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Visit a “Galar Visitors Center” to Learn More About Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Real-life visitor centers popping up!

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Everyone’s talking about the majestic Galar region, the must-visit destination for up-and-coming Pokémon Trainers. Galar is the setting for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Nov. 15. From picturesque grassy plains to bustling industrial towns, the Galar region offers Trainers many exciting places to explore, newly discovered Pokémon to catch and Gym Leaders to battle.

To prepare for the launch of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Nintendo is hosting a series of pop-up tourism centers, where fans can learn more about Galarian culture and must-do regional activities. Kicking off at PAX West next weekend in Seattle, and popping up in select cities across the U.S., fans will be able to stop by the “Galar Visitors Center” to take their Galar region passport photo, speak with “tour guides” to learn more about regional activities and characters, and receive special themed items, while supplies last.

“Discovering a new region is part of the fun of diving into a new Pokémon adventure,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With this tourism-themed activity, we want fans of all ages to explore the region and learn about the people, places and things that make Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield so special.”

The first Galar Visitors Center will be located at PAX West, Booth No. 1939, in the Washington State Convention Center at 705 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101. Open to PAX attendees during the regular PAX West show hours from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, the stop is a great place for PAX visitors and Pokémon fans to plan their visit to the Galar region this November. They can even demo the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games nearby at the PAX West Nintendo booth!

After PAX West, the Galar tourism center will pop up in various locations across the country, leading up to the launch of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on Nov. 15.

The current tourism schedule is below, with additional destinations to be added in the future.

In addition to learning all about the Galar region and the new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, visitors to the tourism centers will be able to experience many fun activities. Everyone who stops by should make sure their cameras are equipped, since there will be various Galar-themed photo opportunities that are perfect for sharing on social media.

Visitors also have the opportunity to receive a variety of special items, including Galar region postcards and a travel brochure, while supplies last. Anyone who pre-orders Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on site or shows proof of existing pre-orders, like a digital receipt, will receive a special luggage tag inspired by the games, while supplies last.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15 at a suggested retail price of $59.99 each. In these new games – the first core RPG series Pokémon games on a home console! – players can become a Pokémon Trainer, embark on a journey in the new Galar region and unravel the mystery behind Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. New features to the series include the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where players can freely control the camera, and multiplayer-focused* Max Raid Battles, in which players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.

Take a closer look at the European box for the Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition

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Planning on grabbing the Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition for yourself? While you'll have to wait a bit longer to actually get the unit in your hands, you can at least drool a bit more over the European box for the bundle. Both the box and Switch Lite itself are pretty damn gorgeous. It's going to be pretty hard to resist purchasing this one!

New Pokemon Sword and Shield info coming within the next few days

New info coming soon!

Still can't get enough Pokemon Sword and Shield info? You'll be happy to know that more should be coming your way very soon. The Pokemon Company has confirmed that new details about the game will be shared within the next few days. We don't know where the info will be shared or what it will be, but we'll be sure to bring it to you when it's live!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Pokemon Sword & Shield "Official Galar Region Strategy Guide" detailed

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The official strategy guide from Pokémon for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games.

Get the tips you need for each part of your journey with the step-by-step walkthrough and hints in Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield: The Official Galar Region Strategy Guide. From your first experiences as a Trainer and all through your adventure, this guide will help you every step of the way!

Along the path, you’ll encounter different Gym Leaders to defeat, a vast Wild Area full of a variety of Pokémon, and mysteries of legendary proportions. But you’ll be ready for it all with this guide!

This official 352 page guide from Prima is set to launch on Nov. 22nd, 2019, and is priced at $25. You can grab yours here.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon teased a small change in Pokemon Sword and Shield

A sneaky tease

Looks like Game Freak snuck in a tease about Pokemon Sword and Shield into Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and it ties into Rotom. Check out the video above for the neat nod to the future!

Amazon offering in-game Gold Studded Leather Case for Pokemon Sword & Shield Double Pack preorders

Stud finder

Amazon has announced that anyone who preorders the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield Double Pack through them will receive a download code for an exclusive in-game Gold Studded Leather Case for your Pokémon Trainer. You have until Nov. 14th, 2019 to lock in your preorder, so there's still time to mull things over. If you want to lock in your preorder now, you can do so here.

Pokemon Sword & Shield preorder bonus revealed for Hong Kong and Taiwan

Planning a trip?

Nintendo has revealed the preorder bonus for Pokemon Sword and Shield in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. Preorders for any version of the game will come with a Rotom-themed luggage tag, which will be in limited supply. Definitely one of the more unique preorder bonuses out there.

Pokemon Sword & Shield 'Trial Version' event for Japan detailed

An exclusive early hands-on event!

Pokemon fans in Japan will have a chance to go hands-on with Pokemon Sword & Shield via a special early trial event, which will be held at a venue in Tokyo on Sept. 21st, 2019. The event will host 280 people, and people looking to attend must be a Pokemon Secret Club member. To be a part of this club, you have to preorder Pokemon Sword or Shield, and then enter the serial code you get from the preorder, as well as your email address.

Gene Simmons flattered to see Pokemon Co. seemingly taking inspiration from KISS for Pokemon Sword & Shield's Obstagoon

How about a KISS?

Earlier in the week, we got a chance to check out Obstagoon in Pokemon Sword & Shield, and the collective internet were quick to point out the Pokemon's resemblance to the rock band, KISS. Those comparisons made it all the way up to Gene Simmons, frontman for KISS. While Pokemon Co. hasn't commented on the comparisons, Simmons was more than happy to share his two cents.

"Pokémon has been a part of our household for decades, ever since our kids first discovered them, and to see Pokémon pay homage to KISS, is flattering."

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