Game Freak on why Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon aren’t on Switch
Two new Pokemon games are coming out next month, but they’ll be on 3DS as opposed to Switch. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are hitting the dedicated handheld on November 17.
In an interview with GameSpot, Game Freak’s Shigeru Ohmori was asked why the titles aren’t on Switch. He echoed what was mentioned to IGN about how on 3DS, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are intended to be the “culmination of all our efforts to get the absolute most out of the system that we can.”
As Ohmori explained:
“We’ve been working with the 3DS hardware since Pokemon X and Y. Even then we wanted to get the maximum power and maximum potential out of the 3DS, and ever since then we’ve continued to try [to do] that. With X and Y we thought we’d got as much as we could out, but then Sun and Moon came along and we pushed even harder and got as much as we could out of the system at that time. And now, again, with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we’ve tried to make this the pinnacle of our work with the 3DS system and make it a culmination of all our efforts to get the absolute most out of the system that we can.”
GameSpot also asked if Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon could hit Switch in the future. However, Ohmori said that “there are [currently] no plans for that in particular.”