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Pokémon Nintendo Direct to air Feb. 27

Let’s go

Pokemon Let’s Go - Mew Game Freak/Nintendo

Here’s a nice surprise: On Wednesday, at 9 a.m. ET, Nintendo will hold a short, seven-minute Nintendo Direct-style presentation to celebrate Pokémon Day. While we don’t know what games will be shown off, anyone waiting to hear more news on the upcoming Nintendo Switch Pokémon game should probably tune in.

According to Nintendo, a “core” mainline entry into the monster collecting series is due to hit Nintendo Switch later this year, so now would be a great time to hear more details about it. Unlike Let’s Go, which are influenced by the viral mobile games, the next entry is “in the tradition of Pokémon X and Y and Sun and Moon,” according to the Game Freak company president Tsunekazu Ishihara. Pokémon Let’s Go, by contrast, shook up the traditional formula through through a variety of smaller features, such as displaying random encounters on the map.

Pokémon for Switch is expected to usher in the eighth generation of Pokémon. The most recent entries in the franchise, Pokémon Sun and Moon, introduced seventh-gen Pokémon from the Alolan region. Those 3DS games debuted in 2016, and were followed by a pair of update versions, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, in 2017.

Previous Pokémon Directs have also touched on non-core Pokémon games, including fighting game Pokkén Tournament, and re-releases like Pokémon Yellow for 3DS. The Pokémon Company and developer Niantic announced a Pokémon Day-themed event for Pokémon Go on Tuesday, which will bring more Kanto-region Pokémon to the game.

Fans will be able to catch the Nintendo Direct here.

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