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Pokemon has brought its popular role-playing video game series from Nintendo Switch for the first time with the launch of Pokemon Quest.
Two other Switch shares are set for a fall release, with a further release is planned in 2019.
An expert of the games said that they are likely to “expand the appeal” of the device.
The Switch is a hybrid of a console game that can be used in connection with a TV or a tablet, or as a stand-alone portable device.
Although the Switch of worldwide sales have been strong so far, the new games are widely perceived as a way to continue this momentum and avoid the fate of the previous console, the Wii U.
This console has been discontinued in 2017, after five years, following what many considered a deadly drought of new games is in its second year on the market.
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The teased autumn titles, Let’s Go, Pikachu! and come on, Eevee!, building on the popularity of the Pokemon Go augmented reality game for smartphones allowing players to connect to their Switch of gameplay with the mobile application.
Piers Harding-Rolls, director of games research at IHS Markit, said that the games are “obvious strategic decisions” for the Nintendo.
“The new games adapt to their strategy and appeal to younger users, users and family audiences, with co-operative game,” he told the BBC.
“They take advantage of the momentum on different platforms. Pokemon Go has a large addressable audience that has been engaged on mobile devices in the past.”
“That shows me that their thinking is more all-encompassing than a single platform strategy.”
Nintendo has also announced a new device, the Pokéball More, which can be used to play Pokemon Go and the new Switch titles instead of the Switch of the Joy-Con controller.
Switch has sold over 17 million units, most in its first year the Wii U sold in its entire lifetime.
Nintendo’s share price has increased by more than 4% in early trading after the announcements were made in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Nintendo is the next big scheduled update will be at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles in June. More details – including the as-of-yet unnamed fourth title of the Switch may be announced.