Well, today’s the day! Generation VII of the Pokémon franchise has been released! Earlier today, gaming publication Eurogamer stepped forward with a report cited by multiple sources that the Nintendo Switch, releasing in 2017, will be receiving a potential third version of Pokémon Sun and Moon, coded Star later in the year.

Early generations usually had a third title, going back as far as the first generation of Pokémon and Pokémon Yellow. The trend was changed in Generation V, with a sequel to Black and White titled Black and White 2, and completely glossed over in Generation VI. What is more important at this point in time is that Pokémon Star would be the first main line title to not appear on a portable console… even though the Switch works as a hybrid.

Some evidence emerged of a potential cross onto the Switch, then unknown, when Sun and Moon were both unveiled. The evidence at the time was in the form of concept art, an HD concept art of the new Alolan Pokémon Pikipek. According to the Eurogamer report, the development of the Switch version had been halted in time to allow for the 3DS version to make it to market. Pokémon Sun and Moon will cooperate with Pokémon Star through the Pokébank application.

Shigeru Ohmori, Junichi Masuda, and Game Freak have not publicly acknowledged the details of this report. This story will be updated if more information comes out.

  • Hopefully the Nintendo Switch launches with this rumored third entry cause it NEEDS something to push console sales. A high definition Pokemon game could do the trick. Ideally it would have very little to do with Pokemon Sun and Moon’s story and be a totally new and unique experience similarly to Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness.