Toyokeizai Online just published an interview (via CGM) with The Pokémon Company's president and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, who had some interesting things to say about the Nintendo Switch. We didn't quite get the Pokémon Stars announcement that we've been waiting for, and what he said may have some implications about the Pokémon game that we do end up getting on the Switch. Apparently, it may not look like Pokémon Sun / Moon at all.
This is all speculation based on a Google translation of the article, so we'll only take comments that are easily understood. First and foremost, Ishihara-san points out that "...so far, Pokemon has been developed for complete handheld game machines." He states that handhelds are nice because you can go from playing at home, to playing with your friends on the go. Sounds pretty familiar, right? That's one reason why we love the Switch so much.
The Switch is a different machine, though, and will be approached accordingly. "On the other hand, the Switch is 'a home game machine that can be brought out', and its properties are slightly different from those of a [handheld] machine. The screen is a bit bigger and the spec is also high. Therefore, if you are going to give out Pokemon to the switch, do not do it the way you have just done."
Ishihara-san reminds us that Pokémon games on separate platforms have been very different in style and execution, citing Pokken Tournament and Mystery Dungeon as examples. And don't forget about Pokémon Go and Shuffle on mobile.
While we do very much hope to see Pokémon Stars on the Switch, we may end up from something very different indeed. Who knows, maybe it could even be some kind of digital card game adaptation?! Whether or not that's what fans want remains to be seen, but we have a feeling that it will sell either way.