Pokémon Sword and Shield


Jason Pesigan , Sophomore

On November 15, popular game Franchise, Pokémon, released the 8th generation of their game, Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch.

The 1st generation of Pokémon named Pokémon Red and Blue, was initially released in 1999 in North America. The premise of the RPG game is to catch and train creatures called Pokémon to fight other trainers and become the champion of your region

The Pokémon franchise, over the years has taken the title of being the 2nd highest grossing game.

Upon Pokémon Sword and Shields first announcement, the games were met with a big controversy. Fans were not happy when the game director, Shigeru Ohmori, stated that not all of the Pokémon characters from the previous games would be included. 

When asked about the new games and the characters, Junichi Masuda, the game producer, said: “We knew at some point we weren’t going to be able to indefinitely keep supporting all of the Pokémon, and we just found that Sword and Shield would probably be a good point to go back and reevaluate.”

Fans were outraged when they heard the news. The #BringBackNationalDex trended on twitter upon this announcement. 

Sophomore, Ricky Mendoza, discussed the changes in the game: “The fact that the new pokédex would not include all previous Pokémon did not influence my choice to purchase the game.”

The new Pokemon Sword and Shield can be purchased for $59.99 at Target, Best Buy, or online.