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Three new Pokemon games have just been announced, New Pokemon Snap gets a release date

by: Russell -
More On: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Pokemon Shining Pearl Pokemon Legends Arceus New Pokemon Snap

Earlier today the official Pokemon YouTube channel streamed a Pokemon Presents to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Pokemon in Japan (technically the 25th anniversary of Red and Green's release is tomorrow, but I digress). In the video Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president and CEO of The Pokemon Company, talks about a few upcoming details to celebrate the 25th anniversary including a few on-going in-game events for Pokemon Sword and Shield, Pokemon Cafe Mix, and Pokemon Go. In addition a few new trailers were released, one of which was a new trailer for New Pokemon Snap which will launch on April 30th of this year.  However, the highlights of the presentation were trailers for not one, but three new Pokemon games...well, two of them are remakes.

Yes, we are actually getting the remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl will let players partner up with Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup as they travel across the Sinnoh region. The game will look like how it did on the DS in terms of gameplay style, meaning a top-down isometric view as opposed to how Sword and Shield looks.  Graphically the game looks pretty good and the games are set to release later this year but while we were expecting this, what we got next I'm wondering if anyone saw coming.

The other trailer was for a brand new game called Pokemon Legends Arceus. The game will be set in the Sinnoh Region's past and looks to be an action-RPG style game.  You'll still battle with Pokemon and catch them, and it looks like your starter choices will be a mix from past games including Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawat. However, it looks like you'll be able to wander around freely such as in Sword and Shield, but catching a Pokemon will actually involve you sneaking up on Pokemon, aiming, and throwing a Pokeball at it. While the trailer does show a Pokemon battle, it does look turn-based but I'm curious if it'll somehow be different than the main series. Pokemon Legends Arceus is set to launch in early 2022 and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more info.