Pokémon Direct: Generation 8 Pokémon Sword & Shield games confirmed and new starter Pokémon revealed!

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There has been a lot of hype around the announcement of new Pokémon games being revealed on Pokémon Day which is the anniversary of the original release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in Japan in 1996 (27/02). A Nintendo Direct was announced with an image of three Pokéballs and instantly the idea of starter Pokémon came about.

Fans have not been disappointed as a new Pokémon adventure begins in late 2019 with the revealing of the eighth generation of Pokémon games known as Sword and Shield. The name sounds historic and warlike and by the looks of the trailer, the landscape and setting of the island known as the ‘Galar Region’ is set in the United Kingdom. Either that or that clock tower and industrial city imagery looks awfully familiar.

Accompanying the announcement of the Galar region, the three starter Pokémon have also been announced and they are: Grookey, who is a chimp and grass-type, Scorbunny who is a rabbit and fire-type and finally Sobble who is a lizard water-type Pokémon. All three Pokémon look adorable and it will be exciting to see what and who is announced next!

The areas of the expansive Galar Region include vast grassy plans, craggy snow-covered mountains, underground mining (which hasn’t been seen since gen 4), water zones, battle arenas, towns and cities. The trailer showed off some familiar Pokémon as well including Lucario, Tyranitar, Flygon, Wailmer, Munchlax, Minccino and of course Pikachu. The battle area at the end looks to be where you will become a Pokémon master and in the trailer your main character (either a boy or a girl) looks to be in a sporting outfit.

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In the Direct, Director of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Shigeru Ohmori stated that Pokémon and people live and work together to develop the industries in the area. He also announced that gyms would be returning to the games that were absent in Sun and Moon. 

Pokémon producer and one of the original creators of the games, Junichi Masuda, said: “these games are new games in the Pokémon series, role-playing games that will get anyone fired up and excited.” He also said that these games were for veterans and new entrants to the Pokémon world of games.

The games will release on the Nintendo Switch so it looks like the 3DS might officially be dead in the water, as the main game line on the handheld were the Pokémon games.

Have a look at some images from the upcoming games below and stay tuned for further updates throughout the year on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield:

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