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Pokémon Legends: Z-A announced; arriving in 2025 on "Nintendo Switch systems"

By Team HardwareZone - on 28 Feb 2024, 11:16pm

Pokémon Legends: Z-A announced; arriving in 2025 on "Nintendo Switch systems"

Pokémon Legends: Z-A.

During a Pokémon Presents livestream by The Pokémon Company, it announced Pokémon Legends: Z-A. This new game will be available for Nintendo Switch systems, and will arrive in 2025.

Most of the information about the new game can be found in the teaser video. This Pokémon Legends game is set in Lumiose City, the main city of the Kalos region. In its lore, Lumios is under urban redevelopment, and you can see sketches and a wireframe-like representation of the circular-shaped city, inspired by real-life Paris, France. 

This urban redevelopment is supposed to bring about a "beautiful coexistence between people and Pokémon", depicted by Pokémon found among people sitting at settings like an outdoor café in the video.

A Pikachu showcased in the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Z-A game.

At the end of the video, a colorful logo appears momentarily, which fans will recognise as Mega Evolution.

This suggests Pokémon Legends: Z-A will see a return of the Mega Evolution game mechanic, which was introduced in Pokémon X & Y (for Nintendo 3DS in 2013). This mechanic allows a temporary evolution of selected Pokémon, strategically changing their stats, advantages, and weaknesses temporarily for the battle.

The Mega Evolution mechanic makes a return in the new Pokémon game, hinting that it's a mainline title just like Pokémon X & Y (2013).

Depending on which part of 2025 it's coming, Pokémon Legends: Z-A could be under a year, or up to 21 months away.

Recent rumours have suggested that the upcoming Nintendo Switch 2 console will launch in Q1 2025. The announcement for the new Pokémon game is for "Nintendo Switch systems", which could also mean existing Switch variants like the OLED, and Lite. However, one can hope this mainline Pokémon console will also grace current and future generations of Nintendo's console.

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