Pokémon Presents 26/02/2021

Well, what a cracking presentation that was! Pokémon is Twenty-five years young, that’s one way to make us feel old! So, sat in my Pikachu onesie and wiggling with excitement as one does, let’s get into the thick of it, Detective Pika – er, Zeit is on the case!

The showreel of the highlights of the Pokémon franchise was certainly a way to start us off! From the humble beginnings of the company, through trading card games, the anime, all the spin-offs, and every mainline entry definitely tugs at the heartstrings, especially when you recognize which ones you owned (Pokémon Pinball and the Rumble Pak on the Game Boy Color, anyone?) All running up to where we are now.

First of all, a beloved favorite previously announced to be returning for the Nintendo Switch: New Pokémon Snap! We were given a sneak peek into what we can expect from it.

Exploring what the Lental Region has to offer in the new and improved NEO-ONE buggy, wandering through lush jungles, sandy deserts, and watery seas to fill out our Pokémon Photodex.

We have MORE interactivity this time around, we can play music to the Pokémon, feed them tasty Fluffruit, and even make them glow by tossing Illumina Orbs as we and Professor Mirror try to uncover the mystery of the Illumina Phenomenon! As we explore and interact with Pokémon in their natural habitats, they will show different behaviors and interactions, all of which can be photographed for different ratings as we fill out the Pokémon Photodex!

The few minutes of gameplay we were shown also introduced to us some new features including the ability to edit images with frames, stickers, and effects and share them, with the hope of them getting featured if they get popular enough! All in all, we have lots to look forward to when it launches on April 30th!

For those of us looking for new Pokémon goodies, we were certainly spoiled with the official announcement of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful remakes of the beloved titles that were released fifteen years ago on the Nintendo DS, developed by ILCA, the studio behind Pokémon Home, and directed by Junichi Masuda, the director of the original games. This brings the opportunity for new fans to discover Sinnoh and old fans to explore their favorite region that has been carefully remade and preserved, even down to the scale of the towns, environments, and routes for a familiar and new experience. Even the chibi sprites we know and love have been given some love while being digitized!

There are lots to look forward to and the best bit is that, in the vein of the previous entries, both games will release simultaneously in late 2021!

Offering a new approach to the formula we know and love and looking to break new ground for the Series, we visit the Sinnoh of old in Pokémon Legends: Arceus!

In a certain village, a certain Pokémon Professor brought three Pokémon for us to partner with in this fresh, open-world and explorable take on the Sinnoh region in a bid to set up Sinnohs first Pokédex.

Development is currently in full swing for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, allowing us the ability to fully roam and explore Sinnoh, catching Pokémon in their natural habitats in the wild, and will release worldwide in early 2022!

This short presentation certainly gave lots for Pokémon fans to look forward to, loving remakes, fresh new ideas, and the return of old favorites.

I’d love to hear what your favourite part of the presentation was and with that, I’ll love you and leave you. Take care! -Z

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