Nintendo launches first Pokemon game for the Switch

A Nintendo Switch game console is displayed at an electronics store in Tokyo, Japan March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai – RTS11815

The Switch already has a healthy collection of Nintendo first-party games, but last night the first Pokemon game was announced for the system. What’s more, it is already available to download and play!!!

The game is called Pokemon Quest, but it is very different at the core of the Pokemon games that we are accustomed to see on Nintendo’s handheld. This is a Pokemon-lite, and it is a free-to-start of the game that is also on the way to Android and iOS platforms.

While that will be disappointing for some (most?) gamers, it is definitely worth to take a look at this rather quirky take on what a Pokemon game can be.

If Minecraft and Pokemon had a child, this is probably what it would look like.

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Each Pokemon is shown in cube form and the player has no control over. They wander around in groups of about Tumblecube Island while the player waits for the attack bars to fill. The goal is to clear stages, while collecting Power Stones, and other articles of the island.

Each Pokemon can be launched and used in formations while back in the base camp, you can do some crafting, create new items, which, in turn, attracting new Pokemon for you to collect. Yes, this is Pokemon in the most casual form, but when you target on the free-to-play on mobile platforms.

#PokemonQuest can Trainers of all ages to get in on the action! In this free-to-start of the game, you face off against wild Pokémon and embark on many exciting expeditions.

— Pokémon (@Pokemon) 30 May 2018

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