The Nintendo Switch has finally released in North America and throughout the world to record sales, beating the launch sales of its predecessor the Wii U. For now, it seems that #Nintendo is bearing the fruits of its labor.
Although the #NintendoSwitch's sales look promising, with multiple sources reporting 1.5 million units sold worldwide, the Switch conference in mid-January received some criticism of its Nintendo's 2017 titles and third-party support. Indeed, some are critiquing the first year's lineup, featuring the popular Legend of Zelda and Mario franchises, as a somewhat bland offering.
In an interview with Time magazine, president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé responded to questioning about future third-party titles:
"I can say that our pipeline is quite robust, in what we are working on and that we will deliver next year and early into the year after that. We have that visibility in our pipeline."
Sky Full Of Stars
It seems that of the first- and third-party future titles that will be paced throughout the console's lifetime, one of them will be the mysterious #Pokemon game, codenamed Pokémon Stars.
Video game critic Laura Kate Dale revealed through a Reddit AMA that #PokemonStars, a game in a similar vein to Pokémon Sun and Moon, is indeed coming to the Switch. It would be the first main series game to ever make it to one of Nintendo's home consoles. The game is rumored to include at least 20 new Pokémon and continue the adventure in the Alola region. The main Pokémon series has always been exclusive to Nintendo's handheld hardware, but with that being said, it brings up a question about the future of the current 3DS handheld hardware line.
Does The Movement Of Nintendo's Biggest Franchise Hint At The End Of 3DS?
When looking at Nintendo's top-selling handheld titles, it suggests the possibility that the #3DS may very well be on its last legs. In a report on the biggest selling Nintendo games of 2016, the list showed Pokémon X and Y at No. 1, Mario Kart 7 at No. 2, and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire at the No. 3 spot.
Pokémon having a best selling game on the handheld hardware could be a big hint that its movement to the Nintendo Switch may be getting all those handheld owners ready to finally say goodbye to the 3DS family. It is important to note that the same report listed other top selling games that were not exclusive to the handheld and saw more play on the home console, like Mario Kart 7, Super Smash Bros., Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Some suggest that project codename #PokemonStars will be a potential main series title on the Nintendo Switch. Initial reactions to this have been mixed, with some fans not wanting to feel forced to purchase a Nintendo Switch, while others applaud the potential to see their beloved Pokémon run on the Unreal Engine hardware of pushing the series to new graphical possibilities. As is, the new Pokémon Sun and Moon games already push the limits of the 3DS, with some players seeing lag and graphical inconsistencies.
What are your thoughts on the matter?