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Feb 232024

We’re now past the Nintendo Direct and the Shadow of the Erdtree trailer, but we’ve still got another showcase to look forward to next Tuesday.

A Pokémon Presents was announced for February 27 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET, with exciting news promised.

February 27 is always Pokémon Day, because it’s the anniversary of the first game coming out in Japan. This year marks the 28th anniversary, to be precise. So it makes sense that they often celebrate it with announcements.

This is an odd one for me, because it’s the first Pokémon Presents in a long time where I won’t be waiting for news on Detective Pikachu Returns. That game is now out (and I loved it, even though I’m in the minority there) and showed no indications of getting a sequel, so Detective Pikachu is off the table for predictions now.

Where does that leave us?

All the buzz right now is from people expecting either new games connected to either Johto or Unova (or both), ranging from Let’s Go style remakes, BDSP style remakes, or another Legends game. I loved Legends Arceus, so that’s the possibility I’d like to see the most. On the other hand, Black and White are so hard to find nowadays that I’d be pretty excited for faithful remakes, too.

The most amazing thing ever would be if they remade Black/White and Black/White 2 and bundled them together, but I doubt that will ever happen. That’s a pipe dream, not a prediction.

But you know what I’m hoping to see? Pokémon Mystery Dungeon! No I haven’t played the ones I have yet. This would be incentive! A year ago, everyone was convinced a new Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game was going to be announced, and it just… didn’t happen. So maybe this will be the year!

Of course, I’m sure they’ll devote time to discussing updates to the various Pokémon mobile games, too.

It’s probably too early for the next gen to be announced, but a remake does seem plausible enough. So I’ll predict the Black/White remakes and/or a new Legends game as the most likely announcements, with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon as my personal hope.

(Watch me be completely wrong and they announce Detective Pikachu 3.)

Anyway, what do you expect to see from the Pokémon Presents showcase next week? What games are you hoping for the most? Should I finally give in and play Sword/Shield or Scarlet/Violet? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  7 Responses to “Pokémon Presents Hopes and Predictions”

  1. Yeah I’m actually not sure what they will announce, other than regular updates to the mobile games (which in itself is a large number now, with Sleep, Go, Masters, Cafe Remix, Smile, Unite, am I forgetting any…?)

    And Scarlet/Violet just had their DLC (which I still haven’t felt like buying) so… I expect a remake or new announcement. I think Mystery Dungeon seems a safe bet, unless they’re going to surprise us with another spinoff game port like, I dunno… Pokemon Ranger? Though that relied so heavily on the touchscreen, I can only imagine it maybe coming to the iPhone now (Though I recall having a lot of fun with those games!)

    My real pipe dream is reviving Pokemon Colosseum or XD, but doubtful of that…

  2. My theory is that Pokémon stopped doing non-mobile spin-offs, so that doesn’t bode well for PMD.

  3. […] claimed the new Pokémon game would be something related to Johto or Unova, and when I made my predictions, I figured those were the most likely […]

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