Pokémon Sword and Shield are barely two months old yet Nintendo aren’t resting on their laurels just yet so to all the Laurels out there breathe easy. They announced a […]
Pokémon Sword and Shield are barely two months old yet Nintendo aren’t resting on their laurels just yet so to all the Laurels out there breathe easy. They announced a Direct without saying too much on what to expect but there’s always something Pokémon related on the horizon.
Right off the bat we get the announcement of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX – a Switch remake of the original PMD game from 2006. In the game you have been transformed into a Pokemon and you must work with other Pokémon to battle your way through every changing dungeons in this rougelike adventure. I played a very small amount of Mystery Dungeon many years back and had a good time with it so I’ll definitely check it out. Luckily there is demo coming tonight and you will be able to continue your save file from there should you purchase it. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX comes out March 6th.
Now for the big new, Pokémon Sword and Shield are getting expansion passes, seemingly instead of the usual enhanced versions of the game. They announced two new packs that will release in the summer and in the fall.
The first is the Isle of Armor – where you learn from a dojo master and previous Galar champion, Mustard. Mustard is an old, old man who even taught Leon a thing or two. At one point he will entrust a new Pokémon to you – Kubfu, a fighting legendary whose evolution can take on one of two forms. In addition there will be a new rival depending on what version of the game you are playing and your starter Pokémon’s final evolutions will be given their own Gigantimax versions. Also they showed concept art for Gigantimax versions of Venusaur and Blastoise so the O.G. Starter Crew are back together. The Isle of Armor will release in the Summer of 2020.
In the fall we will get The Crown Tundra – a harsh wintry place for us to explore. With it being further away from release there was a little less information on the Tundra but it will contain another new legendary – Calyrex – as well a new co-op focussed dungeon where you can team up with your friends to battle Dynamax’d legendaries from previous games, as well as some new ones to boot. It looks like the gang is mostly there with the exception of the event legendaries like Mew and Celebi. Still, that’s a lot of legendaries just waiting for a nice little Ultra Ball to call their home.
That’s not all, between the two expansions over 200 Pokémon from previous games will be available in this pass – probably not going to appease everyone considering they are behind a paywall and there’s still some missing but it is a sign that the rest will probably make their way through soon. If you’re not interested in the expansion you will still be able to get these Pokémon via trades.
There will be free updates to Sword and Shield too, with today marking an update where you can visit your rival to be at one of the stations in the game and you’ll get a chance to catch yourself a Galarian Slowpoke. This Slowpoke will be able to evolve into Galarian Slowbro or Slowking via items found in each of the expansions.
So there we go, they’ve replaced the traditional enhanced versions of the game for the cheaper option of just releasing a season pass like everyone else. It’ll be $30 for the pack, as of yet it’s not up on the UK store so I can’t check how much it’ll be in good ol’ British pounds. Still, I’m always up for more Pokémon!