Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet: what you need to know about the new Nintendo games

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will feature a new region, new Pokémon, and an improved open-world setup.

The Pokemon Company

The next generation of Pokémon games have just been announced and will arrive on Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022. Revealed during “Pokémon Presents” on Pokémon Day (February 27), “Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet” will feature three new Pokémon Gen 9 starter and a new region.

Both games are available now for pre-order on Amazon.

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The Switch OLED is back in stock: Nintendo Switch OLED model, $350

Pre-order on Amazon: Pokemon Scarlet, $60

Pre-order on Amazon: Pokemon Violet, $60

The two games developed by Game Freak should also offer an open world that expands on that of “Pokémon Legends: Arceus”. The teaser reveals new Spanish-inspired towns alongside lush Mediterranean countryside where, according to the Pokémon Company, “Pokemon can be seen everywhere…in the sky, in the sea, and on the streets.”

The company describes both Nintendo Switch Games as “a new evolutionary stage” where “trainers can explore an open world where various borderless cities blend seamlessly into the wilderness”.

“Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet” will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch console, so it might be time for you to buy the console, especially since the previously hard-to-find Nintendo Switch OLED is easily available now.

Nintendo Switch OLED model, $350

How to pre-order Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet

Amazon just opened up pre-orders for “Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet,” both asking for the usual $60 entry price.

Pokémon Scarlet (pre-order): $60

Pokemon Scarlet

The Pokemon Company

While details are still vague on the differences between the two versions, we do know that each will come with version-exclusive Pokemon and trainers. What we do know at the moment is that the main character of “Pokémon Scarlet” starts with a red-orange tie and red-orange striped shorts, white socks, black shoes and a hat with an inside brim blue. We also know that Professor Sada will appear during the game. Professor Sada will research some traditions passed down in the region.

You can see the games trailer now.

Pokemon Scarlet (pre-order), $60

Pokémon Purple (pre-order): $60

Pokémon Violet

The Pokemon Company

Meanwhile, the starting outfit in “Pokémon Violet” includes a purple tie, purple shorts, black socks, brown shoes, and a hat with a light gray inner brim. The patch that the main character wears on the left sleeve of a shirt will also be different from that of “Pokémon Scarlet”. The professor who appears in “Pokémon Violet” will also be a different character than in “Pokémon Scarlet”. In this build, players will meet Professor Turo.

You can see the games trailer now.

Pokémon Purple (pre-order), $60

What are the starter Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet?

starter pokemon

The Pokemon Company

While not much has been revealed about the new region and its areas, the Pokémon Company has shared some key details about the games’ starter Pokémon.

Sprigatito is a grass-type that is a “capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon” with the Overgrow ability. Fuecoco, a fire-type Pokémon, is a “laid-back Fire Croc that does things at its own pace” and has the ability Blaze. Finally, Quaxly, the Water Duckling Pokémon, is a “serious and tidy” water-type that has the Torrent ability.

The best Pokémon games to play on Nintendo Switch right now

“Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet” aren’t due out until the end of the year, but you can pre-order them now. And until then, there are several other Pokemon games to help you out. This includes another game developed by Game Freak, “Pokemon Legends: Arceus”.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Pokemon Legends: Arceus


“Pokémon Legends: Arceus” topped the list of top-selling video games in January 2022. It’s a significant departure from typical Pokémon gameplay. Instead of the traditional RPG experience based on random encounters, it has a more open, “Breath of the Wild” feel, where Pokémon can be observed in the wild.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus, $60

Pokémon Legends: Arceus, $50

Pokemon Shiny Diamond

pokemon shiny diamond

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Another Pokémon game on Amazon’s bestseller list, “Pokémon Brilliant Diamond” is a remake of the 2006 Nintendo DS title, “Pokémon: Diamond.” Also located in the Sinnoh region, it retains the original story and Pokémon lineup while adding modern enhancements, such as a revamped battle screen.

Pokemon Shiny Diamond, $60

Pokémon Shining Pearl

Pokémon Shining Pearl

The Pokemon Company

Released alongside its sibling title, “Pokémon Brilliant Diamond,” the Sinnoh “Pokémon Shining Pearl” set is also a remake of 2006’s “Pokémon: Pearl.” up to date in graphics, movements and the underground area.

Pokémon Shining Pearl, $60

Pokémon Shining Pearl, $43 (was $60)

Pokemon Snap

Pokemon Snap

The Pokemon Company

With “Pokémon Snap”, you can make your wildlife photographer dreams come true in the lush jungles and mysterious islands of the Lental region teeming with Pokémon. Photographing these creatures in their natural habitat isn’t hard to master, but the mysterious Illumina phenomenon adds a little more challenge to the game.

Pokemon Snap, $60

Pokémon Snap Digital Code, $60

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