Pre-download Pokémon Unite to get in on the action as soon as possible

Pokemon Unite Nintendo Switch
Pokemon Unite Nintendo Switch (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Pokémon Unite is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) which features the iconic Pocket Monsters.
  • The game releases on July 21, 2021 on the Nintendo Switch and mobile.
  • Fans can pre-download the game to avoid bogged servers ahead of .

Pokémon Unite is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) featuring Pikachu and the gang in the franchise's first foray into the MMORPG genre.

If you're excited for this game, you can avoid any Snorlaxes in your path by pre-downloading the game on the Nintendo Switch. Fans who are interested can download the full game in advance, which will be unlocked as soon as the game releases on July 21, 2021.

All you need to do is head over to the Nintendo Switch eShop, search for "pokemon unite" and click the "free download" button on the title page. It's as simple as that!

Pokémon as a franchise has ventured into many video game genres outside of the usual JRPG, such as dungeon-crawlers in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, the on-rails "shooter" where you shoot pictures of Pokémon in Pokémon Snap, as well as fighting games like Pokkén Tournament DX and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

While there's no telling whether this game will join the other Pokémon titles in being some of the best multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch, it's always great to see the franchise branching out in different directions, seeking to include fans from all walks of life.

Are you looking forward to Pokémon Unite? Let us know in the comments below!

Nadine Dornieden

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.