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In true Nintendo fashion, the gaming company just dropped some of the biggest gaming news of the year this past Sunday. By way of their Pokémon Presents stream, the gaming giant revealed some fairly exciting new information regarding the Pokemon series. Along with a few little updates to the ongoing games and even the more recent Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the stream also saw the announcement of two brand-new Pokémon games that are due towards the end of the year on Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
It’s hard not to be a little bit surprised by the news that we’ll be getting Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet this year, given that Pokémon Legends: Arceus debuted barely over a month ago (on January 28th). But, that seems to be the case, so here we are. The trailer itself kicks off with a security guard wandering through a building, which is all a little odd, but you can skip to 1:20 to catch a glimpse of the games themselves.
What We Know About Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
This seems to be Game Freak returning to the usual kinds of Pokémon games, though the trailer says under it “Welcome to the open world of Pokémon.” A proper open world would certainly be a big undertaking. That’s actually a big step up from even Arceus, which was a series of large areas rather than a truly open world. It seems to show the monsters roaming around outside too, which is good news for those who don’t like random battles.
The trailer also shows off the three new starter monsters for players to choose from when they begin their adventure. Sprigatito is a grass cat, Fuecoco is a fire croc, and little Quaxly is a water duck. It’s kind of a shame not to see a new starting line-up of types after so many games, but Game Freak isn’t exactly known for its innovations. While the announcement is certainly exciting, the stuttering, pop-in, and low graphical fidelity of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is still very fresh in our minds, so we’re hoping they’ll somehow be able to pull off this seemingly more ambitious title while also keeping these tech troubles out of sight.
Other News from Pokémon Presents
Aside from the new games, the Pokémon Presents video also announced the release of an update for Arceus called Daybreak. This update is one that introduces a new questline to investigate mass outbreaks of Pokémon that have been happening over the Hisui region, and will also add in more new battles as well. Not bad for a free update.
There was also the announcement of a new mystery gift for players of Pokémon Briliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. This is a big one too, as it allows them to be able to catch the Grass-type Mythical Pokémon Shaymin, by finding the legendary Professor Oak on Route 224 in the games themselves. Shaymin is a powerful monster that can also become a Grass/Flying-type under the right circumstances.
Along with that, Alolan Pokémon are coming to Pokémon GO as of March 1st; Pokémon Masters EX is giving out some free gifts; Pokémon Cafe ReMix is adding in some log-in bonuses too; and Pokémon Unite players can now mess around with Hoopa, and can also look forward to a new battle type and Duraludon joining the game in the future too.
Though there isn’t a hard release date for Scarlet and Violet, we’re pleased to see a new official game in the series getting a release toward the end of 2022. Stay tuned for more details!