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‘Pokémon Stars’ Is A Bad Idea



The rumor mill has been churning this week in regards to a new Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch. The apparent leak of the speculative Pokémon Stars has been grabbing a few headlines across many media platforms, but the underlying concept of the game is perhaps the bigger concern.

Whilst Game Freak has said it would be working on some new Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch, the assumption of a new Pokémon Stadium, or possibly Pokémon Snap seemed much more realistic back then. However, if rumors are to be true, and let’s be honest they rarely are, then it is the third addition to the generation seven games that are in production.

The leak from GameStop supposedly revealing Pokémon Stars.

The problem isn’t that the main series games would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, but that it’s an offshoot without much originality. Pokémon Sun and Moon were designed for the Nintendo 3DS, and all sources lean towards Pokémon Stars being very much the same game. Pokémon Stars would, therefore, be a Nintendo 3DS game on the Nintendo Switch, failing to utilize the Nintendo Switch’s unique capabilities and gimmicks that have been shown off in all the presentations and trailers.

It would be wise for Nintendo to wait until three or four years down the road, and create the generation eight set of games, before switching the main series to the Nintendo Switch. Generation seven has only just begun, and it’s way too soon to even be thinking about the possibility of a Pokémon Stars. In the eventuality that it is materialized, which isn’t a given considering Pokémon Z never happened, then it should remain a Nintendo 3DS exclusive.

In regards to the prospect of a Pokémon Stars, it remains unlikely. During much of the storyline of Pokémon Sun and Moon, all hints point towards a Kanto remake. This is further enforced by a protagonist of the series, Lillie, taking her journey to the region. Whilst there has already been a Pokémon Red and Blue remake in generation three, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the emphasis on generation one pokémon has been so high that it is likely a return to Kanto will happen.

Pokémon Stars

Apparent new pokémon are being shown.

Furthermore, rumors suggest Pokémon Stars will introduce twenty new pokémon, but this is highly speculative, and the storyline would have to adapt to the sudden appearance of the new additions (that Ultra Beast Wormhole again).  But everything we’ve heard has been geared towards only a higher resolution version of what we already bought in November, a cynism-inducing tactic to sell the Nintendo Switch.

However, the leak was always ambiguous. A mere mention of the word ‘Pokémon’ in a single sentence does not assume the development of Pokémon Stars. This could allude to any of the other possible titles mentioned or could be something wildly beyond our imagination. We already knew Pokémon was coming to the Nintendo Switch, so it’s weak news and a harmful rumor that will only create disappointment.

Lost his ticket on the 'Number 9' Luxury Express Train to the Ninth Underworld. Has been left to write articles and reviews about games to write off his debt until the 'powers that be' feel it is sufficiently paid.



  1. John Cal McCormick

    January 27, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Pokemon Stars – or any legit Pokemon game – is literally the only thing that would get me to buy a Switch until Super Mario Odyssey hits.

    • James Baker

      January 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

      It’ll be the exact same game as Sun and Moon, that’s the biggest issue for me. I’d rather they wait until gen. 8 before putting the main series on the Switch. But I know Stars will sell Switches.

      • John Cal McCormick

        January 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        That’s fine by me. Like everyone else who doesn’t have a 3DS but loves a bit of Pokemon, I’d be perfectly happy with that. The Switch is already laden with remasters and ports of old games. That’s most of the library at this point. It might as well get as many games that people might have missed as it can.

  2. :)

    January 28, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Thank you for this. Personally, I’m going to wait until E3 to see what happens, just to be safe. If there’s no ports announced then-3DS or Wii U-then Nintendo and their partners are probably well on track for supplying people with NEW games (I DO think Smash will be ported, but that’s probably the last one).

    • James Baker

      January 31, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. New games are definitely the way forward for the Switch, Nintendo needs to modernise rather than rely on the past successes. My hope would be for a new Smash game that utilises the full capabilities of the Joy-con. The Joy-con is a pretty clever gadget and Nintendo needs to take full advantage of it and create new content. Pokémon Stars would be the wrong move as it’s just a remake of a game that’s already new.

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