Core RPG ‘Pokemon’ And ‘Metroid Prime 4’ In Development For Nintendo Switch [Update]

Two Nintendo Switch announcements were made Tuesday during an E3 2017 spotlight video that should make Nintendo fans happy. A traditional Pokemon RPG title and Metroid Prime 4 were both announced for the hybrid console.


Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara made an appearance during Nintendo’s E3 2017 live stream to follow-up on the Pokken Tournament Deluxe announcement last week. However, he then moved on to announce Game Freak is developing a “Core RPG” Pokémon title for the Nintendo Switch.

Neither details nor a release date for the Pokemon Nintendo Switch title were revealed, which likely makes late 2018 the earliest the game will release.

The Nintendo family of handhelds has played home to core RPG versions of Pokemon since the original Red and Green were released in 1996. The franchise has occasionally made appearances on home consoles but as spin-off games.

What this means for the Nintendo 3DS at this point beyond Ultra Sun and Moon is unknown. However, the Nintendo Switch is more handheld than home console, so Pokemon should find a new home on the platform easily.

Metroid Prime 4

A new Metroid entry is another franchise Nintendo fans have clamored for a new entry for years. The Metroid Prime series last made an appearance in 2007. Nintendo tried something different in 2010 with Other M to mixed results.

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Nintendo shared a teaser trailer for Metroid Prime 4 during its E3 2017 live stream to announce the game was in development. Unfortunately, the teaser is simply the logo with no other details or images.

Again, due to the nature of game development, the earliest Metroid Prime 4 could release is late 2018. This still should give dedicated Nintendo fans, as well as Nintendo Switch owners and those considering getting the hybrid, console something to look forward to in the future.

Update: Nintendo released a fact sheet for Metroid Prime 4 revealing the name is a working title and confirming the game will be a return to a first-person view. The title is being developed by a new development team led by producer Kensuke Tanabe.

Metroid Prime 4 will return to the “roots of the original Metroid Prime game and introduces a new storyline that ties together the events of the Metroid Prime universe and takes the storyline in new directions.”

Coming in 2017

Mario chasing his hat in Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch.
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While Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait a year or more for Pokemon and Metroid Prime 4, Nintendo did confirm the following games will be coming in 2017.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Splatoon 2
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Rocket League
  • Mario + Rabbids: Battle Kingdom
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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