We’re in the final month of summer which means that those of us on vacation are finishing up our time off from responsibilities, the kids are coming back from camp and the family is once again under one roof. All of this means that it’s back to school in September but quite frankly, this isn’t bad news at all.
If you’re wondering why – it’s because we’re closer to the launch of one of the hottest games of the year! Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launch on November 15 this year – 100 days from today! What can you do in 100 days? Well, quite a bit, actually! Until then, I’m counting the days while maintaining my excitement for the upcoming eighth generation of Pokémon games.
There are so many things about this generation that have my attention and I’ve been eager to get my hands on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! I’m going to breakdown why this generation feels so special.
A new location
I recently spent time in the UK and as it were, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield happen to take place in the Galar region, which is inspired by the United Kingdom! If you haven’t seen the map for the newest setting, there are a few things to take note of. A lot of the land is covered by train tracks, as well as lakes. Who knows what could be lurking in these areas but as a Pokémon trainer, it is our duty to explore the land and become the very best Pokémon trainer!
Deciding which of the three new Partner Pokémon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble is coming along for your adventure is going to be a tough choice. We’ve seen several new designs like Corviknight, Drednaw, Wooloo, and the new Legendary Pokémon: Zacian and Zamazenta. Each of the new designs we’ve seen reminds me of the first generation and that’s one of the reasons I find myself so excited by Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
The last generation we got Mega Evolutions and now we’re getting Dynamax! This ability allows any Pokémon to grow to enormous proportions using a Dynamax Band. Moves and stats are affected but this ability only lasts three turns and can only be used once in battle, so you’ll need to make it count!
Yes, Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee were technically the first games on Nintendo Switch, but they were remakes. With Sword and Shield, however, both titles take advantage of the Nintendo Switch hardware and allow the visuals to pop on screen. Exploring the Galar region is exciting because of the luscious green and blue palette offered, although, we already miss the Alola region!
What are you excited for?
It’s going to be a long 100 days until November 15 but we’re going to make it well worth the wait! Thanks to our friends over at Nintendo of Canada, we’re running a contest from August 7, 2019, to September 7, 2019, where one lucky winner will win a Nintendo Switch system, one (1) copy of Pokémon Sword and one (1) copy of Pokémon Shield once the game is launched.
We want to know what you’re looking forward to seeing in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Do you think the Gym Challenges are the most exciting or seeing the Galar region on the big screen at home? What about the Partner Pokémon evolutions?
In order to enter, like and follow Console Creatures on Twitter, and then email us at [email protected] with your submission and what you’re excited about. Feel free to interact with us on Twitter for a bonus entry.
A winner will be chosen shortly after the contest closes and will be notified via email.
The contest is open to residents of Canada only.