This morning brought new information on upcoming Pokemon game updates, including details on the Sword & Shield expansion, plus all new games!
The Pokémon Company held the “Pokémon Presents” livestream today and revealed new games and apps to celebrate the launch of the Isle of Armor downloadable content for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Fortunately for fans, they revealed a whole lot more as well!
“In celebration of the launch of The Isle of Armor, a special Max Raid Battle featuring the Mythical Pokémon Zeraora will be available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield,” a press release said. “If one million players around the world win this Max Raid Battle from June 17 through June 28, Trainers can receive a special Shiny Zeraora. The celebration continues in Pokémon GO, where Galarian Farfetch’d will make an appearance and players will receive special avatar items based on the clothing they can wear during their adventures on the Isle of Armor”.
The most exciting of the news is the presentation was the reveal of a long-awaited follow up for Pokémon Snap, which launched in 1999 on the Nintendo 64.
“This game will take Trainers on an adventure to unknown islands overflowing with natural sights such as jungles and beaches, where they can research various Pokémon in their natural habitats,” a press release said. “They will take photos to make their very own in-game Pokémon Photodex, all while discovering new, never-before-seen Pokémon expressions and behaviors.”
In addition to the celebration event and Pokémon Snap reveal, we got announcements for a Pokémon Go event, an expansion to Pokémon Smile, and a new “free-to-start” game hitting both mobile and Switch systems starting today.
Pokémon Café Mix is a unique puzzle game where players can link Pokémon icons together by moving them around. The game is available to preload in the Nintendo eShop, preorder the app in the App Store, or preregister the app on Google Play.
“The player will be the owner of a café that Pokémon visit, where they will work alongside Pokémon to prepare drinks and dishes for Pokémon customers by completing puzzles,” a press release said. “Pokémon on the café’s staff have special Café Skills that can be used to help complete puzzles. Once a puzzle is completed, the player can serve an order to a customer. The player can increase their friendship levels with Pokémon by serving them delicious drinks and dishes. As more puzzles are completed, the café can be upgraded by getting new tools or having new areas added. New Pokémon may come visit, lured in by the different upgrades.”
In Pokémon Go, Niantic and The Pokémon Company announced that Mega-Evolved Pokémon will appear in the real world in Pokémon GO.
Pokémon Smile is a new mobile app available to download for free today that helps encourage kids to brush their teeth.
“Pokémon Smile uses a mobile device’s camera to observe the player’s toothbrushing activity. If the player skillfully brushes their teeth, they can defeat cavity-causing bacteria depicted in the game and then catch Pokémon. The game will guide the user through the toothbrushing process, so each playthrough can help them brush all areas in their mouth,” a press release said.
“Parents can receive notifications from Pokémon Smile at up to three set times per day that remind them it’s time for kids to brush their teeth. They can also set the duration of each toothbrushing session to be between one and three minutes, based on the varying needs of children of different ages. The app is filled with elements to encourage the player to continue playing the game with the intent of slowly building a habit of brushing their teeth. Players will want to keep coming back to catch over one hundred species of Pokémon in Pokémon Smile and fill out their in-app Pokédex. They can also collect fun in-app decorative headwear to display on themselves virtually as they brush their teeth.”
You can watch the full Pokémon Presents press conference here. Which of these new games are you most excited about?