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Ubisoft 'currently investigating' Starlink: Battle for Atlas starter packs missing their game cards, looking into potential solutions

As we reported a few days ago, some Starlink: Battle for Atlas starter packs are missing a pretty important part of the experience...the game. Customers have had varied luck contacting retailers for replacements, but many are still trying to figure out how to remedy the situation. Here's what Ubisoft has to say about the matter.

"We've been made aware that a small amount of Starlink: Battle for Atlas Starter Packs have been shipped without a copy of the disc and/or cartridge included. We are currently investigating the scope of this issue and potential solutions. In the meantime, if anyone's been affected by this issue, please tell them contact Ubisoft customer service at support.ubi.com and they will provide assistance."

While Ubisoft figures things out, you'll just have to hang tight. As they say, contact Ubisoft customer service to try and get things fixed up, or reach out to the retailer you purchased the game through.

Europe - This week's digital releases (Oct. 18th, 2018)

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (2K, €29.99 / £24.99) - NBA arcade action is back with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2! This sequel adds a new roster of current and retired NBA players, dedicated servers, four-player online matches…

Dark Souls: Remastered (Bandai Namco Entertainment, €39.99 / £34.99) - Re-experience the game that started it all with this remastered version. Dark Souls: Remastered includes the main game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. - Read our Dark Souls: Remastered review

Big Buck Hunter Arcade (MADCOW, €34.99 / £29.99) - Travel around the globe and take down wild game alone or with a friend to compete for the highest score, or try to beat the numerous bonus challenges.

Rapala Fishing Pro Series (Game Mill, €34.99 / £29.99) - Compete in world-class tournaments and daily challenges, all to improve your skills. Earn bonus money to climb the ranks and become a professional angler. Build your reputation, gain sponsors, and battle for awards and trophies in iconic fishing locations in North America.

LEGO DC Super-Villains (WB Games, €59.99 / £49.99) - It's good to be bad… Embark on an all-new adventure by becoming the best villain the universe has seen. Players will create and play as an all-new super-villain throughout the game, unleashing mischievous antics and wreaking havoc in an action-packed story.

Season Match HD (Joindots, €9.99 / £8.99) - Something terrible has happened in the magic kingdom. The Snow Queen is furious about her mirror to be broken. She decides to make winter stay forever in the fairy-land. Now, you are the one to save everybody and beat the wicked Queen.

Syberia 3 (Microids, €49.99 / £44.99) - Kate Walker is found dying on the banks of a river by the Youkol tribe, a nomadic people accompanying their migrating snow ostriches. Together, stuck and imprisoned in the town of Valsembor, they must find a way to continue their journey in a race against their enemies and unexpected obstacles.

Warriors Orochi 4 (Koei Tecmo Europe, €69.99 / £54.99) - A collaboration starring heroes from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors with a roster of 170 playable characters, new magic moves and online multiplayer. - Read our Warriors Orochi 4 review

Valkyria Chronicles (SEGA, €14.99 / £11.99) - In the world of Valkyria Chronicles, the year is 1935 E.C., and the continent of Europa has been plunged into the Second Europan War between the Autocratic East Europan Imperial Alliance and the Atlantic Federation over the precious resource Ragnite.

Exorder (Fat Dog Games, €10.39 / £9.19) - A fantasy turn-based strategy game, fight for Cerulean and claim the crown as her rightful heir! Enjoy hours of our single-player campaign and battle your friends with cross-platform multiplayer. Expand your skills as a commander with the challenge mode.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Deluxe Edition (Ubisoft, €99.99 / £89.99) - With the Deluxe edition, get all the pilots, starships and weapons available at launch! Combining these modular toys in combat will help you adapt to challenges as you save Atlas. The Deluxe edition includes the digital version of : * Starlink Game * 5 Starships : Zenith, Neptune, Pulse, Lance, Nadir * 9 Pilots : Mason, Judge, Chase, Hunter, Shaid, Levi, Razor, Eli, Kharl * 15 Weapons: Flame Thrower, Frost Barrage, Shredder, Levitator, Volcano, Imploder…

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Standard Edition (Ubisoft, €79.99 / £69.99) - In Starlink: Battle for Atlas, lead a group of interstellar pilots as you build your own starship, explore the Atlas star system, and battle the vile Grax and his Forgotten Legion.Includes: * 4 Starships: Zenith, Neptune, Pulse, Lance * 6 Pilots: Mason, Judge, Chase, Hunter, Levi, Razor * 12 Weapons: Flamethrower, Frost Barrage, Shredder, Levitator…

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Collection Pack (Ubisoft, €69.99 / £58.00) - Game description: With the Collection Pack, complete and enrich your experience with the other Starships, Pilots and Weapons of the game, and benefit from each of their special capacities! The collection pack includes the digital versions of : * 4 Starships : Neptune, Pulse, Lance, Nadir * 8 Pilots : Levi; Razor, Eli, Kharl, Chase, Hunter, Judge, Shaid * 12 Weapons : Levitator, Volcano, Imploder, Nullifier, Iron Fist, Alt. Freeze Ray, Crusher, Super Gatling, Shockwave, Alt. Gauss, Hailstorm, Alt. Meteor

LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition (WB Games, €74.99 / £59.99) - This version includes the original game + the season pass.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (Jackbox Games, €21.57 / £19.91) - It’s the biggest Party Pack yet with five party-saving new games! Play using your phones, tablets or computers. No extra controllers needed!

Black Bird (Onion Games, €19.99 / £14.99) - This is the tale of a young girl who dies one day on a street corner and is reborn as the ominous Black Bird. The bird is one of the great calamities, spoken of in the kingdom since ancient times.

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €3.99 / £3.49) - Color Zen Kids is a fun new twist on the puzzle game franchise. With simpler puzzles, larger shapes, and a kid-friendly animal theme, it's a great way to teach problem-solving with a game.

Drift Legends (LUXTRADE, €4.99 / £4.49) - Drift racing is back! Drive legendary drift cars on different tracks, beat records, take part in different drift racing events, rise from Beginner to Professional League driver.

Momonga Pinball Adventures (Plug In Digital, €5.99 / £5.39) - Momonga is a pinball game where you bounce through different worlds. On the way, you team up with friends to defeat enemies and conquer boss fights.

Passpartout: The Starving Artist (Flamebait, €9.99 / £8.99) - Experience the life of a struggling artist! Passpartout puts you in the shoes of a French artist trying to navigate the beautifully confusing art scene. Paint and sell your own art to survive your expensive wine and baguette addiction.

Personality and Psychology Premium (Crazysoft, €8.99 / £7.99) - The Personality and Psychology Premium app aims at giving you an analysis of your personality, psychology score. It has a series of tests which you have to go through to achieve your personal score.

SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption (Another Indie Studio, €18.99 / £17.09) - Rise from the depths a crumbling kingdom and to the challenge of defeating increasingly difficult demonic bosses. Choose aspects of yourself to weaken before defeating the avatars of Sin in the action-RPG Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption. Inspired by classic boss-battlers and modern skill-based action RPGs…

Spencer (EntwicklerX, €6.99 / £6.29) - Spencer is an intergalactic traveller who crashed his spaceship on Earth. Alien monsters, stowaways, have broken out and stolen important parts to repair the spaceship. Help Spencer to get the missing items for his ship. Destroy enemies, collect coins and diamonds to cover all tracks on earth.

The Room (Team17, €8.99 / £6.99) - Following a trail of mysterious letters, you find yourself entangled in a journey shrouded with secrets and deception. Trapped in The Room with only an elaborate puzzle box, you must delve into the unknown using only your wits to unlock the answers you desperately seek. - Read our The Room review

WILL: A Wonderful World (CIRCLE Ent., €11.99 / £10.95) - A young girl wakes up, groggy and in an unknown room. A talking dog appears before her and she becomes startled by his revelation: They are gods and it is their duty to change the fate of any humans that ask for their help. Letters appear in the mail and with pen in hand she begins her job.

Warriors Orochi 4 Deluxe Edition (Koei Tecmo Europe, €99.99 / £79.99) - This edition includes the original game, a season pass and deluxe edition bonuses.

I Hate Running Backwards (Devolver Digital, €14.99 / £13.49) - I Hate Running Backwards is a never-ending adrenaline-packed shoot'em down roguelite that puts the emphasis on destruction and fighting never-ending waves of enemies while time-travelling through procedurally generated, fully destructible worlds!

Pizza Titan Ultra (Breakfall, €9.99 / £8.99) - Pizza Titan Ultra is a fast paced 3rd-person action platformer focused on fighting and smashing through a futuristic city, in a giant mech, to deliver pizza. Experience arcadey action with speedy attacking and dodging, while attempting to control the massive weight of a 10-story mobile pizzeria - just try not to make too much of a mess!

The Legend of Evil (SPRINGLOADED, €5.99 / £4.99) - With two main modes, enjoy countless hours exploring, destroying and corrupting the world of humanity in this strategic tower offence!

Tied Together (Headup Games, €14.99 / £11.99) - One fine day a bunch of scientists created four tiny monsters. But for what? To test their cooperation skills of course! So they tied them together to a tiny monstrous chain and let them make their way through colourful, tricky, cooperative experimental set-ups that only scientists can think up.

Zarvot (snowhydra games, €19.99 / £19.99) - This is a game of cubes. Tiny, adorable cubes with hopes, dreams, unrequited loves… and unlimited destructive power.

Disgaea 1 Complete (NIS America) - To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Disgaea series, the original game that started it all returns for modern consoles in HD. Relive the expanded adventures of Laharl, Etna, and Flonne in Disgaea 1 Complete! - Read our Disgaea 1 Complete review

Switch - Demos
Tetra's Escape Demo (Ratalaika Games, Free) - Blocks named Tetras and it is down to the players to all that they can, to save them and make the most out of their special ability. Via the means of shape-shifting, Tetras can turn into different Tetrominos and used to fill holes and master puzzles, in an attempt to reach the portal on the other side of the level. - Read our Tetra's Escape review

3DS Retail - New Releases
Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - Nintendo GameCube classic Luigi’s Mansion has been remade for Nintendo 3DS family systems! Fans of Luigi’s Mansion 2 can now explore the original mansion where Mario went missing. Luigi’s something of a scaredy-cat, but these classic ghosts and traps are no match for his vacuum cleaner! Besides, the mansion’s map will be displayed on the bottom screen. If you work up the courage, fight the ghosts of your past battles in the new boss rush mode! - Read our Luigi's Mansion review

Switch eShop - Pre-Orders
Moonlighter (11 bit studios, €24.99 / £22.49, pre-order from 15/10/2018) - During a long-passed archaeological excavation, a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure.

SkyScrappers (Ant Workshop, €8.99 / £7.99, pre-order from 15/10/2018) - Select from a diverse range of extreme sportspeople, to fight and race your way to the top of a falling skyscraper… as it is being demolished.

Trailblazers (Rising Star Games, €26.99 / £22.49, pre-order from 15/10/2018) - Get ready for high-speed thrills with an explosion of colour in Trailblazers. Paint the track as you go to dynamically change the racing line, boost on your team's colour and outwit the opposition in a sprint for the finish. The more you paint, the faster you can go!

Knock-Knock (Ice-Pick Lodge, €5.94 / £5.34, pre-order from 17/10/2018) - Three generations of Lodgers have occupied the cabin, but lately, the walls seem to undulate, skittering unknowns shift in the darkness, and an unruly growl seeps from the attic. Are they hallucinations pecking at the insomnia-afflicted Lodger, or the gnarled remnants of a darker secret?

7 Billion Humans (Tomorrow Corporation, €14.99 / £11.99, pre-order from 18/10/2018) - Automate swarms of office workers to solve puzzles inside your very own parallel computer made of people.

Aqua TV (EM Studios, €9.99 / £8.99, pre-order from 18/10/2018) - Want to turn that big screen TV into a stunning virtual aquarium? Then get Aqua TV - a fully customisable virtual aquarium that lets your Nintendo Switch do just that!

Battlezone Gold Edition (RebellionInteract, €29.74 / £25.49, pre-order from 18/10/2018) - Blast through a thrilling rogue-lite campaign for 1-4 players where different environments, enemies and mission types are blended together. No two playthroughs will be the same!

SpiderSolitaire (G-mode, €3.56 / £3.21, pre-order from 18/10/2018) - Classic Solo play card game "Spider Solitaire" has been arranged in cool style! 300 stages in Stage mode, and also Random mode is playable!

Halloween Pinball (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79, pre-order from 19/10/2018) - Enjoy Halloween Pinball, a reproduction of a real pinball machine, with all the graphic details and sounds. Discover all the secrets, complete all the missions and become number 1 in the world or the best among your Friends, posting your high score on the online leaderboard.

Speed Brawl (Kongregate, €19.99 / £17.99, pre-order from 19/10/2018) - Speed Brawl is a 2D combat-racer about moving fast and hitting hard! Maintain your momentum, build your combos, and unleash powerful special moves. Find your own fighting style, and assemble the finest team of brawlers ever seen. Then do it all again faster... faster... FASTER!!!

Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San (Nicalis, €12.90 / £11.50, pre-order from 20/10/2018) - Mr Tako will solve puzzles, explore mysterious dungeons and fight tenacious bosses on his mission to end the war between the undersea octopus kingdom and the terrestrial human world.

Swap This! (Two Tribes Publishing, €1.19 / £1.09, pre-order from 19/10/2018) - You may have matched colours before, but never like in Swap This! To master this puzzle game you need real skills, quick wits and tactical thinking. In no time you’ll orchestrate screen-clearing chain reactions and use super-charged power-ups.

3DS Themes

Saro and Stegoin Egypt (Animundi, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Saro e Stego in Egitto (Animundi, Theme) - €0.99 / £- / CHF -
Bronto in Transylvania (Animundi, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Bronto in Transilvania (Animundi, Theme) - €0.99 / £- / CHF -
Halloween withJurassic Cubs (Animundi, Theme) - €1.49 / £1.39
Halloween con i Saurini (Animundi, Theme) - €1.49 / £- / CHF -
JC 3packNumber 17 (Animundi, Theme) - €2.49 / £2.29
I Saurini 3packNumero 17 (Animundi, Theme) - €2.49 / £- / CHF -
SmileyWorldHalloween 01 (SmileyWorld, Theme) - €1.49 / £1.39
SmileyWorldHalloween 02 (SmileyWorld, Theme) - €1.49 / £1.39
SmileyWorldRock 01 (SmileyWorld, Theme) - €1.49 / £1.39
SmileyWorldRock 02 (SmileyWorld, Theme) - €1.49 / £1.39
Ball in the centre! (Atlantyca, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
Geronimo StiltonAre you ready to enter? (Atlantyca, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
Tea Sisters:ice emotions (Atlantyca, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Join Hello Kitty Club (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty is having fun (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
The original Hello Kitty (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty in a retro style (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
DIA DE MUERTOS (Umusic online France, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
HALLOWEEN #2 (Umusic online France, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
PUNK MUSIC (Umusic online France, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79
UNICORN #2 (Umusic online France, Theme) - €1.99 / £1.79

North America - This week's digital releases (Oct. 18th, 2018)

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

DARK SOULS: REMASTERED – Re-experience the critically acclaimed, genre-defining game that started it all. In this beautifully remastered game, return to Lordran in stunning detail. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the main game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. The DARK SOULS: REMASTERED game is available Oct. 19.

Zarvot – This is a game of cubes – tiny, adorable cubes with hopes, dreams, unrequited loves … and unlimited destructive power. In Story Mode, you’ll follow the adventures of Charcoal and Mustard as they search for the ultimate birthday present to cheer up their best friend, Red – who is feeling quite blue. In Multiplayer Mode, invite your friends and challenge them to cutthroat competitive cube combat.

Just Dance 2019 – The Just Dance 2019 game features 40 hot tracks from chart-topping hits to family favorites, including “Havana” by Camila Cabello, “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk and more. Your Just Dance experience is now personalized as the game learns your dancing habits and suggests content. Just Dance 2019 launches Oct. 23.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities:

Luigi’s Mansion My Nintendo Platinum Points – Can you help Luigi find the FOUR hidden Boos on the Luigi’s Mansion website? You can earn 25 My Nintendo Platinum Points* for each Boo you find.

Nintendo Account Linking Event! –You can redeem 300 Platinum Points within My Nintendo before 11 p.m. PT on Oct. 22 for 20 Leaf Tickets that can be used in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp app! Details can be found by visiting https://my.nintendo.com/news/18e13ab8c6e6e2bd.

Also new this week:

ACA NEOGEO 3 COUNT BOUT (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike – Championship Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 23
BLACK BIRD (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Cabela’s: The Hunt – Championship Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 23
Drift Legends (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
I Hate Running Backwards (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 19
Just Shapes & Beats – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 24
Momonga Pinball Adventures (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Nickelodeon Kart Racers (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 23
PAW Patrol: On a Roll! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 23
Personality and Psychology Premium (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Pizza Titan Ultra (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 19
Season Match (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Spencer (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
SpiderSolitaire BLACK (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Syberia 3 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Tetra’s Escape – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 19
The Legend of Evil (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 19
The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Room (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Tied Together (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 19
Valkyria Chronicles (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
WILL: A Wonderful World (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Windjammers (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 23
Word Puzzles by POWGI – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

The prototype for the original Katamari Damacy was created on a GameCube

The Katamari Damacy franchise really hasn't been a part of Nintendo's history, with all the mainline entries appearing on mostly Sony hardware. Nintendo fans got one DSiWare game in there, but that was it for Katamari outings. That's all about to change with Katamari Damacy Reroll, which is a remake of the first game for Switch.

Now here's where things get super interesting. Turns out the entire Katamari franchise might not have existed without Nintendo's hardware. In a snippet from the new book 'Katamari Damacy' from Boss Fight Books, we learn that the original game prototype was built using the GameCube!

...the GameCube, was designed from the beginning to be developer-friendly, with new architecture and a more powerful system. “We thought about the developers as our main customers,” said GameCube chip developer ArtX’s Greg Buchner in a 2001 interview with the Gaming Intelligence Agency.

As the GameCube was being developed, Sony was working on the PlayStation 2 (PS2). They released specs for the console, which introduced its new CPU (central processing unit), the “Emotion Engine.”

As with all consoles at the time, the PS2 CPU was designed for a specific task—in this case running 3D games—as opposed to consoles today, which use operating systems and perform a variety of tasks, and must therefore be more flexible in their processing capabilities.

But the PS2 documentation and development libraries were outdated, and Sony didn’t provide a development kit or software tools to make the process of creating games easier for potential developers. Instead the company assumed that the developer would just figure out the new hardware, perhaps hoping that the resulting games would be better for having overcome the struggle. Although it’s since gone down in history as the best-selling console of all time, the PS2 maintained a reputation of being extremely difficult to develop for.

Between Nintendo’s developer-friendly outreach and the released specs for the PS2 indicating it would be a difficult path for even experienced game developers, the choice was clear to the Katamari team: Even though they wanted to release the game on the PS2, they needed to use the GameCube platform to develop the prototype.

“Our engineer didn’t have much expertise, and neither did I, and the schedule was tight,” Takahashi said. “So for these reasons we picked the Nintendo GameCube platform for prototyping. I wanted to use the PS2 controller though.”

How crazy is that?! Katamari Damacy's original prototype was built using the GameCube, and then ended up getting the greenlight, which moved the final game over to PS2. That one decision seemingly set Nintendo fans down a path of going Katamari-less for years and years to come.

Pokemon: Let's Go could get a second installment if fans like this first outing enough

Lots of Pokemon fans are looking forward to Pokemon's core RPG for Switch in 2019, but Pokemon Co. is more interested in talking about Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee right now. Turns out Pokemon Co. is actually open to the idea of doing more with the Let's Go series in the future, so long as fans enjoy this outing. Junichi Masuda himself shared this sentiment, so if enough people snatch up this Pikachu/Eevee outing, we could see things head over to the Johto region next!

Dragalia Lost sees its highest placement yet on the iOS top grossing charts in the US

Dragalia Lost has just hit its highest placement yet on the iOS top grossing charts in the US, coming in at #6 overall. This is 10 better than its highest placement before, where it landed at spot #16. What's the reason for this major jump up the charts? Turns out the revenue bump coincides with the Halloween Elisanne event going on in the game!

Monolith Soft wants to see Xenoblade Chronicles X on Switch, but it would be difficult due to the money required, and the game's size

A lot of Switch owners have expressed interest in Monolith Soft bringing Xenoblade Chronicles X from Wii U over to Switch. In an interview with USGamer, director Tetsuya Takahashi states that he'd like to see that happen as well, but it would be pretty difficult to pull off.

"Well, the future at present is unclear. Personally speaking, I'd love to play the game on the Switch, but it would be really difficult to make it. Money. It's a massive game. Re-creating it would be really difficult."

Porting games might seem like a simple process for the fans looking in, but for the devs trying to make these things happen, a lot of time, effort, and cash is required.

An open-world approach to Pokemon games is 'still on the cards,' says Masuda

Could we ever see a truly open-world Pokemon game? Something akin to what players experienced in Zelda: Breath of the Wild? That's exactly what Eurogamer asked Pokemon Co.'s Junichi Masuda. While he didn't exactly give a complete thumbs up to the idea, he did seem receptive to it.

Well you know in general, I always want to be kind of facing new challenges and trying to you know, do new things with Pokémon. You know it's a different matter whether players will actually enjoy that kind of playstyle, but really you know, things like setting up an AI so that you know real world Pokémon appear, or different ways to appreciate the game, I'm always kind of thinking how to approach the Pokémon series from a different aspect so, in that sense, it's still on the cards.

Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee director hopes the game serves as a starting point for the next 20 years of Pokemon

In many ways, Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee is taking things back to the basics for Pokemon. There's some new features and enhanced visuals over previous games, but it's very clear the dev team is aiming for a title that eases lapsed fans and newcomers into the world of Pokemon. In an interview with Verge, director Junichi Masuda explains his hopes for Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, as far as the rest of the franchise goes.

“The biggest thing I feel with Let’s Go is really hoping that it’s going to serve as sort of a base or starting point for the next 20 years of Pokémon. I really think it’s important that Pokémon continues to be a positive force in the world — makes people happier, enriches their lives through a variety of ways. But I don’t think it needs to be a consistent, unchanging experience necessarily. I think there’s still a lot of room to explore variety, not only through the main series of games but also through the more spinoff titles.”

Pokemon Go - Gen 4 Pokemon now available

The world of Pokémon GO is evolving once again! This week, keep an eye out for Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, featured in Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Pearl, and Pokémon Platinum! Get ready to see Pokémon like Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup as they appear in Pokémon GO for the first time ever.

Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region will be making their way to Pokémon GO in waves! So, you can look forward to discovering even more Pokémon over the next few weeks appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and battling in raids. Stay tuned to our official channels for updates about new Pokémon, new features, and expansions to existing features like Pokémon storage and more!

More discoveries from the Sinnoh region await, Trainers, so let’s get ready to GO!