Today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, unveiled a broad range of new video games, apps, and more during a Pokémon Presents video presentation. These experiences will enable players everywhere to interact with Pokémon in a variety of new ways. The Isle of Armor, the first set of content in the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, also launches today worldwide. This downloadable content for the blockbuster Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games is available for purchase in Nintendo eShop and allows Trainers to continue their adventures in the Galar region.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Passes: The Isle of Armor
The first new adventure unlocked by the Expansion Passes takes place on the Isle of Armor, an island of the Galar region. Many Pokémon make this island their home, living freely amid the lush nature. The island is also home to a dojo for Pokémon battles, where players and their Pokémon will train hard to become even stronger under Mustard, the dojo’s master.
In celebration of the launch of The Isle of Armor, a special Max Raid Battle featuring the Mythical Pokémon Zeraora will be available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. If one million players around the world win this Max Raid Battle from June 17 through June 28, Trainers can receive a special Shiny Zeraora. The celebration continues in Pokémon GO, where Galarian Farfetch’d will make an appearance and players will receive special avatar items based on the clothing they can wear during their adventures on the Isle of Armor.
For more information about the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, please visit Pokemon.com/SwordShieldEX.
New Pokémon Snap
The New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch system is based on its namesake, which was first released for the Nintendo 64 console in 1999. This game will take Trainers on an adventure to unknown islands overflowing with natural sights such as jungles and beaches, where they can research various Pokémon in their natural habitats. They will take photos to make their very own in-game Pokémon Photodex, all while discovering new, never-before-seen Pokémon expressions and behaviors.
For more information about New Pokémon Snap, please visit Pokemon.com/NewPokemonSnap.
Pokémon Café Mix
Pokémon Café Mix is a free-to-start game for Nintendo Switch systems and mobile devices. Starting today, Trainers can preload Pokémon Café Mix in Nintendo eShop, preorder the app in the App Store, or preregister the app on Google Play.
Pokémon Café Mix is a unique puzzle game where players can link Pokémon icons together by swirling them around. To link icons, players will need to grab a Pokémon icon and drag it next to another icon of the same Pokémon species. Icons will be cleared after they are linked together.
The player will be the owner of a café that Pokémon visit, where they will work alongside Pokémon to prepare drinks and dishes for Pokémon customers by completing puzzles. Pokémon on the café’s staff have special Café Skills that can be used to help complete puzzles. Once a puzzle is completed, the player can serve an order to a customer. The player can increase their friendship levels with Pokémon by serving them delicious drinks and dishes. As more puzzles are completed, the café can be upgraded by getting new tools or having new areas added. New Pokémon may come visit, lured in by the different upgrades.
For more information about Pokémon Café Mix, please visit Pokemon.com/cafemix.
In collaboration with Niantic, The Pokémon Company announced that Mega-Evolved Pokémon will appear in the real world in Pokémon GO. Fans can look forward to experiencing a new take on Mega Evolution that takes advantage of Pokémon GO’s unique gameplay.
For more information about Pokémon GO, please visit Pokemongo.com. To download the app, please visit the App Store or Google Play.
With Pokémon Smile, Pokémon continues to expand its app offerings for younger children by incorporating the world of Pokémon into the everyday task of brushing your teeth. The app is a unique new mobile experience for the Pokémon brand that makes brushing your teeth a fun activity and encourages kids to develop good brushing habits. Pokémon Smile is available for download beginning today at no cost in the App Store and on Google Play.
Pokémon Smile uses a mobile device’s camera to observe the player’s toothbrushing activity. If the player skillfully brushes their teeth, they can defeat cavity-causing bacteria depicted in the game and then catch Pokémon. The game will guide the user through the toothbrushing process, so each playthrough can help them brush all areas in their mouth.
Parents can receive notifications from Pokémon Smile at up to three set times per day that remind them it’s time for kids to brush their teeth. They can also set the duration of each toothbrushing session to be between one and three minutes, based on the varying needs of children of different ages. The app is filled with elements to encourage the player to continue playing the game with the intent of slowly building a habit of brushing their teeth. Players will want to keep coming back to catch over one hundred species of Pokémon in Pokémon Smile and fill out their in-app Pokédex. They can also collect fun in-app decorative headwear to display on themselves virtually as they brush their teeth.
For more information about Pokémon Smile, please visit Pokemon.com/Smile.
To download the app, please visit the App Store or Google Play.
Source: The Pokemon Company
OH yeah. The wild area and pokemon animations were so gorgeous in Sword and Shield that I thought to myself “It’d be great to have a game that’s completely centered on looking at these beautiful vistas and 2020 HD graphics.”
…To be fair, I haven’t seen the trailer yet. Does it actually look ambitious or a bare minimum, nostalgia easy cash grab?
Cash. Grab. Again.
Why would you make a sarcastic and critical comment on the graphics of a game you haven’t even seen yet?
Why would you make a sarcastic and critical comment on the graphics of a game you haven’t even seen yet??
Sorry I didn’t mean to comment twice!
Because it’s weird timing for a sequel to Pokemon Snap tbh. They’ve just made their jump to HD console and it didn’t go over so hot… but it seems like it’s being made by Bandai Namco so they’ll be a little more competent.
I never played Pokemon snap. Are you just walking around taking pictures of Pokemon? That’s why I never wanted the game on N64 it sounded boring
It’s a rail shooter where the goal is to get unique and professional looking snapshots of pokemon throughout the level.
It’s a very chill game.
It’s an on rail shooter where you take pictures of wild Pokémon in their natural habitat and get rated on the quality of the pictures. You can also throw items at the Pokémon to interact with them and cause different things to happen. ( There was one where you knock a charmeleon into lava to make it evolve into charizard.) There are also branching paths. It was also pretty cool b/c you could take your game to a blockbuster and print your pictures off as stickers.
I was skeptical, but i actually sank many hours into trying to get a perfekt picture of Mew.
Great game really, one of my favorite sections was snapping pics of the Squirtle by the river.
I’ll take everyone’s word for it and purchase this for my Switch. Everyone who played it loves it.
Following Link’s Awakening, this is a $60 nostalgia cash grab for sure… shame, Nintendo. Because I’m ready and willing to hand you my money…
When are you going to make truly “NEW” games on par with your quality of the 90’s/early 00’s?
Only 1 “NEW” Mario Kart since ’14
Only 1 “NEW” Zelda since ’17
Only 1 “NEW” Metroid since ’07
Only 1 Great Paper Mario since ’04 (You’re delusional if you think they’ve finally figured it out +15 years later with Origimmick King)
Pokemon Sw/Sh was rushed, underdeveloped, lazy, and greedy. What a disappointing first Pokemon console game in comparison to what gen7 gave us. Take a page out for your book and megaevolve these franchises. The silver lining here is that Gamefreak isn’t running Pokemon Snap – perhaps that’s why it looks good from a visual standpoint. Maybe Nintendo should take the core Pokemon games away from Gamefreak going forward…
Still waiting on competent online Smash… The company simply can’t keep up. Out of touch with the times. It will never change as long as they can milk the memories of millennials.
Nintendo will never grow and reach the full potential of their IPs if we continue to settle for anything they throw our way. They need to be held accountable. They need to be held to a higher standard of quality at this point. The bad has been catching up with the good for some time now.
Pokemon Snap will be an easy $60 win for Nintendo thanks to everyone who continues to blindly follow this company.
The Switch was/is fun. But to tell us it’s only halfway through it’s cycle. C’mon, Nintendo. We played this game before (bc you keep selling it to us). The Switch peaked. Anything promising will most likely be delayed until it simultaneously comes out for your next system along with whatever ports/remakes/remasters/rehashes are planned.
Sony and Microsoft will run laps around us once again.
Joy-con quality is icing on the cake.
(Sadly about to be a former) Nintendo Fan.
Oh hey someone else who’s had it with Nintendos lack of improvement/advancement in the industry.
Might as well get over it, Nintendo ain’t the same company anymore.
I remember the dead pixels on Switch-screens at launch (I had them too). Nintendo told us it was normal to have dead pixels on LCD screens… on a 720p screen in 2017… Other companies like LG would exchange your TV if you had a single dead pixel on an freaking 8K TV.
I wonder if Pokemon snap has even aged well. When it released, I think most fans just bought it to tide them over until the first 3D Pokemon game was released (Pokemon Stadium).
I’m not saying it’s a bad game but I feel like if anyone who played it back then decided to replay it today… I just don’t think it’s hold up to most gamers.
I could be wrong.
Yeah, I do think the reason it have been 21 years since the last entry is because it’s hard to do anything new and exciting around this game. I too could be wrong, but I don’t have high hopes for this game, ecen though I’ll pay close attention to it.
I understand you might have meant that the experience of playing a snap game might not hold up anymore, but just in case you hadn’t noticed, this is a full on sequel to snap. It isn’t just a remaster or a remake.
Mmhm. I know the meaning of the word “new”.
That sad truth is that how much I like Nintendo my favorite games and characters are on it systems they are sleeping. Where is trailers or games this summer I am tired to see Microsoft Sony EA. They need to wake up because success need effort
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