Wow, two major updates on Sword and Shield in one month? Nintendo just keeps stoking the hype fire for SS!. Earlier this month, Nintendo gave us an update on new battle mechanics for the Eighth Generation, including Galarian Wheezing’s new ability, Neutralizing Gas, which negates the effects of all abilities for all Pokemon on the battlefield. With GamesCon 2019 upon us, the Pokemon Company announced they would be making several smaller updates throughout the week.
In a short, two minute video, a singular, unnamed early game town was revealed. During the tour, the new design for the Pokemon Center was shown off, the design for the outside of the Pokemon Research Lab was shown, as was a new concept of the Rail System. It was explained that, in addition to the previously revealed Corvinight Taxi, players could also use the region’s train system to move from town to town. We were not told if there was any advantage to this over the Corvinight Taxi. The video talked more about how, in Galar, Pokemon and humans have worked together to industrialize the region, but, once more, little info was given on this idea.
Additionally, Nintendo announced they would be cutting off support for Pokemon Global Link next year. SS will be making use of the Nintendo Switch Online services for online connectivity. The Global link has been in use, in various forms, since Generation IV released in 2007. With SS opting to use NSO, this will be the first time a main Pokemon game has required a paid subscription to make use of online services.
Ever since the reveal in February, Nintendo has done everything in their power to market the next generation of Pokemon as the future of the series. During E3, Game Freak proclaimed, after dropping the National Dex in the last generation, that it would never bring it back. This has since prompted the #BringBackNationaDex campaign by the more toxic parts of the community. Additionally, last week at the Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C., the Pokemon Company announced that Sword and Shield would be the official format for the 2020 season of VGC, after January 4th.
Sword and Shield just keeps looking better and better, and we here at Mammoth can’t wait to get lost in these games! What are you most excited about in the Galar Region? Tell us in the comments and stay tuned for more GamesCon reveals and updates!