Pokemon Sword and Shield launch November 15 on Nintendo Switch

Kelley Robertson
June 7, 2019

Pokemon Sword and Shield take place in The Galar Region, which is an expansive land that hints from the Pokemon company have hinted is at least partially based on the United Kingdom. For years now, each major Pokemon game has come with its own unique gameplay mechanic and that tradition won't be changing this year. The first games introduced 151, of course, but every generation since then we've had newcomers - sometimes a handful, sometimes over a hundred. Let us know in the comments! Also, in the Wild Area, you can control the camera! In Max Raid Battles, you'll partner up with other players to take down (and potentially catch) powerful Pokemon that are in Dynamax form throughout the entire encounter.

To be honest, as cool as Pokemon Sword and Shield look, their overall design still seems a bit conservative and iterative. Dynamax Pokemon will appear outside of regular trainer battles, as they also feature in Max Raid Battles.

In a huge boon for Pokemon fans, there's going to be a brand new, open-world area between the main cities, known as the Wild Area. Pokemon Sword and Shield are out on November 15, 2019, and we're hoping that Nintendo will have more information for us at E3 2019 next week.

He also hints as to the Starter Pokemon evolutions, with Scorbunny looking to turn into a Fighting-type by the sounds of it, as well as new Pokémon like Pamper, an Electric Corgi Pokémon, and how Gyms will work.

Considering that these are the first Pokemon games for Switch (or any home console), we hope to hear more about how Sword and Shield differ from Game Boy and DS titles before them. Zacain and Zamazenta are both legendary wolf Pokemon and appear on the covers for Sword and Shield.

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