I’ve noticed Pokemon seems to be the only major franchise that still puts out games at the same pace it did 20 years ago. It took six years to get another Zelda, and the last time Rockstar put out a GTA game dinosaurs roamed the earth, but Pokemon still reliably pushes out another mainline title every two years or so, like it’s 2002 or something. Pokemon is also receiving constant complaints lately about halfhearted graphics and glitches. And as I suspected, the two are related.
Nintendo promised a new live video full of Pokemon-related announcements this morning, and that is what we got. It’s off-season to announce anything really huge, so this set of trailers was mostly spinoffs or expansions for existing games. Don’t expect the moon this time.
Japan House, a Southern Californian museum that displays works from contemporary Japanese artists, is now showing off a line of works with a specific theme. It’s POKEMON X KOGEI, a collaboration between The Pokemon Company and the Japanese art community that resulted in over 70 works created by 20 renowned artists. It’s now available to stare at in the US.
Sometime in 2019, during a livestream video filled with announcements for upcoming Pokemon products, a bizarre spinoff for mobile devices was shown off briefly. It was called Pokemon Sleep and the teaser heavily implied that the game was played by sleeping. Literally sleeping.
Who says Pokemon can’t be art? A new exhibit will be opening soon in Japan House, a Southern Californian museum dedicated to showcasing contemporary Japanese artists. The twist: all the pieces in the showcase will be renditions of pocket monsters.
Nintendo promised Pokemon Stadium for their Nintendo Switch Online service quite a while ago. It’s only now that we’re finally hearing about a date for its arrival. Pokemon Stadium is coming around the middle of next week.
Traditionally Pokemon movies have been animated and targeted at kids. As that fanbase grew older, a live-action take on the franchise aimed at a broader audience seemed almost inevitable, but no one expected it to be based on the obscure spinoff game Detective Pikachu for 3DS. At the time the movie was announced, the game hadn’t been confirmed for an English release.
One of the many, many announcements made by Nintendo during their Direct today was what was coming up next for NSO (Nintendo Switch Online). And there was one addition in particular no one ever thought they’d see happen: Goldeneye 007.
Can you match them all? Find out next week when Nintendo Switch Online adds Pokemon Puzzle League to its N64 section.
When Nintendo said there would be a Pokemon Direct this weekend, the most popular wish was for some kind of update to Pokemon Arceus. They got that wish, but no one expected an official announcement for the next generation so soon. It happened, and with one of the best trailers they’ve ever put together to boot. Check it out:
For nearly as long as it has existed, Pokemon has thrived on television — the medium hasn’t been without a Pokemon TV show since 1997, though its home has bounced around as TV habits have changed. First it was in syndication, then on Saturday Morning, then on Cartoon Network, and now the latest Pokemon TV show is on Netflix. Pokemon Journeys must be doing well for them, because they’d like more.
Netflix is developing a live-action Pokemon but sadly it is not a Detective Pikachu sequel. For a budget of $150 Million, it made $433 million at the box office. As Popular as that movie is, it is not going to have a sequel. The Actor from the movie already disconfirmed it. The success of that film though gives Netflix an idea that a live action Pokemon can be feasible.