Yesterday, we got a new Nintendo Direct featuring tons of upcoming games, new characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and more information on, you guessed it, Pokémon Sword and Shield.
The games were announced for the Nintendo Switch on February 27th in a Pokémon Direct video. Fans everywhere were excited, ready for the new games to be released later that year, and to hear all the new information about the games. But for three long months, there was silence. Rumors and possible leaks here and there, but nothing solid from Nintendo. All we got were the playable characters and the starter Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble.
Finally, June rolled around and we got a new Direct, featuring a few new Pokémon, the wild area, the new battle feature: Dynamaxing and the legendary Pokémon. It was so refreshing to see something more than mere rumor, but it wasn’t enough.
We also found out that not all Pokémon are going to available in the generation 8 games. In a move fans started calling “dexit,” many Pokémon from previous generations are going to be cut from the national dex.
We also learned that there will be Galarian regional variants of certain Pokémon. Zigzagoon and it’s evolution, Linoone are usually Normal-types. In Galar, they are normal-, dark-type and get a new evolution, Obstagoon.
Now, with yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, we got a lot of new and cool information. Trainers are able to set up camps in the Wild Area and play with their Pokémon. You can even visit other people’s camps. This might be another update to Pokémon Amie or Refresh, where you can play and pet your partners and make them more friendly to you.
In these camps, you can also cook a Galarian favorite, Curry on Rice. There’s over 100 different types you can make. It’s kind of like the cooking feature in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but you can only make curry.
One of my personal favorite features in Pokémon was from X and Y, where you could change your hair color and style and what clothes you’re wearing. I was upset to see that the later games for the 3DS did not have this feature. The Let’s Go games did allow the player to change clothes, but not hairstyle or color. Sword and Shield brought back the whole idea, and even added different things you can change. There’s jackets, gloves, glasses and other accessories.
Two new Pokémon were also announced in the Direct. We have Polteageist, a pure Ghost-type with the appearance of a tea pot. It’s pretty cute, but also a little creepy. Apparently, they would let trusted trainers drink their tea, and each one has a different taste and aroma. I’m not sure I want to be drinking my Pokémon’s…fluid.
The other new Pokémon is a water/flying type called Cramorant. My first impression of it, was that it looked like a Dodo bird. So, the thing I like about this Pokémon, is it’s ability. It’s called Gulp missile and literally, when using moves like Surf or Dive, it also catches a fish in it’s mouth. If attacked while the fish is in it’s mouth, it launches it at the foe like it’s a missile.
Get ready, Trainers. Sword and Shield will be released worldwide November 15th.