Gotta catch 'em all!
The Pokémon Company put out a new game this week, but maybe not the kind of game you'd expect. Pokémon Smile is a toothbrushing game for phones designed to encourage kids to brush their teeth better. It uses augmented reality to team up players with adorable Pokémon to "rescue other Pokémon from cavity-causing bacteria."
Gotta Brush 'Em All!
The game has an adorable take on iconic Pokémon characters, which players can "wear" on their head like a hat as they brush their teeth. Only when all of the bacteria has been brushed away can players get the chance to catch the Pokémon. And like any good Pokémon game, there are tons of cute monsters to catch—over 100 'mons and tons of hats to collect.
There's a progression system that gives awards on the way to Brushing Master, as well as customizable supervision settings.
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Pokémon Smile isn't Pokémon's first foray into promoting healthier living. Last year, the company announced Pokémon Sleep, a smartphone sleep-tracking game with a Pokéball-accelerometer accessory. It's set to release 2020.
The current mainline Pokémon games, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, got their first expansion with the Isle of Armor downloadable content. It adds more Pokémon, a new dojo to compete in, and the ability to have your Pokémon follow you around.
And finally—huge news—a game called New Pokémon Snap is heading to the Nintendo Switch. Inspired by the classic Nintendo 64 game from 1999, the new game is touted as an "all-new adventure".
That’s right, Trainers—#PokemonSnapIsBack! #NewPokemonSnap is an all-new adventure inspired by the classic Nintendo 64 game.— Pokémon (@Pokemon) June 17, 2020
Grab your camera, and get ready to photograph Pokémon while exploring beautiful islands on Nintendo Switch! https://t.co/7lqjl7saf0 pic.twitter.com/p6oJgmwZ8d
Details are still forthcoming, but for fans of the original game, it's fantastic news.
I’ve been waiting literally 20 years for a new Pokemon Snap.— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) June 17, 2020
I can’t believe it.
Millennial Excited to Return to Pokémon Snap With Photography Degree Under His Belthttps://t.co/iEl7Rv6LEA— Hard Drive (@HardDriveMag) June 17, 2020
Any fond memories of Pokémon Snap? Intrigued by the idea of brushing your teeth with Pokémon Smile? Comment below!