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TOKYO — May 28, 2019 — During a press conference in Tokyo today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, presented a glimpse into how the globally popular Pokémon brand will continue to be a trendsetter in gaming. Mr. Ishihara unveiled a broad range of offerings including mobile games, apps, and innovative connected hardware to show the variety of new ways Pokémon Trainers will be able to experience and enhance their Pokémon gameplay.

Pokémon HOME




The world of Pokémon games is more diverse than ever, with a range of titles for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Now, Trainers can bring all their Pokémon together with Pokémon HOME, a new cloud service app that enables them to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Smartphone users can also trade with friends or others around the world directly from Pokémon HOME. Pokémon HOME connects with Pokémon Bank as well as Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, and also Pokémon GO. Pokémon HOME is expected to launch in early 2020 for iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.




Pokémon Sleep




Soon, Trainers will be able to wake up with Pokémon every morning with Pokémon Sleep, a mobile app from The Pokémon Company. Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player's time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, effect the gameplay. While more details about the app’s functionality will be revealed at a later date, it was announced that a new device from Nintendo, Pokémon GO Plus +, will connect to Pokémon Sleep and launch with the app. The device will use an embedded accelerometer to track a user’s time sleeping and send this information to their smartphone via Bluetooth. This new device also has the same functions as the original Pokémon GO Plus, so Trainers can use it with Pokémon GO during the day and with Pokémon Sleep at night. Trainers can look forward to Pokémon Sleep launching for mobile devices in 2020. To celebrate this early look at Pokémon Sleep, Trainers around the world will have the chance to encounter Snorlax that are lying down and deep in sleep in Pokémon GO beginning today.




Pokémon Masters




A new Pokémon mobile game called Pokémon Masters is on the way for iOS and Android devices from The Pokémon Company and DeNA. Pokémon Masters enables players to experience a new type of Pokémon battling on the go and features many famous Pokémon Trainers from the long history of Pokémon video games. Gameplay will be optimized for smart devices for a casual but uniquely Pokémon experience. Fans can expect more details about Pokémon Masters in June.


A New Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo Switch


The release of the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” movie has left fans wanting more of the famous Pokémon sleuth. The Pokémon Company announced today that Creatures Inc. has plans to create a new entry in the Detective Pikachu video game series, this time for Nintendo Switch. The original Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS ended on a cliffhanger and this upcoming game will be a conclusion to that story.


Pokémon Comes to China with Pokémon Quest


Earlier in May, it was announced that the popular mobile game, Pokémon Quest, will be coming to China via NetEase, the second largest game developer in the world and a new partner for The Pokémon Company. Since then, more than 1.7 million players have pre-registered for the game in the country. Today it was revealed that Pokémon Quest in China will be an enhanced version of the game with new player vs. player and social features. While Pokémon Quest marks the first mobile Pokémon game in China, it was also announced that NetEase is working with The Pokémon Company to bring more Pokémon games to the country.


Pokémon Shirts


In addition to gaming news, Mr. Ishihara announced that Pokémon Shirts, a service currently available in Japan that creates made-to-order original clothing designs featuring the first 151 Pokémon, will be coming to the U.S. and Europe.


Link: https://gonintendo.com/stories/336345-the-pokemon-company-unveils-new-games-mobile-apps-and-hardware


PKMN Home:


I take it this is the next evolution of PKMN Bank on 3DS?


PKMN Sleep:


So, is this what became of Nintendo's QoL project? I remember hearing they were working on a sleep device. Interesting that this will device will also have GO + functionality.


*My thoughts on the actual device HERE <-- 


Detective Pikachu (Switch):


Nice to see an new Detec. Pika game coming to Switch. I wonder if this will be more in-line with the recent movie than the 3DS game? 

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  • alienboyva changed the title to TPC announces new Pokémon games, apps, and hardware

Masters definitely is looking to be a Gacha as many others guessed when the announcement Dena doing a mobile game. That said I wouldn't have guessed there would be a focus on the trainers. I'm curious to see how "summoning" works. The brief glimpse we got shows each trainer with a single Pokemon in most of the screenshots. So is it a trainer and pokemon pair that make up a "unit." The other possibility I could see is that each trainer matches a pokemon type and the trainer and pokemon are summoned separately (maybe the iconic pokemon for each trainer comes with) and the Pokemon can only be used with a trainer who has one of the matching types. 


Though the focus on trainers surprised me at first,  the more I think on it the more sense it makes. Gacha games driving force is always the characters (Waifus and such) so I can see where they thought maybe Pokemon alone wouldn't be exciting enough. Especially if you start thinking about alts and such. The amount of Pokemon games where you just catch Pokemon is also already high so making it just "collecting them all" may have been too similar to the main entries when those ones don't require the RNG Gacha mechanics of a Gacha game. Still excited to see more.  I can admit the Gacha model is not great, but gacha games do have the advantage of getting pretty consistent and long term support which was always the thing that was hardest for me about Pokemon. I always wished there was more content and updates after the main story. 

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Pokemon Plus +.


This is not confusing at all. We need to know more about this Pokemon Sleep.


Pokemon HOME is cool look forward to see what future support gets.


Pokemon Masters is cool, I'll actually have connection with this as opposed to FEH to finally know all the trainers I can summon. I can see myself playing that as well.


EDIT: Forgot about the conclusion of Pokemon Detective Pikachu coming to Switch as well. I seen the movie but didn't finish the game on 3DS. I wonder, would ppl be upset if the finished the conclusion on 3DS?

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I keep being amazed that....


A Pokemon Snap game hasn't come up...


A Pokemon Stadium game hasn't come up yet...

*Yeah, online play with main games, Pokken, Go, and Let's Go games might make this obsolete but I liked the N64 game...


A Pokemon Puzzle League game hasn't come up....


But hey, I am not a Pokemon player so....

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6 hours ago, purple_beard said:

I keep being amazed that....


A Pokemon Snap game hasn't come up...


A Pokemon Stadium game hasn't come up yet...

*Yeah, online play with main games, Pokken, Go, and Let's Go games might make this obsolete but I liked the N64 game...


A Pokemon Puzzle League game hasn't come up....


But hey, I am not a Pokemon player so....

Your just in denial.

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