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Here Is Nintendo’s Press Release On The “Pokémon Games Unveiled For Nintendo Switch”

During a special Pokémon press conference in Tokyo today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced three new ways to play Pokémon for Nintendo Switch™—Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and the free-to-start Pokémon Quest. With the addition of these new titles, Pokémon is broadening the scope of video game offerings from the franchise to appeal to its wide variety of fans at all player levels. Pokémon also announced that the next introduction to its popular core RPG series, which was teased last year at E3, will arrive in late 2019 on Nintendo Switch for the first time.

Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

With Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, Pokémon is inviting fans on a new journey by taking them back to a familiar setting. Inspired by Pokémon Yellow, which was originally released in Japan on Nintendo’s Game Boy in 1998, these two new titles feature many of the intuitive gameplay functions offered to players in the hugely popular Pokémon GO and are designed for players taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world. Trainers will embark on an epic adventure set in the iconic Kanto region joined by their trusty Pikachu in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Eevee in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! They feature brand new gameplay to make the most of the unique capabilities of Nintendo Switch, such as throwing Poké Balls to catch Pokémon by swinging Joy-Con™ controllers, as well as the opportunity for family and friends to battle and explore together in a new two-player mode. The games were unveiled in partnership with GAME FREAK, the games’ developers and original creators of the Pokémon video game franchise.

“With the launch of Pokémon GO in 2016 and the global sensation that ensued, millions of new players were introduced to the world of Pokémon,” said Junichi Masuda, director at GAME FREAK inc. “For many people, Pokémon GO was their first experience with the Pokémon brand, so we have crafted these two new titles to be an accessible entry point to our core RPG series while giving our longtime fans a new way to play Pokémon.”

The connection between these two new titles and Pokémon GO doesn’t end there – literally. GAME FREAK and The Pokémon Company teamed up with Niantic to bring next-level innovation by offering players the ability to connect their Pokémon GO to their Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game. Players can catch Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region in Pokémon GO and then transfer them into their Nintendo Switch adventure. Something special will also be coming to the world of Pokémon GO, making the connection between both games even more appealing for Trainers. Details for this will be revealed in the near future.

The Poké Ball Plus* a device that can be used to play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! in place of a Joy-Con or alongside Pokémon GO instead of the Pokémon GO Plus, was also unveiled, continuing the innovative ways to connect the games. The Poké Ball Plus features motion controls, lights up with a variety of colors, vibrates, and plays sounds. When catching a Pokémon in the Nintendo Switch games, players will be able to feel it moving within the device. It also does more than function as a controller—using the Poké Ball Plus, players can bring one of their Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! with them as they explore the real world, giving Trainers the opportunity to spend time with favorite Pokémon even when they’re not playing the game. Additionally, Trainers can receive a variety of rewards once Pokémon are returned to the Nintendo Switch games.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will launch on November 16, 2018, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. The Poké Ball Plus will be available at participating retailers on the same day.

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Pokémon Quest

Pokémon Quest, a rambunctious action RPG game, was also revealed at the press conference, along with the surprise for fans that it is available today on Nintendo eShop. Developed by GAME FREAK, Pokémon Quest takes players across Tumblecube Island, where everything’s a cube—including the Pokémon. Travel the length and breadth of the island hunting for treasure, battling with wild Pokémon, discovering unexplored territories, and even cooking tasty treats to tempt new Pokémon to join your party.

Gameplay features of Pokémon Quest include:

  • Battle by tapping—Pokémon Quest uses simple touch controls that can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • Befriend many Pokémon—Use items collected throughout expeditions to befriend a wide array of Pokémon.
  • Create your Pokémon dream team—Partner with three of your Pokémon friends to battle through diverse environments.
  • Pokémon unique to you—Use different Power Stones to personalize your Pokémon friends however you want and give them unique stats.
  • Customize your base camp—Decorate your home with cute and fun collectibles that not only look good, but can provide in-game benefits.

“This new Pokémon title, developed by GAME FREAK, lets players explore the island of Tumblecube with their team of cute, cube-shaped characters known as Pokéxel,” said Shigeru Ohmori, director at GAME FREAK. “Players will be able to personalize their Pokémon and develop a strong bond with their Pokémon friends while battling their way through the adventure. With the simple touch-screen controls, Pokémon Quest is a game that Pokémon fans of all ages can pick up and play.”

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*The Poké Ball Plus will be sold separately and is not included with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! At the time of release, the Poké Ball Plus will only be compatible with Pokémon Go, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and will not be compatible with any other Nintendo Switch software.


45 thoughts on “Here Is Nintendo’s Press Release On The “Pokémon Games Unveiled For Nintendo Switch””

  1. Yeah, those games definitely scream “player’s first Pokemon game” with how extremely simplified they look.

    I don’t think it’ll be that much of a hit with veterans.

    1. Its a move by nintendo to get more players into pokemon, a lot of new fans picked up a switch, some which have never touched a pokemon game, this will be their introduction and for sure an audience expansion for the core game next year.

    2. As a veteran Pokemon player this looks like fun as a side game to tide me over until next year. As an uncle I know exactly what to give my nephew. Nintendo makes it easy to be the best uncle ever.

    3. are pokemon grandpas really so passionate that the opportunity to play coop red/blue must be passed up because they refuse to replace random encounters with ball throwing

    4. The sad truth that we should all accept (and the faster we do it, the better) is that we, “veterans,” are the last thing in Game Freak’s mind when making new Pokémon games. They appeal to children and new players. Proof of this is how childsh and hand-holding the whole of Gen 7 was. I guess we are left to make the best of whatever Game Freak has to offer to what they think are “core” players for next year.

      1. The anime is another sign that new kids is all they care about since Ash effectively starts all over again in each new season with new Pokemon (except Pikachu, of course.) So he’ll continue to come close to winning it all & lose all over again so the new kids that watch Pokemon next season will be able to see him start from scratch again. Rinse & repeat.

        Good thing I’ve accepted that new kids is all they truly care about long ago. Hence why I mostly focus on just collecting one of every single Pokemon in the franchise instead. Whenever I get Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, I’ll catch the new ones from that til the next gen. I mean, nothing wrong with focusing on the kids as that was one of the original points of Pokemon but they do need to make more stuff for the older players. A full fledged Pokemon Generations anime would be a good start instead of those little 5 minute webisodes. I guess they’re afraid it might get more popular than Ash’s Pokemon Adventures so webisodes is all we’ll ever get. (Maybe I’ll be proved wrong one day & they will make a full fledged Pokemon Generations anime for the older fans.)

    1. It’s not a remake at all, obviously. It takes place in Kanto and is inspired by Pokemon Yellow with elements from Pokemon GO thrown in. This isn’t a Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green HD Remake. Please think more clearly before you impulsively type away your stress online.

  2. So, is this actually a gen 1 remake? I keep seeing that in comments but haven’t heard any concrete word that it is. I would consider getting it if it is a remake, but if it is just a simplified recreation that’s meant to be easier for newbies, then I’m not interested and I’ll wait until 2019.

      1. Yeah I saw that, but my concern is that “based on” an “remake” are two different things that could mean two completely different things.

    1. There isn’t much to go on, but I get the feeling that it’s closer to Black2/White2 in that it’s the same region but a different story. I could be wrong though so don’t take this as fact.

    2. its hard to tell for sure at this very moment but it literally just looks like a remake if the random encounters were like GO. it seems like trainer battles function exactly like main series turn-based battles, so I really dont see why people are getting turned off. the idea of going through the game with a friend doing double battles sounds more interesting than literally any main series game that came out in the past many years.

    1. If it allows them to get the game out sooner, then why not? They can always have expansion DLC in the future.

      1. Kill the series? Let’s Go! Aren’t the games that were teased last E3. At least wait till 2019 to see if they’re actually good.

      2. :D you’re so positive. we’ll see, really i have a issue with Sun/Moon being the last versions on 3ds.

        At least they could take away the restrictions for transferring between different versions and Pokémon Bank, i hate that i HAVE to buy sun/moon to move Pokes that are currently stuck there… the void…

        poor squirtle….

  3. Doesn’t seem as if you can battle wild Pokemon in this iteration, which frankly, makes me awfully worried and less likely to buy this.

    1. That’s cause this game is supposed to be super casual. The competitive scene needs major reworking and GameFreak is testing the waters with this game.

  4. This entire thing has been very disappointing for me. Not even a teaser trailer showing off SOMETHING of the mainline Pokemon game. :/ *holds out hope that E3 might show something* If E3 has nothing to show too, looks like I’m gonna have to wait for next year to know anything about the true Pokemon Switch. Good thing I got other games to focus on, though, because nothing they’ve revealed tonight concerning Pokemon interests me.

    1. The only downside for me is the lack of wild battles. Otherwise these games are a perfect jumping point for me to get back into Pokémon.

  5. My only major gripe is that only gen1 Pokémon are available. Other than that, these games look awesome!

    1. They said the focus would be on Gen 1 Pokemon, but since they are giving us Alolan forms I wonder if they’ll give us later gen evolutions too. It’d be nice just because I can’t imagine my party not having a Sylveon after having one for the last few games.

  6. This is the kingdom hearts 0.2 for pokemon. That small tech demo that shows you what to expect from gen 8. A clean and simple battle UI. Gorgeous backgrounds during battle and the return of pokemon following you. Its not much to go on but it’s at least a glimpse into gen 8.

  7. The way I see it, Let’s Go feels like a full on Pokemon Coliseum game where you collect Pokemon in Go style fashion for coliseum style battles. If it’s like that, and has online battles, it might be a good idea.
    And Pokexels? I understand that they are voxel Pokemon, but do they really need to make a mashup with a word that is already a mashup?

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