The Year 2021 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Pokemon game franchise for Nintendo. 2020 was also full of several brilliant new additions to the collection of Pokémon games. We received several new titles, and with the fantastic convenience of Nintendo Switch, we got several treats, one after another. So let’s dive into deep to find out the best upcoming Pokemon Games.
2021 is a big year for Nintendo with Mario’s anniversary and Pokemon’s anniversary. Therefore, we have to take a look at some of the upcoming games in the Pokemon franchise. However, before we begin the list, it is vital to remember that some of these are confirmed, while others are just predictions.
Either way, most of the gaming experts and industry leaders also have similar opinions about these games, more or less. So, let’s take a quick look at what Nintendo might announce this year for the titles of Pokemon Games:
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Upcoming Pokemon Games [Confirmed]
These are some of the Pokémon games that we’ve received the trailer and official announcement for. It is highly likely that most of these games will release throughout 2021 for all of us.
Pokémon Unite is a confirmed game with a trailer that arrived in June 2020. Therefore, we will most likely receive it this year from The Pokémon Company. The game is a multiplier online battle arena. It will focus on players as trainers who will capture various pokemon. Then they will be in battle-arena-like settings where they will come across other players and battle them to win.
It seems like a unique concept and much faster-paced and unique than Pokémon Go. More importantly, the game will be available for Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. That certainly increases the likelihood of this game. Tencent powers it, so you can expect something similar to PUBG in terms of an enticing experience.
There hasn’t been any release date confirmation, but it is bound to arrive around the same time as other Pokémon titles. The game has already received a full gameplay demo. Therefore, the release can’t be that far off. From the looks of it, it is bound to be one of the most sensational successes available among the new Pokémon game.
2. Pokémon Sleep
Let’s talk about something almost everyone is questioning. According to The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, Pokémon Sleep is supposedly a game. However, it takes a unique approach with a new device called ‘Pokémon Go Plus Plus.’ Apparently, the device will monitor your sleeping pattern. How will it actually become a game? That is worth looking into. How can you play games while you’re sleeping?
Will there be pokemon actions and something? Perhaps this is just an extension of a pre-existing Pokemon Go game. That wouldn’t be surprising, given that Pokemon Go Plus was another device available that told you about nearby Pokemon and much more. This is the closest we have come to get ‘real-life Pokemon’ experience.
There aren’t many details revealed by the company. Most experts are betting that it will indeed be related to Pokémon Go to make it more widely available and fun to play as an actual part of your life. Nintendo is known for bringing you games related to getting steps, exercising, and changing lifestyle. It wouldn’t be surprising if they manage to revolutionize the gaming world with the new concept of Pokémon Sleep.
If you’re an avid Pokemon lover, you might know by now that the Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie was based on a 3DS game. That’s right! It was a Nintendo 3DS game, but it ended on a cliffhanger. Nintendo has announced the release of the sequel to Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo Switch back in 2019.
According to the announcement, the sequel will take another perspective and bring a different ending, or perhaps even a cliffhanger, to the Detective Pikachu movie. Given that the movie was quite a successful one and has accumulated many fans, it is wise to assume that there will be a Pokemon Detective Pikachu 2 game. The studio won’t scrap something that has a lot of potentials.
If we go by Nintendo’s standard tactics to introduce a game to us years before its release, Pokémon Detective Pikachu 2 should be coming home in 2021. We have all seen 2020 being a big year, and 2021 will follow for The Pokemon Company.
4. Pokémon Snap
Nintendo is reviving a lot of old games and experimenting with something new. However, Pokémon Snap is a confirmed game that will release on April 20, 2021. Unlike any other Pokémon game, it takes you out on a journey to a new region. We’ve already received the trailer, and it is certainly captivating. People can’t wait to get their copy and explore the world of Pokemon to take pictures of the Pokémon in the game.
That’s all the game is about! However, it seems like we are getting Shiny pokemon in this edition. More importantly, the region looks beautiful. From taking candids to portraits, you will even come across the Pokémon battling each other. It seems like the game is about traveling the world, exploring, and getting snaps.
Overall, it is quite a unique take. If there’s one thing, the graphics are quite brilliant and captivating. The stunning visual treat will be worth the wait. More importantly, the game is quite expensive for a simple snap-oriented game. Therefore, you can expect a lot from this.
New Pokémon Games Possibilities:
These are the predictions from most of the experts and also other sources. Some have confirmed it, but there hasn’t been any official announcement from Nintendo or The Pokémon Company. Therefore, these are still in the air as one of the possibilities to arrive this year:
Remakes are nothing new for gaming consoles. It is one of the best initiatives to introduce a game to the new console. Sure, we received Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for Nintendo DS. Similarly, we received Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the 2014 Nintendo 3DS. That was sufficient at the time.
Some sources have confirmed that we will receive Pokémon Diamond and Pearl around March, or earlier half of the year 2021 at the latest. Remarking it for the New Nintendo Switch and releasing it seems like an ideal decision.
Let’s not forget that Pokémon Diamond And Pearl is something that fans have wanted for a long time. It’s been years, and it has some of the fan-favorite, writer-favorite, and developer-favorite elements. Hence, to treat everyone and celebrate the 25th anniversary, we can expect Nintendo to release the advanced title.
It’s been a good while since we’ve received a good Pokémon game set in the Johto region. The last one was in 2009. Given that we received Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu And Eevee in 2019, it is highly likely that we will receive a sequel.
The game was quite a success and combined many elements of Pokemon Go in the game. You can breed the pokemon and also capture them in a unique way. Johto Region is one of the most favorite regions for many fans. Thanks to the Pokémon anime series, it made it more popular with various new additions.
Since it will be two years now in 2021, we can most likely receive a Pokémon Let’s Go sequel to explore Johto. It makes sense, and there have been rumors supporting it, as well.
Expansions & Updates Line-Up For 2021 Pokémon Games:
Now, these are the games that have already been released. Here, we will talk a lot about these released games and the possibility of updates regarding them. There will most likely be an expansion pack for most of these games this year. Let’s take a quick look:
There have already been two expansions in Pokemon Sword And Shield for the players. You have The Isle Of Armor and The Crown Tundra. Both of these are an expansion of the original Pokémon Sword And Shield game. Therefore, we can expect more to arrive with a new arena, clothing style, and Pokemon. It makes sense as we haven’t received any other game like Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch.
If we don’t receive the new Pokémon Diamond and Pearl this year around, we will get some more expansions with similar regions in mind.
2. Pokémon Home
Pokémon Home isn’t exactly a game, but an interactive approach to the ‘cloud-based gaming’ that almost every company is taking advantage of. Here, you can transfer pokemon from compatible games into a single location. That’s right! It is like having a hub for compatible games. Given that Nintendo is working on denying transferring the Pokémon from previous versions and games to new, it makes sense to get Pokémon Home.
It is a place for you to trade the Pokémon with each other, let them rest, and boast your collection. There won’t be any hard-imposed update, but we might see some more compatibility. Maybe it will turn into a hub for all of the Pokemon Games and a database for all of us.
Pokémon Cafe Mix exists for Android and iOS users as a puzzler game. It is quite straightforward and something like a Pokemon version of the popular ‘Candy Crush Saga’ game we are all very well aware of. You have to connect the identical pokemon icons as you prepare the dishes for the pokemon. It is another of those ‘merchandised’ games available.
As far as the updates go, we might see new icons and stages with proper newer pokemon levels. That is one of the ‘highly-likely’ scenarios of expansion, DLC, and other possibilities. We will receive some new icons and Pokémon to see. However, there hasn’t been any official news regarding this. It is mostly in the air.
But given that almost every puzzler game receives updates, it is highly likely. Let’s not forget that this is a Pokemon game, and there are countless regions with various pokemon icons that we can receive in the game.
This was another single-player game we received for Nintendo Switch in 2020 as one of the best Pokemon games and revival of old series. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon has been an ever-changing series that always brings us something new. The Rescue Team DX focuses on a faction of Pokémon that work together to overcome challenges and rescue or help other fellows Pokémon.
The storyline is fantastic as you play one of the Pokémon in the game. Here, you will go around and recruit new Pokémon to join you in your adventures. You might have heard of many other similar games that existed previously in the Pokémon franchise. It is similar to the standard Pokemon games, allowing them to have up to four moves and level up over time. The only element missing is the trainer.
Although the game has received an average rating, it is one of the best Pokemon games out there, as long as you don’t mind the single-player settings it provides. Among all other Pokemon games on the list, this one would most likely receive a revamp and the possibility of multiplayer adventures.
We might even see developers rolling out new content, maps, and challenges for us. However, most of it is still up for speculation. We might get some deals, at best.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is There A Chronological Order To Playing The Pokémon Games?
Most of the games released by the company are standalone. There isn’t any chronological order unless they are a direct sequel like Pokemon Detective Pikachu 2. Therefore, you can enjoy most of the old-time games or wait for the latest games to release for the Nintendo console.
Is Nintendo Switch Worth Buying?
Nintendo releases a new console once a couple of years. It takes around 5 to 7 years for them to release another console. As Nintendo Switch was initially released in 2017, we still have until 2022 before getting a new console. Therefore, it is worth buying a Nintendo Switch. There are also rumors of another Nintendo Switch 2 coming to the market. So, it might remain quite relevant.
Are Pokemon Remake Games Good?
A remake game is an effort from the game developers to make the game available for the latest consoles. Most of the time, it means better graphics and some new content for people to explore. If you’ve played the games previously, the new version might not be worth investing in. However, if you want to enjoy new graphics and relive your favorite game moments, a remake sounds like a nice idea.
Is Pokemon Go Receiving An Update?
Pokémon Go receives consistent updates from time to time. We have received better availability of Pokémon and much more over time. The Sixth generation Pokémon are finally available for Pokémon GO.
That means you can finally get the remaining Eevee evolution and much more. It is highly likely that we will receive more updates. Perhaps, Pokémon Sleep is related to Pokemon Go. The chances are very high.
Is 2021 Special For Pokemon?
The year 2021 marks the advent of Pokémon games and the initial release on Gameboy. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced that they will host a year-long celebration. It means that we might get a lot of new content, DLC, games, offers, merchandise, and much more. In short, this will be the year for Pokémon.
That’s almost everything related to any new game Pokémon fans might get this year around. From the all-new Pokémon Snap to the possibility of Pokemon Diamond And pearl, we have covered it all. Yes, the release date hasn’t been announced for most of these yet. We might also see many remakes for the Nintendo Switch platform.
So, that’s a wrap for the players of Nintendo Switch. Remember, there is much more waiting for you than just Pokémon. There’s Mario and the Legend of Zelda, among many others. So go and explore those original possibilities and remakes, as well.
Hopefully, you will be able to judge the details and wait for Nintendo or the Pokemon Company, even Game Freak, to make an official announcement. For now, let’s look forward to the New Pokémon Snap coming this April (2021) for all of us. Who knows? There might be another surprising waiting for us to catch in the next couple of months.
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