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Tune in to the first Pokemon Direct of 2019 where we'll hopefully hear Nintendo's plans for the Switch.


While Nintendo Switch owners have had a taste of Pokemon on their hybrid consoles, they’re ready for the main course. Thankfully, Nintendo will be revealing seven minutes of new information on Pokemon during the first Pokemon Direct of 2019. You can watch the whole stream, right here.

When does the Pokemon Direct start?

The Pokemon Direct will start at 9:00 AM ET, which is 6:00 AM for those in the west. There’s no knowing how long the Pokemon Direct will go for, though it’s not unusual for these things to hit the hour mark. However, not all of that time will be dedicated to the new Pokemon game, in fact, there’s a good chance it might only be a brief update.

What will be announced in the Pokemon Direct?

Shacknews’ CEO, Asif Khan, already has a few ideas on what we might see from the Pokemon Direct. Interestingly, both tweets from Nintendo of America and The Pokemon Company show the Poke Ball Plus accessory, which could mean we get some information on the accessory and how it works with future Pokemon games. It wouldn’t be unusual for this device to be supported, as it’s been quite a popular accessory for use with Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

This is also the first of a few Pokemon Directs coming from Nintendo this year. Because players can expect more than one Pokemon Direct, there’s a good chance that today will be rather light on information.

With the Detective Pikachu movie right around the corner, we could wind up seeing another trailer or teaser. Perhaps another Pokemon from the movie will be revealed?

No matter what’s revealed today, fans of the beloved series will no doubt walk away with some excitement in their hearts. Make sure to keep it locked to Shacknews for the latest Nintendo and Pokemon news.

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    February 27, 2019 5:15 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Watch Nintendo's Pokemon Direct here

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      February 27, 2019 6:00 AM

      Bumping as it just started.

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      February 27, 2019 6:04 AM

      Pokemon Shield and Pokemon Sword. Kinda wish they kept the random encounters out of it like they did in Go.

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        February 27, 2019 6:32 AM

        Agreed :(

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        February 27, 2019 8:02 AM

        Yeah I wish that change was kept or in the very least optional. The old random encounters suck and always have sucked.

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      February 27, 2019 6:05 AM

      I like the art direction.
      Grookey. Lol

      Take my money

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        February 27, 2019 6:07 AM

        Wonder why they didn't say holiday release.

        Wait that's the whole thing?

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          February 27, 2019 6:17 AM

          Eh, 'Late 2019' basically is that. Just means it could be anywhere from Thanksgiving on.

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            February 27, 2019 6:37 AM

            Yeah, probably the same relative week as SSBU. Pokemon is a system seller.

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              February 27, 2019 6:44 AM

              I'm betting just before Thanksgiving to get those Black Friday sales.

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                February 27, 2019 6:49 AM

                Hmmmm... now that got me to thinking about the rumors of less-expensive Switch that came up a few months ago, with the rumored changes all suggesting kid-friendliness. This would be THE game to sell in a bundle with that.

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                  February 27, 2019 6:50 AM

                  Yup, Pokémon+miniswitch for $250? System itself for $200? It'll do gangbusters.

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      February 27, 2019 7:51 AM

      It still feels like they are playing it safe and sticking to the formula. Stuff like using the same icons and spell-like animations for pokemon attacks instead of having the pokemon actually punching or doing animations for their abilities. The Pokemon universe has so much untapped and wasted potential that way.

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        February 27, 2019 7:55 AM

        As soon as they show a pokemon strike another, the game loses its ESRB E rating (it may qualify for E10, but that hurts it regardless)

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          February 27, 2019 7:58 AM

          I don't think that would be such a bad thing, but I can see that angle from a business perspective.
          That said there is a long precedence for it. They already do it with the TV shows and have gotten close in the games since pokemon stadium on the N64. Isn't there a fighting game now too?

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          February 27, 2019 4:27 PM

          Didn't let's go have animations and stuff? They never like directly hit any pokemans or whatever but they're animationg iirc?

          It's got an e rating

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            February 27, 2019 4:29 PM

            Haven't played that but if that got an e, then yes, this is probably not it. I agree with Zek's reasoning below - you now have 850 different creatures and animation all attacks between them is an NxNxM problem, far outside scope.

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        February 27, 2019 7:59 AM

        There are just way too many possible moves for each Pokemon to learn to have custom animations for each of them. They would have to drastically simplify the game in order to do that.

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          February 27, 2019 9:55 AM

          Not to mention animating those moves for 850+ monsters. I think they're in too deep at this point.

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            February 27, 2019 12:34 PM

            You know, Pokémon would be a good candidate for AI based animation and then manually tweaked.

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      February 27, 2019 8:41 AM

      Looks fun. May end up being the first Pokemon RPG I play...

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