Pokémon Sword and Shield are So Close, Yet so Far

Gotta catch 'em all

You’re never too old for Pokémon. How do we know this? We’re grown men writing enthusiastically about Pokémon!

In the latest Nintendo Direct, a new generation of Pokémon games was unveiled for the Nintendo Switch named Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

The two new games will allow players to discover Galar, an expansive region that varies from peaceful countryside and contemporary cities to thick forest and snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon who live here work together closely to develop the local industries.

Like the classic games, players can catch wild Pokémon, battle other trainers and visit Gyms on a quest to become Champion. Galar will also introduce an abundance of new Pokémon including the starting three.

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Players can choose to start with Grookey, a grass-type chimp Pokémon, who is said to be mischievous and full of curiosity. Scorbunny is a fire-type rabbit Pokémon who’s always running about. And Sobble is the stealthy water lizard Pokémon, who shoots attacks and hides in water.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are expected to hit Nintendo Switch before the end of 2019. They will probably drop right before the holidays. In the meantime, you can see Ryan Reynolds voice Pikachu in the upcoming live-action movie Detective Pikachu that hits cinemas May 10. It looks surprisingly good.

In other Nintendo news, the 1993 Game Boy game Zelda: Link’s Awakening is being remade for the Switch. It’s also expected in 2019.

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