Will Pokémon Sword And Shield Be On 3DS?

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have now been revealed to the world, but, set for release on Nintendo Switch, many have been left wondering whether these next adventures will also be on the Nintendo 3DS.

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you will choose between three starter Pokémon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – before having the chance to explore the Galar region – with its idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. Challenging the Gyms in the region, you will once again look to become Champion.

Will Pokemon Sword and Shield be on Nintendo 3DS?

Bluntly, the answer to that question is no. Game Freak has previously indicated that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are the “culmination” of their work on Nintendo 3DS, after the Japanese developer had reached their “absolute limits” in creating games that pushed the hardware.

They have since shifted their efforts to Nintendo Switch, first seen in last year’s Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! that had offered players the chance to return to the Kanto region on an adventure, and now, as revealed in the Pokémon Direct presentation, we will soon experience what Game Freak has prepared to start Generation 8 in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

However, while the developer has moved on from the Nintendo 3DS we could still see a new, spin-off Pokémon game on the aging handheld. Nintendo doesn’t seem ready to call time on the portable, although there are no more first-party releases beyond Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – out worldwide this week on 8th March 2019 – that have been announced.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide in late 2019.

Comments 3
  1. If Game Freak wastes money making a spin-off for the 3DS, they’d lose money on it! The things game sales are in the toilet, but Nintendo keeps listening to the 100,000 active users of it, pretending to be 70 million, but the software sales show this thing is deader than dead!

  2. So are households that used to play these games together at the same time just supposed to buy 3, 4, 5 Nintendo Switches now? It seems like the accessibility of the Pokemon games is going to take a huge hit (Our household has 4 Nintendo DSes and a Nintendo Switch. The one switch was about as expensive as the 4 DSes combined). Households that used to buy multiple copies of the games to play together might now just only buy one. Hopefully they will make some sort of multiplayer functionality so that every member of a household can jump in with their own trainer and team, but I doubt that.

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