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Pokemon trademark Entei fueling speculation about 2021 game

Published: 17/Sep/2020 16:14

by Paul Cot

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A trademark for Entei has been curiously co-filed by Nintendo, Creatures and Game Freak, leading to speculation that it has something to do with the inevitable 2021 Pokemon game.

For those of you who don’t know, Entei is one of the three Legendary Beasts from the Johto region, and it first appeared in Pokemon Gold and Silver in 1999.

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Many of you will consider it strange that the name Entei hasn’t been trademarked until now — and rightly so. After all, it is certainly one of the more famous Pokemon in the franchise.

However, not all Pokemon names are trademarked — that would be an undertaking and then some! The fact Entei now has been though, has only made Pokemon fans more curious about what’s upcoming.

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Trainers have been speculating for months now about what comes next after Pokemon Sword and Shield. Officially, the answer to that is nothing. We’re still awaiting the second DLC for Gen 8 — The Crown Tundra — and there are even rumors of a third DLC to come after that.

There are numerous things the trademark of Entei could be in relation to. The Pokemon Company wouldn’t have made the effort to do so unless they had big plans for the name.

Entei Trademarked
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Entei has finally been trademarked…

Let’s Go Entei

Those big plans could be in the form of the much anticipated sequel for Pokemon Let’s Go. It would, of course, make sense for the next game to be set in the Johto region, which leaves the question of what the title will be.

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The first used Pikachu and Eevee, which was likely a relatively easy decision — at least for the Pikachu part. Johto isn’t as simple, however.

There were very early rumors of Pichu and Marill, then Lugia and Ho-Oh came to the forefront, which is hardly surprising considering they are probably the most known Pokemon from Gen 2.

Now, though, Entei has become a real option. If this is the case, would it be partnered with Raikou or Suicune, though?

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This news will also make trainers wonder whether the expected return to Sinnoh is indeed next. Surely both Pokemon Let’s Go Entei/TBA and a Pokemon Diamond Pearl remake can’t both come in 2021?!

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Pokemon Sword & Shield breaks major record with Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 6/Oct/2020 21:30

by Brent Koepp

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Pokemon Sword & Shield’s next DLC, The Crown Tundra, is set to hit stores on October 22. The new add-on will make the Gen VIII title pass another major milestone for the popular Nintendo franchise.

The Pokemon series entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch title launched with over 400 monsters for players to catch across the new Galar region.

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However according to reports, the Gen VIII RPG is set to break a major record for the franchise with the release of its second DLC, The Crown Tundra, at the end of October.

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Sword & Shield will soon be crowned as a new champion with an upcoming record.

Pokemon Sword & Shield set to break new record

Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, Sword & Shield has already become the series’ third highest-selling title in the franchise according to reports by Nintendo in August. However, now it appears the Gen 8 release is set to break another major record.

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Joe Merrick of popular outlet Serebii pointed out the milestone on Twitter on October 6. According to the tweet, the Nintendo Switch game will have over 620 Pokemon that can be caught across the two titles with the release of The Crown Tundra on October 22.

“Sword & Shield will contain the most natively available Pokemon of any pair of Pokemon games by a decent margin. These are Pokemon you can catch/obtain between the two pieces of software without need for transfer,” he explained.

The previous record holder was 2013’s X & Y which made its debut on the Nintendo DS. Leading up to its launch, the reception to Sword & Shield was rocky, to say the least. Game Freak’s decision to drop the National Pokedex sparked backlash from fans on social media.

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However with the release of the DLC add-ons The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, the eighth generation title will now have the most Pokemon that can be caught in-game, which is pretty impressive.

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Sword & Shield’s DLC has added an insane amount of Pokemon to the game.

While some may still be frustrated with the National Pokedex move, Game Freak’s decision to go with the DLC format appears to be paying off as Sword & Shield is now one of the highest selling games in the series.

The new content has also continued to expand the Nintendo Switch title, making the Galar Dex absolutely massive. Players can get their hands on the Crown Tundra DLC starting October 22.

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