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Trainers react to Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass cost

Published: 10/Jan/2020 16:17

by Paul Cot

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Game Freak made a shock announcement at Pokemon Direct with the reveal of an expansion pass for Pokemon Sword and Shield. The new content is behind a paywall though, and trainers’ reactions have varied to the news that it will come at a price.

The expansion pass is a first for the Pokemon series, announcing two new adventures months in advance for a game that only released in November. The official website also revealed that there is an update available right now to “experience a small slice of the Expansion Pass’s new content!”

The expansion pass is divided into two parts. The first, The Isle of Armor, is scheduled to release in June of 2020. The second installment comes in the fall of 2020 and is titled The Crown Tundra.

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The Pokemon Direct announcement of new Sword and Shield DLCs surpassed many expectations.

Price of the expansion pass

While this is obviously exciting news for Pokemon fans everywhere, the DLC won’t be free, or at least the bulk of them. The expansion pass will cost $29.99 (£26.99) but that will give you access to both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

It’s a unique and interesting move from Nintendo because, on one hand, they are charging a fairly hefty sum for additional content for a game that players have already paid for. On the other hand, though, you are getting what is essentially two new stories for half the price of the full game.

For example, Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon were completely separate games from Sun & Moon even though it built on its storyline. This sentiment seems to be shared by trainers and has unsurprisingly divided opinion among them.

Pokemon CompanyAny Pokemon added to the game will be available for existing Sword and Shield players.

Free Pokemon update

Firstly, it’s important to note that the 200 Pokemon that are being added to Sword and Shield via the expansion pass are absolutely free. It is simply the new adventures that you are paying for.

Some players are arguing that it’s unacceptable to charge for the missing Pokemon, and while they may well be right, this isn’t something that’s happening here. So, to clarify, all new Pokemon that are added to Sword and Shield are accessible to those that stick with the base game.

More criticism of Game Freak

Those who aren’t happy with the fact that Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs come at a price have levied criticism at the game’s developers. One Twitter user has even compared them to EA, who have a reputation among the video game community for charging for additional content.

“We live in an awful century, where you have to pay for Pokemon DLC/add-on… RIP,” TyL3r Pilz posted alongside an image teasing a comparison to EA.

Miraculous Maku directly responded to this by raising the point: “Are we gonna forget they used to charge full price to purchase an enhanced version of the game? Now it’s just two expansions at half the price of Sword/Shield.”

This really depends on just how much content and playtime trainers will get out of the new adventures, something which is currently unknown. Regardless, it seems beneficial for the Pokemon community as a whole to have content added via expansions as opposed to separate titles.

Excitement for new adventures

Rebecca had a contrasting opinion about the concept of expansions in Pokemon games. “The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansion passes for Sword and Shield look so good,” she shared on Twitter. “Game Freak finally learned this is better than selling us a third version of the game!”

Elsewhere, trainers have made a U-turn in their opinion of Game Freak. Twitter user CHIKURAL said: “They really went all out on how we’d feel about the cut Pokedex! They deserve a congrats clap!”

It’s a remarkable change of fortunes for the Pokemon Sword and Shield developer as the initial announcement of the National Pokedex removal wasn’t popular among fans. However, generally, their latest announcement seems to have very much got them back in the good books of trainers everywhere.

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Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
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Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

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Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.