Pokémon Sword and Shield’s opening is a mix of nostalgia and innovation

Image: Game Freak / Nintendo If you’ve never played a Pokémon game before, you’d be forgiven for thinking the opening 30 minutes or so of the series’ latest installments, Sword and Shield, were those of a standard Japanese role-playing game. There’s a flashy cutscene that introduces the games’ most powerful pokémon trainer, Leon, alongside a gigantic stadium in the new Galar region, where pokémon battling is paramount to the culture and trainers are treated like a cross between pop stars and athletes. And there’s also a new transformation on display early on, called Dynamax, that renders the once-cute pocket monsters as enormous, skyscraper-sized fighters. It’s a sense of scale we’ve never seen in Pokémon games before, and it helps really drive home that the... Continue reading…

Fat Pikachu and other giant Pokemon revealed for Sword and Shield - CNET

Pokemon is showing off its Gigantamax monsters and their new moves.

Wed 16 Oct 19 from CNET

Gigantamax Pikachu is coming to ‘Pokémon Sword’ and ‘Shield’

We know that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will feature a new mechanic called Gigantamaxing, which will turn certain creatures into giant forms and give them ...

Wed 16 Oct 19 from Engadget

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