Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a great first year, and the Japanese gaming giant could be looking to follow it up with a Pokemon Switch release date in 2018.
The Nintendo Switch is fast approaching its first birthday, with the hit hybrid console released across the globe back on March 3 2017.
Despite suffering from widespread stock shortages in the months following its launch, the Switch has gone onto smash sales record after sales record.
In its first 10 months on sale the Nintendo Switch sold a staggering 14.86million, more than the Wii U sold during its entire five year lifetime.
Nintendo are now hoping to sell 17million Switch units in its first year, and 20million units in its second year.
If the Nintendo Switch manages to break the 20million sales marker in a single year then it will be in very illustrious company.
The only other consoles to sell 20million consoles in one year are the PS2, the PS4 and the Wii.
And there is one big thing Nintendo are working on which could ensure the Switch still keeps selling like hot cakes in its second year.
The Japanese gaming giant could be planning on releasing Pokemon Switch in 2018, if one job advert is anything to go by.
An official Pokemon Company job listing, spotted by Twitter user PixelPar, says they are looking for a localisation expert to begin work in the next few months.
And there is one big game they had in the works that would need to be localised – Pokemon Switch.
The six month contract will start between April and June this year, which has led fans to hoping Pokemon Switch could be lined up for a late 2018 release.
Localisation tends to take place late on in a game’s development, which may mean Nintendo are putting the finishing touches right now on Pokemon Switch.
Nintendo had previously said that they were targeting a ‘2018 or later’ release for Pokemon Switch, which also backs up an imminent release date.
It remains to be seen if Pokemon Switch will arrive on the hit hybrid console this year, or next.
But if Nintendo manages to release the first main entry in the series built for home consoles this year, they could be guaranteeing huge sales figures.
NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella previously predicted the Switch could take a massive chunk of the console market share if Pokemon is released in 2018.
He said: “If Pokemon comes next year I can easily see Switch outpacing Wii and taking 40+ share of the hardware market next year.
“But it does depend on if Pokemon is next year or not.”
He also added: “Switch is on pace to exceed Wii by 20%+ over the first 10 months of sales.
“The thing is though, the Switch, from a demographic and usage basis, is nothing like the Wii.
“It’s much more a core gamer console than anything Nintendo has done since maybe NGC?
“And because it’s a hybrid, multi console ownership per household could be a thing, making upside potential bigger than the Wii.”