Pokémon Sword & Shield Announced For The Nintendo Switch!

After a long wait, a new generation of Pokémon is here!

Since the birth of the Nintendo Switch, many an avid Pokémon trainer has been waiting eagerly in anticipation for the new flagship title. None of that Pokémon Go or Pokémon Let’s Go! farce – this is the real deal, and it’s happening this year!

At tonight’s Pokémon Direct 7-minute livestream, Nintendo and GameFreak announced the eighth generation of everyone’s favourite pocket monsters: Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield.

As with all flagship Pokémon games, we’d get a glimpse of the starter Pokémon: Scorbunny, the Fire-type bunny; Sobble, a lizard-like Water-type; and a monkey-like Grass-type named Grookey.

The new games will take place in an all-new region called the Galar Region, which will feature new towns, NPCs, and Gyms, among other things. Of course, we’ll definitely be expecting a slew of new Pokémon to populate Galar.

It’s been nearly three years since the debut of Pokémon Sun & Moon on the 3DS, but those games heralded the swansong of Nintendo’s previous generation of consoles. Sword & Shield paves the way for new Pokémon mainline titles for the Switch, and will be the first generation of Pokémon to be playable on a home console.

Pokémon Sword & Shield will release concurrently worldwide on Late 2019.