Pokémon Presents August Roundup: Pokémon Horizons, Paldean Winds, More

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On this Thursday, August 8th, the Pokémon Company held a Pokemon Presents live stream to unveil information about the upcoming projects in the Pokémon franchise.

Among the announcements, we got insights about the Pokémon World Championship 2023, the game Detective Pikachu Returns, a teaser for the new anime Pokémon Horizons, updates for the mobile games, new additions of old games to Nintendo Switch Online, and, fortunately, detailed info regarding the mainlines Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

At the Pokémon World Championship 2023, players will compete in various games from the saga, including Pokémon TCG, Pokémon VGC, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon UNITE.

During the Championship announcement, the company also revealed the new animated series titled Pokémon Path to the Peak, which will bring the attractions of Pokémon Carding Games to the television world.

Next, we had more information about the gameplay of Detective Pikachu. The titular Pokémon narrates the game’s features, explaining how Tim, the detective, will handle the interrogations while other Pokémon use their abilities to sniff out new clues, as is the case with Growlithe.

Finally, they reconfirmed the release date of Detective Pikachu Returns for October 6th, 2023, and informed us that pre-orders are already in full swing.

Here is a more detailed round-up of all things featured:

Pokémon Horizons: The Series is still stuck in Japan

Liko, a girl with a mysterious pendant, and Roy, a boy with a mysterious Pokéball. With this premise, the event teased Pokémon Horizons, The Series. Currently, the anime is only available in Japan.

Although the broadcast unveiled a new teaser, there are still no dates for the international release of the anime.

Mobile players rejoice because we have more information about Pokémon GO and Unite – also available on the Switch and celebrating its second anniversary.

New events were announced, such as the Panic Parade in Unite and the addition of Mewtwo to the roster.

Mewtwo can evolve into Mega Mewtwo X, while an ongoing event allows players to acquire licenses to evolve Mewtwo into Mega Mewtwo Y.

Still in the mobile environment, Pokémon Masters receives a visit from the Paldea region: Nemona & Pawmot. The two will debut in the game’s new story mode. Pawmot introduces a new role called “sprint” for battles, making use of the Pokémon’s speed.

On August 16th, a new event will begin, and those who complete it will receive Victor & Spectrier.

Subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online can now enjoy Pokémon Trading Card Game from the Game Boy Color and Pokémon Stadium 2 from Nintendo 64.

They also shared more information about the tracking device/game Pokémon Sleep, which monitors your sleep while strengthening your somnolent Pokémons.

Pokémon: Paldean Winds, a New Web Series

Pokémon: Paldean Winds is a web series inspired by Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the latest mainline entries in the franchise. Everyone can watch it starting September 6th, 2023, on Pokémon’s official YouTube channel.

The series will tell the story of several academy students as they learn to navigate life in Paldea.

We also had announcements related to the games themselves. Trainers will be able to add Mew and Mewtwo to their Poké Balls. With the mythical Pokémon Mew, players will face Mewtwo to add the legendary to their team.

Those interested in acquiring Mew should use the password “GETYOURMEW” in the Mystery Gift menu in-game, but be quick, as the code is only valid until September 18th, 2023.

The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC Info

The announcements for Scarlet and Violet concluded with more information about the DLC “The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero.” The DLC’s story is divided into two parts: Part 1 is called “The Teal Mask,” and Part 2 is “The Indigo Disk.”

In “The Teal Mask,” trainers will visit The Land of Kitakami, a tranquil and peaceful countryside. New Pokémon species will be available not found in Paldea.

In Kitakami, there’s an ancient folktale that our intrepid trainers must uncover the mystery behind and separate truth from myth. Perrin, a photographer, seeks our trainers’ help to capture Pokémon photos. It’s a new minigame among several others in the DLC.

In “The Indigo Disk,” Director Cyrano of the Blueberry Academy invites the player to visit as an exchange student. The Blueberry Academy consists of four artificially created biomes hosting numerous new Pokémon.

We can meet new students and experience a different student life from Naranja Academy as we climb the ranks of the BB League. We’ll have a club room in our League where we can change some aesthetics of our playstyle, such as the Pokémon throwing style. It will also be possible to invite trainers from Paldea to serve as our instructors.

And, of course, as the name of the DLC suggests, we’ll return to Paldea to uncover the hidden treasures of Area Zero. Part 1, “The Teal Mask,” will be released on September 13th, 2023, while Part 2 has a targeted release window of Winter 2023.

Players who purchase the Expansion Pass for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will receive the entire content despite being separated into parts.

Further Reading

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