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Pokemon Sword and Shield devs comment on game’s graphics

Published: 27/Oct/2019 20:53 Updated: 27/Oct/2019 22:02

by Paul Cot


Much has been made of the Pokemon Sword and Shield graphics in the lead up to the release, and now the game’s developers have commented on the criticism it has received.

Sword and Shield is the first mainline Pokemon game to appear on the Nintendo Switch. The home and handheld console hybrid is expected to usher in a new standard when it comes to Pokemon games.

The graphics, for the most part, are already known, however. There has been plenty of footage in the build up, and we can be almost certain that the game won’t look too different to what we’ve seen so far.

Pokemon CompanyThe Nintendo Switch is expected to bring the best Pokemon graphics to date…

Just how good those graphics are has divided opinion within the Pokemon community. Some believe they look “amazing“, while others have been left disappointed. The more negative comments have even compared the game to Zelda from the Nintendo 64.

It should be said, though, a read through Reddit posts on the subject and a scan through Twitter will show that more Pokemon trainers are happy with the graphics than not.

In an interview with Metro, two of Game Freak’s most famous figures, Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, were asked about the graphics directly: “There have been some fan complaints about the graphics but there are certainly some areas that look really nice. Have you had much trouble getting used to making HD graphics, after all those years on portable-only consoles?”

Game Freak acknowledge the transition to the Switch hasn’t been easy. “Moving onto the Switch from the 3DS and earlier platforms is quite a hard challenge, in particular with development efforts and costs there’s a lot that you have to consider,” Ohmori responded.

In another interview, the duo were asked about how they deal with negative feedback, specifically about the removal of the National Pokedex. Masuda acknowledged that criticism is inevitable.

“Of course, you know, you see these sort of negative comments and it does, as a developer, make you feel a bit down about certain things,” Masuda commented. “That sort of comment is something you see, and you take on board, and really try and base improvements in the next game on the feedback you received from the last one.”

Are the graphics underwhelming or are they exactly what the next era of Pokemon games should look like? We’ll finally be able to see Pokemon Sword and Shield in all its glory when it releases on November 15.


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.