Another alleged leak about the upcoming mainline Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch has surfaced. If the rumors turn out to be true, fans of the series could see two versions of a remake later this year, as well as a connection to Niantic’s Pokémon Go.
According to a blog post from former reporter Emily Rogers, the upcoming Switch title could pull inspiration from Pokémon Go by offering an accessory similar to the Pokémon Go Plus device. She also reiterated a previous statement she made about the name of the games. “I suspect that the naming/branding for this year’s Pokémon Switch title (there’s two versions) might raise a few eyebrows,” she said.
Working alongside the concept of an odd title, two supposedly leaked logos were posted to 4chan. As you can see in the images below, the names are in Japanese, but the original poster added the games will allegedly be called Pokémon Let’s GO! Pikachu Edition and Pokémon Let’s GO! Eevee Edition.
One user on the same 4chan thread also linked to a list of possible details about the Switch game from April 1st that was originally thought to be an April Fool’s joke. However, taking the statements from Rogers and the alleged title art into consideration makes the previously revealed details seem more believable. As seen below, the leak suggested the games will be remakes of Pokémon Yellow, with Eevee and Pikachu being the lead version differences. While the game might take place in Generation I’s Kanto region, systems introduced in Generation VII’s Sun and Moon games will be integrated, including the absence of HM moves in favor of the Poké Ride feature.
Similar to Rogers’ recent blog post, the possible leak also referenced the Switch game being connected to Pokémon Go for rewards. Players might even have to use the same touchscreen capture mechanics from Pokémon Go in the new game. Also, to provide more support to the idea of a peripheral for the game, it was recently discovered that Nintendo and Game Freak filed for a patent that seems to be a device similar to a Pokédex. It’s unclear how the Switch game would utilize the peripheral, but it’s interesting to see rumors and official concepts from the game’s creators start to line up.
However, as with any supposed leak, players should take the details with a grain of salt until Nintendo, Game Freak, or The Pokémon Company confirms the details. At this point, we’ve heard several other conflicting rumors, such as the Switch entry being a completely new generation. This year’s E3 is only a few weeks away, so fans could get more information soon.