the E3 conference, we now know it’s a brand-new RPG, expected to be Pokemon for Nintendo Switch.
While we have a confirmation of the game being in the works, we don’t even have a single screenshot, let alone a release date, trailer or any indication of gameplay specs. With that, it’s quite clear we’re at least a year or two away from the game coming to the console – perhaps a debut trailer at E3 2018 would be the most likely possibility – but in the meantime, we have a wish list of the five things we want from the game.
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Pokemon Switch new Pokemon – Will this be Generation 8?
According to Official Nintendo Magazine’s Spanish outlet, Pokemon Switch will feature a whole new generation of Pokemon, Generation Eight.
The information was spotted by Twitter user @raqueruu, who posted an image of the magazine including the information about the game:
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The text roughly translates to: “After all an associated life gives portable consoles, Pokemon will jump to desktop with its eighth generation. Game Freak and The Pokemon Company are rethinking the saga to surprise with new machines, either in 2018 or later”.
As this is coming via an Official outlet, we can put a bit more into this rumour.
Pokemon Switch Release Date
Technically, the release date hasn’t been announced yet, and hopefully we’ll find out much more at E3. But as you can see from the above text, the game could arrive “in 2018 or later”, meaning we may not actually see it this year at all.
Hopefully we’ll find out more during Nintendo’s E3 direct, and hopefully the developers can work some magic and get it into our hands this year.
Pokémon Nintendo Switch – 5 things we’d love to see
1) Console quality visuals
This should be a no-brainer for anyone who has seen how gorgeous games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch, setting a new benchmark for portable gaming. Pokémon Switch will be the first time since the Gamecube this predominantly portable franchise makes a splash on home consoles, and should bring with it a breathtaking anime style that blows its predecessors out of the water.
Sun and Moon’s playful art design helped it shine on the 3DS’s aging hardware, despite some noticeable framerate issues and lack of 3D support. Many of these issues stand the chance of not only being fixed on Switch, but majorly improved.
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2) More expressive characters
We know it’s supposed to be a kid’s game, but having the protagonist smiling widely like a lunatic regardless of the situation is oddly jarring. We’d love to see Pokémon Switch include character models that are far more expressive than their contemporaries. Not only would this show off the console’s power, it’d also lend the universe a meaningful sense of emotion beyond its innocent exterior.
The islands of Aloha were absolutely jam-packed with clothing stores perfect for customising our trainer, and combining this with more expressive animations seems like a natural progression. Oh, and more cute hats are essential.
3) Amiibo Support
We were honestly quite surprised that Pokémon Sun and Moon lacked any sort of substantial Amiibo support. Nintendo’s plastic addiction was in full swing at the time of release, so why not incorporate them into one of your biggest franchises?
The Nintendo Switch supports the figurines through the right joycon and official pro controller, making it a perfect fit for some cool digital bonuses. Who knows, Nintendo could be holding back a new line of Amiibo for the game’s release. If so, they’ll no doubt be impossible to track down when the time comes.
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4) More Pokémon Variants
Sun and Moon showed that an old dog is perfectly capable of learning a few new tricks. By modernising the established formula and introducing new pocket monsters, it effectively built a new foundation for the series moving forward. Pokémon Switch should add another layer to this, bringing with it a worthwhile amount of new Pokémon that’ll have us hurling Poké Balls like there’s no tomorrow.
Regional variants of Vulpix, Pikachu, Exeggutor, Sandshrew and more were not only adorable, but an imaginative spin on classic tropes we’d already grown familiar with. Game Freak has every opportunity to subvert our expectations once again with Pokémon Switch, and we can’t wait.
5) Multiplayer minigames
Remember the Mario Party-esque minigames in Pokémon Stadium on Nintendo 64? We thought not. Well, we reckon they should make a glorious comeback on Nintendo Switch. The console is designed with local multiplayer in mind, and what better way to emphasise that than throwing Pokémon into the mix.
New iterations of Clefairy Says, Dig Dig Dig and Rock Harden could be a tonne of fun, and a nice distraction from the usual RPG shenanigans. It’d also be a great opportunity to incorporate the aforementioned Amiibo support with specific games tied to certain figurines.
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