Nintendo on Wednesday announced the next entry in the long-running Pokémon video game franchise. The complementary titles, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, will be available on Nintendo Switch with an expected release date of late 2019. The news comes a week after Reggie Fil-Aime, Nintendo of America's President since 2006, announced his retirement. "This year, a new Pokémon journey will begin for all of you," said Tsunekazu Ishihara, President and CEO of The Pokémon Company, in the announcement video, which showed a glimpse of gameplay and gave us a look at three new Pokémon. "These games will be new entries in the Pokémon series," said Sword and Shield producer Junichi Masuda, who has worked on the franchise since its debut on the Nintendo Game Boy.
Nintendo will release the Isle of Armor, the first downloadable content from Pokémon Sword and Shield's upcoming expansion pass, on June 17th. On Tuesday, the company released a trailer that gives Pokémon fans a better idea of what to expect from the DLC. As we saw when Nintendo first detailed the expansion pass in January, the DLC will take place in a new area of the Galar region aptly called the Isle of Armor. It's based loosely on the Isle of Man, an island situated between Great Britain and Ireland. The expansion will feature a new storyline and gyms for players to explore.
Nintendo has finally given the world a look at the first generation of Pokémon coming to a home console. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were revealed during a Pokémon-centric Nintendo Direct Wednesday, which will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in late 2019. Pokémon Sword and Shield look like the Pokémon games we've always known and loved it, just with a visual upgrade thanks to the beefier technology of a home console. Despite the slicker look, it doesn't look like the classic RPG will be straying from the formula it established in the '90s. SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon' is finally getting a console release, but don't get your expectations up too high Sword and Shield, the eighth generation of Pokémon, will take place in the Galar region, which will feature a wide array of environments.
Nineties kids, rejoice: After more than 20 years, the Pokémon Company announced that another Pokémon Snap is finally in the works. Beloved by countless millennials (and Pokémon lovers of all ages), the original Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo 64 put players on a tranquil railcar driving through nature, where a diversity of Pokémon prance or fly by. The objective was simple: Snap pictures of the Pokémon, which Professor Oak judged on a point system based on the size of the Pokémon in the photo, its pose, and your photographic technique. Part of the fun was tossing apples at the Pokémon to grab their attention long enough to capture their visage. The upcoming version for the Nintendo Switch, succinctly titled New Pokémon Snap, has no release date yet.
Pokémon Go has become the newfound obsession of millions of people since its launch last week, boosting Nintendo shares by more than 50 per cent. The game uses augmented reality to let players catch Pikachu and other Pokémon creatures from their phones in real life locations. It became a hit after its release in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Pokémon Go is free-to-download and play, but additional items are available for purchase within the game. Early estimates from Sensor Tower, the app store optimisation firm, put the game's revenue at 1.6 million per day.