Jumping for (Nurse) joy — A recap of the 01/09/2020 Pokémon Direct

I’m quite certain most of us can agree that today was a good day to be a Pokémon fan, as today’s Pokémon Direct hit us with three very cool announcements.  The most prominent reveal was that of the Expansion Pass that will add 200+ Pokémon and two areas to your journey through the Galar Region.  Some gamers were a bit aggro about a duo of Pokémon games having paid DLC ($30 or otherwise), but I have confidence the content in said DLC will be worth the dinero.

But Sword & Shield were not the only stars of the show, as the Direct kicked off with the reveal of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, which is a Switch remake of Pokémon Blue & Red Rescue Team.  This remake is due for release on March 6, and there is an eShop demo available now.

The Direct wrapped up with Pokémon Home being announced for a February release.  Home is a hub app that allows for transferring Pokémon from game to game, and that includes importing from Go to Sword & Shield.

We’re not even a full month into 2020, and it’s already looking like it’s gonna be a fantastic year for the mega-popular Pokémon franchise regardless of how controversial Sword & Shield seem to be.  From Switch games to mobile apps, 2020 will no doubt be a fun year to catch ’em all

Review of Pokémon Sword & Shield — Galar Calling

Since its 1996 debut, the international phenomenon in Pokémon has always seemed to cater towards the handheld-gaming crowd.  While there had been plenty of spin-offs and remakes for home consoles ranging from the N64 to the Wii U, having a portable system was a requirement if you wanted a piece of the core Pokémon lineup.  But thanks to the Switch, that prerequisite has been axed.  After three years of development, Pokémon Sword & Shield have arrived as the first main-series Pokémon games for home consoles.  I know these games have been the butt of backlash for several reasons, but it’s a still good duo of games on their own merit.  Let’s whip out our Pokédexes and converse about it.

Jolly ol’ Galar

The eighth generation of this heavily-revered franchise is set in the Galar region, which is based on the United Kingdom.  The plot is mostly the same as previous gens — You receive your starter Pokémon, learn the ropes of being a Trainer, and go on a quest to become the regional Pokémon champion.  Gym Battles are part of your journey again, except the lineup of Gym Leaders you face depends on which of these two versions you decide to play.

With tea or biscuits

Although features like Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves have been tossed and the Pokédex has been trimmed, there are plenty of new things to do in your latest Pokémon adventure.  You can take part in raids similar to those in Pokémon Go, have your Pokémon partake in special tasks, and even spend some time socializing and cooking meals with your Pokémon.  It should also be pointed out that the world now has a dynamic weather system, and the powerful critters can temporarily become larger in appearance thanks to Dynamax and Gigantamax forms.  Lastly, if you have some Pokémon from previous adventures that you’d like to bring along with you for this ride, you’ll be able to transfer them via the upcoming Pokémon Home service.

No Game, No Watch, Just Galar-y

Despite seeming like a very polarizing duo of games in its franchise, Pokémon Sword & Shield do what they can to provide you with more of the great Pokémon fun that’s been had since its late-90’s launch.  The new formula may seem a bit too streamlined to your liking at first; But once your adventure in the Galar region commences, you’ll have nothing to develop gripes about.

Nintendo Removes Tweet Regarding Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield That Revealed The Gym Leaders’ New Titles!

Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account tweeted new information concerning Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield’s gyms and gym leaders. According to their tweet, the gym leaders in the Galar region are called “Gym Masters” and the gyms in these games will be larger than those found in previous mainline Pokemon titles.

Unfortunately, Nintendo removed the tweet minutes after posting it on Twitter. However, IGN.com took a screenshot of the tweet and posted it in their article. We’ve provided the image below for your viewing pleasure.

Screenshot courtesy of IGN.com.

Although we haven’t been introduced to some of the games’ gym masters yet, I’m curious how the format in these stadium-like gyms will differ from the previous Pokemon titles. I think that these ‘gyms’ could work similarly to the coliseums found in spin-off Pokemon titles like Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Coliseum, and Pokemon Battle Revolution.

Essentially, you would face three trainers–each getting tougher as you progress further up that gym’s ladder. Then, you would meet the gym master and duke it out with them to receive their respected-badge. However, I’m just spit-balling here and I could be completely wrong when The Pokemon Company reveals the Galar region’s gym concepts themselves.

Image courtesy of gamerevolution.com.

On the note of utilizing concepts from prior Pokemon titles, IGN.com speculates that the tweet’s possibly hinting at the ‘following you’ Pokemon feature returning in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. This is based on the fact that the Nintendo of America Twitter account tweet said, “you and your new partner Pokemon will have to train hard and find out.”

Furthermore, IGN.com referred to a statement written on “the official Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! page,” that stated, “unlike regular Pokémon, your partner prefers to be out of its Poké Ball, so it will stay with you by hanging on your shoulder or riding on your head.” Based on the information provided in this quote, IGN.com claims that this statement could relate to Nintendo’s tweet, since they refer to your Galar region starter Pokemon choice–Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble–as new partner Pokemon.

However, IGN.com states that the partner Pokemon quote could relate to “any other Pokémon you choose.” Yet, they assume that they could be misinterpreting that specific part of the tweet and that the ‘Pokemon following you’ feature will not be included in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Even if these speculations I and IGN.com made are fictitious, I believe these new Pokemon games will add some new flavor into the Pokemon video-game experience. Furthermore, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on more Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield news when more information is publicly available.

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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.

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.

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.

What do you think about this news? Will you be picking up Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield separately, or are you cashing in to get both? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield news, and everything gaming too.

The Nintendo Switch’s Core Pokemon Game Will Release In 2019!

The Pokemon Company confirmed that the core Pokemon RPG announced during Nintendo’s E3 2017 Spotlight “is in development for the second half of 2019.” This came alongside the announcement for Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee and Pokemon Quest.


The Nintendo Switch Pokemon game was teased by The Pokemon Company president and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, who said that the game may not release for over a year. He also said that series developer, Game Freak, is in charge of the game. No other details were given during or after the conference besides the post on their Twitter account that it’s a “New title coming in 2019.”

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee – which many believed were the “core” RPG Pokemon titles he spoke of–turned out to be different games entirely. But a word of advice–fasten your seat belts because I’m certain more leaks are upon us. Those will likely concern the 2019 Pokemon game title(s). Nevertheless, it’s great to know that hardcore Pokemon fans won’t have to worry about these games stealing what they loved most about the franchise. Patience is key.

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Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee Confirmed For Nintendo Switch! It’ll Be Out On November 16th!

After many rumors, leaks, and speculation from content creators, fans, and writers–the wait is finally over. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee were revealed by The Pokemon Company and Nintendo last night. These Pokemon games are coming to a Nintendo Switch near you on November 16, 2018.

These titles are not “core series” Pokemon games, but they share many features from those games. These are not the games teased from E3 2017 either since that game is scheduled for the second half of 2019.


Pokemon Go and the mainline titles came together to create better-looking version of GameFreak’s 1998 game, Pokemon Yellow. The original 151 featured in Pokemon Go  will be transferable via Bluetooth to these games.

Furthermore, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will feature a new Pokemon that the trailer titled, a “special” Pokemon.

Players can control their characters with one Joy-Con controller. They can also control the characters with the new accessory called: Poke Ball Plus–which launches this year. The new titles will feature a co-op experience for players too.

Pokemon will no longer hide in the grass or ocean anymore. They’ll be in the overworld. Poke Ball Plus will be released on the same day as the games for 4,980 yen in Japan–according to IGN. The prices in other areas will be announced later–maybe at E3.


As for the gameplay, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are revamped versions of Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition. According to IGN-the game will include the original 151 Pokemon and their Alolan forms. They believe we shouldn’t expect their newer evolutions like Umbreon, Blissey, and Rhyperior to appear in the game. Players cannot visit Johto or other regions in the games which is a bummer.

Battles against trainers are similar to the core series titles, but wild Pokemon encounters different–IGN says.

In Pokemon Let’s Go, wild Pokemon roam around you and this replaces the random battle gimmicks from the older games. When you touch these Pokemon, you’ll be taken to a screen similar to Pokemon Go.

This means most of the Pokemon GO mechanics will be implemented into these games. Which may sound bad to some, but not entirely awful.


Pikachu will appear on your shoulder while Eevee sits atop your head. Like any Pokemon game these two cover creatures will be exclusive partners to your preferred version.

IGN claims,

“Masuda said he and his team worked very hard to make these Pokemon as cute and expressive as possible, and are still working on this now. To make them even more adorable, you can dress them up with different outfits.”

Your Pikachu or Eevee won’t evolve, but wild versions will. Don’t forget about those Pokemon boxes–IGN says. You’ll have to carry a box with you this time, but it’s better than going to the Pokemon center to do it, right? Thank you, Bill!


Alongside your partner Pokemon, a loved feature from Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver makes a return in these games. You can have a Pokemon follow you in the game now. You can ride on the backs of large Pokemon like Onix, Charizard, and Lapras too.

“At one point we had people ride on the backs of of smaller Pokemon, and we felt sorry for them,” Masuda said to IGN.

The Poke Ride feature from Pokemon Sun and Moon hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Masuda assured to IGN that HMs will not return in Pokemon Let’s Go. Thinking about it now, if you can ride large Pokemon in the games, than maybe they’ll work as HMs too? It makes a lot of sense.

There will be version-exclusive Pokemon in the games, like the many Pokemon games before it. That’s been a staple in the series since the original Red, Blue, and Green versions. You can battle or trade online or locally, depending on your preference.  Online ranked battles aren’t making the cut this time around. IGN quotes Masuda saying,

“We don’t have any plans to utilize the online service right now.”

There is no information on character customization at this time. Since this is a re-imagined version of Pokemon Yellow it makes a lot of sense since that feature was introduced during Pokemon’s 6th generation.


There’s two-player co-op in these games–a never-before-seen feature for a mainline game. According to IGN,

Once dropped in, the two players can roam the world, catch Pokemon, and battle against NPCs together, all on one shared screen. Even in the middle of a battle, a second player can shake the second controller and drop in to help.

Masuda expanded on how this mechanic works: “The bottom line… is that it really is to make the second player a support role. So the idea is that it’s the first player’s adventure. If you only have one Switch in the house and there are siblings, each sibling can start their own game.”

“This may not be a super great answer, but I don’t want to go into the exact mechanics of what happens if someone joins in mid-way,” Masuda said.

As part of his goal to make Pokemon Let’s Go share some qualities with Go, Masuda wanted to add an option to make it playable with parents, siblings, or friends, and this seemingly easy-to-use drop-in co-op option aims to accomplish that.

It seemed as though the second player shares the first-player’s Pokemon, and when battling, it becomes a two-on-one battle. When catching a Pokemon, the trailer showed that throwing Poke Balls at the same time would provide an extra bonus. For now, this is speculation based on the trailer and Masuda’s comments, and we don’t have specific details quite yet about how this mechanic works.

Once a Pokemon from Go is transferred to Pokemon Let’s Go, it will appear in the Pokemon Go Ranch, where it must be caught again.

Think the Pal Park or Pokemon Transfer Lab feature from prior titles. If a Pokemon is sent to either Switch game, you cannot send it back to Pokemon Go.

IGN continues,

If a lot of Pokemon Go Pokemon are transferred to Pokemon Let’s Go, you will be able to play special mini-games and receive other benefits in both games, but no other details are known for now.

John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, said, “When trainers connect their Go and Switch accounts, the’ll be able to do more than just transfer Pokemon, but we want to save some surprises.

Masuda confirmed that if a Pokemon is Shiny in Pokemon Go, it will still be Shiny in Pokemon Let’s Go.” Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu with special hats will be unable to be transferred to Pokemon Let’s Go, as they’re a mark of a special celebration in Pokemon Go.

Though details were sparse, transferring a Pokemon from Pokemon Go to Let’s Go on the Nintendo Switch will enable you to send gifts to Pokemon Go, and allow you to meet a “special Pokemon” in Pokemon Go that is an “all new Pokemon that hasn’t been seen before.”


Poke Ball Plus will be sold separately from Pokemon Let’s Go for 4980 yen. Regional prices have not been revealed yet. It looks comfortable to hold and includes a wrist strap to boot.

It functions as a Joy-Con per the trailer footage and works similarly to Pokemon Go Plus. It’s used to take any Pokemon from Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee with you on the go. It’s basically an updated version of the Poke Walker accessory from Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

When you carry a Pokemon with you, the device will light up, make noise, and move. IGN claims,

“Masuda also said some other things will happen when carrying Pokemon, but he didn’t want to get into the details. Masuda said his team worked especially hard on making use of the Joy-Con’s six gyro sensors to ensure it felt right when a Pokemon is caught, and this technology was transferred to the Poke Ball Plus. Basically, you should be able to feel the Pokemon rock “realistically” in the Poke Ball Plus when it’s caught.”

That concludes this news piece on Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee for now. Huge thank you to IGN for interviewing Ishihara, Masuda, and others for the information. It’s exciting to finally play a mainline title on an HD system. However, the teased title is just as exciting. Looks like Nintendo will sell a lot of Switches this holiday season.

What do you think about this news? Will you be picking up these titles or are you waiting for the core RPG Pokemon experience in 2019? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more news on Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, and everything gaming too.