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Pokemon trainers outraged as National Pokedex is axed from Sword and Shield

Published: 14/Jun/2019 14:40 Updated: 14/Jun/2019 15:27

by Paul Cot


Pokemon trainers have came out in force to reject the decision taken by Game Freak to not include an option to complete the Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield. 

No national Pokedex

The somewhat shocking news first surfaced on June 11 in Nintendo’s first Treehouse event. Up until the yet to be released 2019 Pokemon games, you could complete the entire Pokedex – known as the national Pokedex. 

While the hundreds of Pokemon aren’t available to capture in all of the games directly, Pokemon Bank would allow you to transfer them over. However, Pokemon Sword and Shield will now mark the first game where this isn’t possible.

Game Freak U-turn? 

Given the backlash to the news, it is still possible Game Freak will reverse this decision. It may not be as simple as them deciding to include the missing Pokemon, though.

Factors such as hardware restrictions and the resource required to create each of the Pokemon’s animations may prevent it, regardless. 

Pokemon fans react

The response has been pretty brutal. As of the time of writing, the video where the news was revealed has more than a 74% dislike ratio. This is a testament to how highly Pokemon trainers prioritize completing the Pokedex. After all, it’s always been part of the game. 

Some fans understood the decision, but the bulk of the responses were negative. A lot of trainers have already threatened to not buy Pokemon Sword and Shield altogether. So, let’s take a look at some of those reactions.

Only time will tell whether this bombshell will cause Pokemon trainers to cancel their pre-orders of Pokemon Sword and Shield. We may get an inside peek as to how pre-order totals are performing, as a backtrack on the removal of the national Pokedex may indicate poor sales. 

Other responses, while disappointed, suggested ways to resolve the issues that may alleviate the current issues Game Freak face. Being able to register the Pokemon, but not being able to use them directly, may fix development issues while appeasing Pokemon trainers.

Others inevitably poked fun at Pokemon’s slogan – gotta catch ’em all. With the news of the limited Pokedex in Sword and Shield, it’s now, apparently, ‘catch some of ’em.’

Nevertheless, some trainers were more philosophical about the decision, suggesting looking forward to the future is a healthier way of taking the decision.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is scheduled to release on November 15. It will be fascinating to see if Game Freak change their plans as a result of the backlash, but only time will tell. 


YouTuber buys dream car worth $200k by selling Pokemon cards

Published: 5/Dec/2020 1:07

by Brent Koepp


A YouTuber revealed that he was able to afford and buy his dream car worth up to $200k just by buying, selling, and covering Pokemon cards – yes, you read that right!

Although the Pokemon TCG made its debut decades ago in 1997, the Nintendo collectibles have seen an absolute explosion in popularity in 2020. Items once traded by children on school playgrounds for practically nothing can now sell for as much as a house.

Dedicated fans that have been covering the hobby for years such as Australian YouTuber Michael ‘UnlistedLeaf’ Anderson have had their passion rewarded with the Trading Card Game’s recent attention. So much so that the content creator was able to buy a luxury car.

Pokemon YouTuber UnlistedLeaf shows off his dream Audi R8 car.
YouTube: UnlistedLeaf
The Nintendo fan was able to buy his dream car collecting and selling Pokemon cards.

YouTuber buys dream car thanks to Pokemon cards

While many popular entertainers have been swept up by the Pokemon card craze that has hit in 2020, YouTubers like Unlisted Leaf have been making videos about the hobby since 2013. On December 4, the content creator revealed that he was able to buy his dream car – a Audi R8 V10 Plus – due his love of the Nintendo RPG.

“It is insane to me that years down the line I am able to get one,” he said. “The craziest part about this whole situation is that I really bought this car with, like, Pokemon cards. If we really boil it down.” The entertainer, who also goes by ‘Ando’, then clarified that he didn’t get any money from his parents or a side job – it was purely from covering the Pokemon collectibles.

“It is 110% all with Pokemon cards. That’s the truth. I literally have been making videos around Pokemon cards for about eight years now. I’ve been collecting Pokemon cards for eight years and like selling a few. Then like I buy a lot. Then I sell a couple more,” the Nintendo fan explained.

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UnlistedLeaf revealed that Pokemon cards’ recent explosion in value and popularity also played a hand in being able to afford the luxury vehicle. “Especially with the crazy Pokemon card boom recently, I was able to purchase this car.” he revealed, before he thanked his fans for sticking with him as he covered the Nintendo hobby for eight years.

There is no telling if the craze surrounding the TCG will die down anytime soon. With the Japanese franchise gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, the sky is the limit. Passionate fans who have dedicated their lives to Trading Card Game are finally starting to reap the rewards.