Pre-orders Are Open for the Next Mainline Pokémon Games—Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet

Meet the three new starter Pokémon—Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly.

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Pokémon Scarlet (Nintendo Switch) | $60
Pokémon Violet (Nintendo Switch) | $60

As inevitable as the heat death of the universe, every few years we will get a new mainline Pokémon game—and here they are! Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will kick off the 9th generation of the series. We know very little so far. We’ve seen the starters and it appears the new region is based on Spain. I’m not the type of player who has stayed loyal to one type throughout the games. I usually just go with whichever character design just speaks to me the most. And I gotta say, it’s going to be really tough here. This might be my favorite group of starters since the original lineup. Right now, I think Fuecoco is in the lead. his stupid, little apple-shaped head makes me happy and he’s got a name that is fire, both literally and figuratively speaking.

Though really the starter won’t actually matter this time. I just need to push through the introduction with one until I can get into the wild and befriend this dingus ... Look at them ... Their name is Lechonk and they are all I can think about. I will have a team of six of them and become a Pokémon master.

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Both versions of the game are available for pre-order and will be arriving on November 18.

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This story was originally published by Joe Tilleli on 03/02/2022 and updated with new information on 06/02/2022.