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Why the next Pokemon game release must evolve from Sword and Shield

Published: 11/Aug/2020 22:07

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield largely kept to the same formula of previous games but now it is time for evolution.

A lot was expected of Pokemon Sword and Shield and while the initial trailer left some fans concerned, the game has turned to be a resounding success. Whatever your personal opinions on the game, it is officially the third best selling Pokemon game of all time.

Given the illustrious titles it is up against, this is quite the feat. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop fans of the franchise levying objective criticism as to why the game perhaps fell short in some areas.

Graphics and visuals

The initial trailer left a lot of trainers disappointed that we weren’t going to see a new level of graphics in a Pokemon game. Many even believed they were a step down from its predecessor Pokemon Let’s Go.

In addition to rudimentary graphics, at least in comparison to other Nintendo Switch games, the frames per second were also capped at 30. Gamers are becoming increasingly accustomed to 60 FPS and this is something that will need to be addressed next time around.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild set the bar high in terms of what the Nintendo Switch is capable of. Granted, the development time on Pokemon Sword and Shield was reportedly less, but even so, the Galar region fell noticeably short.

Pokemon Zelda Concept
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What a Pokemon game could look like if it was similar to Zelda on the Nintendo Switch…

Open world

Another thing Zelda on the Switch was credited for, and rightly so, was the fact it is open world. Before Pokemon Sword and Shield was revealed, there were hopes Pokemon would go open world for the first time, too. But this obviously never materialized.

Instead, the game stuck to its linear format in what is mostly confined spaces. This works for Pokemon games but with games continuing to evolve, the question becomes how long can Game Freak and co stick to this formula.


Mainline Pokemon games have stuck with the tried and tested birds-eye view camera. It works, that cannot be denied.

However, many believe now is the time to go on the ground with a first or third-person perspective. Pokemon fans don’t necessarily crave total realism but a more realistic camera, with improved graphics to boot, would certainly make the game more immersive.

Difficulty options

The developers of the Pokemon games have the unenviable task of catering to a large demographic. That includes various ages but more importantly what players want from the experience.

Some will be casual gamers who enjoy the story and aren’t worried about the difficulty, or lack thereof. Others are tired of how easy Pokemon games are – after all, you can pick any team and get through it with ease.

There’s no doubt the games fall on the easy side as of right now. This leaves them with the option of trying to find a middle ground or adding much-wanted difficulty options so all players can get the most out of the game.

In addition to all of the above, there are even trainers who want to be able to visit all of the previous regions. This might be wishing thinking, especially on current hardware, but it is good to aim high!

Pokemon has such a devoted fan base that it is hard to believe any mainline game they make would be a failure. With that said though, if they don’t start evolving and matching the sheer quality of other franchises then they may well lose some ground.

As of right now, there is no new mainline Pokemon game scheduled for 2020 or beyond. It is looking increasingly likely the next one will be in 2021. The question is what it will be – Pokemon Let’s Go 2, a Diamond/Pearl remake, or something else entirely? Only time will tell.


Trainers fascinated by mysterious Victini encounter in Crown Tundra

Published: 28/Oct/2020 2:22 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 2:48

by Paul Cot


Legendary ‘mons from past games have returned in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC but there are still plenty of missing Mythical species, including Victini.

However, interestingly, an encounter for Victini has been found in the Crown Tundra expansion’s code. This information originated from Centro Leaks which claimed Victini is a static encounter found at Level 70.

Naturally, ambitious Pokemon trainers have jumped on this but haven’t been able to find the Victory Pokemon. Just because it has been found in the code, doesn’t mean it can be found, though. Equally, just because it hasn’t been found, doesn’t mean it isn’t lurking out in the Crown Tundra somewhere.

The mystery of Victini has also fascinated Joe Merrick, webmaster of the Serebii website. He sought to clarify the mystery: “It has an in-game encounter. This is a fact. It wouldn’t be in Raid Battles with this encounter or an event. There’s also no text to support it.”

He went on to say that they have tried everything to find it but have obviously been unsuccessful. As such they are considering it leftover code and therefore currently unavailable. “I’m calling it before I lose my mind. I hope I’m wrong here, but I’m all out of ideas.”

Victini Crown Tundra
The mystery of Victini in the Crown Tundra DLC has got the whole Pokemon community talking…

Victini bounty

Nevertheless, it is very strange that a static encounter exists for the Gen 5 Mythical Pokemon. So, maybe there is some crazy to unlock it.

The unknown has also intrigued Austin John Plays, so much so that he is offering a bounty for anyone that figures out the potential puzzle.

Bragging rights are on the line for the first trainer/creator to be able to find out how to catch Victini.

How to get Victini in Pokemon Sword Shield

This all refers to an encounter within the Pokemon Sword and Shield game, however. There is another, simple way to get the dual fighting/water type Mythical ‘mon.

That is through Pokemon HOME. Simply catch it another game (or use one you already have) and transfer it over. You’ll be able to do the same with Pokemon Go soon, when connectivity is enabled some time in 2020.

Whether the actual encounter is a mistake, something that was included in the Crown Tundra and subsequently removed, or something else entirely, hopefully we’ll find out in time.