Pokémon fans didn’t have to spend long scouring blurry leaked images for details about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet versions. Today, during a Pokémon Presents livestream, Nintendo showed off a ton of footage for November’s Switch-exclusive tent poles.
First announced in February, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the next mainline entries in Nintendo’s juggernaut series of monster-collecting RPGs, marking the start of the ninth generation of games. Like the previous entries, 2019’s Pokémon Sword and Shield, they’re fully 3D, a divergence from the top-down perspective that defined the previous two decades of games. In June, Nintendo gave Pokémon Scarlet and Violet a release date of November 18.
The duo of legendaries, Koraidon and Miraidon, which appear respectively in Scarlet and Violet versions, are certainly in keeping with the legendary Pokémon of recent entries: massive dragons who are equal parts silly-looking and elegant. They’re rideable, though. Today’s trailer showed off how you can pilot them as bona fide motorcycles…that can also fly. And surf. You can also ride along wild Pokés.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are set in the Paldea region, which is based on the Iberian Peninsula.
For the first time in series history, Scarlet and Violet will feature different professors, or science-savvy grown-ups who tend to serve as both mentor for and quest-giver to the younger player characters. Scarlet’s Sada is wearing clothes with a prehistoric style, while Violet’s Turo is rocking a futuristic bodysuit, leading some fans to speculate about potential time-travel elements in the game. Also, the entire internet is obsessed with the profs for, um, other reasons (which you can probably surmise).
The entire Pokédex isn’t publicly available yet, though Nintendo has teased the most important Pokémon. Two of the starters — the grass-type cat Sprigatito and the fire-type lizard Fuecoco — are worth considering for your team. (The water-type duck Pokémon Quaxly has been rightfully pilloried for being a total cop.) But perhaps no gen-9 Pokémon has caught more attention than Lechonk, a baby pig with sad eyes who — and my colleague Ashley Bardhan was spot-on with her analysis here — looks like it’d make for some delicious sandwich meat.