Is Pokémon Stars on Nintendo Switch a good thing?

I take a look at the evidence suggesting that the third entry into Gen VI of Pokémon will be jumping ship from 3DS and instead appearing on Nintendo Switch.

Script

C1: Hi guys, welcome to P Myth Gaming, so there is mounting evidence that we will be getting a mainline Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch. There’s been a couple of job listings go up recently which seem to hint at the possibility.

Game Freak, the developer behind the Pokemon games, has issued a listing for a “new title character modeller” to create and I quote “deformed

C2: Bit harsh

C1: “toon-like person, monster, item models.” The successful applicant will apparently require experience in Wii U or Playstation Vita development, which seems to correlate roughly with the sort of tech they would be working with on Switch.

A second listing describes “an opportunity to be involved in the development of the worldwide popular RPG.”

C2: It may as well have just said, come and work on Pokemon

C1: These job listings seem to tie in with the rumours that the third entry in the latest generation of Pokemon, apparently called Pokemon Stars, to sit alongside 3DS titles Sun and Moon in a similar way Yellow followed Red and Blue on the original Gameboy, or say Platinum followed Diamond and Pearl on DS, will be arriving on Nintendo Switch. This would mark the first time that a generation of the pokemon games has spanned two systems.

Eurogamer reported back in November, citing multiple sources, that this was indeed the case. They even went so far as to say that we’ve seen a glimpse of this game already, in a blink and you’ll miss it moment towards the end of the Sun and Moon reveal teaser from February last year.

We already know that the Pokemon company are supporting the Nintendo Switch, and in a recent interview CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara

C2: Hoping I pronounced that correctly, most probably didn’t. Sorry Ishihara-san.

C1: discussed how their approach to the mainline games would have to change if and when they develop for Nintendo’s latest hardware.

VO: “Pokemon has been about being portable, but now there is the Switch, which is a portable home console, so it has a bigger screen and higher specs than we’re used to. Apart from main games, we make stuff like Pokken tournament and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, so I am thinking we should make games that suit the Switch, but at this time I cannot confirm any projects.”

Now in light of those comments it’s tempting to assume that whatever Pokemon game is coming to Switch, it’s more likely to be one of those spin off titles than a mainline entry. But those job listings weren’t for the Pokemon Company, but for Game Freak, and when it comes to Pokemon, Game Freak deal exclusively with the mainline games.

C2: Stuff like Pokken and Mystery Dungeon are handled by other developers

C1: So all things are indicating that we are in fact getting a fully fledged Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch, just like I predicted.

C2: See I did say that.
C1: I am actually, not as excited about this as you might think. Whilst a home console Pokemon title is something we’ve dreamt of, more or less since we picked up our first Squirtle and left Pallet Town behind us, I think the halfway house between 3DS and Switch that Pokemon Stars would represent, would be somewhat underwhelming.

I’d much rather they left Stars on 3DS, with all it’s necessary upgrades and what have you, and then when it comes time for Gen 8, hit the Switch balls out swinging.

We’ve seen the sort of detail and huge worlds the system can handle with Breath of the Wild,

C2: And that’s a Wii U port, albeit an upgraded one

So imagine how great a game developed from the ground up for the Switch would be as opposed to one that began life as a 3DS title.

Back in September last year, in an interview with Eurogamer, Sun and Moon director Shigeru Ohmori detailed the importance of communication and wireless features to the Pokemon games.

Now it’s still early in the Switch’s life cycle, and we don’t know just what form Nintendo’s online infrastructure is going to take once it’s fully developed.

C2: Or how this separate app for voice chat’s gonna work

C1: But it’s already a lot slicker and more user friendly than it was on Wii U, never mind 3DS.

The possibilities of a full Pokemon game being able to battle and trade online, or take part in the new multiple trainer battles that Sun and Moon introduced via 8 Switches all playing locally, has got to excite the dev team.

I want Pokemon’s evolution

C2: ba-dum tsh

C1: into a home console title to be a truly mind blowing, system selling, franchise defining moment, and as cool as I’m sure it would be, I’m not sure Sun and Moon’s bigger brother would really cut the mustard in that sense.

What do you guys think? Does the possibility of Pokemon Stars coming to Switch tickle your luvdisc, or like me would you rather see Pokemon’s debut on a big boy console totally redefine the series. Let me know in the comments below.

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C2: Thanks BT

C1: But normal service has now resumed. Cheers again, see you all next time.

 

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