Happy Pokémon Day, Trainers! February 27th commemorates the launch of the first Pokémon video games, Red and Green, back in 1996. Nintendo never usually disappoints, always having some type of news or release to excite fans of all ages.
After the successful release of Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee back in November, Nintendo followed up with their promise for new Pokémon news in 2019: the announcement of the next generation in the main story.
Welcome to Generation 8
Earlier this year, Forbes released an interview with Tsunekazu Ishihara (president of The Pokémon Company). In that interview, he explained that making a Pokémon game for the Switch was so much more difficult due to the fact that they had always been making games for handheld devices. This updated information tagged along with the promise Nintendo made back in E3 2017: “GameFreak has begun developing a core RPG Pokémon title on Nintendo Switch. It may not release for more than a year, but we hope you look forward to it all the same.”
2018’s release of Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee appeased fans’ appetites for a new game. Let’s Go was an updated journey back to the original Kanto region with the original 151 Pokémon. It provided gamers with a taste of what the Switch could bring to this beloved franchise.
This morning, Nintendo released their highly expected Nintendo Direct introducing that promised core RPG title: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These games will be for the Nintendo Switch, the first core games of the franchise to not be on a handheld device.
New Location: The Galar Region
Sword and Shield take place in the Galar region. This region is filled with gorgeous countrysides, rolling hills, vast forests, and much more. There seems to be a little bit of everything, but definitely appears to lean more toward a colder region than Sun and Moon’s Alola region.
The Sword and Shield website describes Galar as “an expansive region with many environments—idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains.”
The new trainers are even suited up in (somewhat) warmer clothes.
Of course, with every new generation come new starters. There’s always a fire type, water type, and grass type to choose from. In today’s Direct, we are introduced to the grass type Grookey, the fire type Scorbunny, and the water type Sobble.
Grookey is a chimp Pokémon described as a “mischievous Pokémon is full of boundless curiosity.”
Scorbunny is a rabbit Pokémon described as “always running about, bursting with energy.”
Finally, Sobble is a water lizard Pokémon described as “a bit timid, shooting out attacks as it hides itself in the water.”
In the brief introduction given to us in the Nintendo Direct, all three seem to balance each other very well — from Scorbunny setting the grass on fire, to Sobble setting the fire out, and Grookey helping the grass to grow back.
No further information has been revealed. However, if Nintendo follows along with their usual marketing, we should see their 2nd and 3rd stage evolutions prior to Sword and Shield’s release later this year. And, we should also get glimpses of the many new additions to the ever-growing list of pocket monsters. From their Twitter, “Along the way, there will be many more never-before-seen Pokémon waiting to be discovered!”
Pokémon Sword & Shield
No further information is available just yet. Nintendo always begins to share more information on Pokémon games as the summer arrives leading up to the games’ release later in the year. Already, social media is ablaze with thoughts, opinions, and speculations. The Sword & Shield website is already up with what details have been made public, and one can expect more details to be added as the weeks go by.
What starter are you most excited to use? How do you feel about the Galar region so far? What are your hopes for Sword and Shield? Check out the trailer below and let us know how you feel about the 8th generation of Pokémon!
Unsheathe your sword and take up your shield!