Student shows Game Freak how to animate amid Pokemon Sword and Shield criticism

Published: 19/Jun/2019 9:53 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 11:41

by Paul Cot


Game Freak have faced a barrage of criticism over its animations in Pokemon Sword and Shield already, but one student animator has gone the extra mile in an attempt to show them how it’s done. 

Gameplay at E3 2019 revealed the most Pokemon Sword and Shield footage we’ve seen to date. Many Pokemon fans have been scrolling through all of the available scenes, picking parts of the game they believe to be sub-par and letting their opinions be heard. Unfortunately for Game Freak, there’s a lot of negative feedback for them to dig through. 

Animations criticised

One aspect of the game which has come under immense scrutiny is the movement of some Pokemon – particularly Wingull. The animation of the dual water and flying-type has seen trainers accuse Game Freak of cutting corners – quite literally.

NintendoScorbunny’s Double Kick animation has also been questioned by Pokemon fans…

A few Wingulls can be seen roaming the wild area, but after every couple of seconds they take an unnatural 90 degree turn, something that doesn’t befit a brand new Pokemon game on relatively new hardware.

Elsewhere, Scorbunny’s double kick has also received just as much backlash. This has led long-term Pokemon fans to compare battle animations to Pokemon Stadium, a game released in 1998.

Student puts Game Freak to task

Criticisms such as these often divide the fan base – with some holding developers such as Game Freak to a super high standard, while others are sympathetic to their pressures and heavy schedule they have in front of them, working towards that November launch window. 

However, one fan replied to another’s criticism about animations. They said: “It’s easy to laugh and mock them when you’re not doing the work yourself.” Little did they know they were talking to a student animator, who vowed to prove the commenter wrong.

The student, who says they’re in their first year of studies, quickly made a model of Wingull before even having the time to paint it. From there, they were even able to give it a more natural flight-path while adding grass in the background.

They then compare the Pokemon Sword and Shield footage with their own. The student claims it took them 24 hours – from scratch – to create it.

I fixed the wingull animation from scratch HOPE YOU LIKE IT (#BringBackNationalDex) from r/pokemon

Other than the student showing off their own animating ability, the small project highlights the concerns that fans are having about the upcoming titles. A Wingull turning a little sharply is by no means the biggest deal, but these small things add up over the course of a game.

The backlash over the removal of the national Pokedex means Pokemon fans are examining every aspect of Sword and Shield. So, let’s hope Game Freak produce a game that matches the hype of the introduction of a new generation of Pokemon.

Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.


Every Pokemon confirmed in New Pokemon Snap so far

Published: 21/Jan/2021 1:12

by Brent Koepp


After two decades, Game Freak is returning to Pokemon Snap with all new adventure in April 2021. Here is every single ‘mon confirmed to be in the highly anticipated game so far.

Pokemon fans around the world rejoiced when a new Snap title was surprisingly announced for the Nintendo Switch. The quirky photography game had been dormant since its debut on the Nintendo 64 in 1999.

While there is still a lot we don’t know about the project, several trailers have given us a strong hint of what ‘mon we can expect in the new region. Here is a list of every monster confirmed so far in the upcoming release.

Screenshot of New Pokemon Snap protagonist and Meganium.
The Pokemon Company
Players will take photographs of their favorite Pokemon in New Snap.

Every Pokemon in New Pokemon Snap

When New Pokemon Snap makes its debut on April 30, players will get to explore the Lental region for the very first time. As the protagonist, fans will be trekking across a handful of islands to photograph their favorite ‘mon in their natural habitat.

A short trailer introduced us to Professor Mirror and his assistant Rita, as well as several climates to venture across. From a vast desert to a vibrant tropical getaway, the Nintendo Switch title looks to bring Game Freak’s beloved property to life like never seen before.

Although the footage we have seen has been on the short side, each frame is packed with characters hidden throughout their environment. Below we will go over every Pokemon confirmed to be in the game so far.

Screenshot of New Pokemon Snap Aipom Dex entry.
The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can fill up a compendium in New Snap.

Kanto (Gen I)

  • Blastoise
  • Dodrio
  • Lapras
  • Machamp
  • Magikarp
  • Pidgeot
  • Pikachu
  • Pinsir
  • Squirtle

Johto (Gen II)

  • Aipom
  • Bellossom
  • Heracross
  • Hoothoot
  • Mantine
  • Meganium
  • Pichu
  • Quagsire
  • Wooper

Hoenn (Gen III)

  • Beautifly
  • Pelipper
  • Sharpedo
  • Shiftry
  • Torchic
  • Wailord
  • Wingull
  • Wurmple
  • Zangoose

Sinnoh (Gen IV)

  • Bidoof
  • Drifblim
  • Finneon
  • Hippowdon
  • Skorupi
  • Starly
  • Torterra

Unova (Gen V)

  • Bouffalant
  • Deerling
  • Emolga
  • Liepard
  • Mandibuzz
  • Sawsbuck
  • Swanna

Kalos (Gen VI)

  • Vivillon

Alola (Gen VII)

  • Alolan Raichu
  • Bounsweet
  • Crabrawler
  • Pikipek
  • Primarina
  • Pyukumuku
  • Toucannon

Galar (Gen VIII)

  • Grookey
  • Scorbunny
Screenshot of Scorbunny being photographed in New Pokemon Snap.
The Pokemon Company
Select Pokemon from every region will be in the April 30 game.

So far, roughly 60 or so Pokemon have been confirmed based on trailers and promotional items. But players can expect that number to at least double in the final version, with a flurry of secret ‘mon possibly in the mix as well.

As more details come out, Dexerto will continue to update this hub until we have the complete list. One thing is for certain, New Snap seems to be representing all eight generations and regions rather generously.