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Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! games unveiled for Nintendo Switch

And new ‘free-to-start’ game Pokemon Quest arrives on smartphones in June

The Pokemon franchise is set to make its debut on Nintendo’s Switch with three new games for the all-in-one console and smartphones. 

The launch of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! was announced at a reveal event in Tokyo last night. Both are slated for release on the Switch console on 16 November.

The two games, developed by Game Freak, are based on the 1998 Pokemon Yellow role-playing game (RPG) and the 2016 hit mobile title Pokemon Go, says The Guardian

Pokemon Yellow’s setting will feature in the two new games, along with elements such as “battling, trading and exploration” that are seen in most titles in the franchise, the newspaper says. 

According to Alphr, players will also be able to transfer the Pokemon that they catch on Pokemon Go to the new titles. 

The tech site says players can choose between popular Pokemon Pikachu or Eevee to join them on their journey, depending on which title they choose. It is not yet known how else the two games will differ. 

Also announced yesterday is a new “free-to-start” game called Pokemon Quest, Ars Technica reports.

The game adopts similar “lo-fi” blocky graphics to the popular Minecraft series and sees players managing a group of wild Pokemon on the fictional world of Tumblecube Island, the tech site says. 

Pokemon Quest is available to download from the Nintendo Switch store today, with iOS and Android version due to arrive late next month.

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