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A New Adventure for the Switch

The fans have hoped that the next Pokemon RPG would be released on the Switch, and it seems that prayer is answered. Nintendo has announced the next installment in the Pokemon series, Pokemon Sword and Shield. Let’s break down what we know.

Welcome to Galar

The new region is called Galar. Galar is a contemporary side, with machines and industry all around. It also sports idyllic countryside, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. According to the announcement, “The people and Pokémon live together in this region, and they’ve worked together to develop the industries here.”

Galar features trains, cranes, and other steelworks. Image courtesy of Game Freak/The Pokemon Company.

The modern setting juxtaposes with the titles of Sword and Shield, which implies a more medieval or traditional setting. So far, the trailer and announcements haven’t pointed towards the reasoning for the name. However, with a previous Pokemon like Aegislash, it wouldn’t be strange to assume that the legendary Pokemon will be steel-type embodiments of the themes.

Gameplay will be more like previous versions of Pokemon RPGs and not like Let’s Go. We will also see a return of Pokemon gyms instead of Sun and Moon‘s trials. You will be able to battle wild pokemon. However, the new Nintendo Switch graphics makes Sword and Shield look even more beautiful than Let’s Go did.

The New (and Old) Pokemon in Galar

But let’s get down to what we really want to know about: the new pokemon. So far, the Galar starters are the only new Pokemon that have been officially announced. We have the fire-type, Scorbunny, which is a bunny shaped Pokemon that has tape-like marking on it. The grass-type Grookey, that seems to be based on a monkey (but looks a lot to me like a rehashed design Chespin). And the water-type Sobble, that roughly looks like a lizard of some sort. No evolutions of these Pokemon have been revealed so far.

Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, the new starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield. Image courtesy of Game Freak/The Pokemon Company.

As far as familiar pokemon, we see Pikachu, Tyranitar, Munchlax, Minccino, Hoothoot, and others. With a game titled Sword and Shield I really do hope we’ll see Aegislash come into play. It wouldn’t really make sense without it.

The only unfortunate thing about a Pokemon RPG coming to the Switch is that it will probably make the game more costly. A standard 3DS Pokemon experience only cost $40, whereas Switch games start out at $60. It is unlikely that Sword and Shield will come out on the 3DS, period. No word yet on if the Pokeball Plus will be compatible with Sword and Shield, but it would make the Pokeball Plus a lot more worth the money.

What do you think about Pokemon jumping platforms? Which starter will you pick? Let us know in the comments below.