Some big Pokemon announcements dropped this evening, including details on the first big Pokemon game for Switch and something new for the Switch and Mobile. It appears the Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! leaks were real, as those are the next big Pokemon games releasing November 16th, 2018. In addition to those, Pokemon Quest for the Switch and Mobile was announced, which is a separate game altogether with different mechanics. Pokemon Quest is available now on Nintendo Switch and will be coming to mobile at the end of June. As of now, it doesn't appear to be live quite yet.
But that wasn't all, a completely new Pokemon game in the mainline series was announced to be coming next year. No details were given, but per Eurogamer, this game will be modeled after X and Y and Sun and Moon. So those expecting a more traditional Pokemon experience on the Switch will see it next year.
Most of what you can learn about Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! can be seen from the announcement trailer above. It of course features some heavy Pokemon GO integration, including transferring Pokemon from Pokemon GO, and is the first glimpse we get at what a Pokemon game will look like on the Nintendo Switch. It will take place in Kanto, where Pokemon began with Red, Blue, and Green. Let's Go Pikachu! and Eevee! are based on the Pokemon Yellow game.
Similar mechanics to how you catch Pokemon in Pokemon GO can be seen here, as well as co-op where you and a friend can battle and explore the world together. You will both be able to explore at the same time and even battle each other. Additionally, per Eurogamer you'll be able to have separate saves on a single Switch for Pokemon Let's Go.
The Pokemon are everpresent throughout the world on the screen as well, which is no better seen than the Pikachu or Eevee that will be by your side. The trailer even shows you'll be able to dress them up in different outfits.
The trailer also shows off a new device, the Pokeball Plus, that let's you control the game with it if you'd like, having you go through the motions of throwing a Pokeball with this Pokeball-shaped controller. Additionally, you'll be able to take a Pokemon with you in that Pokeball, which appears to be limited to maybe just Pikachu and Eevee, though that is not clear yet. It's certainly reminiscent of the Pokewalker, which came with SoulSilver and HeartGold.
In a final surprise that you may have noticed at the end of the trailer:
Pokemon Quest is a free-to-start game coming to the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The Pokemon have taken on a new style and there's a whole new area to explore. Based on the quick gameplay above, Pokemon Quest doesn't appear to be featuring the same turn-based combat that the Pokemon series is known for, but something more real-time on the screen. You have a team of three Pokemon to explore the island with and potentially befriend new Pokemon to battle with. You'll be able to swap out the three based on who you've befriended.
The best description of the game comes from its Shop page:
Attract various Kanto Region Pokémon to your base camp by cooking up dishes made with collected ingredients! You can even decorate your base camp with fun items that provide helpful bonuses that make your expeditions more beneficial.You'll find loot and treasures in the world and can bring them back to both attract and befriend Pokemon. Additionally, cooking up dishes will play a big role. All of this can be enhanced and made better through the game's three-DLC packs, which are also detailed on the page. In those, we can see benefits like upping the amount of times you can cook and giving you some of what appears to be the in-game currency, PM Tickets.
Pokemon Quest will also have a wide variety of characteristics to choose from to plug into Pokemon to alter their playstyle. Based on the above, the characteristics seem to be able to affect anything about your Pokemon, from HP recovery to their attack.
More information is sure to come in the near future, at least at E3, which is rapidly approaching. For now, if you have a Switch, go try out Pokemon Quest and let us know what you think!