The Pokemon Company has been relatively quiet since Pokemon Day back in February where they debuted Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield to the world. Earlier this week, we got a notice that there would be a new Pokemon Direct coming June 6th at 9:00 AM EST with more details on the upcoming Nintendo Switch titles. Alongside the upcoming Direct, they also announced another Pokemon Press Conference would be held on May 28th at 9:00 PM EST. Typically, these press conferences are in Japanese and not live-streamed, but this year it was made available for everyone to watch, along with live English and Chinese translation. It’s worth noting that last year’s Pokemon Press Conference was where we got the first announcement of the Pokemon Let’s Go games for Nintendo Switch, so there is definitely a precedent set for important information being delivered this time around.
Detective Pikachu Sequel
The conference opened up by talking about the success of the recent film, Detective Pikachu, which recently crossed $350 Million at the box office worldwide. For those unaware, the movie was actually based on the 3DS game of the same name. During the Pokemon Press Conference, they announced a new Detective Pikachu is in the works and will be coming to Nintendo Switch. It will continue the 3DS story—which ended on a bit of a cliffhanger—but differ from the ending we saw in the theatrical release.
With so many Pokemon games available across various devices, we are finally getting a more modern way to store and migrate our collection of pocket monsters. Beginning in early 2020, Pokemon Home, a new cloud-based service that integrates Pokemon Bank, Pokemon GO, and the Nintendo Switch titles—Pokemon Let’s Go and the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield—will be launching on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch to unify everything.
A new mobile game is coming from Nintendo, Select Button (developers of Magikarp Jump), and Niantic to supplement your Pokemon GO habit. Instead of tracking your walking and encouraging you to get out and exercise, the upcoming game, Pokemon Sleep, will—you guessed it—track your sleeping habits. Paired with the new Pokemon Go Plus+, a new device that has a built-in accelerometer, your sleep is tracked and synced with your smartphone, allowing you to interact with your Pokemon in the game in some way. The oddly named Pokemon Go Plus+ (pronounced Plus Plus) will work in both Pokemon GO as you would expect, as well as Pokemon Sleep.
Another new game was announced for mobile devices called Pokemon Masters. The game was initially pitched as an idea from long-time GameFreak designer and illustrator, Ken Sugimori. He conceptualized a game that featured popular Pokemon trainers from both past and present games along with their partner Pokemon as shown in the game’s key art that Mr. Sugimori drew himself. There was also a brief video that showcased some game footage. It appears that battles will be 3-on-3 between trainers who each have their own Pokemon. Instead of four moves like in the core titles, Pokemon will have access to one move and an item. The art style is very authentic to the anime series, but with 3D character models. More information on Pokemon Masters will be coming in June.
Finally, if you’re looking for some new Pokemon swag, look no further. Pokemon Shirts were announced, in partnership with Japanese clothing company Original Stitch, and will feature custom fabric designs that include the original 151 Pokemon. On the website, you can mix-and-match different colors and styles and create some incredible designs. Currently, the website only ships to Japan, and a few other Asian territories, but will be expanding to North America and Europe first, with the rest of the world to follow. More information will be coming at a later date.
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