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Viral Pokemon TikTok finds origin of Sword & Shield Pokeball Guy dance

Published: 5/Jan/2020 0:32 Updated: 5/Jan/2020 2:01

by Brent Koepp


A Sword & Shield player’s Pokemon discovery went viral after they uploaded a TikTok that showed that the Pokeball guy’s dance actually comes from another Nintendo game.

Pokemon’s eighth generation title Sword & Shield dropped on November 15, becoming the fastest selling title on Switch with its stellar opening weekend sales.

However ,a fan hilariously discovered that the titles’ new character, the Pokeball Guy, has a dance in the game that was used in another popular Nintendo RPG – The Legend of Zelda.

The Pokemon CompanySword & Shield has players taking on the Galar Region.

Pokeball Guy’s dance looks familiar…

The viral post was shared on the Pokemon subreddit by Reddit user gentlerain, although it originated on TikTok by Person8367 with over 68k likes on the video sharing app.


In the clip, the player pans to the Pokeball Guy in Sword & Shield swaying back and forth with his dance, before lowering their Switch down to reveal a monitor with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess playing on it.

Hilariously, the video on the screen shows Link at the Malo Mart, although in this iteration of the shop has everyone breaks into a dance that is identical to the mascot’s animation in the Pokemon games.

Releasing in 2006, Twilight Princess was the thirteenth title to release in the The Legend of Zelda series. The game sees protagonist Link try to save Hyrule from descending into the Twilight Realm, and had a mechanic that let players turn into a wolf.


The clip that is used in the viral TikTok is of Link visiting the Malo Mart Castle Branch, which is a side chain based off the iconic store that is usually located in Kakariko Village.

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Fans on the Pokemon subreddit were in stitches over the viral video. One reddit user joked “Literally everything is reused. 2019 was a bad year for Pokemon,” referencing the controversy of Sword & Shield reusing old assets from the 3DS games, which sparked outcry from the community.

Reddit: u/efnfen4Reddit users poked fun of the games past controversies.

Pokemon Sword & Shield smashed records, pushing over 6 million units in its opening weekend – making it the fastest selling game on Nintendo’s latest console.


Despite criticisms from the community, the title has not only gone to be one of the best selling in the franchise, but released to rave reviews from critics.