A main series Pokémon title might possibly come to Nintendo home console for the first time. Following today’s release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, new rumors have surfaced that Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s third version will release for Nintendo Switch.

According to Eurogamer, this game, Pokémon Stars, is “already well into development” and will “launch in 2017” Eurogamer cites “multiple sources,” and multiple reputable publications including IGN and VG247 have reported the story.


Pokémon Stars follows the normal series tradition of a third Pokémon version released later, but with expanded features. Pokémon’s sixth generation titles were the first to skip this trend with the seemingly obvious Pokémon Z version, however, this next title looks to continue the trend of titles like Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon Emerald.

Pokémon Stars will feature high-resolution assets made possible by the Switch’s stronger hardware. Eurogamer pointed out Game Freak showed off some HD in-game models during the February reveal of Pokémon Sun and Moon, which potentially belong to this third title. Additionally, you’ll be able to expect extra content and new story elements, though it will more or less be the same journey you experienced in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Game Freak has allegedly been creating Pokémon Stars parallel to developing Pokémon Sun and Moon. Development on the Switch title was supposedly paused in order to polish the final release of Pokémon Sun and Moon. According to Eurogamer, Gamefreak will “resume with the development of features not found in the 3DS versions.”


This would mark the first time in Pokémon history that a main series RPG comes to Nintendo’s home consoles. Series fans have wondered if this would ever happen, and it looks like that this generation, it just might.

Pokémon Company executive Tsunekazu Ishihara previously told Wall Street Journal that Pokémon games would come to the Nintendo Switch, tentatively titled the NX at the time. While he could have been referring to Pokémon‘s spin-off titles, there may be a chance he was alluding to Pokémon Stars.

What do you think about the possibility of a Pokémon Stars on the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments. We hope to find out more about Sun and Moon‘s third version in the future. But in the mean time, you can enjoy Pokémon Sun and Moon, which launched today for 3DS.


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