The Nintendo Switch may be the first home console to get a core Pokémon game. Eurogamer reports that the upcoming hybrid console will receive a new version of the just-released Pokémon Sun and Moon in 2017. Titled Pokémon Stars, this new title will feature HD assets and maybe even new creatures to collect and trade.
Sources tell Eurogamer that Game Freak, the studio behind the franchise, has been developing Stars alongside Sun and Moon. However, work was paused so more focus could be put on the 3DS versions ahead of today’s official launch. With the two handheld versions now in stores, the studio can now put its energies back into the console version.
Like Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Crystal, and other enhanced releases for each generation of the series, Pokémon Stars promises to have the same features and maps as its earlier siblings, but with a few potential bonuses — some that may even take advantage of the Switch’s unique hardware. It makes sense: Sun and Moon are already getting praise from reviewers this week, and the games are almost certain to be big hits after a summer of Pokémon Go. Pokémon Stars might be yet another reason to buy the Switch when it launches next year.