Nintendo launches manga inspired by Pokémon Unite

Learn about the origins of Aeos energy and Pokémon Unite in this new manga.

Pokémon celebrated its 25th birthday in so many ways last year that you may have missed a few. Chances are you haven’t missed the games it released to celebrate the occasion, including New Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Unite. The latter is the series’ first foray into the world of MMOs, and if you were wondering how this new way of battling Pokémon came to be canonically, an official manga inspired by the game may well have you covered.

Unite tasks you with taking control of your chosen Pokémon and battling rivals, as well as wild Pokémon, in an attempt to collect Aeos energy. That energy must then be deposited on targets around the game’s arena to score points. Very different from the way we’ve battled Pokemon for the past 25 years, and the manga sheds a bit of light on how the new method came to be and who is responsible for making it happen.

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The first chapter of the manga is free and available to read right now. Follow the journey of Professor Phorus and her team. From noticing the strange glow of Pokemon on Aeos Island, to realizing that the energy causing that glow could be used to create a whole new way of fighting. The first chapter begins with that discovery and then moves on to Phorus and her team describing her plans for the Unite battles to the residents of Aeos.

The first chapter even touches on the topic of keeping MMOs fair and avoiding pay-to-win elements. Zirco raises the idea of ​​clothing for the Pokémon that compete in Unite battles beyond a researcher named Erbie, citing that the idea needs more “pizzazz.” Fearing that the notion would result in competitors gaining an unfair advantage, Zirco shows that the clothing would be holowear. The same holographic outfits that you can unlock and purchase for your Pokémon in the game.

Aside from the gradual addition of new Pokemon to the roster, it had been a bit quiet on the Unite front for a while until recently. However, now the spotlight has returned to the MMO, and not just through this new manga. A whole new way to play the game where players have to catch wild Pokémon was recently leaked, and the game’s new subscription service, which will set you back $9.99 a month, launched this week.

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