Pokemon Sword and Shield Add Autosaving

Gameinformer reported yesterday that the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield games will feature autosaving.

It will be the first time in the franchise’s 20-plus year history players don’t have to pause the game to save. During an interview with game director Shigeru Ohmori, it was only mentioned for the open-world Wild Area, but later clarified it can be used throughout the entire game

But for anyone who feels like that takes away from the Pokemon experience, it’s optional. You can decide for yourself which you’ll want to go with when the game releases next month on November 15.

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Nintendo Direct Recap

Today’s Nintendo Direct was chock full of announcements and new details about many upcoming games and had a few surprises as well.

The switch version of Overwatch that’s been rumored for a few days was the first thing Nintendo showed and is releasing on October 15. The trailer also showed of motion controls for some of the heroes as well.

Nintendo then jumped straight into Luigi’s Mansion 3 details showing off some new levels of the haunted hotel and a new multiplayer mode which pits a team of Luigi’s and Gooigi’s against each other.

The first surprise release was a free-to-play Kirby game called Super Kirby Clash which will be available today. Also releasing today is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s third fighter Banjo Kazooie which was detailed in a separate video after the Direct.

The fourth DLC character was announced during the Direct though. He is Terry Bogard from the series Fatal Fury and will release in November. Along with the Terry announcement Nintendo revealed there will be more paid DLC characters coming to Ultimate after the fighter pass finishes.

Pokemon developer Game Freak also has a new game coming to Switch called Little Town Hero which is coming out October 16. It’s available for pre-purchase today and seems to be a turn based fighting game that draws inspiration from Pokemon.

Speaking of Pokemon, the stream went over 4 new details for Sword and Shield. Character customization returns but now will have more depth and options allowing you to accessorize and even choose makeup. You can also set up a Pokemon camp in the wild and play with your Pokemon, experiment with curry recipes and visit other trainers’ camps. Two new Pokemon were detailed; Polteageist is a teapot shaped ghost type and Cramorant is a duck-looking water-flying type.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Nintendo announced a few new IP’s, revealed new remakes, detailed already announced ones, and introduced new SNES games coming to the online subscription. They also announced a smorgasbord of new ports including a classic Star Wars game, Doom 64 and an Assassin’s Creed collection including Rogue and Black Flag.

The final announcement was Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, a remake of the Wii title coming in 2020. For more details on that as well as things like a Tetris 99 update, The Witcher 3 port, and Animal Crossing New Horizons, check out the video below.

Review of Pokémon Snap — For those with the benefit of Pokémon photography

For those of you who don’t know me very well, something I really wanted when I was a child was my very own camera.  Not because I was jealous of those in my family who owned one, but because I developed a fascination with walking around and taking pictures of the beautiful pieces of nature that surrounded my home.  I know it sounds like I watched too much Discovery Kids when I was a lot younger, but this wish of mine was actually influenced by a very interesting spin-off in the heavily-revered Pokémon franchise.  Replace the turn-based strategy with on-rails photography, and you get Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo 64.

Gotta photograph ’em all

Released in the summer of 1999, Pokémon Snap tasks you with taking pictures of 63 Pokémon in their natural habitats.  You and your trusty ZERO-ONE vehicle travel through seven courses that make up Pokémon Island, and you must use your photography prowess and a handful of gadgets to make sure your pictures look as nice as possible.  Every time you complete a trip, you must choose which of your shots will be shown to Professor Oak, who gives your pictures ratings based on size, pose, and technique.  Even though the amount of courses seems small, the goals of timing your shots correctly and searching for all the included Pokémon will have you hooked.

This was the first game to have 3D Pokémon character models, and the team at HAL Laboratory did a fantastic job designing both those and the courses’ graphics.  There can be a little slowdown when things like smoke and fire cover a big portion of the screen, but it’s only temporary.  In terms of sound, the voice-acting for each character (Both human and Pokémon) is above average, and each course comes with very appropriate music.

Snap, crackle, Pika

This Pokémon game doesn’t have nearly as much replay value as the main series we know and love, but it’s a unique game within its franchise.  If for some reason you enjoy photography simulators, or if you simply enjoy on-rails games of any kind, Pokémon Snap will no doubt be a very charming addition to your N64 library.  It could definitely use a sequel on the Nintendo Switch, especially if it’d allow you to share your in-game photos directly to Facebook and Twitter.  If we can’t bring our cartridges to Blockbuster anymore to print out our photos, we may as well go the social media route.

Catch ‘Em with Giant Pokeballs- Pokemon Direct June 2019

It’s that time again- new Pokemon Direct, new information about Pokemon Sword and Shield! There are some big things coming, come find out! You can watch the full Direct here.

Galar Region

I’ll probably get lost in this region

The Galar Region is where the games take place. It is a vast region filled with wild areas for you to explore in-between cities. Professor Magnolia will be your guide through the region, and her research is in the Dynamax phenomenon, but more on that in a minute. Leon is the current champion of the region, and he earned his reputation as the best battler. His younger brother, Hop, is your rival because (surprise) you both start your journeys on the same day.

Leon is one fly guy, and a tough opponent

The region looks beautiful in the wild areas, and the cities are also nothing to shake a stick at. The gyms are built like sporting arenas. The battles are coliseum style, and broadcasted throughout the region as they are the most popular form of entertainment.

Wild Areas

These wild areas are where you will find most of the new Pokemon you will encounter and capture. Corviknight, a flying Pokemon who acts as a taxi service between cities (and to me looks like a stealth fighter, which is pretty cool), is one that you will encounter outside of the wild areas, along with others working alongside humans in cities. Third person camera is enabled while you’re in these areas, which allows you to look around and scout out for the Pokemon you really want.

Dynamax

Now for the Dynamax phenomenon- the new mechanic for these games. Dynamax allows your Pokemon to grow gigantic, and increases the power of their moves, but only once per battle for 3 turns. The gyms are specially designed to handle these kinds of Pokemon, and the crowd loves it when they battle.

Intensity Intensifies

In the wild areas, you can encounter Dynamax Pokemon and battle them with other players in raid-style battles called Max Raids. These Pokemon have special moves that make them formidable opponents while Dynamaxed. In addition, only one member of the battle team can Dynamax their own Pokemon, so make sure you collaborate to get the best outcome. Once they’re weak enough, you can capture them using giant Pokeballs that you have to throw with both hands. Some Pokemon can only be caught in the wild after being caught in these Raid battles, so keep your eyes open.

New Legendaries

The legendary Pokemon were revealed at the very end of the Direct. Sword’s legendary is a wolf who holds a sword in its mouth called Zasian. Shield’s is a lion that has a shield for its mane called Zamasenta. They both look pretty cool to me, but I’m partial to the wolf.

Which one do you like?

Pokemon Sword and Shield release worldwide on November 15, 2019. There is a special double pack that includes both games available today for pre-order.

The Pokémon Company reveals new apps, services, and devices!

Dreaming of becoming a Pokémon master? This is your time!

The Pokémon company revealed a new mobile game, Pokémon Masters. The game will bring back favorite Pokémon trainers we have battled in the past and lets players battle them on mobile.

The gameplay trailer shows a 3v3 battle between enemy trainers and the player teaming up with Misty and Brock. Looking at the player characters Pikachu seems fairly similar to the original Pokémon games, having two current moves and two more empty ones to learn in the future. Also, in-between matches players can interact with some of their favorite characters.

What if you could continue training your Pokémon even in your sleep?

Pokémon Sleep will use the new device also announced called the Pokémon Go Plus Plus. This unusual new project hopes to turn sleep into entertainment. Coming sometime in 2020, Pokémon sleep will watch users’ sleep patterns and reward them for time spent sleeping, wanting players to look forward to waking up in the morning. Connecting to mobile devices via Bluetooth, Pokémon Go Plus Plus sends information about how long you sleep to the Pokémon Sleep app.

Welcome home, Trainers.

Pokémon Home is a cloud service that will work with Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, allowing you to bring over the Pokémon that you’ve shared adventures with throughout your journey. While the Nintendo 3DS version, Pokémon Bank, lets players store Pokémon on 3DS, Pokémon Home will let players transfer Pokémon from other devices as well. The app will be usable through mobile devices and allows trainers to trade with each other locally and globally. Pokémon will be transferable from Pokémon GoPokémon BankLet’s Go, Pikachu!Let’s Go, Eevee!, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. Coming in early 2020!

Review of Pokémon Channel — Lights, camera, Thunderbolt

There’s always the chance that videogame IP’s can be great at one genre but stumble in another, and few franchises are as aware of that as Pokémon is. The globally-popular masterpiece has always been adept at the combination of turn-based strategy and role-playing, but the life-sim game Hey You, Pikachu left a bad taste in Nintendo 64 owners’ mouths. Three years later, the team at Ambrella busted out their Potions and designed a spiritual successor on the GameCube. Watching a variety of in-game TV shows with a wild Pikachu is the name of the game in Pokémon Channel.

No stadiums, no colosseums, but lots of television

The game places you in the first-person perspective of an unnamed child in Mintale Town. After a trio of Magnemite delivers a new TV into your bedroom, Prof. Oak appears on the screen that he is launching a network known as Pokémon Channel. Lucky for you, the professor has chosen you to test out the programs that a variety of Pokémon are producing. But just when you think you’re doing all this testing solo, this new television you’ve received somehow attracts a wild Pikachu. In contrast to its normally-shy personality, this Pikachu wants to help out with all the binge-watching and also explore Mintale Town with you.

With the previous paragraph in mind, it already seems like Pokémon Channel is just an updated version of Hey You, Pikachu, but it does bring some new moves that may remind you of The Sims, Harvest Moon, or Nintendo’s own Animal Crossing. When sitting in front of the tube, you have a wide variety of programs to test out, but most of them must be unlocked by waiting for the next day. It should be noted that the in-game clocks copies that of the GameCube’s clock, so when Prof. Oak says that new programs will launch tomorrow at 5:00 AM, he means it. To pass the time, you and Pikachu can buy new stuff for your bedroom, play a Pokémon Mini emulator, and venture around both your house and the entire town of Mintale. During your travels, you will not only have a laundry list of activities to do, but you and the electric mouse get to converse with other Pokémon. It’ll take at least five days (That includes waiting for each new show to launch) to 100% complete this game, but I’d say it’s worth the effort if you’re an open-minded Pokémon fan.

Since you and Pikachu have your work cut out for you, Pokémon Channel makes up for that by treating you with a well-designed graphics engine. The 3D models of each Pokémon look very crisp, as do every part of the environments from the ocean to the snowflakes. Every song on the soundtrack fits perfectly for each place you go and every show you tune in to.

Gotta binge-watch ‘em all

Despite the rough-around-the-edges performance of Hey You, Pikachu, Nintendo and Ambrella crafted an enthralling spiritual sequel in Pokémon Channel. As long as you can accept the absence of the turn-based combat that is the norm for the franchise, there’s a chance you’ll appreciate the direction it takes. But just for the record, I do not recommend gathering a bunch of magnets in an attempt to carry your television like Magnemite. Safety first!

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Were Announced During Today’s Pokemon Direct!

Today, the Nintendo of America YouTube channel aired a Pokemon Direct that revealed the long-awaited 2019 Core RPG Pokemon title for Nintendo Switch. Unsurprisingly, there were two Core RPG Pokemon titles developed for the system which are being called, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

These games represent the 8th Pokemon generation and both will release later this year. The Official Pokemon YouTube channel also uploaded the trailer for the titles for those who only wanted to see them in action. To watch the trailer, click here.

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Image courtesy of the Nintendo of America Twitter account.

The game’s region is called Galar whose appearance resembles that of Britain. Not only did we get to see the game’s region and playable protagonists’ appearance, but The Pokemon Company also revealed this region’s starters. According to the trailer, we have a new fire type rabbit Pokemon called Scorbunny, a timid water lizard Pokemon called Sobble, and grass chimp Pokemon named Grookey.

As for Pokemon Sword’s and Pokemon Shield’s game-play, it appears we won’t be seeing Pokemon frolic along the over-world like in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. Instead, it seems GameFreak wishes to go back to the random encounter formula as the trailer shows the female trainer walking in the ‘tall grass’–leading into a battle with a wild Pikachu.

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Image courtesy of The Official Pokemon YouTube channel.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield’s director is Shigeru Ohmori. He’s known for working on the previous generation titles like Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon and Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire–according to Gamespot.com. Outside of this game’s reveal, The Pokemon Company teased in the direct that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield aren’t only titles they have planned to release this year.

Whether those projects are more mobile games or spin-off titles like PokePark, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, or Pokemon Rumble–is up for speculation. No details other than a teaser statement from Pokemon CEO and president, Tsunekazu Ishihara, were given.

Based on a plethora of fan feedback from the games’ trailer, it seems to lean heavily on the positive spectrum. The games’ look terrific and I hope The Pokemon Company makes sure to keep the Galar Region’s lore behind closed doors. As always, be sure to keep up to date with all our content, as we will cover news about these titles when new information’s released.

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