Pokémon fans, it's time to celebrate: A real, true, “core”Pokémon game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, fulfilling the hopes and dreams of Poké-maniacs everywhere.
The announcement was made by Nintendo in a YouTube broadcast ahead of the E3 conference. The game won't be ready for a “year or more,” says the company.
Earlier in June, Nintendo announced “Pokkén Tournament DX,” a fighting game in the style of “Mortal Kombat,” would be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. This announcement was a letdown for lots of Nintendo fans, who were hoping for a more traditional Pokémon game to come to the hybrid console.
Also of note is that this Pokémon game would also be the first in the main series for a Nintendo home console — previous mainline Pokémon games have only appeared on Nintendo's portable systems. Home consoles like the Nintendo Wii U have previously only recieved spinoffs, like the “Pokémon Rumble” series. This new one is confirmed to be a role-playing game, in line with the classic Pokémon titles.
While the Nintendo Switch can be detached to play away from a TV, Nintendo considers it a TV console first and foremost.
So while the wait for this new Pokémon will be painful, it's going to get a lot of Nintendo Switch owners very hyped. And it's sure to give a lot of folks a reason to buy a Switch.