Pokemon Sun and Moon will come to Nintendo Switch

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On the fence about buying a Nintendo Switch when it comes out next year? This news may just convince you to take the leap.

According to Eurogamer, a version of Pokemon Sun and Moon is in development for the Nintendo Switch.

Codenamed Pokemon Stars, this third version of Sun and Moon harkens back to the third edition that came out with most past generations of Pokemon games. Think Pokemon Yellow which came out after Red and Blue, or Pokemon Platinum which came out after Diamond and Pearl.

This would be the first time a mainline Pokemon game has crossed between different Nintendo products. GameFreak has always elected to keep the games on Nintendo handhelds due to the player-to-player trading and battling features.

However, Eurogamer reports that you will be able to trade Pokemon between the 3DS and Switch versions of the game via a Pokemon Bank app. Essentially, the barrier which has held GameFreak back from developing a Pokemon adventure game on console is now gone with the advent of the Nintendo Switch.

Eurogamer also reports that the Switch version may include more Pokemon to collect than in the 3DS version, although this information has not been confirmed.

Bottom line, Pokemon Stars for the Switch would feature the same map, characters, and art style as Sun and Moon, but they would be built at a higher resolution.

This news should delight many fans of the Pokemon franchise. After the Switch was first announced, one of the popular reactions to the console indicated that people would buy it if Nintendo could promise a Pokemon game to go with it.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Pokemon Stars will be available at launch. Eurogamer reports that Stars was slated to released in summer of 2017, but now it has been pushed back.

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Regardless of when it comes out, would a Nintendo Switch version of the Sun and Moon adventure convince you to actually purchase Nintendo’s new console? Let us know in the comments below.