“[Pokémon]. [Pokémon] never changes.” – Ron Perlman, paraphrased When it comes to consistency, few franchises can hold a candle to Pokémon. The massively popular behemoth of a series has been delivering new Pokémon games, trading cards, and TV episodes for 24 years with no signs of slowing down. In a pair of videos posted to The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel, […]
“[Pokémon]. [Pokémon] never changes.”
– Ron Perlman, paraphrased
When it comes to consistency, few franchises can hold a candle to Pokémon. The massively popular behemoth of a series has been delivering new Pokémon games, trading cards, and TV episodes for 24 years with no signs of slowing down. In a pair of videos posted to The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel, Nintendo revealed a ton of upcoming titles and content updates for the 24-year-old series. Here’s everything we know so far:
If you’ve ever owned a Nintendo 64, you’ve probably played Pokémon Snap. Fans of the original will remember riding a dune buggy through exotic locales, snapping pictures of Pokémon mid-evolution, and sorting through their photos to win Professor Oak’s approval. Released more than 20 years ago, the game brought the original 151 Pokémon to life in a way that the series hadn’t shown before.
Thankfully, a new entry is currently in development for release on the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Snap will feature gorgeous graphics and brand new islands to explore. Since the original came out before Pokémon Gold and Silver, it will also mark the first opportunity to witness Pokemon from the Johto region onward in their natural habitats. No release date has been announced yet, but here’s hoping fans will have a chance to be full-time Pokérazzi soon.
Pokémon Smile was one of the strangest announcements from the past week, but possibly the most original. Intended to help young children brush their teeth, the mobile app uses a cell phone’s camera and augmented reality to make sure kids are brushing for long enough and getting to all areas of their mouths. If they keep going until the timer stops and brush thoroughly enough, they’ll get the opportunity to catch a new Pokémon each night. The new chibi-like art style features adorable re-imaginings of over one hundred Pokémon.
Pokémon Smile is completely free with no in-app purchases. You can download it now for Android and iOS.
Pokémon Café Mix
Pokémon have been featured in more than their share of re-skinned puzzle games, but this one is entirely new. The free-to-start Pokémon Café Mix grants players their own café where all of their customers are Pokémon. In order to fulfill their orders, players must complete puzzles by matching Pokémon icons from a shifting pile that moves in unpredictable ways. Completing enough orders will earn players new café equipment, attracting new species of Pokémon to befriend or even hire as part-time staff.
Pokémon Café Mix is now available for download on Android, iOS, and the Nintendo Switch.
Niantic’s AR megahit has been out for nearly four years, but the updates just keep coming. Nintendo released a cryptic teaser announcing that Mega Evolutions will be coming to Pokemon GO in 2020, but no further details were revealed. In the main series, Mega Evolution functions as a powerful – albeit temporary – fourth stage of evolution for a select few Pokémon. Though the feature has been absent in the last two iterations of the RPGs, its triumphant return will likely add a new level of strategy to Pokemon GO’s addicting Trainer Battles.
Pokémon Sword & Shield
In celebration of the recently launched Isle of Armor expansion for Pokémon Sword & Shield, the mythical Pokémon Zeroara will be appearing as a Max Raid Battle boss until June 28th. At the time of this writing, over 1.4 million players have completed the raid, earning all players access to an exclusive shiny Zeroara. If 2 million players manage to beat the raid by Sunday, then the player base will be gifted 10 Armorite ores as well.
Zeroara will be available to claim on Pokémon Home from June 29th to July 6th. To be eligible, you must transfer at least one Pokémon between Pokémon Home and Pokémon Sword & Shield.
The latest of the slew of new Pokémon games is Pokémon Unite, a MOBA (think League of Legends) that will pit two teams of five players against each other in a battle to see who can catch the most Pokémon. Taking control of their own Pokémon, each player will level up, evolve, and learn new moves along the way. Each Pokémon will be able to use a chargeable Unite move that’s powerful enough to change the tide of battle.
Pokémon Unite will release on mobile and Nintendo Switch in 2020. You can read more here.