New Pokemon Games Announced for Nintendo Switch; Late 2018 and Late 2019 Release Dates Revealed

Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee coming soon!

It’s time to travel in our way back machines to the distant past… with a brief stopover in the future. Hm, that sounded better in my head than it does on paper.

Earlier today, the official Pokemon YouTube account uploaded some new trailers which reveal that the Pokemon RPG franchise is coming to the Nintendo Switch. In the announcement, it was revealed that in late 2018 there will be a brand new Pokemon game titled Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee (depending on which one you purchase). What’s cool about this game is that it’s a core game that takes place in the Kanto region and includes the original 151 Pokemon.

According to the trailer (embedded below), while the overall story of the game might reflect something from the past the actual mechanics are going to be quite different with the ability to do a multiplayer, cooperative mode with other trainers. Additionally, there will be the ability to use the Joy-Cons in order to catch wild Pokemon in a way that is similar to swiping in Pokemon Go.

Additionally, a special Pokeball controller will be released which you’ll be able to use just like a regular controller with the added benefit of a bit of immersion as you pretend like you’re throwing a real Pokeball at your intended capture.

Finally, you can have the ability to take one of your captured Pokemon out into the real world with you as well as sync up your account with your Pokemon Go account. Want to transfer that rare favorite Pokemon to your sweetie as a gift? Now you can.

According to the date at the end of the trailer, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be released in time for this year’s holiday season so update your wish lists accordingly.

In the meantime, however, Nintendo has launched the free to start Pokemon Quest (which features plenty of microtransactions) on Switch. The trailer features plenty of descriptions of the game mechanics and gameplay style so that’s also definitely worth checking out. iOS and Android versions are on their way later this year.

Finally, it was revealed that there will be another big Pokemon project released in the second half of 2019 though we don’t really know many details regarding that title beyond it will be available on the Switch.

Via Official Pokemon YouTube

Author: LB Bryant

L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.

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