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The 2020 International Challenge Online Competition is the fourth online competition for Pokémon Sword & Shield. This tournament runs standard VGC ruleset and servers as a way of earning up to 50 Championship Points towards your Pokémon World Championships 2020 invite. All entrants get a Casual Tee (Great Ball Guy.) The format for this competition will be Double Battle, so plan your team accordingly. Check out entry info here:

Registration Date: March 26th 2020 05:00 UTC – April 9th 2020 23:59 UTC

Battle Date: April 10th 2020 00:00 UTC – April 13th 23:59 UTC


The Pokemon Company Japan has just published a gameplay preview for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

While the video is exclusively in Japanese, the over five minutes of footage shows different Pokemon NPC’s you can interact with in the central town hub, such as Genghis Khan, Wigglytuff, and Makuhita. Additionally, a few beginning story sections are shown, but again they are in Japanese only.

You can check out the full video below. 

Tying in with Pokemon Day, a brand new Mythical Pokemon has been revealed for Pokemon Sword/Shield. The Dark/Grass-type monster is known as Zarude.

Here’s the first official information on Zarude:

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are celebrating Pokemon Day with a special event. Starting today, Mewtwo will be appearing in Max Raid Battles in addition to starters from Kanto. Gigantamax Grimmsnarl, Kingler, Hatterene, Orbeetle, and Toxtricity may show up as well.

Keep in mind that you can’t actually catch Mewtwo. However, by taking it down, you’ll earn high-quality rewards.

The event with Mewtwo and Kanto starters runs until March 2nd. We have a trailer for it below.

Little Town Hero may have come out on Switch already, but the game’s isn’t done entirely. We know that NIS America will be releasing a special physical edition in a few months and there are also plans for an extra feature.

According to NIS America, an Easy Mode is on the way. This will decrease the attack and defense of enemy Dazzits in addition to less frequent Special Effects from enemies.

We’ll likely be seeing Easy Mode when the physical Little Town Hero: Big Idea Edition drops in June.


Pokemon Sword/Shield is gearing up for its February International Challenge. Even if you’re not a fan of competitions, it might be worth registering as those who complete at least one battle can earn a Ball Guy t-shirt. We have a look at the design above.

Registration is already open, and closes on February 27. More details can be found below.

NIS America has dated the special retail version of Little Town Hero, known as the Big Idea Edition. It will launch on June 2 in North America, June 5 in Europe, and June 12 in Oceania.

Tying in with today’s announcement, NIS America has kicked off a new content in which fans can vote on the reversible cover. You can vote on your favorite design here.

Source: NIS America PR

Nintendo has just dropped a new trailer for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX showcasing some of the gameplay.

It includes a few questions of the Pokemon quiz to determine your Pokemon, some story segments, and a couple battles. Check out the full trailer below.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX releases for Switch on March 6, 2020. 

The latest issue of CoroCoro has started to surface in Japan, and with it, we have the full silhouette for the new Mythical Pokemon that will be added to Pokemon Sword/Shield. We got a partial look at the creature earlier this week.

Aside from Pokemon Sword/Shield, the new Pokemon will also be featured in the Pokemon Coco movie.

A proper unveiling will take place on Pokemon Day, which will be held on February 27.


Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

Yesterday, we reported that some Pokemon Sword/Shield players were encountering Pokemon that haven’t been officially released through raids and the Surprise Trade feature. Unfortunately, the situation can cause substantial issues.

Reports are surfacing regarding a bug that can crash your game if you receive a maliciously crafted Pokemon through Surprise Trade. Not only does it crash when attempting to access access online features (via Y-COM), but you may be unable to participate in online interactions.

Some fans have been told to be extra cautious and avoid Surprise Trade until a patch is distributed. It’s unclear when that could happen, as Nintendo has yet to offer a comment about these hacked Pokemon.


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