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Rewatch the January 9 Pokemon Direct: Sword and Shield DLC announced

Published: 9/Jan/2020 13:14 Updated: 9/Jan/2020 15:28

by Paul Cot


The January 9 Pokemon Direct has finished and it didn’t disappoint. You can watch it again here.

To the delight of trainers around the world, Nintendo announced a somewhat surprising Pokemon Direct on January 7. The news came out of nowhere but fans aren’t complaining as new Pokemon news is always welcomed.

The presentation mainly focused on the announcement of a Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass. Two new DLCs were confirmed, with the first to be released in June.

Start time

The “roughly 20 minute” long presentation is scheduled to start on January 9, 6:30am PST – that’s 9:30am EST for those on the east coast and 2:30pm GMT for fans in the United Kingdom.

Where to watch

You don’t need to go anywhere to watch the already hugely anticipated first Pokemon Direct of 2020. It’s embedded for your convenience below, so watch along and hopefully there will be a lot to talk about afterwards!

What will be announced?

Update: The 2020 Pokemon wasn’t announced, so we’ll have to wait to see which game is coming next. Maybe Pokemon Day in February will have the answers.

There is plenty going on in the world of Pokemon which might addressed in this presentation. This includes various new games, a DLC for the latest game – Pokemon Sword and Shield – and some details on the upcoming apps Pokemon Home and Pokemon Sleep.

Given we haven’t heard anything about the latter since the summer, the smart money will be on some new details about these apps. Specifically we can expect to get a release date considering Pokemon Home has been touted for an early 2020 release.

A January Pokemon Direct might have come a little too early for an announcement about this year’s new game. However, since when did that stop Pokemon fans from speculating?

It’s looking a return to Pokemon Diamond and Pearl’s Sinnoh region could be on the cards. While nothing has been announced, or even hinted at, this seems to be the front-runner for the 2020 Pokemon game.

There has also been talk of a Pokemon Let’s Go sequel in the form of Gold and Silver, with the Johto region being the logical next iteration. What this will be called or whether there’s any chance of it coming this year remains to be seen, though.

A more likely announcement is something surrounding a Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC. 35 Pokemon currently not included have already been leaked via a datamine so it seems likely that these are coming sooner rather than later.

Some think the new Gen 8 game is a little thin in terms of content, so an exciting new DLC would make a lot of sense. Perhaps the much rumored return to the Kalos region could be announced, too.

Elsewhere, we have a new Detective Pikachu game which is expected to release at some point in 2020. New details about this movie spin-off are overdue as well.

As you can see there is plenty for the Pokemon Company to discuss – we’ll know what’s coming soon enough.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.