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Will there be a new Pokemon game in 2020?

Published: 16/Mar/2020 12:29 Updated: 16/Mar/2020 12:30

by Paul Cot

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At this stage last year, Pokemon Sword and Shield had already been announced. Fast forward a year, though, and we have heard nothing about a 2020 Pokemon game – if there will even be one.

The January Pokemon Direct skipped over any new potential 2020 Pokemon game. Two further months have since passed and no news has materialized.

History shows the earliest a Pokemon game was announced was back in 2013 for the introduction of Gen 6 – Pokemon X and Y. Most recently, Pokemon Sword and Shield, was revealed in February 2019.

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Pokemon Sword Shield DLCs instead?

With no announcement so far it seems increasingly likely Nintendo and co may have nothing in store for 2020 – at least in terms of mainline games.. Game Freak’s reveal of not one, but two new DLCs for Pokemon Sword and Shield has left questions as to whether they will replace what would be a brand new game.

As part of an exciting new expansion pass, two DLCs have been confirmed for June and sometime in the fall. The first of these is titled “The Isle of Armor” and the second “The Crown Tundra.”

This is clearly increasing the longevity of Pokemon Sword and Shield, a game which despite its flaws, has been received very well in most quarters. Perhaps the biggest flaw of all was the removal of hundreds of Pokemon from the game as part of the National Pokedex controversy. It looks like this is being rectified over time, though, as 200 (or more) Pokemon are being added to the game across the two expansion packs.

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass
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The Pokemon Direct announcement of new Sword and Shield DLCs surpassed many expectations…

Time to skip a year?

On paper having to wait another year for a new Pokemon game doesn’t sound great. Yet, if we look at it a little closer, a year’s gap may actually benefit Pokemon trainers.

In this day and age, new games cost $60 and this would almost certainly be the price tag of any game. Whether it were to be a sequel to Pokemon Let’s Go or even a remake of the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl games, the usual RRP of $60 would likely accompany it.

When looking at the two Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs, it’s looking like they’re extensive enough to bring enough content to match that of a new game anyway. With the potential of even more expansions to come later in the year and possibly 2021, there should be plenty of adventures to enjoy yet.

What’s more is that the first expansion pass costs $30 and entitles you to the first two DLCs. It’s likely any subsequent expansions will come at another cost but still the $30 price tag is still half that of a brand new game.

There’s an argument to be made that Pokemon fans are getting better value for money for the $30 expansion pass than they would a brand new game. It also gives Game Freak the opportunity to refine whatever game they have coming next – whenever that may be.

So, while there would be inevitable disappointment that a new game may not come in 2020, it isn’t something Pokemon trainers should get too down-heartened about. It could work out to for the best.

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Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
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Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

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Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.