Rumours surrounding the first Pokemon games coming to Switch have been reaching fever pitch lately, and now two new web domains have been registered that suggest the leaks may have been true all along.
PokemonLetsGoPikachu.com and PokemonLetsGoEevee.com were registered by CSC Digital Brand Services on May 15th, the company Nintendo typically uses to protect its brand domains. Similar domain registrations took place just days before Pokemon Sun & Moon plus their Ultra variants were announced.
This falls in line with the recent leak from Emily Rogers that GameFreak and Nintendo were learning from the success of Pokemon Go, hence potentially naming the two new titles Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee.
Just to lend a little further credence to these reports, an image of the supposed logo for the two new Pokemon Switch games ha also been doing the rounds. It cropped up just before the web domains were registered and, while in Japanese, it translates to Let's Go Eevee and Pikachu.
If there's any truth to these domain registrations, and Nintendo isn't simply trying to send fans on a wild goose chase, then history tells us we're going to hear about these new Pokemon games sooner rather than later. Rogers said earlier this week that the new Pokemon Switch games would be revealed by the end of the month, and with the evidence now piling up there seems little reason to doubt that.
Original Story: 15-May-2018 - Rumour: Nintendo to Announce Pokemon Switch This Month, May Be Influenced by Pokemon Go
Emily Rogers, the infamous leaker of the original news on the Nintendo Switch, as well as last year’s Mario + Rabbids and Smash Bros this year, has claimed that Pokemon Switch will be revealed this very month, with a launch planned for later this year.
“As we wait for an announcement on the upcoming Pokémon title, which will be revealed before the end of this month, think about what Pokémon Go might mean for the future of the Pokémon series,” said Rogers in a new blog post. “I suspect that the naming/branding for this year’s Pokémon Switch title (there’s two versions) might raise a few eyebrows.”
From the sounds of things, Nintendo could be preparing to reveal Pokemon Switch before its E3 2018 event. It’s unclear just why Nintendo wouldn’t wait until the main event; unless Nintendo plans to do a deep dive on the alleged Pokemon game. Nintendo’s E3 Directs tend to be quick-fire trailers with precious little fluff, and an extended look at Pokemon may disrupt the flow, despite being a huge, huge announcement.
One thing to bear in mind is that Emily Rogers doesn’t have a spotless track record in terms of leaks, including incorrectly suggesting that Zelda would miss the Switch launch, Pokemon Stars last year, and an official translation of Mother 3.
Picking apart the details though, there are a few interesting nuggets here. Firstly, that Nintendo is once again planning to go the two-version approach. It’s worked up until now so we see no reason why this should change for the Switch. The two games would be largely identical, save for a handful of exclusive Pokemon, and Nintendo loves to sell hardcore fans the same game twice.
Rogers’ first point is perhaps the more interesting of the two though. That Nintendo is learning from the success of Pokemon Go, which is still, somehow, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars each year. I think this may allude to a reboot of sorts. Pokemon Go really managed to latch onto nostalgia by launching with just the Gen 1 Pokemon, and making modern, 3D versions of Pokemon Red and Blue would have mass appeal while also being cheaper and faster to produce than an all-new adventure.
Looking over Nintendo's 2018 Switch lineup, it's been difficult to tell just how the Japanese giant intended to shift 30 million consoles this fiscal year. The first four months of the year have just been ports and remasters mostly, aside from Kirby. If Nintendo has Pokemon ready for the back half of the year though, combined with Smash Bros, then success is practically guaranteed. A reminder that Pokemon is the most successful entertainment property on the planet, grossing an estimated $53.49 billion since its inception in 1996. Bringing the franchise to the Nintendo Switch will provide a truly massive sales boost.
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