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Are the Pokemon Sword and Shield graphics underwhelming?

Published: 14/Mar/2019 16:08 Updated: 10/Nov/2019 20:11

by Paul Cot


The graphics of Pokemon Sword and Shield have been analyzed intensely in the build up to its release. It has proved to be a divisive topic with some fans thinking they’re great, and others questioning whether they live up to what the Nintendo Switch is capable of.

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The first Pokemon Sword and Shield footage we got to see was in the initial reveal trailer back in February. The footage mostly highlighted the different areas of the Galar region, as opposed to showing off gameplay features.

There was enough footage to gain an idea of what sort of graphics the Nintendo Switch will produce for the latest entry into the Pokemon game series, though. Since then, there have game demos and other trailers but the graphics haven’t changed all that much.

Pokemon CompanyPokemon Sword and Shield graphics from the initial reveal trailer…

There seem to be two schools of thought on the graphics. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild really showed the Nintendo Switch’s potential, which while great for the Zelda series has added pressure to Game Freak as gamers now know what the Switch is capable of. The other side of the argument is that Pokemon Sword and Shield undoubtedly gives us the best graphics a mainline Pokemon game has had to date.

Pokemon Sword and Shield graphics analysis

GameXplain has provided an in-depth analysis of the released Pokemon Sword and Shield footage. Specifically, they discuss lighting, reflections, and environmental details.

The takeaway from the footage seems to be that it is underwhelming. GameXplain state the poor textures could be a result of ensuring the game is able to run at the desired frame rate.

Features such as shadowing, contrast, bloom and reflective textures miss the mark somewhat. Consequently, we can expect vast improvements between now and the release of the full game.

Pokemon CompanyThe outline of the Pokemon is a small but noticeable part of the graphics…

Will the graphics improve?

The cartoon-like feel of the graphics along with the outline effect of the Pokemon is different to Pokemon Let’s Go. 

Pokemon fans were expecting something more in-line with Let’s Go but perhaps with a more immersive world. There were also rumors the camera would no longer be fixed, which would result in a more explorable world.

This turned out to be partly true as the camera can be adjusted just like it can in open world games, but only in the Galar region wild areas. In other places, such as cities, the camera is fixed.

We’ll have to wait and see what player feedback is on the graphics when Pokemon Sword and Shield finally releases on November 15.

Page last updated 15:07 EST, November 11, 2019


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.