Nintendo and The Pokémon Company today announced three new games heading to Nintendo Switch.

First up is Pokémon Quest, a free-to-play action RPG title that is also seeing a mobile release.
“This new Pokémon title, developed by GameFreak, lets players explore the island of Tumblecube with their team of cute, cube-shaped characters known as Pokéxel,” said Shigeru Ohmori, director at GameFreak. “Players will be able to personalize their Pokémon and develop a strong bond with their Pokémon friends while battling their way through the adventure. With the simple touch-screen controls, Pokémon Quest is a game that Pokémon fans of all ages can pick up and play.”

Also announced was Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Eevee, two new games for Nintendo Switch that will connect to Pokémon Go on smartphones. The game is a 3D remake of Pokemon: Yellow Pikachu Edition on Game Boy Color and follows the journey through Kanto with some modern additions.

Random encounters with Pokémon seem to be out with a new system similar to Pokémon Go in place. Players will catch Pokémon using the same Pokéball system in the smartphone game. All 151 Pokémon from the Kanto (original) series is included in the game, and all can be transferred over to the game from Pokémon Go.

Released alongside the games is a new device called “Pokeball Plus”. The device connects to the Switch and allows users to play with their Pokémon outside of the game, connect to the smartphone game, and can even be used as a Joy-Con.

The new games were described as “core RPG games for everyone”. More “hardcore” fans can look forward to an all new RPG title currently in development for Nintendo Switch and due for release in 2019. No further details, other than it’ll be “in the style of Pokémon X/Y” were announced for that game.

Pokémon Quest is out now on Nintendo Switch. The mobile version is set for launch at the end of June 2018. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee will see a launch on November 16, 2018.

Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee

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Ty Muddle

Ty Muddle

I cut my gaming teeth on a Commodore 64 my siblings and I found stashed under my parents bed. It was the early 90's and the strange computerised images were a novelty for a young kid living in a rural Australian town. It would be some years before I was introduced to a simple word processor powered by a Apple II my grandfather found at the dump but it didn't take much to spark a love of writing and video gaming that would continue through my life. My first "modern" console was, like most people in Australia at the time, a Sega Master System II. In those days you'd hire games from the local video store. I always loved flipping to the back of the game manual to see the cheat codes other players would scribble in the "Notes" section.