Report: Pokemon Switch Will Be Generation Eight, With New Mechanics

Report: Pokemon Switch Will Be Generation Eight, With New Mechanics

No half-step for Nintendo's latest console.

We're still waiting for concrete information on a new Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch, but more hints are coming. It sounds like Pokemon on Switch won't be an improved version of Pokemon Sun and Moon. Instead, players can expect a new generation for the series.

The news comes from some highlights in the Spanish version of the Official Nintendo Magazine, posted by Twitter user Raqueruu. This information comes from a Nintendo magazine, but it's not an official statement from Nintendo, Game Freak, or the Pokemon company, so allow for a healthy bit of skepticism.

"After a lifetime associated with portable consoles, the canonical side of pokemon will jump to the table with its eighth generation. Game Freak and The Pokemon Company are rethinking the saga to surprise with new mechanics, either in 2018 or later," reads a rough Google translation of the text.

Earlier rumors pointed to an upgraded version of Pokemon Sun and Moon coming to the Switch. Instead, Nintendo released Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon on 3DS last year. According to reporting by Eurogamer, Game Freak decided to scrap that project and build a brand-new Pokemon for Switch.

Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara admitted late last year that he didn't believe the Switch would be a success.

What's on the horizon?

"I told Nintendo that Switch wouldn't be a success before it went on sale, because I thought that in the age of the smartphone, no one would carry out a game console. It's obvious I was wrong," said Ishihara. At the time, he explained that he hoped the Switch version of Pokemon would offer an experience that "goes deeper and with a higher level of expression". This tracks with the magazine blurb above.

In the meantime, you can get that Pokemon experience from Niantic's Pokemon Go. Recently, Niantic added "Research Missions" into Pokemon Go in pursuit of the story-related Mew-hunt. In the meantime, if you're gearing up either for those missions or for the first-generation event that begins tomorrow, you can check out our Pokemon Go guide and tips to help you get started on your augmented reality-enabled quest to catch 'em all.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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