May 30, 2018

Pokemon reveals four new games for Nintendo Switch

Pokemon has brought its popular role-playing video game series to Nintendo Switch for the first time with the launch of Pokemon Quest. Although Switch's worldwide sales have been strong so far, the new games are widely seen as a way to continue that momentum and avoid the fate of the console's predecessor, the Wii U. That console was discontinued in 2017 after a five-year run, following what many considered to be a fatal dry spell of new games in its second year on the market. Piers Harding-Rolls, director of games research at IHS Markit, said that the games are "Obvious strategic decisions" for Nintendo. "The new games fit with their strategy and appeal to young users, female gamers and family audiences, with co-operative game play," he told the BBC. "They are taking advantage of momentum on different platforms. Pokemon Go has a large addressable audience that's been engaged on mobile devices in the past." Nintendo has also announced a new device, the Pokeball Plus, which can be used to play Pokemon Go and the new Switch titles instead of the Switch's Joy-Con controller.

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