Much as everyone expected, the media censorship for the Nintendo Switch is producing a lot of rumors and speculation. The latest of these rumors is about the console getting an updated version of Pokémon Sun and Moon that is currently codenamed Pokémon Stars.
This is not the first time Pokémon had a major release followed by a much-improved version later on. Pokémon Red and Blue was later updated to Pokémon Yellow, as well as Pokémon Diamond and Pearl ending up as the popular Pokémon Platinum. However, shifting to the Nintendo Switch will be the very first time that this type of updated version will be hosted on somewhat of a regular console, though to be fair, the Nintendo Switch will also be portable.
Stars development canceled then resumed
According to numerous reports, as well as other reliable sources, the game has been under development alongside Sun and Moon. As the development of Sun and Moon finally wrapped up, the work on Stars was apparently canceled but since the game's recent official release, the development for Stars has officially resumed as well.
Development of Pokémon Star
This kind of development has been standard these days and some are assuming that a brief snapshot of a Sun and Moon trailer in February has given some credence to a follow-on game using higher definition assets. It also sounds like Stars will also be able to communicate with Sun and Moon on the 3DS, enabling players the ability to trade Pokémon through the Pokémon Bank app.
Fans try to make things clear
Naturally, numerous fans and analysts have contacted Nintendo to make further confirmations or denials about this rumor. Their response was simply, "We have nothing to announce on this topic." Considering that Sun and Moon had a steady stream of updates, it meant that its fan base for the game could be keeping up with the game's release, as most of them were very much keen to find out more.
Unnecessary media blackout
This kind of media censorship on the Nintendo Switch, therefore, is very weird and will likely result in a great deal of animosity when a variety of these rumors would turn out to be false. Not openly stating what is happening with the upcoming Nintendo Switch, as well as giving any indications regarding its initial gaming lineup, is an unnecessary risk to take. People are separated in both ways to believe, and without a steady hand guiding them through the progress of the console, it can result in a total catastrophe. If you are wondering how badly things can end up, just look at the mess surrounding No Man's Sky.
Pokémon Stars will either succeed or fail
If Pokémon Stars for the Nintendo Switch will turn out to be true and is, in turn, going to be an official launch title for the console, then that could mend any damage done to the later releases of games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild. People nowadays are pretty much alert at the impact that these rumors will be having on the Nintendo Switch. Launching a brand new gaming console is not a trivial feat and the Nintendo Switch already has its work cut out for it after the failure of the Wii U.