In the annals of video game history, there is no character more iconic, arguably, than that of Pikachu. The adorable little yellow mouse Pokemon has been a mainstay on every Nintendo release since the GameBoy. Now, with the Nintendo Switch re-writing the history books in terms of first-year sales, fans are rightfully wondering when they’ll get to see their favorite electric mouse, and all of his friends, on the console. While Nintendo has been mum in regards to a potential Pokemon title on the Switch, fans know it is only a matter of time until one is released. So what can we expect?
Right now, there is nothing to be said for a concrete release date or even the name of a Pokemon title on the Switch. What we do know is that, according to rumors pulled from Chinese websites, a Pokemon title should be released for the Nintendo Switch at some point in late 2018 or early 2019. Furthermore, according to these same rumors, it is supposed that this new handheld title will feature a region similar to Spain and Italy, which will make it decidedly European in flavor. The team at The Pokemon Company and Gamefreak have been great about changing regions up in order to bring a new flavor to each title. What these rumors further tell us is that whatever title this ends up being, it should be considered pretty far along in development — especially if translators are already working to get the game ready for their region.
Addressing rumors for an as-of-yet named Pokemon release can be a lesson in excruciating longing for gamers. These rumors only get a little more enticing with relation tot he combat system. According to the same Chinese sources, there will be a new battling system in this Pokemon-release. Allegedly, the new battling system will be akin to ‘Pokken Tournament’ or even ‘Digimon World’ which would be a marked departure from the traditional rock-paper-scissor style that gamers have been getting so used to for the past twenty years.
A theme that has been bandied about for this new title revolves around a changing of the guard between old and new. If this turns out to be the case then we can’t help but be excited at the prospect. While we are still crossing our fingers and toes for a Pokemon MMO, we’ll accept pretty much anything at this point.