The Pokémon Company has announced that the free app, which is succinctly titled Pikachu Talk, will launch in Japan this year. Poké-fans overseas will have to wait for a little longer though, as the app has only been given a vague 2018 release date so far.


Also compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, Pikachu Talk has been designed for all ages. This is a smart idea considering the huge number of adult Pokémon fans whose nostalgia for the Nintendo video game series (not to mention the anime TV show and trading card game) has driven the incredible success of Pokémon Go.