New Pokemon Snap, a sequel to the 20 year old classic N64 game, was easily the spotlight stealer of the presentation. Fans have been clamouring for a sequel to the cult classic photography game since the original’s release in 1999.
New Pokemon Snap features Pokemon from all generations, including Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar region.
The trailer also shows several varying – and quite frankly gorgeous – locations, from beaches, forests to oceans.
Watch the trailer below.
Perhaps the most peculiar announcement from the presentation, Pokemon Smile is a new mobile app that makes brushing teeth a more appealing activity for Poke-obsessed children with some clever use of AR technology.
Players must use the front-facing camera on a smartphone as they brush their teeth to free Pokemon from a cavity-causing bacteria.
Over 100 different Pokemon have been redesigned in Pokemon Smile’s new, child-friendly cartoon style.
The app also sets reminders for users to brush their teeth, as well as timers for how long brushing should take.
I must admit, as someone who finds themselves rushing to brush, I might actually give this a go.
Watch the trailer below.
Pokemon Smile is available now on iOS and Android storefronts, for free!
Pokemon Cafe Mix
Pokemon Cafe Mix is a free-to-start puzzle game coming to Nintendo Switch and Mobile Devices.
Players manage a cafe for Pokemon, and must complete puzzles based around preparing drinks and dishes for the different Pokemon customers. As players progress, they can enlist different Pokemon into their staff, as well as expand the cafe with new areas.
The gameplay mechanic of the puzzles revolves around swirling different Pokemon icons around and link matching icons together. It’s a bit like the popular match-4 mobile games, but icons aren’t strictly placed in a grid, and just fall loose in a bundle. Like a saggy Candy Crush.
Watch the full trailer below.
Pokemon Cafe Mix is available soon for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. It’s “free-to-start” with in-app purchases.
The presentation also offered a brief update on how Pokemon Go is adapting to be played without requiring players to leave their homes. These adaptations include the ability to raid remotely.
Victini, an ultra-rare, legendary fifth generation Pokemon was then teased to be a part of Pokemon Go Fest 2020, which will be held completely digitally.
The segment on Pokemon Go ended with the reveal that Mega-Evolution will soon be a key feature, with the tease that it’s implementation will be “enhanced by Pokemon Go‘s unique gameplay”.
Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansions
The Isle of Armor, the first expansion for Pokemon Sword and Shield, is available as of today. To celebrate, players are able to engage in a Max Raid Battle with the mythical Pokemon Zeraora.
If one million players defeat Zeraora, every player will recieve a special shiny version of Zeraora for free. It’s worth noting however, that players must use the Pokemon Home application during the event, which requires a subscription to use.
The section ended with the reveal that Galarian Farfetch’d are now available in Pokemon Go, as well as Isle of Armor themed attire for their avatars.
The Next Big Pokemon Project…
Before wrapping up, President of The Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara teased that he had one more big project that he wanted to share…
… but that we’ll have to wait until the 24th of June for another presentation.
What could this ‘big project” be?
The next generation of Pokemon? Seems unlikely – the eighth generation only just launched last Winter.
The next wave of remakes? It’s become standard practice in the last decade to remake an old gen for the latest hardware. The most recent of these, Pokemon OmegaRuby and AlphaSaphire released in 2014 for the 3DS, 12 years after the third-generation Pokemon Ruby and Saphire for GameBoy Advance. Could it be time for remakes of the fourth-generation games Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, now nearing their 14th anniversary?
Or perhaps, a new entry in the Let’s Go! series? In 2018, GameFreak launched a new Pokemon series for Nintendo Switch aimed towards a younger audience, who are perhaps more familiar with the Pokemon franchise via Pokemon Go, rather than the mainline games. Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee are set in the Kanto region, offering an abridged version of the Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow storyline, in which player doesn’t need to fight wild Pokemon.
Could this tease be a new entry in this series set in Johto, condensing Gold, Silver and Crystal? Pokemon Let’s Go! Togepi and Let’s Go! Azuril?
Guess we’ll find out on June 24th.