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Five Predictions for The August Pokemon Presents Direct Presentation

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By Sam Woods

August 16, 2021

We’re now on the cusp of our second Pokemon Presents Presentation of the series’ 25th anniversary year.

Following Feburary’s showing, which revealed a brand new title and a remake, The Pokemon Company is holding another event this Wednesday, August 18.

While the presentation was revealed on Twitter suggesting the presentation would focus solely on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the official Pokemon website has an interesting “and more”.

So, with some vague details in mind, here are five predictions we have for the August Pokemon Presents Presentation.

Pokémon Legends Arceus: A familiar region. A new story.

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We Get Another Pokemon Spinoff Revival Announcement

According to Nintendo’s recent Investor Relations Report, New Pokemon Snap sold over 2 million copies in under three months. Not a bad return for a series that’s been absent since the N64.

With such an exciting back catalogue of games, it would make sense that The Pokemon Company and Nintendo may be scheming about reviving some other long-dormant titles.

I think for me, Pokemon Pinball is the ultimate choice, however, I feel like the safest bet would be a brand new Pokemon Stadium game – complete with a wide array of minigames.

Paid Pokemon Snap DLC is Teased

It was only this month that we were treated to some new Pokemon Snap DLC. The content added three new areas and a total of 20 new Pokemon which was great, however, there is so much scope for more.

The game currently plays host to just over 200 Pokemon, meaning that there are another 600+ that aren’t in the game.

With just how well New Pokemon Snap handled things, it’s hard to imagine that more DLC wouldn’t be welcomed and there’s certainly a lot they could do with it.

Pokemon Sleep Wakes Up

It’s now been over two years since Pokemon Sleep was announced and it wouldn’t be a proper Pokemon Presents Presentation predictions if we didn’t talk about this for the August showcase.

The game was supposed to combine sleeping with gameplay in order to promote healthy living, much like Pokemon Smile and also Pokemon GO.

However, in the two years that have passed, news about the game has gone exceptionally quiet – now has to be the right time to update fans or people will really start to question whether the game will ever see the light of day.

Pokemon Legends Arceus is Delayed Until April

The Pokemon Company is being fairly ambitious planning to release two major Pokemon titles within a couple of months of each other and I feel like something may have to give.

The Diamond and Pearl remakes are locked in for their holiday releases and will sell bucketloads, meaning if my theory is correct, Pokemon Legends Arceus would be the one getting pushed.

Moving it into April would mean it would release in a new financial year, which may not be a bad thing as the company would have already had New Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Unite and the remakes release in the previous financial year.

We Get a Sales Pitch for The Switch OLED

When the Switch OLED was announced, players got a glimpse of the updated Diamond and Pearl remake’s graphics.

It’s likely that during the presentation, we’ll get a deeper dive into these, as well as Nintendo telling us why we need the latest iteration of its hybrid console.

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Sam Woods
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Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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