For the lifelong Pokémon fans who are anticipating the release of Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield in the hopes that they will be the home console HD Pokémon games they have waited a long time for, it’s simply not the case.

During Nintendo’s financial results briefing “for Fiscal Year Ended March 2019,” current Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa went on to say that the Let’s Go games were designed to highlight TV play, whereas the upcoming Sword and Shield games, are being developed to highlight handheld play.

In other words, the big home console Pokémon we have all been waiting for, already released last year and the games we have coming this year, are nothing more than a Switch specific release of the more recent Pokémon games we’ve seen grace the Nintendo 3DS. 

Furukawa’s full statement can be seen here:

One pair of major titles being released this new fiscal year is Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These new titles, first announced in a Pokémon Direct in February, have generated a huge response from consumers. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which were released in November of last year, are designed to highlight the fun of Nintendo Switch in TV mode, for example by waving the controller at the TV screen to capture Pokémon. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are being developed to emphasize the fun of playing Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. We want these games to be played not only by longtime Pokémon fans, but also by consumers whose first encounter with the series was on a dedicated video game platform with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.

Pokémon Switch handheld


By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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