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Don't write off Pokemon Sword and Shield too soon

Published: 21/Jun/2019 15:46

by David Purcell

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Game Freak have experienced some really negative coverage since revealing Pokemon Sword and Shield, but should fans really be writing off the game so soon? 

If there’s one gaming franchise that has consistently been able to deliver on handheld over the years, it’s Pokemon, and their leaps into the world of Nintendo consoles have also been generally impressive. 

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With concerns mounting in regards to the animations that were presented at the E3 press conference this year, there’s an overwhelming feeling that the game’s developers are in a hole that they can’t really get out of. 

Game FreakPokemon Sword and Shield has been compared to older Pokemon games for its animation quality.

Comparisons to the new game, set to launch on November 15, have been brutal to say the least. Some players have already judged the graphics and movement of characters in the game to be as dated as Pokemon Stadium – a game that was released some 20 years ago on the Nintendo 64. Not exactly a compliment, is it? 

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These criticisms, coupled with the devastating news that the National Pokedex may not be available for completion, has proved to be a lightning rod of debate among the game’s online community. 

In truth, there’s not really a way of discrediting those claims. Fans are very much entitled to their opinions. After all, they buy the games and are dedicated to playing them, but history tells us that that Game Freak will deliver. 

The developers have innovated the Pokemon experience on countless occasions, whether it was bridging the transition from handheld to Nintendo 64 and Gamecube, or working with The Pokemon Company to bring many of its new generation of creatures to life – Game Freak delivers. 

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In the past, Pokemon fans have been given a complementary blend of both nostalgia and innovation with the projects that have been released. Now, the glimpses we were treated to at the Nintendo Treehouse presser at E3 might not have been the most encouraging, but there’s something that could work to the developers advantage now – expectation has quelled. 

Speaking broadly about the list of latest titles, gamers have been treated to flashes of the future with Mega evolutions in Gen 7, allowing Pokemon to grow much stronger than any trainer imagined, to delivering updates to previously successful titles like Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. 

Game FreakPokemon Let’s Go: Pickachu and Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee have bene a success on Nintendo Switch.

Zooming a little further up the timeline, Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Eevee has been wildly successful on the Nintendo Switch – having been named one of Amazon’s top 10 selling games of 2018 – which should lay the groundwork for a more open world Pokemon game to swoop in with a new feel, a fresh generation, and a very different setting – the Galar region. 

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Sword and Shield is the next step in the franchise’s development and while the general consensus has been chiefly negative in regards to these new instalments, history tells us not to write these games off before we get our hands on them as there’s bound to be many more surprises to come. 

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.