ICYMI: Pokemon Presents Was a Hot Sinnoh Summer Showcase

Pokemon Let's Go to the Sinnoh Region.

Today, The Pokemon Company held a Pokemon Presents stream to show off more of the upcoming Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl remakes, as well as another look at Pokemon Legends: Arceus, the next RPG from Game Freak. But that wasn’t all, as the company had some updates on some of its live games, as well. If you want to watch the archived stream, you can check that out below. For everyone else, here’s a quick recap of what we saw:

Pokemon Unite

The mobile version of the Pokemon MOBA will launch on September 22, and players can pre-register now. Also, Mamoswine and Sylveon are coming as playable characters. Where is Blastoise? Who can say?

Pokemon Cafe Remix

An update to Pokemon Cafe Mix will rebrand the game as Pokemon Cafe Remix later in 2021. The rebrand will bring new Pokemon, new cosmetics, and new puzzles.

Pokemon Masters EX

As part of the game’s two-year anniversary, a new event will bring N and Reshiram to the game, and a new storyline focusing on the villains of the Pokemon universe is in the works. The prelude for that will be live in the game on September 15.

Pokemon Go

The Pokemon Go’s Ultra Unlock Part 3 Sword & Shield event will begin on August 20, and will bring Wooloo, Skwovet, and Falinks to the app. Zacian and Zamazenta will also appear in five-star raids on August 20 and 26 respectively.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

This new look at the upcoming Diamond & Pearl remakes was the most we’ve seen since their unveiling earlier this year, and while it looks like a pretty true retelling of the original games, there are a few new and modern spins on the DS games. The main points are a fair bit of character customization, wild areas called Hideaways where different Pokemon will be available depending on how you customize your own base, and a revamped version of the Pokemon contests that includes a rhythm game. AND YOUR POKEMON IS GONNA FOLLOW YOU AROUND AND THAT’S THE SHIT WE LOVE TO SEE.

Nintendo will also be releasing a new Switch Lite console featuring mascots Dialga and Palkia, which will be available on November 5.

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Looking much nicer than it did at its initial unveiling, Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes place in the Sinnoh region before it was called Sinnoh. At this point in time, the region is called Hisui. The whole thing is about surveying the region to create the first Pokedex in an open-world setting (and yes, the Breath of the Wild comparisons are easy and also accurate), and it adds new layers to battling and capturing Pokemon. The battle system is more akin to Final Fantasy X, in that it will no longer be based on rounds like previous games, but will be a more traditional turn-based format. Battles will also allow you to freely switch between “Strong Style” and “Agile Style,” which will let you favor power or speed when attacking. Capturing Pokemon will also be more complex, as you’ll have to take advantage of new stealth mechanics, as not every monster will take kindly to being approached in the wild. Pokemon Legends: Arceus will also bring new forms and evolutions for several Pokemon, such as a Growlithe and Braviary, as well as new evolutions for Stantler and Basculin.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are headed to Switch on November 19, with Pokemon Legends: Arceus set to follow early next year on January 28.