One of the most anticipated games of the year, the Pokémon Sword and Shield duo, is finally arriving on the Nintendo Switch family of systems. These games have created quite a buzz when they were first announced and continued to stir up the video game world as more detail was revealed little by little. Almost everyone is excited for the new feature called Dynamax which boasts gigantic sized Pokémon. On the other hand, some fans were not too pleased when Game Freak announced that not all previous generation Pokémon will make the cut for the Sword and Shield. But enough of that, the most important thing is that our team got their hands on an early copy of Pokémon Sword so let’s get into my first impressions for this hype-induced game.
Spoiler Alert: This Preview contains the names of brand new Pokémon, characters, and detailed gameplay explanations which some purists may prefer to experience for themselves.
The announcement was made in a larger than life Nintendo ad for the new device which included friends meeting up at the park with various types of switches, a Fire Emblem Three Houses cameo and even astronauts playing Switch Lite in space. A more up close and personal feel with Nintendo Switch games using a dedicated handheld to play which is smaller and more easily portable. The full size of the Nintendo Switch Lite is more akin to handhelds and the up, down, left, and right buttons of the original Switch are replaced by a directional pad for the Switch Lite.
There was plenty of anime, familiar faces, and nearly all genres of gaming received new announcements. Nintendo did some new things this year, including a collaboration with Netflix to present a game based on the Dark Crystal film. They’ve delivered the promise of closer looks at upcoming exclusives while somehow managing to get more third party support than ever. More so than ever, there is something for everyone in the form of high quality, complete games.