Clues suggest Pokemon Sword and Shield was originally for Nintendo 3DS

Published: 5/Dec/2019 15:08

by Paul Cot


After months of hype and controversy, Pokemon Sword and Shield was finally released on the Nintendo Switch on November 15 – but was it actually meant for the Nintendo 3DS?

It might seem unthinkable, but there are a few points which certainly make you wonder.

Pokemon CEO didn’t believe in the Nintendo Switch

After all, CEO of the Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, didn’t believe the Nintendo Switch would be a success in the first place. “I told Nintendo that Switch wouldn’t be a success before it went on sale, because I thought that in the age of the smartphone no one would carry around a game console,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. He has since admitted he was wrong, however.

Pokemon CompanyPokemon Sword and Shield has definitely got the community talking…

Ishihara believed the future for Pokemon games would use augmented technology, something the global phenomenon Pokemon Go initiated. It still might be but there is still an insatiable demand for the classic Pokemon style RPG.

Nevertheless, Pokemon Sword and Shield reportedly started development around November 2016, four months before the Nintendo Switch was released. This begs the question, with Ishihara not on board with the Switch at that time, did they still have the 3DS in mind for the platform of the game?

Similar issues to the 3DS games

Redditor tristangre97 also raised some interesting points as to why they believe the game was originally for the 3DS. Pokemon scale is clearly an issue in Sword and Shield. In the wild they appear to be the correct size but in battle they simply aren’t.

The Pokemon were scaled correctly for Let’s Go which was made for the Switch. On the other hand, scaling was always an issue for the 3DS, which was understandable given the hardware limitations. Given this has carried over to Sword and Shield, though, it does make it look like the game was designed for the 3DS.

Another similarity between the 3DS games and Sword and Shield is that some moves cause the player character to disappear. This problem was fixed on the 3DS by moving the camera to hide it. However, the poster thinks they didn’t feel like fixing it for the Switch: “[With] the Switch being larger messed up the camera transition and they didn’t feel like fixing it.”

One other point indicative that the game may have been brought over to the Switch fairly late on is that Pokemon don’t follow you. “It’s weird they removed Pokemon following you when they had it working in Let’s Go,” tristangre97 points out. They go on to claim: “[This is] most likely because the 3DS couldn’t handle it and they didn’t have time to add it in when porting to the Switch.”

Nintendo LifeYou could make Pokemon follow you in Let’s Go…

Graphics befitting of the Switch?

The quality of the game’s graphics has divided opinion throughout the Pokemon community and the game doesn’t seem quite as refined as trainers would expect. It has been questioned whether the visuals are befitting of a Nintendo Switch game.

A comparison to the acclaimed Zelda: Breath of the Wild has only added to the theory that the game wasn’t for the Switch.

It should be noted this is all speculation and it is not something that Pokemon Company have addressed. The points made are certainly worth consideration, though.

So, what do you think, was Pokemon Sword and Shield initially developed for the Nintendo 3DS?


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.