Pokémon: Game info
Pokémon is one of the most popular game franchises of all time, having sold more than 279 million games since the original Red and Blue titles arrived in 1996.
The series involves catching, training and battling virtual monsters, and the games have always focused on the community, whether trading and going head-to-head with other players.
The competitive side of the game sees players training their Pokémon to the nth degree, and considering advanced tactics and strategies in order to beat their opponents. Pokémon typically features a rock, paper, scissors type approach, with fire Pokémon beating grass Pokémon, grass beating water and water beating fire, for example.
The latest traditional Pokémon games in the series are Sun and Moon, while in 2015 Nintendo launched Pokken Tournament, a fighting game based on the franchise, which has received some competitive play.
There is also the physical Pokémon Trading Card Game which has its own competitive scene, and augmented reality mobile app game Pokémon Go. Later in 2018, Pokémon Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee launched on Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee
An exciting new Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch; Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! bring the experience of a classic Pokemon RPG to Nintendo Switch with beautiful HD graphics and gameplay that is easily approachable for newcomers to the series, but is also deep enough to keep veteran trainers on their toes.
These games also have two-player simultaneous play, so you can take the journey with a friend. And there's a deep connection between Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokemon GO, so fans of the hit mobile game will find even more to enjoy.
Pokémon Sun and Moon
For 20 years, Pokémon has delighted millions of fans of all ages and has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are the newest additions to a legendary series that has sold more than 275 million video games since the debut of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in 1996 for the Game Boy system in Japan.
Following in the tradition of previous games in the Pokémon series, players choose one of three special Pokémon to be their first partner. These are among the first Pokémon players will encounter in the game. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, players will be able to choose between the newly discovered Grass- and Flying-type Pokémon Rowlet, Fire-type Litten, and Water-type Popplio.
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3DS, 2DS (Pokémon Sun and Moon), Wii U (Pokken Tournament), Switch (Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee)
Typical game length: 10-15mins
Price: Around £40
Notable tournaments: Pokémon World Championships, Pokémon Championship Series
Popularity: 279m+ game sales
Twitch: 1m hours watched in October 2016 across all viewers
Launched: 1996 (original Red and Blue), 2016 (Sun and Moon), 2015 (Pokken Tournament), 2018 (Lets Go Pikachu/Eevee)
Pegi age rating: 7
Other Pegi info: Non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures