The launch of two new titles means that the popular role-playing series is finally making its debut on Nintendo’s new hardware that launched in March 2017. The franchise saw a port of Pokken Tournament, a fighting spin-off the same year, but now fans are finally getting two new entries.
The two games aim to combine the gameplay of classic Pokémon titles and that of Niantic’s mobile app Pokémon Go, which for a while was a global phenomenon that still draws in a dedicated fan base, having had over 750 million downloads. The games are set in the Kanto region from the original Gameboy titles, and the original 151 Pokémon will be playable. Players will be able to connect the app to the Switch, emphasising the portability of the console and the gameplay.
Alongside the games will be a new accessory the Pokeball Plus, which functions as another way to play Pokémon Go and the new Switch games as an alternative to the Switch’s Joy-Con controller. There are still plans for another Pokemon Switch title to be released in 2019.
By HW Reynolds
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