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Pokemon players are comparing Sword and Shield to 20-year-old Stadium and the results aren’t great

Published: 18/Jun/2019 10:37 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 11:54

by Paul Cot


Questions continue to be asked of Pokemon Sword and Shield as trainers are now comparing the new Switch game to 20 year-old Pokemon Stadium. 

Since gameplay footage was revealed at E3 2019, Pokemon Sword and Shield has caused quite the stir in the game’s online community. It is the graphics of the game that are currently coming under fire.

Animations better in Pokemon Stadium?

Some battle scenes were shown during the gameplay which have underwhelmed some Pokemon fans. This has led them to draw comparisons between the new titles and Pokemon Stadium.

Animations are the latest part of Pokemon Sword and Shield to come under fire…

The Pokemon Stadium games released on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. They are being used as a comparison for some fans to try and highlight just how poor the animations are.

The evidence is hard to argue too strongly against with the classic Pokemon game appearing to have more care put into it. Of course, the resolution doesn’t compare, but strictly from an animation stand point, some fans would argue that it does appear to be better. 

(For mobile users, footage starts at 4:18 in the video below)

Split opinion

However, not all Pokemon trainers believe the comparison is fair. One Reddit user stated: “They also only had 151 Pokemon to animate and stadium didn’t have a story/world to explore. I’m all for calling out GF, but at least come up with an argument that’s substantial.”

It’s not unreasonable to think that 20 years in gaming technology advances would provide the power to do this. Another user snapped back saying: “[It] is a good argument. Pokemon is the highest grossing media franchise ever. They should be held to a higher standard in 2019.”

Pidgey using Fly in Stadium 2 vs Pidgey using Fly in Let’s Go with “high quality animation”. These two games are 18 years apart from each other! from r/pokemon

Zelda making Pokemon look bad

Elsewhere, comparisons between Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Sword Shield have been made with the implication that Game Freak aren’t living up to expectations. Whether this is a fair comparison or not is debatable.

This has also caused divided opinion, much like the animations debate. Those coming to the defense of Game Freak are saying there are less characters to animate on Breath of the Wild and that they had a six year development time – whereas Pokemon Sword and Shield only had three.

Amidst the removal of the national Pokedex controversy, a lot of Pokemon fans have recently turned on Game Freak.

They will be under a lot of scrutiny with some fans retaining hope there will be improvements ahead of its release on November 15, 2019.


Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp


According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.