The Game We Can't Wait To Play: Pokémon Sword and Shield

One of the main reasons behind Nintendo’s success in the console market is their well-thought approach in making their console a new home for its beloved franchises. Big titles like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Odyssey, etc. are a few of the blockbusters in the arsenal of Nintendo Switch series. In this series, two Pokémon games are scheduled to launch this year for Nintendo Switch consoles. There are already a number of Pokémon games in the collection of Nintendo, like Pokémon Red & Blue for Game Boy, Ultra Sun & Moon on 3DS, etc. With the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Generation 8 (eighth installment of Pokémon video game series) will mark a major incident for the JRPG.

Let’s check out everything we know so far about Pokémon Sword and Shield, the debut of Generation 8.

Pokémon Switch Release Date

This is always the focus of most of the gamers (including me, of course).

Nintendo officially published the release date of Pokémon Sword and Shield on June 5 during a special Nintendo Direct with special focus on this game. Players will be able to dive into the new world of Pokémon starting November 15, 2019.

Nintendo also said that there will be pre-orders available for a double-pack edition of the game.

Trailers

Trailers are one of the major components of game launch and are designed in a way to give a glimpse into the real game beforehand. In the case of Pokémon Sword and Shield, we have a number of trailers that give us an insight view of the gameplay and storyline.

This is the very first trailer we got from Nintendo about Pokémon Sword and Shield. It introduces to the new open-world gameplay of this new installment of Pokémon games. There are also a couple of interesting Pokémon.

The next trailer showcases the new Dynamax transformation. This temporary transformation requires a Dynamax Band for the trainers. The transformed Pokémon is significantly larger with higher stats. At the end of the trailer, we also have a brief introduction to 2 legendary Pokémon with Sword and Shield – the official mascots of this game.

Well, the new game isn’t just about catching new Pokémon and transforming them into GIANT warriors. There’s more to the story of the actual game with new teams and rivals.

Gameplay

For those who’re into gameplay, here’s the official gameplay reveal of Pokémon Sword and Shield gameplay.

This one is the gameplay reveal from the Nintendo Treehouse live event.

New Pokémon (so far)

There are plenty of things to talk about the new game. There are a lot of new Pokémon already introduced through all the trailers. Here’s a shortlist of all the Pokémon we’ve seen so far.

  • Grookey (Grass) – A chimp Pokémon with green fur that can create energy from sunlight
  • Scorbunny (Fire) – A rabbit Pokémon that can increase its firepower by running
  • Sobble (Water) – A lizard Pokémon with the ability to make others cry
  • Morpeko (Electric/Dark) – A two-sided Pokémon. It switches its type when it experiences prolonged hunger.
  • Obstagoon (Dark/Normal) – Evolved stage of Galarian Linoone.
  • Drednaw (Water/Rock) – Powerful bite
  • Corviknight (Flying/Steel) – A raven Pokémon that you can use to fly to different locations.
  • Wooloo (Normal) – Full with fluffy fur
  • Gossifleur (Grass) – A flower Pokemon; evolves into Eldegoss.
  • Eldegoss (Grass) – Evolved form of Gossifleur.
  • Yamper (Electric) – A puppy Pokémon. Its inspiration comes from the Welsh Corgi breed.
  • Duraludon (Steel/Dragon) – Alloy Pokémon with the power of grinding boulders with its arms.
  • Alcremie (Fairy) – A cream Pokémon that can blind or distract the enemies.
  • Rolycoly (Rock) – Coal Pokémon that can illuminate areas with its red eyes.
  • Zamazenta (Legendary) – The Pokémon Shield. Exclusive to Pokémon Shield.
  • Zacian (Legendary) – The Pokémon Sword. Exclusive to Pokémon Sword.

Of course, the roaster also includes other familiar Pokémon like Pikachu, Charizard, Lucario, Hippowdon, Pancham and a lot of others from Generation 1 all the way up to Generation 7. It all depends on the trainer to master the strategies to use all the Pokémon and pave your path to victory.

While the upcoming Pokémon game takes place in the Galarian region, there are several regional-exclusive variants of some well-known Pokémon that will have different appearance and typing. For example, the Galarian Zigzagoon and Galarian Linoone.

Additionally, one can trade and gather information about different Pokémon in the Pokémon Bank. One thing for sure; not every single Pokémon since the debut of Pokémon will be available on this installment; at least, not at the launch.

Pokémon Rumors

While there are a number of leaks and rumors surrounding this new installment of Pokémon series (most of them being fake and questionable), here are some of the popular ones that got the attention of most people. Note that these are just rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt.

This new leaked page from Japanese Pokémon magazine CoroCoro showcasing different Pokémon design including a Galar Arbok form that goes along with Weezing.

From this Reddit post, it seems like each of the Legendary Pokémon are based on some regional lore. The new Legendary ones (Zamazenta and Zacian) seem to have been inspired by Spanish lore. It also seems like there’ll be different storylines to explore. There’ll be 2 major storylines (Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield) with several other ones.

Final words

This game tries to refresh the experience with the addition of new features like the Dynamax and Raid Battles. However, it’s also a clever approach not to change too many things to keep the core mechanism intact. Overall, this game is DEFINITELY going to be exciting and refreshing for all Pokémon fans out there.