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Pokémon Sword & Shield Gigantamax Variants Are Getting Weirder

It’s official. Here are the Gigantamax versions of Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, and Meowth. Gigantamaxing bumps up their battle stats, increases their size and changing their appearance, making them all strange, big, and glowy.

That version of Meowth sure is something! It looks like a nod to the long-cat meme, but glowing and with yellow eyes. But wow, there’s also a giant Pikachu that apparently has enough electricity to charge a power plant, a Charizard with magma hot wings that can’t be safe, and and giant Eevee with a cuddle attack that does not damage but causes pokémon of the other gender to become infatuated with it. That’s cute!

Previously, we saw the Gigantamax forms of Alcremie, Corviknight, and Drednaw. The long form of Meowth is a “early purchase” bonus for Sword and Shield that players can get by using the Get via Internet option in Mystery Gift from November 15 to January 15. So technically it’s limited time only. Get in on the meme or regret it for the rest of your life, I guess.

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It’s The End Of A Generation At This Year’s Pokémon World Championships

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At the 2019 Pokémon World Championships this weekend, trainers can choose any of the existing 807 known Pokémon to fight by their side. This is the last time they’ll be able to do so, at least in the near future.

Earlier today, the Pokémon Company announced that Pokémon Sword and Shield will be the official games used for competitive play during the 2020 season. While that’s not necessarily a surprising move, it does mean that that the scene will be seeing some major competitive shifts moving forward after the 2019 championships in Pokémon Sun and Moon wrap up.

As revealed at E3, Pokémon Sword and Shield will be the first games in the series’ recent history that won’t allow players to pull in Pokémon from previous games via the Pokémon bank. We don’t know which Pokémon will be left behind in this coming generation. Will Celesteela, who helped North American champ Wolfe Glick clinch the finals in June, end up returning? Whoever makes the cut, the field is in for a major culling, and it seems likely that some current competitive favorites could fall victim to that.

While that’s made some fans angry, it also makes this year’s World Championships extra special. It’s the end of a generation—multiple generations, really—and a perfect opportunity to celebrate the series’ competitive legacy on the 3DS. The Swiss round of matches got underway earlier today, and the action continues on Saturday starting at 8:45 a.m. ET to determine who will make the final cut. Then on Sunday, the video game finals are expected to kick off sometime after noon with the Junior Division. The finals are expected to wrap up by 4:00 p.m. ET that day. All of those matches will be streamed on the Pokémon VGC Twitch channel.

The Pokémon World Championships are home to more than just matches in the Moon and Sun games. The event also hosts the championships for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, which will be going on simultaneously and streaming here, as well as a Pokkén Tournament DX event that will be streaming here with the finals starting at 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday. Earlier today, the event even hosted a small Pokémon Go invitational. If you want to check out what competitive Pokémon Go looks like, you can find the VOD available here, which one spectator over on ResetEra called “a beautiful showcase of Pokémon GO’s trademark jank.”

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The Nintendo Switch Lite Is Getting A Lovely Pokémon Sword and Shield Edition

If you’re able to hold off a few weeks on buying the new Nintendo Switch Lite when it releases September 20, you’ll have the chance to get a pretty slick version of Nintendo’s latest Switch: the Pokémon Sword and Shield-themed Zacian and Zamazenta edition.

As you can see, it’s an elegant light gray with cyan and magenta buttons and joysticks, with illustrations of the eponymous Pokémon on the back.

Unfortunately, this is just a cool new color scheme for the Switch—it doesn’t come with Pokémon Sword or Shield bundled or pre-loaded as currently listed. Still, those Zacian and Zamazenta illustrations are pretty sweet.

The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta edition will be available November 8 for $199.99. Take a closer look below.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Producer Says National Dex Will Not Be Expanded, Despite Controversy

After weeks of fan outrage and anger, the producer of Pokemon Sword & Shield, Junichi Masuda, released a statement yesterday addressing the decision to not have all Pokemon move forward into Sword & Shield. The statement is fairly short and the main takeaway is simple: They hear all the anger and disappointment, but they aren’t changing their plans to only have some Pokemon return from previous games.

Earlier this month at E3 2019, during a Nintendo stream, Masuda confirmed the bad news to viewers. Unlike previous games in the franchise, Sword & Shield would only allow some Pokemon to be imported from other generations and regions. This news spread fast across the Pokemon community and many fans were upset over the news. For some players who have been importing their favorite Pokemon for years from game to game, they were fearful this would no longer be possible.

In the statement released yesterday and during that initial announcement, Masuda assured fans that this wasn’t an easy decision to make. Masuda feels that moving forward, this was for the best. Masuda also added that just because a Pokemon doesn’t appear in Sword & Shield, doesn’t mean it won’t appear in a future Pokemon game.

He also ended his short statement with a simple message to fans:

“We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.”

This is something to remember. The people at Gamefreak who are working on this game are spending months and years of their lives developing this new Pokemon adventure. It’s okay to be disappointed or even a bit upset about the National Dex news. But don’t attack, harass or insult the people making this game. That accomplishes nothing and is a shitty way to treat people.

We still don’t know the full list of Pokemon in Sword & Shield and which creatures have made the cut. Until we learn that information, players will have to hope their favorite Pokemon has made it into the upcoming game.

Source: Kotaku.com

We Stared Into Gooigi’s Cold, Murderous Eyes

E3 2019It’s time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We’ve got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Tim Rogers is at E3 checking out all the cool stuff Nintendo has on offer this year. Check out the video above for a look at Pokémon Sword and Shield, the new Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, a celebrity interview with Luigi, and more. Tim also faces down his eerie nemesis Gooigi.

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Pokémon Sword And Shield’s Giant Pokémon Changed Up My Battle Strategy

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E3 2019It’s time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We’ve got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

If you were worried about Pokémon Sword and Shield’s new Dynamaxing mechanic, which makes your Pokémon super big and super powerful for a limited amount of time, being an empty gimmick, you can calm down. I played a 20-minute demo at E3 yesterday, and it actually adds to the game’s complexity.

Being an adult fan of the Pokémon franchise is hard. Though the games have remained fun through the franchise’s 20-year run, you’re often confronted by the fact that you, as an adult, are not their primary audience. In more recent games, there have been flashy gimmicks and new powers that may be impressive to children but noticeably throw off the balance of the game if you’ve grown up. Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves look cool—I especially love the Mega Evolved designs for Pokémon like Charizard or Mewtwo—but in practice, I’ve found that they either lack in practical applications or are overpowered to the degree that they can make some battles really boring.

Dynamaxing is different. Unlike Mega Evolutions, any Pokémon can be Dynamaxed, and unlike Z Moves, they can only be used in very specific contexts. You can only turn your Pokémon into a huge, super powerful version of themselves during gym battles or during the new Max Raid Battles. While playing, I had a battle against the gym leader Nessa, who is also my wife.

I found that choosing when to Dynamax lends the game an additional wrinkle that makes you have to think about strategy in a new way. You can only Dynamax a Pokémon once during a battle, and it only lasts for three turns. In gym battles, your opposing gym leader can also Dynamax their Pokémon, so choosing when to use it depends on what you’re willing to risk. Is it better to Dynamax straight away, so you can power through early portions of a gym battle, or should you wait so that your Dynamaxed Pokémon can match up against your opponents’?

“We’re very cognizant of not betraying the expectations of long term fans,” Shigeru Ohmori, the director of Pokémon Sword and Shield, told Kotaku. “We view it as a way to get every Pokémon to shine in battle. Even if they weren’t as viable in the past, this is their time to shine, and we’re balancing the battle system around that.”

In my battle with Nessa, she Dynamaxed her water type Dreadnaw just before I Dynamaxed my Yamper, a newly announced Pokémon for Sword and Shield that’s an electric-type corgi. In that battle, Yamper had a type advantage, so I was sure that it would just destroy the Dreadnaw. I even set the stage by using a move that changed the weather of the stadium we were battling in, making it wet so that Yamper’s electric-type moves would deal more damage.

Alas, it was not to be. If Dreadnaw hadn’t also been Dynamaxed, I’m sure my strategy would have worked. But because Dynamaxing also makes all your moves more powerful, the Dreadnaw’s attacks knocked out my Yamper in two turns.

I’ve been replaying that battle in my head, trying to think about how I could take better advantage of a Dynamaxed Pokémon. It’s been a while since I’ve had to think so much about Pokémon strategy—in most battles, a higher level and a type advantage are enough to power through. I’m glad that Ohmori considered the needs of older players in this game. And for the kids, well, Dynamaxing makes your Pokémon really big, and they look really cool.

Source: Kotaku.com

Not All Pokémon Can Be Imported Into Sword and Shield

E3 2019It’s time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We’ve got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Pokémon fans eager to see the previous seven generations of pocket monsters popping up in Pokémon Sword and Shield received disappointing news yesterday when producer Junichi Masuda announced that only Pokémon present in the new Galar region Pokédex can be imported into the upcoming Switch games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield kicked off yesterday’s Nintendo Treehouse Live presentation at E3, with producer Junichi Masuda and game director Shigeru Ohmori exploring the game’s vast explorable overland and its array of free range Pokémon battles. The presentation ended with a breathtaking four-player battle against a gargantuan Steelix.

After the battle ended, Masuda delivered the bad news. While the recently-announced Pokémon Bank replacement, Pokémon Home, was built to be a service that collects all of players’ pocket monsters in one place, not every pocket monster players store in Pokémon Home will be able to be transferred into Pokémon Sword and Shield. Unlike previous entries in the long-running monster RPG series, which allowed Pokémon from multiple generations to be traded and imported, Pokémon Sword and Shield draws the line at Pokémon appearing in the Galar region Pokédex.

“In previous games that worked with the Pokémon Bank service, you were able to, for example in Sun and Moon, bring over any Pokémon even if they weren’t in the Alola Pokédex,” Masuda said via a translator during the presentation. “With the transition to the Nintendo Switch hardware, with it being much more powerful and allowing us to be much more expressive with each of the individual Pokémon, and now we’re well over 800 Pokémon species in the games.”

According to Masuda, developer Game Freak spent a lot of time thinking about the best way to move forward, taking into account battle balance and development time, and came up with a new direction—limiting Pokémon imports to those in Sword and Shield’s specific Pokédex.

It bears mentioning that we have no idea about the size of the Galar region Pokédex is at this point, or how inclusive it is. We’ve seen a handful of new Pokémon and a smattering of old favorites so far, but not enough to give any sense of scale. Game director Shigeru Ohmori followed up Masuda’s comments with assurances that completing the Galar region Pokédex will be no small feat.

“In the Galar region you’re going to find a lot of Pokémon, including a bunch of Pokémon that no one has discovered yet, so the games are definitely chock full of content,” Ohmori said via translator. You can watch the entire exchange in the video below (starting at 1:40:08).

Basically what Masuda is saying is that rather than update every single one of the more than 800 existing Pokémon with new expressions and animations to fit in the new games, Game Freak decided to limit the scope in order to reduce development time.

It makes a certain amount of sense, but that doesn’t mean fans have to be happy about it. They are not. The Pokémon Reddit is filled with threads and comments from upset players. Some are calling for the games to be delayed until all of the pocket monsters can be added. Others suspect the limited scope is due to greed, and the Pokemon available to transfer could increase through downloadable content or in later iterations of the game. My favorite Reddit thread so far is one by Redditor Saltypuddingmountain titled “Gotta Catch a limited variety for the purpose of a very sudden focus on game balance.” Exquisite.

While I will be perfectly happy with Scorbunny and friends, I understand why the prospect of leaving behind digital pocket monster friends that have been by players’ sides for decades can be upsetting. We’ve reached out to The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for comment on this new direction and will update the post should either reply.

Source: Kotaku.com

Everything Nintendo Announced At E3 2019

Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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E3 2019It’s time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We’ve got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

As is tradition, Nintendo finished out the four-day marathon of E3 livestreams with its Direct presentation Tuesday morning. The big news? A full sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We also got updates on Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and a bunch of smaller announcements, plus two exciting new Smash characters.

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The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development.

We didn’t get more than a teaser trailer, but it showed Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon together, so let your mind wander as far as what that might mean.

Banjo-Kazooie and Dragon Quest’s Hero are the next two Smash Ultimate DLC fighters.

While the bear and bird, formerly a Nintendo property but now Microsoft’s, might have seemed like a pipe dream, Nintendo’s big reveal at the end of its show was that Banjo and Kazooie are indeed coming to Smash this fall. Before that, this summer, will be The Hero, a single character that can represent the heroes from several different Dragon Quest games.

Animal Crossing: New Horizon for Switch has been delayed to March 20, 2020.

That’s a lot of twenties. And a bit more waiting than we first thought we’d have to do for Animal Crossing on Switch, which was initially promised for 2019. “Early 2020” was already jam-packed and now it’s jammer-packed. Nintendo said it would reveal more information about Animal Crossing on its Treehouse Live livestreams, which run today through Thursday.

The Switch remake of Link’s Awakening will have a sort of custom-dungeon mode, and drops on September 20.

A new feature for this remake of the classic Game Boy game: You’ll earn different “chambers” throughout the game and you can then place them to create a sort-of customized dungeon. Beat your creation and you’ll win rewards. It’s all hosted by Dampe the gravedigger.

Cadence of Hyrule will be available this week.

The crossover of Crypt of the NecroDancer and Legend of Zelda, in which you fight through Hyrule to the beat of guitar-shreddin’ Zelda soundtrack remixes, will be out on June 13.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 has couch co-op and an online mode.

A second player will be able to join in the fun when Luigi’s Mansion hits Switch in 2019. They can play as “Gooigi,” which the Oxford dictionary defines as “a Luigi made of goo.” Gooigi can walk on spikes and through obstacles, but will melt in water. You’ll also play as both Luigi and Gooigi in single-player, swapping between them to solve puzzles. The “ScareScraper” online coop mode lets you seek out Toads and take out ghosts with 8 players.

Daemon X Machina will be available on September 13, 2019.

What do you get when you cross a daemon and a machina? We’ll find out!

No More Heroes 3 is in development, and will arrive in 2020.

As teased at the end of Travis Strikes Again.

The Pokéball Plus controller can be used with Pokémon Sword And Shield.

It can’t be used as a controller in the game, but it will let you take your Pokémon out into the world. “If you spend some quality time with a favorite Pokémon of yours, then something good might happen,” said Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi.

Third-Party Games

A previously untranslated Mana game is coming to Switch—twice.

1995’s Seiken Densetsu 3, the followup to the legendary action RPG Secret of Mana, has never left Japan until now. Today, it’s finally going to be available in America as part of Collection of Mana, a Switch retro collection that includes the first three games in the Mana series: Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy, Secret of Mana for the SNES, and the third game, now titled Trials of Mana for its English-language debut.

But wait! Don’t want to play the game in its original beautiful pixel-art 2D form? Weird, but ok: A 3D remake of Trials of Mana, in the vein of last year’s Secret of Mana remake, is heading to Switch in “early 2020.”

Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition will hit Switch on September 27.

It’s been “fall” for a while now, but now we have a date.

Witcher 3 is coming to Switch.

It’s called the “Complete Edition” and will arrive this year.

Resident Evils 5 and 6 are coming to Switch.

Switch draws ever closer to housing the complete Resident Evil collection. They’ll both be out this fall.

Contra: Rogue Corps is coming to Switch on September 24.

Whoa, a new Contra! It’ll have local and online multiplayer for four players. Also, the Contra anniversary collection is available today.

Panzer Dragoon for Switch.
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The remake of Panzer Dragoon is coming to Switch this winter.

If you don’t know what that is, I have a feature you can read.

The Netflix Dark Crystal series is getting a tie-in tactics RPG.

Called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, it’s got Claymation-style graphics. Coming this year.

Empire Of Sin is a new game from Romero Games.

Looks like a sort of film noir 1930s zoot-suit crime drama sorta thing. “Speakeasies” and “dames” and such. In development from Romero Games, the studio founded by John Romero (Doom) and Brenda Romero (Wizardry 8, Jagged Alliance 2), and Paradox Interactive, it’ll be out Spring 2020.

More Games!

A sizzle reel showed off even more games getting ported to Switch: The Spyro the Dragon trilogy (September 3), Ni no Kuni (September 20), Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020), The Sinking City (fall 2019), Alien: Isolation (2019), New Super Lucky’s Tale (Fall 2019).

Other games that had already been announced but that had release date updates during the Direct: Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics (November 2019), Dead By Daylight (September 24), Dauntless (late 2019).

Source: Kotaku.com

The Internet Reacts To Today’s Pokémon Sword And Shield News

This morning we all learned more about Pokémon Sword and Shield, and also met my new child, Wooloo. The internet is as excited for new Pokémon as I am.

After today’s Nintendo Direct, I learned that it was possible to feel even more excited for a new Pokémon game than I had already felt before the direct. It doesn’t hurt at all that the new Pokémon showed off during this direct were adorable.

As soon as the announcement ended, the jokes started flowing. Take it away, internet.

Source: Kotaku.com

Pokémon Sword And Shield Will Have Co-Op Raids (And Everything Else We Learned Today)

Pokémon Sword and Shield, the long awaited new entry in the Pokémon franchise for Nintendo Switch, is coming out November 15th. Now we finally know more about the region of Galor, the Pokémon adventure that awaits you there, and the pocket monsters that live there.

Play With Your Friends

Pokémon battles haven’t changed too much since the beginning of the franchise, and Pokémon Sword and Shield come with co-op, which isn’t new for the franchise. Raids, which Sword and Shield will also have, are new.

During Max Raid Battles, you and your friends will fight against powerful Pokémon for a chance to catch rare Pokémon. You’ll be able to play with four friends in person, or online. These Pokemon will also be super big and super powerful, which is a new mechanic called Dynamaxing.

You’ll be able to Dynamax your own Pokémon too, which makes them huge and turns all their moves into powerful Z-moves for three turns. Gym leaders seem to be all about Dynamaxing, as gyms are built so that gym leaders and trainers can Dynamax—and if you hated the Trials from Sun and Moon, don’t worry, Sword and Shield has brought back more traditional gym leaders.

New Region, New Pokemon

As with every new Pokémon game, there comes an onslaught of new Pokémon. Galar is a a region based on the United Kingdom, so the new Pokémon from that region have a bit of an British flair.

Wooloo, a normal type, Gossifleur, a grass type, Drednaw, water/rock type,and Corviknight, a flying/steel type, all definitely feel a bit British to me, especially Wooloo, a big fluffy sheep, if the sheep dotting the Welsh countryside I saw during a road trip is anything to go by. Corviknight is well, a giant flying bird knight—the connection to British culture was pretty clear there.

Of all these new Pokemon, the only one with an evolved form that we saw was Gossifleur, who evolved into Eldegoss. It’s very cute and I want to hold it, even if it will give me hayfever.

Pokémon Sword and Shield introduces two new legendary Pokemon as well: Zacian and Zamazenta. Zacian carries a sword in its mouth, and Zamazenta wears a shield. Both look like good dogs.

The game comes out November 15th, and I can’t wait. If you’re hella psyched, you can pre-order a double pack of both games starting now. Maybe gift one to a friend, so you can go on Max Raid Battles together.

Source: Kotaku.com