With the Pokemon Sun and Moon release this month and the Nintendo Switch being released in 2017, there has been some murmuring about Pokemon coming to the Switch, marking it as the first time in Nintendo history that the a main game from Game Freak’s legendary game series appears on a home console.
Although Nintendo isn’t ending production of the 3DS, there still are some concerns about the most recent Nintendo handheld, in which Tatsumi Kimishima, the President of Nintendo Co., said in an interview with Bloomberg,
“Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form.”
With the Switch being able to, for lack of a better word, switch between a home console and a handheld, this move seems pretty in line with the movement and the development for the upcoming console. With Pokemon being on the Switch, we can expect to see HD Pokemon for the first time outside of the Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U and Pokken Tournament.
What else can we expect for the future of Pokemon? Well, that’s yet to be announced. Pokemon Sun and Moon’s producer and current member of the board of directors at Game Freak, Junichi Masuda, said that the company, Game Freak, is always thinking about what sort of systems would be making the most sense for its games, which are mostly Pokemon. He also mentioned that Game Freak is thinking about what will be coming right after Sun and Moon. Whether or not the next game in the Pokemon series on the Switch after Sun and Moon will be a full-fledged open world setting like we see in the Bethesda games like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, or just a bigger world with HD graphics and the same play style that some of us grew up playing since Pokemon Red is up in the air. There’s no doubt the Switch can handle such feats, but let’s not hold our breath for too long.