The picture basically tells the whole story here, doesn’t it? Nintendo has announced a new Pokémon Direct — a Pokémon-flavored Nintendo Direct — for Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m. EST, 6:30 a.m. PST, providing 20 minutes of new information for the franchise. That’s all we know concretely, but there is plenty we can speculate about.
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For starters, Pokémon Sword and Shield exist, so there’s always the likelihood of DLC of some kind being introduced at the Pokémon Direct. It’s exceedingly unlikely they’re going to surprise us with a large expansion to the Pokédex, but it’s also not completely impossible. Something more modest is probable.
We will almost certainly hear more about Pokémon Home, the cloud-based service that allows trainers to trade Pokémon across Pokémon Bank, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon: Sword & Shield. The service is pretty much a successor to Pokémon Bank, though there will be some limitations to who may be traded, since Sword and Shield lack National Pokédex.
Lastly, Pokémon Sleep, the bizarre mobile app that is somehow supposed to “turn sleep into entertainment,” hasn’t been heard from since last May, so there is a good likelihood we will hear more about that game as well.
Whatever it turns out to be, the time to set your calendars for the Pokémon Direct is now! And let’s hope a broader Nintendo Direct isn’t too far into the future.