Nintendo are launching a new free to play tittle, Pokémon Café, for Switch and it will be going to live tomorrow, 24th June. You can pre-order it right now by heading over to the Nintendo eShop so it is ready for you on launch day.
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As Pokémon arrive to sample the delights of your Pokémon Café, it’s up to you and your highly trained staff to get their orders just right! Each order takes the form of a puzzle – where you must clear special “gimmicks” on-screen to prepare a dish.
Using the touch screen, chain icons together and drag them round to dissolve sugar cubes, chop up tomatoes and whip cream for your next culinary masterpiece. Shifting icons around and moving these gimmicks into specific spots feels like you’re stirring a pot – so get into the cooking spirit when solving each puzzle!
As all of your customers are Pokémon there’s perhaps a little of Neko Atsume to the game, and you will need to upgrade the cafe with furniture and collect new recipes to draw more and more types of Pokémon to visit, who you can then recruit if you befriend them. Obviously upgrading your cafe costs money, in this case, Hearts, Golden Acorns and consumable items, which you can purchase for real money via the eShop.
The game is only playable in handheld mode and will also be coming soon to iOS and Android.
It’s far from the first spin-off game in the Pokémon universe, covering all manner of different genres. Pokémon Magikarp Jump saw players trying to train a Magikarp to be a jumping champion, while Pokémon Masters brought many named characters together to do battle in teams of three. Then there was Pokémon Quest, a voxel-styled action-adventure title and, of course, the biggest spin-off of them all, Pokémon Go. It’s safe to say that Pokémon is not just about the main RPG games anymore, with The Pokémon Company really exploring every possible avenue they can.
The game was announced in a special Pokémon Presents along with Pokémon Smile, a mobile augmented reality app that’s designed to make brushing teeth a more fun activity for young children, New Pokémon Snap, a revival and sequel to the 20-year-old Nintendo 64 classic, some new Pokémon Go events, and a Max Raid in Pokémon Sword and Shield to earn a Shiny Zeraora and celebrate the launch of Isle of Armor, the first DLC expansion for the game.