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A proper Pokémon game is coming to the Nintendo Switch

A proper Pokémon game is coming to the Nintendo Switch


Step aside, Pokkén Tournament DX

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A new Pokémon game is in the works for the Switch, Nintendo revealed today at its E3 Spotlight presentation. And unlike the recently announced Pokkén Tournament DX, the upcoming title is a proper “core” RPG Pokémon game from developer Game Freak, who has developed every title in the main Pokémon series since the original release of Pokémon Red and Blue back in 1996.

The news comes on the heels of Nintendo’s Pokémon-themed Direct presentation last week, which to the disappointment of many fans, saw an announcement of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon for the Nintendo 3DS, leaving the Switch with only an upgraded port of Pokkén Tournament from the Wii U.

It’s unclear whether or not the Switch Pokémon game is the long-rumored Pokémon Starssaid to be a port of the existing Pokémon Sun and Moon from the 3DS — or a new entry in the series. In any event, it will mark the first time in the history of the series that a “main” Pokémon RPG title is coming to a home console. (Given the Switch’s portable nature, however, that title may be up for debate.)

Nintendo didn’t give any more information on the upcoming game, except to note that it won’t be released until sometime next year at the earliest.