Two Original Pokemon Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch This Year

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They got us.  They definitely got us.  Last year, Tsunekazu Ishihara, the President of The Pokemon Company, announced during Nintendo’s E3 2017 Direct that they were working on a game for Nintendo Switch.  Most of us assumed it would be shown at E3 2018, with a release date of 2019.  Thankfully, we couldn’t have been more wrong.  In a last minute, impromptu press conference, the Pokemon Company put all their cards on the table and revealed two new titles coming to Nintendo Switch, not in 2019, but later this year!

The first announcement was an interesting one.  Not exactly what we had envisioned when the thought of a Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch, but it still showed a lot of potential, despite the blocky, yet smooth graphics.  It’s called Pokemon Quest and it’s unlike any Pokemon game we’ve ever experienced before.

In Pokemon Quest, you embark on a new adventure to a mysterious blocky region, known as Tumblecube Island, a farcry from the original Red & Blue games.  In this brave new world, the max amount of Pokemon you can have on your person is 3, but you can customize them with different power-ups (or Power Stones).  Tumblecube Island promises to have a bevy of secret treasures for you to explore and find, as well.  Oh, and the best part about this game is that it’s available now on Nintendo Switch eShop for FREE!

While it’s exciting that we’re getting our first Pokemon video game today, the piece de resistance of this press conference had to do with a more traditional Pokemon RPG, coming to Nintendo Switch.  It’s called Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee.  Take a look!

Based on 1998’s Pokemon Yellow, Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee will have trainers start out with each respective Pokemon, based on the version they purchase.  With either Pikachu or Eevee perched on your head or shoulder, you can travel around the Pokemon region, catching Pokemon and earning badges from the comfort of your Nintendo Switch.  While a traditional, yet updated, Pokemon RPG was already exactly what we wanted for Nintendo Switch, The Pokemon Company upped the ante and included unforeseen features, we never knew we wanted.

Features like:

  • Pokemon Go compatibility – Every Pokemon you catch from the Kanto Region in Pokemon Go can be transferred over to Pokemon: Let’s Go so your trainer can interact with them.  Additionally, resources and gifts can be exchanged between each.
  • Co-op – Previously, most Pokemon games were played solo, with the only interaction between friends being through battle or trades.  In Let’s Go, you’re able to run around with your friends, battle the opposition, and catch ’em all together.  It perfectly exemplifies Nintendo’s culture of shared experiences.
  • Pokeball Plus Accessory – Sure, you could spend your time in this Pokemon game, playing with the Joycons, like a chump.  OR you could be a real Pokemon Master and own the Pokeball accessory that will allow you to experience Pokemon the way it should be, like a trainer, with the Pokeball Plus Joycon!

This is the Pokemon game we’ve dreamt of since the Nintendo Switch was the NX.  It’s smooth, it’s interactive, and it instantly make the Nintendo Switch one of the greatest investments of all time.  Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee release November 16, 2018!

Finally, the last piece of information, along with Alola’s weird Exeggutor coming to Pokemon Go!, is a tease for a new traditional Pokemon RPG coming in 2019.  Information is very scarce, at the moment, but it’s assumed that this will be a handheld title, given that Switch will have just received the Let’s Go titles, a few months before.

As more Pokemon news releases, we’ll have it right here on Cinelinx…shortly after we wake up from intense swooning…