Eurogamer recently reported that Nintendo Switch is getting a third version of Pokémon Sun and Moon, called "Pokémon Stars," sometime in 2017. The report states that it features the same game world built with higher-resolution assets than the 3DS counterparts, includes new features that aren't present in Sun and Moon, and, though they can't confirm it, Eurogamer says they've also heard whispers that it will introduce a few new Pokémon.
This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.
We all think this is true, seeing as Eurogamer was the first to formally report the Nintendo Switch's handheld-console hybrid concept, and it aligns with whispers we've heard several times—most notably with a claim by MCV in August and again from the The Pokémon Company's CEO himself in September. And Alex speculates that some of the new features Pokémon Stars might include is an Alolan Pokémon League where players can challenge Pokémon Gyms in the postgame.
Ben adds that bringing a core entry in the Pokémon series, which Nintendo has said time and again will only be made for handheld devices, would completely undermine Nintendo's claims that they don't intend the Switch to ultimately replace their handheld consoles. After all, as we've learned, Nintendo's denials mean little when it comes to their hardware production.
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