Pokemon Day Dilemma: Caught Between Pokemon Reveals and the Impending Switch 2
As the post-launch content for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starts to dry up and live-service elements dominate the franchise, fans eagerly await Pokemo...
As the post-launch content for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starts to dry up and live-service elements dominate the franchise, fans eagerly await Pokemon Day to uncover what lies ahead in the Pokemon universe. With wish lists bursting at the seams, filled with desires for updates to existing titles and new games altogether, the anticipation is palpable. From Johto and Unova remakes to fresh entries in the series, fans are hopeful, although nothing has been confirmed just yet. However, amidst the leaks and rumors, an even bigger specter looms on the horizon—the announcement of the Nintendo Switch 2, which could throw a wrench into new Pokemon reveals.
The Nintendo Switch 2 rumors have been swirling for quite some time, growing in intensity over recent months. Speculation has covered every imaginable detail, from screen size to launch price point, and even potential announcement and release windows. However, Nintendo has remained tight-lipped, leaving fans to rely on alleged leaks. The latest buzz suggests that the Switch 2 reveal could happen in March, just a few weeks after Pokemon Day on February 27. This timing could pose a challenge for any new Pokemon game announcements, as The Pokemon Company's ability to provide official details might be compromised.
While the specifics of the Pokemon Day Direct remain unknown, it seems highly likely that at least one new game will be unveiled. With no new Pokemon games in sight until the release of Generation 10, a prolonged content drought for the franchise would be unusual. Therefore, it's reasonable to expect Pokemon Day to bring forth fresh titles, such as a new Pokemon Legends game, Unova remakes, Johto Let's Go editions, or something equally exciting.
This anticipation aligns with the franchise's recent pattern of releases and reveals. The past few years have seen a steady stream of new titles, including Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in November 2021, Pokemon Legends: Arceus in January 2022, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet in November 2022. With players flocking back to Sword and Shield after The Indigo Disk due to the superior endgame experience in Generation 8, the franchise is in dire need of a new title to keep fans engaged until Generation 10 arrives.
However, if new games are announced on Pokemon Day and the Switch 2's announcement follows in March, The Pokemon Company may find themselves in a tricky situation. They might need to limit their platform references, possibly only stating that the games are coming to the Switch or even avoiding platform mentions altogether. Ignoring an upcoming Switch 2 reveal while discussing launch details for the current Switch would be peculiar. Similarly, it would be challenging to announce potential Switch 2 launch titles when the console itself hasn't been officially acknowledged. Thus, any new titles unveiled on Pokemon Day could find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place—both in terms of platform mentions and graphical capabilities.
If the Switch 2 is backward compatible with Switch games, a potential trailer could showcase Switch graphics and gameplay without affecting the final product. However, if this compatibility isn't guaranteed, it would be strange to reveal games that surpass current-gen titles in terms of performance. In such a scenario, Pokemon Day might focus solely on current celebrations and live-service elements, postponing new game announcements until after the Switch 2 is officially showcased. Either way, this year's Pokemon Day promises to be a peculiar experience for long-time Pokemon fans.
Let's not forget about the main entries in the series for Generation IX: Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. These games introduced over 100 new Pokemon and transported players to the enchanting Paldea region.