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Pokemon Sword and Shield gameplay reveals new improvements, open world

Published: 5/Jun/2019 14:12 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 14:58

by Paul Cot

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A lot of Pokemon trainers questioned the graphics of Pokemon Sword and Shield in the original trailer – however, the latest gameplay footage shows huge visual improvements and even elements of an open world.

New gameplay footage revealed

The June 5 Pokemon Direct started with the CEO of the Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, sharing a video which shows brand new Pokemon Sword and Shield gameplay footage.

The video stated that the game footage was not final, suggesting that the clips showcased were indeed actual gameplay. While the graphics maintained their cartoon like style, they certainly looked more polished than before.

Finally! An open world Pokemon game

Encouragingly for fans the gameplay showed a remarkable improvement from the initial reveal in February. The first Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer made it appear like the journey path was fixed, with fences and mountains making the path linear.

However, this has now either changed or the fixed path only applies to particular routes. Judging by all the footage currently available it appears that Pokemon Sword and Shield will adopt a semi-open world format, with some routes being fixed and others – such as the wild area – being open.

What is the wild area?

The wild area will host the widest variety of Pokemon available in the Galar region. It stretches between cities, suggesting there are several of them. They are filled with nature as far as the eye can see.

PokemonThe latest footage has a more open world feel to it…

Different Pokemon can appear depending on your location and what the weather is like. This means there will be new discoveries available each day. How many different weather conditions there are, and whether some Pokemon can be found exclusively in that weather remains to be seen.

The wild area also allows you to explore like no other part of the Galar region. Unlike cities, you have control of the camera while travelling – this gives you the best opportunity to find rare Pokemon and items you may not have seen.


Hopefully this latest video will dispel the fears of some critics that Pokemon Sword and Shield will look like an upscaled Nintendo 3DS game and instead, more like the Zelda: Breathe of the Wild graphics that fans know the Nintendo Switch is capable of. 

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

Published: 5/Dec/2020 1:07

by Brent Koepp

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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.
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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.