Pokémon Press Conference Recap

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Gregory Dawes

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The Pokémon Company has announced a variety of games and services at the Pokémon Press Conference in Tokyo, Japan. First, it was announced that the 3DS game Detective Pikachu will be making it’s way to the Nintendo Switch in the form of a sequel. It will expand on the story from the 3DS title while still remaining separate from the recently released movies ending. No release date was given.

Next up was the announcement of Pokémon Home, the replacement for Pokémon Bank on the 3DS consoles. This will allow you to take Pokémon from your 3DS, Nintendo Switch or Pokémon GO accounts to store them via the cloud. This will act as the transfer method for upcoming games as well. Pokémon transferred to Home will then be able to be traded locally or globally straight from your device. Pokémon Home is planned for an early 2020 launch.

Pokémon Sleep was also announced for a 2020 launch, and acts as a method of training Pokémon while sleeping in the real world. A new device is being developed with this game in mind called the Pokémon GO + Plus. This will track your sleep patterns to send data and change gameplay in the app releasing for mobile devices. They are also working with Niantic to find ways to incorporate this feature into GO. In addition, a limited time event was announced for GO which will allow you to find and catch a special sleeping Snorlax with the event exclusive move Yawn.

The final announcement was a new mobile game being developed in conjunction with DeNA, Pokémon Masters. This mobile title will bring iconic trainers from the mainline games and allow you to battle them. Trainers like Brock, Misty, Cynthia, and even Red are shown on the key art. The game will be releasing sometime in 2019 for iOS and Android devices. Credit to Serebii.net for the footage below.

If these announcements didn’t satisfy you, the Pokémon Sword & Shield Direct will be taking place next Wednesday June 5th, at 6 A.M PST/ 9 A.M EST. This will surely give us a better look at the upcoming mainline entries for the Nintendo Switch.


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