Nintendo may be working on the first proper Pokemon game for a “home” console. According to sources, the company is developing a third version of Pokemon Sun and Moon called Pokemon Stars; and will make it exclusive to the upcoming Nintendo Switch.
This wouldn’t be the first Pokemon game for consoles; the company has put out games like Pokemon Stadium and Pokemon XD in the past. However, it has stayed away from making a core Pokemon game that most people would be familiar with. This was possibly due to the large social aspect of the games, which were better suited to handheld devices.
Pokemon Stars would also represent a return to making three games per Pokemon generation; something that stopped during the third generation of games. Nintendo had originally put out a third game after the launch of the initial two, and included additional features for this later release.
Sources claim that Pokemon Stars will include everything available to Pokemon Sun and Moon, but it is unclear if it will add anything new to the game. It is conceivable that the types of Pokemon will be slightly different; as is the case with just about every Pokemon game to date.
Trading between the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS may be confined to the using the internet and the Pokemon Bank. It’s unclear if local area trading will be allowed, but it is not entirely out of the question considering the Switches’ ability to convert into a portable device.
Pokemon Stars is not going to be available at launch for the Nintendo Switch. There’s no telling when it will be made available, although it is said to be aiming for a late 2017 release.