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Pokemon has been around for awhile, and many fans have been playing the series for a long time now. Thankfully, seasoned veterans won’t be forced into experiencing the catching tutorial this time around.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield starts off with choosing your starter. After this, you need to talk to your mother who gives you some money and five Poke Balls. Venture out a bit and you’ll then be able to encounter and catch Pokemon.

The next step is meeting rival Hop as well as his brother Leon, the Galar Champion and the person who teaches you how to catch Pokemon. However, if you’ve already caught a Pokemon, Leon will instead comments about how you’ve already captured some before moving on to the next topic of conversation.


With Pokemon Sword/Shield, players can finally explore an open world of sorts through the Wild Area. Just how big is that land? Sizable enough that it’s comparable to Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In a preview today, Metro says that a Pokemon Company representative on hand for its play session estimated was about the size of two regions from Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As previously mentioned, you have full control of the camera, and can encounter a variety of Pokemon – some of which may be of much higher level than where you’re currently at.


Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are introducing the Wild Area. The free-roaming environment lets players explore 3D landscape with complete camera control. You’ll run into many kinds of Pokemon here, some of which could cause a whole lot of trouble.

Much like with Xenoblade, it will now be possible to run into “drastically overleveled” Pokemon, Eurogamer reports. That means you could be early on in the story, only to encounter a creature at level 50. This is the first time Pokemon has really explored such gameplay design.


Thanks to VG247, we have a new look at Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield with 10 minutes of footage. Take a look at the gameplay below.

Pokemon developer Game Freak is celebrating its 30th anniversary today with a new live stream. There should be some talk about Pokemon Sword/Shield, the “Gear Project System” including Little Town Hero, and more.

Game Freak’s stream kicks off at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM in the UK / 4 PM in Europe. You can watch the event as it happens below.


Today’s big Pokemon Sword/Shield news concerned the revealed of five new Gigantamax forms of Pokemon. Pikachu, Charizard, Eevee, Meowth, and Butterfree will all have special forms in the game.

The Pokemon Company has now shared official details, screenshots, and art for all of these Pokemon. Continue on below for the full roundup.

The latest trailer for Pokemon Sword/Shield has just been released. For today’s update, The Pokemon Company is officially unveiling the Gigantamax forms of Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, Butterfree, and Meowth. Watch it below.

System: Switch
Release date: October 16, 2019
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Game Freak

Little Town Hero is the most deceptive game I’ve ever reviewed. On the surface, it doesn’t look all that intimidating – this original RPG from Game Freak features a lighthearted story and cartoonish visuals, even claiming to be built with “the busy gamer in mind.” All that considered, it makes itself out to be a charming little experience. Yet beneath this welcoming veneer lies an extremely strategic combat system whose depth and complexity will likely prove overwhelming for all but the most seasoned roleplaying veterans. It’s vastly rewarding for those willing to dive deep into its dense mechanics, but for anyone looking for the lighter experience that the game makes itself out to be, then they might be let down.

For its Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield cover story, Game Informer visited developer Game Freak in Japan. Watch a video giving a look inside the studio below.


Game Informer’s latest Pokemon Sword/Shield-focused video is with art director James Turner. Below, Turner discusses his journey to Game Freak, designing Pokemon, and more.