Most Pokémon fans were expecting a mainline RPG for the Nintendo Switch to be announced during a Nintendo Direct last week, but their hopes were dashed as the reveal focused on Pokkén Tournament DX. There were ongoing rumors of one in the making for the hybrid console and most fans are still holding on to it, yet none of them would have predicted that Nintendo will drop the bomb at E3 2017 with an official announcement.
The Pokémon Company’s president and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed that the Switch will indeed get a main entry in the RPG series. There’s no release date for the game yet, and since they didn’t share any further details, we can expect at least a year of waiting time before it launches. With that said, just a mere confirmation was enough to get fans excited, especially those who have been clamoring for a mainline Pokémon title for a home console. But then again, not all of them were impressed, with a bulk of the negativity came from handheld users.
Apparently, they were arguing that Nintendo will abandon handheld devices after this, and certain fans took to Twitter to counter these claims:
Just look at this thread to gauge how intense the argument was:
I understand their worries, but I do agree with the fact that sooner or later Nintendo will phase out the 3DS due to its hardware deficiency, and who’s to say that there won’t be a new Pokémon game for whatever new handheld device in the future?