Return to the Sinnoh region: All the ‘Pokémon’ games coming soon
Pokemon has been introducing new characters and creatures for over two decades now. Pokemon is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday and to celebrate, The Pokemon Company held a Pokemon Presents video to announce some new games in honor of its anniversary. Fresh off their latest games, Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield, the company is ready to release a fresh batch of new experiences in the world of Pokemon.
These announcements included both completely new experiences and remasters of classic games with an updated, modern feel. Take out your Nintendo Switches and check out some more information on the new games coming to the Pokemon franchise soon.
New Pokemon Snap
One of the most unique games in the franchise is Pokemon Snap, a first-person game where you travel through nature, trying to take the best pictures possible of various Pokemon. This game came out for the Nintendo 64, so New Pokemon Snap is the long-awaited sequel many fans didn’t know they wanted.
The new gameplay shown during Pokemon Presents shows footage of players traveling through the Lental region taking pictures of Pokemon. Since it has been twenty-two years since the first Pokemon Snap, there’s been a massive number of additions of Pokemon that players can now photograph.
In the game, players will collaborate with Professor Mirror and his assistant Rita to discover wild Pokemon in their natural habitats. The gameplay looks rather similar to the original with updated graphics, however, there are new features including photo sharing with other players online and a ranking system to see how players compare with others. New Pokemon Snap will release on April 30, 2021, for Nintendo Switch.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Pokemon Shining Pearl
Two of the most popular entries in Pokemon are Pokemon Diamond & Pokemon Pearl, which were released for Nintendo in 2006 in Japan and in 2007 everywhere else. This is the fourth generation of Pokemon games and took players to the Sinnoh region. In each game, the three starting Pokemon were Piplup, Chimchar, and Turtwig.
The legendary Pokemon for Brilliant Diamond is Dialga & Palkia for Shining Pearl. In a news release, The Pokemon Company said the updates include “player-friendly conveniences,” as well as “up-close-and-personal Pokemon battle scenes.” The trailer also showed new graphics that update the look of these two games to resemble more modern Pokemon games.
Fans have been eager for this remake and many suspected it was coming as 2021 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Diamond and Pearl. Now, fans can relive the nostalgia they felt of playing this game on a DS system when these games are released in late 2021.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is giving fans something they’ve wanted for a long time. This is an open-world Pokemon adventure, being described as a “Sinnoh pre-make” by The Pokemon company. According to The Verge, The story will take place in the Sinnoh region “at a period that appears to be long before other Pokémon games.” The starters will include Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil.
The trailer released today shows players being able to control a trainer who wanders around wild areas, battling trainers and catching wild pokemon. One difference is that characters can catch wild pokemon without having to enter a battle. Pokemon Sword and Shield featured a similar element where wild pokemon could now be seen wandering around instead of just coming across them randomly in the grass.
This new gameplay experience is intended to give players a more immersive experience. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is expected to release in early 2022.
Pokemon fans have plenty of new gaming experiences to look forward to with all these new game releases. The Pokemon Company hinted that there is still more to come, so stay tuned.