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Angry Pokémon fan petitions US President to ban sales of Sword & Shield

Published: 13/Nov/2019 20:48 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 10:40

by Virginia Glaze


The newest installment of the Pokémon series is coming up fast, but it doesn’t look like hardcore fans are pleased with what they’ve seen – and one player is taking their grievances to a major political figure.

Yes, you read that right: one die-hard Pokémon fan has actually petitioned for the United States president to ban sales of the upcoming Sword & Shield games.

The fan, going by the initials C.R., submitted their petition to the official White House website on November 12, claiming that the games are already “negatively impacting the market with questionable decisions.”

“We, the people of the United States of America, strive for quality goods and entertainment,” the petition begins. “We, the People of the United States, want what is best for our children. We, the people of the United States, want what is best in our stores.”

The fan goes on to state that Sword & Shield will “set a bad standard in the markets,” and feels that the games are “violating our Market rights.”

Thus far, C.R.’s petition only boasts 58 signatures – although it’s unclear whether their plea is merely a satirical joke or an actual request for the President to halt sales of the products.

Considering the recent outrage surrounding the newest Pokémon titles, it’s certainly easy to believe that the petition is genuine: from backlash against the games’ textures to anger about the exclusion of older Pokémon generations, the buzz around the upcoming releases has been decidedly negative across social media.

That’s not all: as of November 13, the hashtag “#GameFreakLied” is trending on Twitter, with fans speculating that the developer used recycled Pokémon models as told by an apparent data leak – despite company spokespersons denying this possibility during an interview in June.

Although whether the leak is legitimate or not remains to be seen, the community is up in arms about Game Freak’s supposed “laziness” in potentially recycling their models, while other fans point out the overwhelming amount of hate Sword & Shield have received before they have even released.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.