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Recapping The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Direct

Recapping The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Direct

Pokémon Day is finally upon us and Nintendo and The Pokémon Company gave us our first look at the next generation of Pokémon games heading to Nintendo Switch later this year. The two versions you’ll be choosing from (let’s be honest, you’re getting both) are Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Set in the all-new Galar region, your adventure will take you across a variety of different terrains. In the trailer, we got a glimpse of sprawling countrysides, foggy forests, and snow-filled environments. This definitely seems like it is going to be the most unique region we’ve visited in the franchise thus far, albeit with fixed camera angles still (come on, Game Freak. It’s 2019. Let us control that camera already).

The sprawling Galar region.

Graphically, the game seems to be a departure from the Pokémon Let’s Go games, adopting more of a cel-shaded anime look, similar to how the previous 3DS games were, although much more vibrant and detailed. The Pokémon themselves are rich in detail, and look like they were plucked straight out of the cartoons.

This game seems to be a departure from the Pokémon Let’s Go games from last year, and more of a return to form for the Pokémon series. One feature that fans were hoping would carry over from the Let’s Go games, however, was the ability to see wild Pokémon wandering around in the overworld. During the trailer, it seems all but confirmed that we will be returning to random battle encounters. There was also a notable lack of partner Pokémon following behind the trainer, which is a bit of a disappointment.

At the end of the trailer we got our first look at the next generation of starter Pokémon. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield your choice of starter will be between Grookey, the mischievous Grass-type chimp, Scorbunny, the energetic Fire-type bunny, and Sobble, the timid Water-type lizard Pokémon. As always, the starters are extremely cute which makes for a difficult decision.

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Which starter Pokémon will you be choosing when Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launch later this year? Let us know in the comments below, and for all your Pokémon news, stick to Mammoth Gamers.

Matthew Adler

Matthew is a Freelance Gaming Journalist and also the Host and Creator of In Your Element--A Gaming Podcast.