We are just months away from the release of the first-ever home console main series Pokémon game. Pokémon Sword & Shield have people extremely excited, however, some are disappointed with the fact that not every single Pokémon will be available in the game. While that is a bummer, I’m personally of the opinion that it’ll still be an absolute blast. In fact, I’m not exaggerating when I say this latest trailer has me the most optimistic I’ve been for the upcoming games yet. This latest preview was released globally just a few hours ago and it’s given fans a boatload of new additions to get hyped about.
The first big addition unveiled in the new Pokémon trailer is the Galarian forms of older Pokémon. Sun & Moon, the series’ 7th generation, was the first to introduce new versions of older Pokémon, and it’s not surprising to see Sword & Shield do the same. What has me particularly excited about Galarian forms is that they won’t just be limited to 1st gen Pokémon. All the Sun & Moon variants of older friends were all Gen 1 classics. So far, Galarian Weezing’s been confirmed which is a Red and Blue original, but so have Galarian Zigzagoon and Linoone which came from Gen 3. Linoone even has an all-new evolution called Obstagoon, who looks like a cross between Zoroark and the Hyenas from Lion King.
New Pokémon forms weren’t the only big reveal. We have the gen 8 Pikachu knock-off, Morpeko, who switches to and from being a little dark type edgy rat. We have two new rivals; the Punk glam Marnie and the older Bede. I’m thrilled by the idea of having an older rival. It’s a very bold move for Gamefreak that I think acknowledges that at this point more adults are playing these games than kids. We also have Team Yell, the ‘Team Rocket’ of Sword & Shield. Instead of being bad guys at heart, they seem to just be a rowdy fan-club for Marnie. Apparently, in the Japanese cut of the new trailer but not the English version, Poké Jobs were introduced. I guess that means playing Pokémon now counts as going to work.
Pokémon Sword & Shield are set to come out for the Switch on November 15, 2019.