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Former gaming journalist and industry insider Emily Rogers has written about the upcoming Pokémon RPG for the Nintendo Switch on her blog and has claimed that it will be revealed later this month. When asked what to expect from the new game, she had this to say:
In July 2016, Pokémon Go launched, and became a massive phenomenon, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide by the end of that year. Then, by 2017, overall download numbers increased to over 750 million a year. This all leads to a much bigger question: What lessons should Game Freak and Nintendo learn from Pokémon Go’s success? How could Switch benefit from Pokémon Go’s success, and how could Pokémon Go benefit from Switch’s success?
After all, it was Nintendo who released “Pokémon Go Plus”, a bluetooth wearable device, developed by Nintendo’s Platform Technology Division, that allows players to enjoy the game without looking at their smartphone. Would Nintendo ever dare to create more Pokémon Go accessories like that — possibly even for the Switch?
Joe Merrick, the creator of Serebii.net, once wrote an article on Nintendo Life titled “What Pokémon Go and the Pokemon series could learn from each other.”
As we wait for an announcement on the upcoming Pokémon title, which will be revealed before the end of this month, think about what Pokémon Go might mean for the future of the Pokémon series. I suspect that the naming/branding for this year’s Pokémon Switch title (there’s two versions) might raise a few eyebrows.
Rogers is best known for releasing details about the Nintendo Switch and her track record has steadily increased in reliability over the last several years. Earlier this year she talked about Nintendo LABO and Super Smash Bros. before their announcements.
Just how Pokémon GO has influenced the main series will be exciting to see and the version names should be a treat as well (hopefully!).
BONUS AND SEPARATE RUMOR: Normally I hate mixing rumor posts BUT I’d like to contain space on our front page. Right now an image is circling which mentions “Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu” and there’s allegedly another version for Eevee.
This is not tied to Emily Roger’s post, but there could be something to the image based on who I’ve personally seen sharing it on Twitter as well as news that the version names may surprise people. We’ll see! Keep your eyes peeled!