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Pokemon Sword/Shield Producer Understands National Dex Criticism

Pokemon Sword/Shield are the next main titles in the long-running monster training series. The two games hit the Nintendo Switch this November alongside the new Pokemon Home service that allows players to transfer their Pokemon from older titles in the new games.

Fans learned at this year's E3 that not all monsters will be allowed to transfer to the Pokemon Sword/Shield, a decision that has ultimately led to backlash from the series' biggest supporters. Now the producer behind Pokemon, Junichi Masuda, responded to the criticism from fans.

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This comes from a message shared on the official Pokemon website, Masuda begins by expressing gratitude toward fans for being so passionate about the series and reiterates that the decision to remove some monsters was not made easily. "Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokemon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokemon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me," Masuda said.

Pokemon Sword/Shield Missing Some Classics

Although these monsters may not make it to Pokemon Sword/Shield, that doesn't mean they're gone from the series forever. "I'd like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokemon is not available in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games."

Masuda first made this revelation during a Treehouse Live demo during E3 2019. He acknowledged that this decision was a departure from how the developer typically handles Pokemon titles and said this was ultimately due to development time.



"In previous games that worked with the Pokemon Bank service, you were able to--for example, in Sun and Moon--bring over any Pokemon, even if they weren't in the Alola Pokedex. But with the transition to the Nintendo Switch hardware, being much more powerful [and] allowing us to be much more expressive with each of the individual Pokemon...at Game Freak we really spent a lot of time thinking about what the best way to move forward was, really preserving the quality of all the different Pokemon while also taking into account the battle balance, having so many different Pokemon available, all within a limited development time so we don't keep fans waiting too long for every new entry in the series. And after a lot of discussion, we decided to come to a new direction."

Pokemon Sword/Shield release for the Nintendo Switch on November 15th. The games will take place in the new Galar region. It is currently unknown how many new and different creatures will appear in the Galar region's Pokedex, but Nintendo has already offered a look at some of the new creatures. We'll keep a close eye out for any new details regarding Pokemon Sword/Shield so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Nintendo Reveals Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo celebrated Pokemon Day in a big way this year, with a special Nintendo Direct that revealed generation 8 of the long running monster catching series. Titled Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, these two games are set to release in late 2019. Below you'll find the reveal trailer which gives you a look at the two titles in action.

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The new games are set in the fictional region of Galar, which seems to be modeled after Britain. Nintendo also revealed the three new starters that trainers will get to choose between: Grookey the grass monkey, Scorbunny the fire bunny, and Sobble the sad water chameleon. While gameplay was revealed during the Direct, an extensive view was not given, merely little snippets. The biggest takeaway from the clips is that random encounters are coming back to the game.

The Pokemon Company had first revealed that they were working on new Pokemon titles at E3 back in 2017. Other than that, the developer has been tight lipped on details besides the fact that they are core titles and will launch this year.

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The company made the wise decision to categorize them as core games since their last two titles Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee were not traditional Pokemon games. Instead, these two games were intended to bridge the gap between Pokemon Go and the core series to help ease new players into Sword and Shield.

We here at Gigamax are incredibly excited for the next generation of Pokemon and can't wait to get our hands on the games. For more information on these titles, be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon Trailer Reveals Interdimensional Travel

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon Trailer Reveals Interdimensional Travel

A new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon revealed plenty of new details about the pair of 3DS games. The video offers a deeper look at some of the new features Gamefreak added to the upcoming titles as well as a look at a brand new legendary.

The previously revealed UB-Burst and UB-Assembly are getting a new friend in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon that goes by the codename, UB-Adhesive. This little guy is a mysterious (and adorable) new Poison-type, said to understand humans if it spends enough time around them.

UB-Burst and UB-Assembly Info

The trailer released today revealed some new details about UB-Burst and UB-Assembly. UB-Burst has been revealed as a Fire/Ghost-type that is exclusive to Ultra Sun. It comes packaged with a unique attack called Mind Blown. This move has the horrifying monster remove his head and lob it at the defending Pokemon. UB-Assembly is more of a defensive beast that is a Rock/Steel type and exclusive to Ultra Moon. It was also revealed that the new Ultra Beasts have the same Beast Boost ability held by the previous iterations.

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Ultra Beasts come from another dimension and travel to the Alola region through portals known as Ultra Wormholes. In the two new titles, players will be able to traverse atop Solgaleo or Lunala through these rifts and visit the worlds the Ultra Beasts hail from. The trailer also revealed a dark new world known as Ultra Metalopolis, which Nintendo describes as a city that lost its light to the legendary Necrozma.

The Final Details

The final details revealed by the trailer were on a new mysterious team known as, Ultra Recon Squad, a cast of characters is made up of four trainers. In Ultra Sun, players will encounter Dulse and Zossie while in Ultra Moon, backers will run into Phyco and Soliera. Not much else was revealed on the Ultra Recon Squad but in the trailer, they show up with UB-Adhesive.

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The two new games will be released on November 17th. If you buy the game before January 18th, 2018 you also get your hands on a Rockruff that can evolve into the previously revealed Dusk Form Lycanroc.

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Ash Hat Pikachu Coming Soon… To Japan

That's One Good Looking Pikachu

After the massive Pokemon Sun and Moon data mine leak last year, players have been anticipating the release of one popular discovery. One of the many creatures hidden in the data was a Pikachu wearing Ash Ketchum's (main character of the anime) iconic hat. No information on this stylish character was available until the recent announcement by the Japanese publication CoroCoro.

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The Japanese gaming magazine revealed that players who pre order tickets to the upcoming Pokemon movie will receive a code for the new twist on the iconic electric mouse. There are 6 in total and a different Pikachu will be given out every couple of weeks. Each wears a hat from the various seasons of the anime, starting with the first (and best) Johto region, ending with the hat from Sun and Moon.

Recently, the popular character showed off its love of hats in the recent cell phone app, Pokemon Go. Niantic celebrated Pokemon's 20th anniversary by giving wild Pikachu a festive party hat. The same thing was done over Christmas of 2016 but instead of a party hat it was given a Santa hat.

So Many Volts

Players will also be happy to find out that along with the Pokemon, they will also receive a new Z-Crystal that works in conjunction with the pocket monster. The crystal is Pikashumium and it gives access to the move 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt, a buffed up version of one of the most iconic moves in the game.

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This news only has one downside, there is no word on a western release for the hat wearing Pokemon or the movie it's associated with. The movie in question is called, "I Choose You" and will be the 20th movie in the Pokemon Feature Film Franchise. It will retell the story of the anime's first few episodes. The movie will be hitting Japanese theaters on  July 15th.

If you want a slap of nostalgia, watch the trailer for "I Choose You" below and don't forget to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for all the latest in industry news and updates!

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