With news about classic Nintendo remakes and releases hotting up as we move towards the end of 2020, the whispers of a new Pokemon game dropping in 2021 have finally made their way to our ears.
So far we’ve had the pleasure of getting our hands on the new Mario 35th Anniversary collection as part of our Super Mario 3D All Stars review, a game that was announced seemingly out of the blue with a short wait until the release date.
We’ve also been picking up a lot of chatter about the new Zelda game that is set to drop in 2021 too, whether as part of a 35th Anniversary collection to celebrate our green-garbed Hero of Time turning 35 or as a new adventure in the BOTW series.
Just as Lord Varys has his birds, Retro Dodo has our own faction of hidden spies out on surfing the internet, and word of a new Pokemon game has ‘pika-d’ our attention.
But the question remains; what route will Nintendo and the Pokemon Company go down with this new release?
The new Pokemon game is rumoured to be a ‘Super Collection’.
Does that mean it’s going to fall in line with the recent Mario anniversary release and boast a couple of classic adventures on one cart?
Or… (brace yourselves), could we be about to have a brand new Pokemon game on our hands?
Here’s everything we know so far, with a little bit of friendly conjecture thrown in for good measure.
(Conjecture is ‘guesswork’, not a cool new Pokemon character).
New Pokemon Game Could Be Out In Q2 2021!
If we’re going to run with the ‘Super Collection’ train of thought, then we need to think about which games would make the cut.
The official ‘word on the street’ is that six classic versions will be bundled into this new Pokemon game.
The digital birds have spoken, and the Super Collection is said to include Pokemon X and Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Pokemon Sun and Moon.
That’s six Pokemon adventures for the price of one!
Of course, we’re fairly sure that these new adventures will be remastered and dragged kicking and screaming into the world of HD gaming.
They may even have some compatibility with Sword and Shield, allowing you to bring your favourite pocket monsters over for multiplayer battle action akin to Pokemon Stadium, one of the best N64 games of all time!
Information leaked last Summer also stated that we would all be seeing remakes of the Diamond and Pearl versions and the HeartGold and SoulSilver editions on the Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Could this be part of the upcoming Super Collection release or a new Pokemon game release entirely?
2021 looks set to be a hectic year for folks determined to ‘catch ’em all’ – there might not be enough hours in the day!
Let’s Go Sequel
Another train of thought takes us straight towards a direct Pokemon Let’s Go sequel, bringing in Pichu and Maril instead of Pikachu and Eevee.
It would be the most obvious progression, especially as players of Pokemon Sword and Shield are still waiting on extra DLC content that should be dropping any time now.
I can’t see the new games having an old, retro feel to them after the success of the new adventures that we’ve been spoilt with. It would seem like a backwards step for Nintendo, though hardcore fans would undoubtedly hand over their hard-earned cash all the same.
A Brand New Pokemon Game Adventure
This is the bit that I’m most excited about; the notion of a brand new Pokemon game adventure to play through.
Sword and Shield have been a global success, and as long as Hop isn’t in the next game, I’ll be buying it the second it comes out!
That guy really grinds my gears!
Could we be about to receive word on ‘Pokemon Spear and Axe’, or maybe something completely different like ‘Pokemon Knife and Fork’ (can you tell I haven’t eaten breakfast?)
Nintendo have become quite elusive in recent years, so the chances are the internet may just implode around March time with tonnes of new Pokemon game material from the gaming giants.
Whatever happens, we’re all on the lookout for new information and will be updating this article as and when it drops.
Still, one thing is for certain…
… you should start working that Pokeball throwing arm, because more pocket monsters will be dropping in 2021.
If that isn’t enough to put a smile on your face today, then I don’t know what will!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.