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Nintendo Announces a Ton of Pokémon Updates, Plus a Limited Edition Switch Lite

During the latest Pokémon Presents event, Pokémon fans were treated to a flurry of exciting game announcements. In addition to several game updates, there’s also an incredibly cool-looking limited edition themed Nintendo Switch Lite.

Let’s dive in and take a quick look at everything that was announced!

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

The event showed off a fascinating new trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which showed gameplay in the Hisui region (what the Sinnoh region used to be). There, society is divided into three groups: the Security, Medical, and Survey Corps (the latter conducts Pokémon research. Naturally, it’s your job to collect information on what Pokémon are out there and how they evolve.

If the need for a battle arises, you’ll tell your Pokémon to use either “Agile Style” or “Strong Style” moves. The trailer also unveiled some regional variants, like Hisuian Braviary, Hisuian Growlithe, Wyrdeer, and Basculegion and several angry red-eyed Pokémon.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus drops on January 29, 2022, and you can pre-order it today.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Snag your copy of the game ahead of the 2022 release date!

Pokémon Café Remix

Pokémon Café Mix logo

The popular cross-platform game Pokémon Café Mix is getting remixed into, well, Pokémon Café Remix. The update brings a slew of brand new customization options, refreshed puzzles, dress-up options, and, of course, lots of all-new Pokémon. You can even grow and develop the Pokémon staff of your own café. The touch-based puzzle game works on both mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch, and it’s slated to release sometime in Fall 2021.

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Pokémon UNITE

The Pokémon Company is bringing a mobile version of Pokémon UNITE to gamers everywhere on September 22, 2021. There are also several special, cool features ready to be unlocked—like a special Holowear outfit for Pikachu—but their ultimate availability is based on pre-registration numbers. If 2.5 million people pre-register, the Unite License for Pikachu gets unlocked; likewise, the Special Festival Style Holowear Outfit will be released if 5 million people pre-register. 

Sylveon and Mamoswine were officially announced as playable characters in this game. You can download the app today, but to claim the in-game celebration items (if the minimum number is met), you’ll need to formally log in before October 31, 2021. If you log into the Nintendo Switch version before August 31, 2021, you can unlock the Unite License for Zeraora (and yes, you can transfer it to your mobile account if you link them).

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Pokémon GO

Everyone’s favorite Pokémon-themed augmented reality game is now rounding the corner on its fifth anniversary. To celebrate, players will have the opportunity to see some new Pokémon. Legendary Galarian Zamazenta and Zacian will be in the upcoming Galar Ultra Unlock event; both will appear in five-star raids—Zacian from August 20-August 26 and Zamazenta from August 26-September 1.

Pokémon that first appeared in Galar—like Wooloo, Falinks, and Skwoview—will briefly be in the app as well from August 20-August 31, 2021. You can download Pokémon GO today and start collecting and battling Pokémon as you walk around town!

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

The event unveiled even more footage of the upcoming Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games. Players will get to revisit the original Sinnoh adventure, meet Professor Rowan, face off against Team Galactic, and explore the sprawling Grand Underground beneath the Sinnoh region.

There will also be Super Contest Shows, where your Pokémon can show off their cool dance moves; Union Rooms, where you can battle with other Trainers; Style Shops, where you can change your outfit; and plenty of opportunities to walk with your partner Pokémon and customize your Capsule with various decorations (which, in turn, affects the visuals seen when you unleash your Pokémon in battle.

The adventure will be available on November 19, 2021, though you can pre-order it starting today.

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Nintendo Switch Lite: Dialga and Palkia Edition

Nintendo Switch Lite special edition with dialga and palkia etched on back

To celebrate the games’ upcoming release, you’ll also be able to buy the Nintendo Switch Lite: Dialga and Palkia Edition, which features Palkia and Dialga on the rear of the handheld console in silver and gold colors (just like the Nintendo DS version a few years back). This limited edition console will be available on November 5, 2021.

Pokémon Masters EX

Dynamaxing is now here in Pasio in Pokémon Masters EX‘s legendary event, dubbed “Howling Shield of Eternity. The event runs through September 15, 2021, at 10:59pm PDT, and in it, you’ll be able to assist Hop, Leon, and Gloria as they try to help Legendary Pokémon Eternatus. If you play through the event, you’ll be rewarded with gems, various other items, and sync pair Hop and Zamazenta.

During the event, Sygna Suit Leon and Eternatus will appear in the sync pair scout, and you’ll be able to add them to your team. You may also spot the return of N and other iconic sync pairs, which are featured as part of the game’s second-anniversary celebration. Watch out for N’s crazy new outfit and the incredibly powerful Pokémon N is paired with.

What’s more, a new story arc is launching in Pokémon Masters EX in September, including events surrounding a villainous organization that’s up to no good. If you log in to the game, you’ll also receive 3,000 gems as a gift!

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Whew! That was certainly a lot to cover! Hopefully, you’re as excited as we are for all of the new Pokémon announcements, games, and features. If you want to watch the Pokémon Presents event in full, you can check out the video below:

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