With Pokemon celebrating its 25th anniversary on February 27, fans were excited to see what’s in store for them. Then, a day before that, Pokemon Presents premiered on Pokemon’s official Youtube channel. During the live event, new games were announced as well as a feature on the latest Pokemon Snap game. In addition, the 25-year tribute was shown. The history of the game was showcased and how Pokemon transformed over the years. Other things related to Pokemon such as its trading card game, spin-off series, events, and more were shown as well.
Prior to Pokemon Presents, there were a lot of rumors circulating around the Pokemon community. Mainly, it was about the remake of the 4th generation main title game, Diamond and Pearl. Fans were eagerly waiting for the confirmation of it by the company. In addition, the lack of announcement during Nintendo Direct prior just amplified the excited fans for the big reveal. That, along with the leaks that were shared amongst the fans.
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Remake
To the fans’ delight, a remake of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl was announced during Pokemon Presents. Named Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the remake boasted a new yet familiar rendition of the Sinnoh region. Unlike Pokemon Sword and Shield, the remake of Diamond and Pearl stayed true to its original graphics. Along with a couple of tweaks and improvements.
Older fans who love the Sinnoh region will finally get to play the game on the latest console once again. Meanwhile, new fans will get to embark on an adventure in the Sinnoh region and experience its greatness. Although the detail and scarce as of present, the only thing sure so far is its release date. But nothing is exact and set in stone so far.
Turtwig, Piplup, and Chimchar are waiting for the Pokefans in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl later this year. Make sure to look forward to it!
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Aside from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, another Sinnoh game is coming as well. But this time, it’s a bit different from the other main and spin-off titles. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is an open-world game that is a prequel to Diamond and Pearl. It also has more action, unlike the main titles. In the video presentation during Pokemon Presents, the game has a feudal Japan concept. In addition, it can be seen that the setting is similar to the Wild Area in Sword and Shield. It also has similar graphics to the 8th generation game.
Another difference between this game and the main title is the catching system. In the previous games, you have to weaken the Pokemon first before catching them. But in this game, you can catch them upon seeing it in the overworld.
As the title suggests, the legendary Pokemon Arceus is expected to have a big role in the game. Also, despite being a game set in Sinnoh, players won’t be choosing between the Sinnoh starters. In Pokemon Legends: Arceus, players will be choosing between Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil as starters.
Lastly, the game is expected to be released in early 2022.
Other Things in Store for Pokefans
Aside from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as well as Legends: Arceus, more things are in store as well. First, the gameplay of Pokemon Snap was featured during Pokemon Presents through a trailer. In the trailer, the setting and different environments of the game were shown. Also, mechanics such as playing melodies and using orbs to make that perfect shot we’re shown. The preorder for Pokemon Snap is also available and the game will be released on April 30 this year.
Lastly, we have the events in Sword and Shield, Go, Cafe Mix, and Masters EX. These events lasted mostly during the last week of February. In Sword and Shield, there was a special Max Raid event that featured a Gigantamax Pikachu. Meanwhile, in Pokemon Cafe Mix, players received 2,500 golden acorns as they log in to the game. Then, in Pokemon Go, there was a Kanto-themed celebration. There were Kanto Legendary Raid Bosses as well. Finally, in Pokemon Masters EX, Galar Champion Leon arrives with his Charizard.
Are you excited about the new stuff in store in Pokemon? Make sure to check out these games as soon as they’re out!