Last week, The Pokémon Company announced that new information on the upcoming Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends Arceus in their version of a Nintendo Direct, Pokémon Presents. If you missed the presentation, don't worry! You can watch it below. We'll continue to update this space as new information gets announced.
The Pokémon Company announced that the mobile version of Pokémon UNITE will release on September 22, 2021. There will also be a special Holowear outfit for Pikachu available, based on pre-registration numbers. The Unite License for Pikachu will be unlocked if 2.5 million people pre-register, and the Special Festival Style Holowear Outfit will release if 5 million people pre-register. The game will be available on Android and iOS platforms.
Mamoswine and Sylveon have also been announced as playable characters, and cross-play between mobile and Nintendo Switch has been confirmed. Anyone who logs in to the Nintendo Switch version before August 31, 2021 will unlock a Unite License for Zeraora, which can be transferred to a mobile account by linking them.
Pokémon Café Remix
The cross-platform game, Pokémon Café Mix will be getting a revamp in the form of Pokémon Café Remix. All-new Pokémon and customization options will be available for the game. Puzzles have been refreshed with new elements, and staff Pokémon can be developed in new ways to shake things up.
The game will release in Fall of 2021.
Pokémon Masters EX
The mobile game Pokémon Masters EX is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a new event. Players who complete the event will be able to team up with Hop and his Pokémon, Zamazenta. Starting today, players will be able to scout over 100 sync pairs at no cost when they log in, with daily 10-Pair Scouts underway.
Dynamaxing will also be coming to the game, adding a new edge to battling. Three legendary events will return, with players being able to team up with Xerneas, Kyurem and Palkia. On August 29, N from Pokémon Black and White will return with Reshiram in a new Anniversary outfit. Two other anniversary Sync Pairs will also be available soon, so look out!
Starting on September 15, a new villain event will run, featuring villains like Giovanni from Team Rocket. There's also a log-in bonus of 3,000 gems for anyone who opens the game after the presentation.
The worldwide phenomenon that is Pokémon GO is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. It's just been announced that Pokémon who first appeared in the Galar region such as Wooloo, Skwovet and Falinks will be making an appearance in the popular mobile app. Zacian and Zamazenta will also be part of the newest Galar Ultra Unlock event.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
More footage of the game was revealed, including the returning feature of Pokémon who follow you in the overworld, returning from Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. There will be an all-new Style Shop for player customization, as well as the return of Pokémon Contests, where players compete by taking part in a rhythm mini-game. Players can decorate Capsules with stickers they find throughout their adventure as well, which influences the visual effects shown when releasing your Pokémon in battle.
In the Underground, players can unearth rare items found in the walls and catch exclusive Pokémon in secret underground areas called Pokémon Hideaways, it seems. Statues can be placed around the underground, which affects the Pokémon that appear in Hideaways. More multiplayer features include the Union Room, where players can come together to trade Pokémon and battle each other.
Team Galactic is also making a return, causing trouble by upsetting the flow of time and space itself. The games are still set to release on November 19, 2021. Pre-orders will be available starting today. Ranked battles will not be available in this game.
Nintendo Switch Lite
A new Nintendo Switch Lite: Dialga and Palkia Edition has been announced. The handheld-only console is a dark grey, featuring Palkia and Dialga on the back in gold and silver colors, reminiscent of the limited edition Nintendo DS Lite console.
Pokémon Legends Arceus
A new trailer for Pokémon Legends Arceus was shown, in the Hisui region, which is the precursor of the Sinnoh region. Society is divided into three corps: the Medical, Security, and Survey Corps, whose mission is to research Pokémon. Research is done by starting at a base camp where players prepare before doing surveys. Players seek to find new information about Pokémon, such as what species exist and which Pokémon can evolve, before reporting back to Professor Rowan or someone in Jubilife Village. This can be done by observation or catching, which takes strategy to do correctly. Should you need to battle a Pokémon to weaken it, you can have your own Pokémon use their moves in either "Strong Style" or "Agile Style".
The trailer features what seems like regional variants of several Pokémon. Braviary was shown ferrying the player around, hinting at a new method of traveling.
The following regional variants were announced:
- Wyrdeer, the Normal/Psychic type, is an evolution of Stantler, first sighted in Johto.
- Basculegion, the Water/Ghost type, is an evolution of Basculin, originally found in Unova.
- Hisuian Braviary, the Psychic/Flying type, is a regional variant of Braviary, found in Unova.
- Hisuian Growlithe, the Fire/Rock type, is a regional variant of the popular Kantonian dog.
The trailer shows red-eyed, angry Pokémon, suggesting that some of them have been corrupted and need to be purified by the player.
The game releases on January 28, 2022, with pre-orders being available today. Ranked battles will not be available in this game.
The cloud storage service Pokémon HOME will feature support for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends Arceus in 2022.
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.