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USgamer has published some new comments from Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield director Shigeru Ohmori. During the interview, Ohmori discussed wanting to take advantage of Switch and the power it affords, post-game, wanting to increase the scale of Pokemon, and the series’ future.

You can find a roundup of these quotes below. For the full interview, head on over to USgamer.

Game Freak broke some news about Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield yesterday that is not going over well with fans. The Pokedex is limited, meaning not all Pokemon can be transferred to the game. Only monsters appearing in the Galar region will be available.

Game Freak producer Junichi Masuda spoke about the decision further in an interview with USgamer. On that front, he said:

Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves will not be in Pokemon Sword/Shield, developer Game Freak has confirmed. That news was confirmed at Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 2019 yesterday.

Both features were introduced in the 3DS games. Mega Evolutions gave a new look to some certain Pokemon with boosted stats while Z-Moves allowed certain Pokemon to perform a powerful special move.

During today’s Nintendo Direct, a new Gym Leader was revealed. Nessa, a character with Water-type Pokemon, will be included in the game.

Pokemon Sword/Shield will be shown off during Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3.

Update 2: The Pokemon Sword/Shield Double Pack is now live on Amazon.

Update: The Pokemon Sword/Shield Double Pack is now up for pre-order on GameStop here.

Original: Best Buy has opened pre-orders for the newly-announced Pokemon Sword/Shield Double Pack. You can pre-order it here. Note that if you’re a My Best Buy member, you’ll receive a $10 reward certificate after the release.

A Pokemon Direct aired earlier today, treating fans to all sorts of details about Pokemon Sword/Shield. Interestingly, some of that information may have leaked a couple of leaks ago without many people initially noticing.

A thread posted on 4Chan contains a mix of what was covered in today’s presentation as well as details not yet confirmed. This person accurately named Hop as your rival, researcher Sonia being the granddaughter of Sword and Shield’s professor, and Wooloo. The Dynamaxing mechanic and raids were also brought up, along with accurately describing the new Legendary Pokemon and how the Wild Area plays out.

As for what hasn’t been announced yet, the leaker claims the following is in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

During today’s Pokemon Direct, it was announced that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will be receiving a double pack. However, the European presentation included something not in the North American broadcast.

Europe’s double pack will include a golden steelbook, pictured above. On top of that, you’ll naturally receive both games in the package.

We’ll let you know if we receive any news about the steelbook in North America.

The Pokemon Company has put out an official announcement recapping all of the new Pokemon Sword/Shield news from today’s Pokemon Direct. We also have more concrete details on the new Pokemon shown and more.

Here’s the complete announcement:

New game features, Pokémon native to the Galar region, and the launch date for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the newest additions to the main series of the Pokémon video game franchise, were announced today during a Pokémon Direct online presentation. Developers at GAME FREAK inc. also provided a closer look at newly discovered Pokémon from the Galar region, the setting of the highly anticipated games. The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games will be launching November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch system.

The full presentation for today’s Pokemon Direct featuring Pokemon Sword/Shield has now been posted online. If you missed it, you can watch it below.

During today’s Pokemon Direct, a final release date for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield was announced. The two titles will be launching on November 15.

Legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta will star on the boxart, as shown above. A double pack containing both versions is also planned.

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