Nintendo has released two new Pokémon games for its Switch console: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. They were featured in a short online show by Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori from the developer of Pokémon, Game Freak. They offer a picturesque, impressionistic world juxtaposing urban and natural environments, continuing the long-standing theme of the series, which explores how people deal with nature. The Gallar region is clearly inspired by Britain. They are all small ivory huts in the villages and austere London buildings in the cities. The setting has already triggered a series of creative nicknames from fans on Twitter, including Pokémon Greggs / Pokémon Nandos.
Like every new Pokémon game, both Sword and Shield will introduce new monsters, three of which are in combat, the recorded stream. It showed how coaches fought in meadows, cities and plains as well as in huge stadiums. The two versions contain a slightly different selection of Pokémon that players can use online or in person.
Sword and Shield follow last year's Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee !, remakes of the very first Pokémon games (Red, Blue and Yellow, released between 1996 and 1998 ). Pokémon has traditionally been a big sales driver for Nintendo consoles, especially in Japan. It's the world's top-selling media franchise, earning an estimated $ 90 billion (£ 68 billion) through games, anime and merchandising. On smartphones, Pokémon Go has millions of active players per month.
Pokémon Sword and Shield will be released worldwide in late 2019.