Nintendo Co. combines the magnetic appeal of Pokémon, Smartphones and the Switch console to create a connected gaming experience.
Pokémon: Let's go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's go Eevee were unveiled by the Kyoto-based company video game maker on Wednesday. They are designed to take advantage of the blockbuster success of the Pokémon Go smartphone game and a solid sales year for the Tablet Hybrid Slot gaming machine. The two new games will be priced at 5,980 Yen ($ 55) on November 1
Nintendo bets it can trick mobile gamers to buy switch consoles and continue strong sales To operate trays. Hybrid gaming machine in its second year. Together with a new Pokébal switch controller, the variety of game scenarios involving various gadgets and games may overshadow many adults, but it will make sense for children and Pokemon Generation players. The unified gaming experience comes directly from Nintendo's Playbook, encouraging people to move and become more physical. Investors hailed the news and sent shares in Tokyo up 4.3 percent.
"It's true that Nintendo aims to connect smartphones and Switch Pokemon players," said Piers Harding-Rolls, IHS Markit's Game Research Director. "Inevitably, some potential buyers will be confused by the price, but I still expect that will drive sales during the holiday season."
The two new titles are based on a Pokemon game released for the Nintendo GameBoy in the late 1990s. Players can catch and train Pokémon and then transfer them between the Switch and Pokemon Go on their phones. While the titles are multiplayer and have high-end graphics, they have no sophisticated combat system and lack of other features, which led some fans to express their frustration on social media. Also, Nintendo announced In the second half of the year 2019, a more ambitious and "completely new" Pokemon game. Although details are scarce, the new game will focus more on the Switch as a portable handset, while the newly announced games are being developed
"These games truly combine the appeal of Pokemon Go with the functionality of Nintendo Switch," said Junichi Masuda, manager of Game Freak Inc., developer of games announced Wednesday. "They give players new to our Pokémon RPGs a simple gaming experience while providing a new experience for veteran fans of the series."
The analysts were impressed by Nintendo's aggressive publishing schedule, with many not expecting back-to-back new Pokemon games in both 2018 and 2019. "The event was better than expected because of the surprises: the Pokeball, the fast start of the free-to-play game, and the early announcement of the 2019 title, "said Serkan Toto, founder of Tokyo-based gaming consultancy Kantan Games Inc.
The Pokemon franchise has been around for two decades and includes Trading Cards, Arcade Games, anime and manga series as well as titles for handheld games and Nintendo consoles. Nintendo's partnership with Pokemon is deep. The company behind the franchise, Pokemon Co., is owned in part by Nintendo, Game Freak and another company, Creatures Inc., all of which own the rights to the brand.
More than 800 million people have downloaded the Pokemon Go smartphone app and 65 million are playing it monthly, while 17.8 million switch units have been sold since the sale in 2017. Switch sales are likely to benefit, and analysts are already predicting that Nintendo will surpass its target to sell 20 million consoles in the year to March 2019.
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Nintendo also unveiled the 4,980-yen Poke Ball Plus, a controller for the switch that vibrates and shines in the same way as Poké Balls in the Pokémon world, where the spheres used to store Pocket Monsters. They are designed to be used during the game and people can carry their Pokémon around with them. Nintendo announced for the time being only the prices and the release date for Japan.
This year's titles will not include online features and focus on face to face multiplayer games. This could be disappointing as Nintendo plans to launch its online service switch in September.
Also on Wednesday, Pokemon revealed Pokemon Quest, a free-to-play game that instantly for the switch and from the end of June for smartphones. Described by the company as a "wild action-adventure RPG", the title offers a simplified gameplay of treasure hunt that can be used to upgrade Pokémon, and then a team to fight other Pokémon in the wild.
( Updates with quote by the analyst in the fourth paragraph. )