Pokemon is rarely out of the spotlight for long, yet it came barrelling into the news with the announcement of New Pokemon Snap. Fans of the previous title have been begging for a new game ever since its release in 1999. It always amazes me how easily Nintendo can send people into hype-induced meltdowns. One of the more surprising announcements during the recent news was that there will be another presentation next week; June 24th to be exact. Since we’ve already received details about the latest Sword & Shield DLC, we can only speculate about what else Nintendo has in store, so let’s make some Pokemon Presents predictions.
So that’s exactly what we’re going to do! Using the event as an excuse to talk more about Pokemon, let’s make some predictions about what we might see to get nice and excited for Nintendo’s upcoming broadcast. It’s important to note that I don’t have any insider knowledge. This list doesn’t confirm anything, and it’s pretty much just wish fulfilment on my part. Without further ado, let’s jump into the list and talk Pokemon.
New Pokemon Snap Release Date
We’ll start off a little realistic. New Pokemon Snap captivated fans the moment it was clear you were taking a picture of Pokemon’s beloved mascot. Despite being a big announcement, we didn’t really see much of the title outside of a gorgeous trailer. No actual gameplay was shown and neither was even a pencilled in release date. It can be safe to assume to we’ll be receiving more information on New Pokemon Snap in the upcoming Pokemon Presents broadcast. In fact, it’s likely that the presentation will be solely comprised of gameplay for the game.
Fans have been waiting a long time for a new Pokemon Snap game, devouring any new information put forward. If Nintendo stick with the same time frame, it would be difficult seeing any other big announcements, and 11 minutes does seem like a good amount of time to show off some gameplay, a new trailer, and a rough release date. But on the other hand, this is completely uncharted territory for Nintendo and there’s no set rule for these presentations. There’s every chance we could get a longer broadcast next week, so let the Pokemon Presents predictions continue!
Pokemon Let’s Go: Johto
Towards the end of the last broadcast, Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara mentioned a “big project” in development. He also mentioned that said project would be revealed during the presentation next week. People have been speculating, but the smart money is on remakes of Pokemon Gold & Silver in the same vein as the recent Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu & Eevee. Having grown up with the DS remakes, another remake of my favourite generation is very much on my wishlist.
Fuelling the rumours is the displayed Pokemon plushies behind Ishihara in his video. In an article published on Nintendo Life, fans have pointed out that a lot of the Pokemon displayed behind him were introduced in Pokemon Gold & Silver. This includes all of the legendaries as well as Eevee, Espeon, and Umbreon, who are positioned in front of a game that certainly looks like Let’s Go Eevee. In terms of “big projects”, it seems the most likely, but there is another rumour that simply won’t go away.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Remakes
Generation 4 was much loved and many people would love to see its return. Every few months, rumours crop up seemingly out of nowhere that Nintendo is working on remakes. Even as recently as May, rumours surfaced yet again because of information leaks about Nintendo merchandise. You can’t blame fans for expecting remakes of Diamond & Pearl, simply because it fits the trend. Every previous generation has received remasters in one way or another, with the most recent being Pokemon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby.
While it may be wishful thinking that they’ll be announced next week, there’s lingering doubt in the back of my head. Nintendo is notoriously unpredictable, often doing things that don’t quite make sense. It’s this aspect of the company that makes watching their events incredibly fun. I don’t think anyone expected they’d announce a sequel to a game that’s two decades old, yet here we are. Nintendo can be a very random company, so Diamond & Pearl remakes could very well be announced next week.
Pokemon Colosseum Remaster
Speaking of unpredictability, I’m aware this is out of left field. In terms of Pokemon Presents predictions, it would be very surprising to see this one come true. Releasing for the GameCube in Europe back in 2004, Pokemon Colosseum is a franchise that still hasn’t received the love that it deserves. It was one of Nintendo’s very few attempts at an RPG that broke out of the standard Pokemon formula. Whilst it did get a sequel in 2005, that’s the last we’ve seen of the franchise, but I’m hoping that changes next week.
However, there’s been no indication from Nintendo that it intends to go back to the series. Including the game in this list is me putting something out into the world and hoping it comes true. Although, if Pokemon Snap gets a sequel after two decades of silence, then it’s not out of the realms of possibility we could get a remaster of Pokemon Colosseum. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, so comment below if you’d also like another game in the series to reassure me that I’m not alone.
So there’s some of my Pokemon Presents predictions of what we might see during the event next week. Whatever is announced, 2020 will be a very good year for Pokemon fans. Make sure you tune in on June 24th to find out, or keep an eye on KeenGamer next week for additional coverage.