Exciting news was announced on May 29th for anyone who plays Pokémon! In a press conference in Tokyo, Nintendo announced 4 upcoming games: Pokémon Quest, Pokémon: Let’s go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s go, Eevee!, and a main series game that does not appear to have a title yet.
Pokémon Quest is a free to download game that takes place in a world previously unreleased world. Shigeru Ohomri, a developer from Game Freak introduced the game during the press conference. The little cube pokémon are called pokécells and Quest will contain the original Kanto region pokémon, from Pokémon Red and Green (Blue in North America).
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 30, 2018
Ohmori discusses what makes this games stand out from other games in the series. Aside from the adorable, square, bouncy little pokémon cubes, he believes there are two important aspects to the game.
The first is the simple controls that allow anyone to pick up and play…. The second defining trait is that you can strengthen the pokémon in the way that you like. Pokémon Quest is an action RPG… and you can strengthen your pokémon in just the way you like by equipping these special items…
While I’m excited about the game it looks a bit too much like all the civilization building games, which makes me nervous. Those kinds of games can be a blast, but they can also be a money pit and this being Pokémon, there will be a bunch of kids playing it. The game is already available for download on Nintendo Switch and should be coming to mobile gaming soon.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
This is the one that I am super excited about. I’ve been playing Go since it came out, so seeing it integrated into a system makes me want to actually pick up a controller. Junichi Masuda, the director for these two games, was also heavily involved with the production of Pokémon Go. He explained the intuitive nature of the game play in Go is what opened the game up to players of all ages and that they hope these games will bring that same intuitive feeling to the main series. Where Quest is based on Red and Blue, these games will pull from the Pokémon Gold and Yellow games.
Return to the Kanto region and experience a classic Pokémon journey in a whole new way with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch! Coming November 16, 2018: https://t.co/kXLdxUMjjA #PokemonLetsGo pic.twitter.com/EKzQsTbDuE
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 30, 2018
The games play look fun and simple and the ability to play with a sort of co-op mode is great. Being able to bring your Pokémon Go catches into the Switch game will be awesome. They don’t show what you will able to do with these cross-over characters, and in the announcement video the Go Pokémon appear to all be in a place called Switch Park.
They also announced the PokéBall Plus. The little Pokéball will function as a control instead of the JoyCon for your Switch if you choose. It will also work in a similar fashion to the Pokémon Go Plus, in that it will link up with your Go account and allow you a different way to catch Pokémon IRL. They mention that if you load a companion into the PokeBall Plus some interesting things might happen which sounds sort of Tamagotchi-ish, which is pretty cool to me.
Pokémon: Let’s go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are both due on on November 16, 2018.
In his parting words, Masuda acknowledged work on another upcoming game. It will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch and will not be released until the second half of 2019. So, we all have some time on that one.
So, what do you think about these upcoming games? How do you feel about the new squish cube Pokémon? Have you been playing Pokémon Go? If you have, are you excited about what this means as far as trading goes? If you haven’t, will these new games be enough to get you into it? Let us know in the comments.