1. Pokemon Stars for Nintendo Switch
We learned about the third version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, codenamed Pokemon Stars, back in November 2016. Reportedly coming to the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Stars was originally planned for a summer 2017 release, and has received increasing speculation over the last year. Game Freak was recruiting for a console game, after all.
We first saw Pokemon Sun and Moon announced during a Pokemon Direct last year in February, with a more in-depth look at the 3DS titles later at E3, so it’s a great possibility this is Nintendo’s strategy with Pokemon Stars as well. Considering the mainline Pokemon games are such phenomenal system sellers on their own, Nintendo may want to get this hyped announcement out before E3 as to not overshadow other plans. Plus, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have historically never announced a mainline Pokemon game at E3, ever, making this as good a time as ever to give us confirmation of this highly anticipated title.
2. Pokemon Stars for Nintendo 3DS
The third version of each mainline Pokemon game have always been released on the same system as its sister titles, so it’d be unprecedented if Pokemon Stars were to be released only on the Nintendo Switch. We may be getting a dual announcement, in both Pokemon Stars for the 3DS, and an enhanced Pokemon Stars for the Nintendo Switch.
3. Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Team
Though this Pokemon Direct is a worldwide broadcast, it isn’t entirely uncommon for Nintendo Directs to provide slightly different announcements for different regions. Teased in late 2013 and was released in Japan last year in February, we haven’t heard much about the odd Detective Pikachu. We do know Legendary Pictures acquired the film rights to Pokemon and plans to produce a Detective Pikachu movie sometime this year, but will regions besides Japan get to play the game? We’re assuming yes, considering the niche Pokemon Conquest and others have seen shores abroad. After such a long wait, it only seems time to announce a localization.
4. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Remake
Every mainline Pokemon predecessor has slowly received remakes, from Pokemon Red and Blue to most recently Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Though Pokemon Diamond and Pearl did launch on the Nintendo DS, perhaps it isn’t too soon for a updated version, considering it’s been a whole ten years since. Rather than Pokemon Stars, maybe Nintendo and The Pokemon Company will surprise us all with a Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake for the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo has a plethora of Pokemon titles up its sleeve, including Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Pokken Tournament, the long-missed Pokemon Snap; and a variety of Pokemon puzzle titles like Pokemon Trozei and Pokemon Puzzle League. Tomorrow could be reserved for a number of games unrelated to the core series, and may even cover multiple smaller games over the course of the short 8-minute announcement.