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Will the 2020 Pokemon game be announced at Pokemon Direct?

by Paul Cotton

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The first Pokemon Direct of 2020 is upon us and trainers are already desperate to know what the presentation will share. A new game announcement is on the top of the wish list with fans already salivating at the potential titles.

Before we look at what games 2020 could feature, let's take a look at exactly when it is. We don't have too long to wait as Nintendo have announced the presentation will be on Thursday, January 9, 9:30am EST. You can watch the January 9 Pokemon Direct live here.

You'll be able to watch it live on YouTube which, for your convenience, is embedded below. It will last roughly 20 minutes.

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A Pokemon Direct is a great way to kick of 2020!

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The 20 minutes seems to suggest it won't just be for the 2020 game as there is little to no chance we'd get anything more than a small teaser if it were to be that. Pokemon Home and Pokemon Sleep are far more likely to be discussed but, nevertheless, it's fun to speculate.

In terms of rumors and leaks as to what the Pokemon Direct could entail, there have been none.

2020 game

Every year it's the same story, with fans desperate to know the details. Given how early it is in the year though, and how far away we are from the suspected release of the next set of Pokemon games (likely November 2020), it's perhaps a little too hopeful to expect details about those games just yet.

That won't stop fans speculating as to what the already anticipated 2020 Pokemon game will be. There have been murmurings of a Pokemon Let's Go Johto (or Pokemon Let's Go Gold/Silver) following the success of the original.

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Some trainers aren't enthused by such an early return to the quasi-Pokemon Yellow remake, however. Others are hopeful we'll finally get a remake of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, which originally released way back in 2006.

We'll have to wait and see which of these the Pokemon Company has in store for us next but these two are undoubtedly the front runners.

Detective Pikachu Switch game

Another new Pokemon game may be flying under the radar, at least for some fans. Back in May 2019 the Pokemon Press Conference teased lots of new Pokemon-related projects. Among those were Home and Sleep but also a Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo Switch.

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The new Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo Switch is expected to release in 2020...

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The game will be a follow on from the Nintendo 3DS title. That first Detective Pikachu game was released in Japan in 2016, and was released globally in March 2018.

Even since the initial announcement, details remain sparse. However, the Pokemon Company CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, did say it will have a different ending to the 2019 movie. Further details will be expected in the January 9 Pokemon Direct.

Either way, Pokemon fans will be very excited about whatever the announcements tomorrow will be. Let's just hope we at least get some form of a teaser for the new mainline game of 2020.