Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Now Available, New Pokémon Snap Announced
The Isle of Armor, the first expansion to Pokémon Sword and Shield, is now available on Nintendo Switch. It is the first part of the games’ Expansion Pass, with the second part, The Crown Tundra, planned for release this fall. The Isle of Armor takes players to the eponymous island, which contains new environments such as beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes. There, players will train at a special dojo under the legendary trainer Mustard, a former Champion who also trained Leon. It includes the new legendary Pokémon Kubfu as well as its evolution Urshifu, which has two forms depending on which of two challenges players undertake at the dojo.
In addition, The Pokémon Company posted a Pokémon Presents video, where president and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed some additional titles and content for the series. The biggest news is New Pokémon Snap, a follow-up to Nintendo 64 title Pokémon Snap. The game sees players venturing to a set of islands where they will witness the behaviour of wild Pokémon and chronicle it by taking photos to fill out the Pokémon Photodex. New Pokémon Snap is coming to Nintendo Switch, though no release date was announced. Meanwhile, Niantic’s mobile title Pokémon GO will receive its own versions of Mega Evolution.
Another new title is Pokémon Café Mix, which is coming to Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. It is a “free-to-start” puzzle game where players link Pokémon icons by dragging them around. Players run a café frequented by Pokémon, with each completed puzzle allowing the player to serve a customer. The café staff members have skills that will help solve the puzzles, and players can build friendships with the Pokémon, which will in turn let them upgrade their café. The game is available for pre-load or pre-registration now.
Finally, Pokémon Smile is a new app designed to encourage children to brush their teeth. The app, which is available now on iOS and Android, uses the camera to observe how users are brushing their teeth. Doing it correctly causes bacteria to be defeated and lets them catch Pokémon. Parents can set up notifications and adjust how long the brushing period should last.
Another Pokémon Presents video is scheduled for next week on June 24, 2020. The Pokémon Company promises that this will include news regarding a “big project”.