Pokémon Presents Excites With New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Gameplay

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Today’s Pokémon Presents was highly anticipated, given it was expected to have new information on both Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The presentation did not disappoint, as it not only showcased new features for both games, but gave updates for many of The Pokémon Company’s other IPs.

Here is everything shown at today’s Pokémon Presents:

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

The much awaited remake of Pokémon Sinnoh region received a new trailer, giving more insight on the game’s development.

For starters, one of the points of criticism from the original trailer was its graphical choice. While they still committed to the style, the graphics were more detailed and the lighting made the world seem a little more dramatic and realistic.

Beyond that, the development took time to showcase some of the new features coming to the game. This included Pokémon following the player in the overworld, adding stickers to Pokéballs for more flair, and new clothing styles (although they did seem to be pre-set rather than fully customizable like Pokémon Sword and Shield). Additionally, the Super Contest Show will now include a rhythm element to it, with players timing and hitting beats while Pokémon dance in the background.

Perhaps the biggest new update is with the Grand Underground. In the original games, the Grand Underground was a side feature for collecting fossils. While this aspect is still there, the team has added the ability to make a secret base and new areas called Pokémon Hideways. These hideways host several different types of Pokémon, some only available within the Grand Underground.

Finally, they’ve added a Union Room for both local and online connection.  

In anticipation for the game’s release, Nintendo will also be releasing a Dialga and Palkia Nintendo Switch Lite available November 5th, 2021.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be available November 19th, 2021.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks more and more exciting with every trailer as this newest preview provided more details on The Pokémon Company’s take an open-world, action Pokémon game.

Taking place in the Hisui Region (the precursor to Sinnoh) in a time when Pokémon and people lived separately, the player is tasked with completing the first ever Pokédex of the region’s Pokémon. When the player goes on “Survey Outings,” they can observe and catch Pokémon. By catching multiple Pokémon, seeing them use a move multiple times, and more, players can expand the Pokédex entries.

When exploring the Hisui Region, Pokémon are prone to interact with the player. Aggressive wild Pokémon will attack, forcing the player to dodge, sneak, or take damage until they black out.

If players choose to fight, battles will follow the traditional Pokémon formula, but with a twist. Rather than alternating attacks, turn order will be based on speed. This means that at times, you could attack multiple times before the opponent does. There will also be two styles of moves: Strong and Agile Style. The former powers up your move at the cost of speed while the latter reduces power but lets you attack multiple times before your turn is over.

Additionally, new Pokémon will be making their appearance. Wyrdeer and Basculegion, evolutions of Stantler and Basculin respectively, serve as mounts to use while traveling on land or over water. Hisuian forms of Pokémon like Hisuian Braviary and Growlithe also will make an appearance, with the former used to glide over the vast landscape.

There’s certainly more information to come of the game, but this preview definitely elevated the public’s excitement for this brand new take on the Pokémon series.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will release January 28th, 2022.

Pokémon Unite

The surprise Pokémon x MOBA hit Pokémon Unite will launch its mobile version on  September 22nd with cross-play between mobile and Switch. Campaign events are currently underway for the mobile launch, with a Pikachu Unite License and Pikachu Special Festival Holowear unlockable with 2.5 and 5 million registrations, respectively. A Zeraora Unite License is available until August 31st for those who log onto the Switch version.

For new characters, Mamoswine and Sylveon are the next two Pokémon joining the cast of Pokémon Unite.

Pokémon Café Remix

The Pokémon Company is updated Pokémon Café Remix (previously titled Pokémon Café Mix) with new elements and Pokémon appearance. This revamp will be available fall 2021.

Pokémon Masters EX

Pokémon Masters EX will celebrate its two-year anniversary with several new and returning sync up pairs (like N and Reshiram), as well as the ability to scout 100 sync pairs at no cost.

Additionally, on September 15th, a villain event story arc will begin, with the first villains featured from Kanto.

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO turns five this year and in honor of the game’s fifth anniversary, Galar region Pokémon will be making an appearance. Wooloo, Falinks, and Skwovet will appear August 20th, 10am to Tuesday August 31st 8pm local time. 5 star raids with legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta will happen from August 20th 10am to August 26th 10 am local time and August 26th 10am to September 1st 10 am local time, respectively.

Pokémon Home

Pokémon Home will receive a minor update, with new service for Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends:Arceus in 2022.

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