Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the latest (and perhaps most revolutionary) release in the monster-catching series, is available now on the Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a new take on the franchise that doesn’t only explore the origins of a lot of Pokémon lore but also changes the gameplay formula to offer a more open-world adventure.

Check out the overview trailer below to learn more about the game:

Explore a vast untamed wilderness where new discoveries await in Pokémon Legends: Arceus for Nintendo Switch. Survey, catch and research wild Pokémon in this sprawling action RPG set in a long-gone era when it was rare for people and Pokémon to live in close harmony.

Your adventure takes place in the expansive natural majesty of the Hisui region, where you’re tasked with researching Pokémon to help build the region’s first-ever Pokédex.

This land that would come to be known as Sinnoh in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl features natural wonders, stunning vistas, and is teeming with wild Pokémon – both new and familiar!

It’s said that enigmatic Arceus holds the key to solving the strange phenomenon afflicting certain Pokémon in this region. Just how could this Mythical Pokémon be connected to your journey?

Pokémon Legends: Arceus has proven to be a hit with critics so far, with it currently sitting at a score of 86 on Metacritic.

VGC gave it full marks, stating that: “Pokémon Legends is the breath of fresh air the series has needed for so long. It may not have been apparent from the trailers, but this is one of the most entertaining, engaging and engrossing games in the entire history of the Pokémon series, and is highly recommended to both long-time fans and complete newcomers.”

Nintendo Life gave it a 9/10, stating that: “Pokémon Legends: Arceus feels like the result of Game Freak learning lessons for 25 years, refining the formula, and finally taking the franchise in a new, incredible, exciting direction. With its emphasis on extremely rewarding exploration, addictive catching mechanics, a fine roster of Pokémon and a genuine sense of scale that’s unlike anything in the series, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is quite simply one of the greatest Pokémon games ever made.”

Check out a gallery of screenshots down below:

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is available now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. You can purchase it on the Nintendo eShop through this link.