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Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield announced for Nintendo Switch

Published: 18:28, 27 February 2019
Picture of the logos for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

Pokemon-centric episode of Nintendo Direct was eventful as GameFreak announced two new games, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, will be joining the Nintendo Switch roster later this year. Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble will be featured.

Pokemon Sword and Shield will apparently both be new mainline game and they will arrive on Nintendo Switch "later this year". Even though no exact date has been given, some realistic expectations would put it in late 2019 with possible gameplay demos at E3 and other expos during the year.

Three starting Pokemon were presented to players in the trailer above - Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble. Grookey is a grass-type Pokemon and it has been described as an endlessly curious and sometimes mischievous creature.

Scorbunny is a fire-type Pokemon described as a highly energetic one that keeps running around while Sobble, the water-type, is a bit of a contrast to both of them as it tends to be timid and hide in water. No evolutions were showcased for any of the Pokemon.

Galar will be the region where these two games will take place. It is apparently an expansive region with diverse environments such as idyllic countryside, modern cities, thick forest and snowy mountains. You can check out the for a brief map that seems to contain all the biomes from Galar. 

Players will set out with the goal to become a champion as they venture to various gyms, capture more Pokemon and evolve them. 

As you may have noticed from the trailer, both Sword and Shield will feature 3D art that is highly reminiscent of that used in Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee! Hopefully, these games will turn out to be a bit more of a success than their 3D ancestors.

GameFreak Picture of the three starting Pokemon from Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield - Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey

Considering the hype surrounding Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, which are Switch exclusives, Nintendo's immediate future looks bright, despite Bowser taking the company help from Reggie Fils-Aime. 


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