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Game Freak expands on the reasons for not including all Pokemon in Pokemon Sword & Shield, talks about the importance of Home going forward

Gone, but not forgotten...

The Famitsu gang had the chance to interview Game Freak's Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori at E3 2019, and they picked their brains on Pokemon Sword & Shield. Check out a summary of that interview below.

- with the shift to the Switch, the amount of time needed for graphics/animation increased
- apart from the graphics, balancing for new Pokemon with new abilities has become very hard
- the team found that it would be hard for all the Pokemon to appear, even in titles going forward
- the team felt the decision to not include all Pokemon in Sword/Shield is one that had to be made sooner or later for the series
- even in Pokemon Sun & Moon, bringing in every Pokemon was something barely manageable
- in Pokemon Sword & Shield, the team's need to redo models meant even more work to take on
- the Wild Areas and story will have quite a bit of content to make up for the lack of all Pokemon
- the team says once again that it's uncertain as to whether missing Pokemon will be added in future updates
- even if not in Pokemon Sword & Shield, Game Freak plans on making those Pokemon shine in future titles going forward,
- a large part of this will be with Pokemon Home, as the devs do not want the players’ past Pokemon to feel worthless
- the team is deciding if Pokemon that receive new graphics through Sword & Shield will reuse them to appear in new titles
- the inclusion of gimmicks like Mega Evolution and Dynamax that affect all Pokemon means doing so would be difficult
- it’s not about adding more Pokemon in as they receive graphical upgrades
- the team says it's a change towards bringing in Pokemon from Pokemon Home that fit the game
- the reason behind the name Pokemon Home, is that it's a place to return to
- bringing Pokemon out to games going forward is like bringing it on a trip
- in terms of the feelings of the Pokemon, it's as if the Pokemon are saying, “This region is cold, so I’ll be staying at home.”
- Game Freak once again says they're thinking of adding gameplay elements to Pokemon Home
- Musuda has the concept of bringing Pokemon out to even the spinoff titles from Pokemon Home in mind

Trademark filed for Pokemon Home

Home is where the Pokemon are

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc. and Game Freak Co., Ltd. have joint-filed for a new trademark in Japan for Pokémon Home .
This trademark applies to downloadable video game programs, downloadable programs for smartphone, game cards, plush dolls, and for the planning and operation of game competitions.

Niantic files suit against multiple Pokemon GO hacked app creators

Cheaters never prosper

Niantic is out to defend Pokemon GO from people they feel are ruining the game. The company has filed suit against roughly 20 so-called hackers for their work on PokeGo++, an "unauthorized derivative version" of Pokemon GO. Niantic believes PokemonGo++ infringes on intellectual property rights, and also gives players an unfair advantage over those who are playing the regular version of the game.

Why do your math homework when you can play Pokemon Red/Blue on your calculator?

But can it run Pokemon?

Are you bored in math class? Simple solution: play Pokemon on your calculator. from r/pokemon

Back in my day, we used to play all sorts of games on our TI-83 calculators, but they were all fan-made. Games that were Tetris knock-offs and weird penguin platformers. Today's students have taken their gaming up a notch by playing Pokemon Red on their TI-84 calculators. You can check out some footage of this in action here!

Nintendo the top most-seen gaming industry brand on TV for May 2019

Pokemon leads the pack

Nintendo swoops back in to the top position on TV for the month of May. Nintendo's ads were seen more than any other gaming brand here in the states, and you can get a full breakdown on the details below.

- estimated spend of $4.2 million
- aired 13 commercials over 1,500 times, which resulted in 230.3 million impressions
- “My Way: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee” was the ad with the most spend, an estimated $1 million
- Nick, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim were three of the networks with the highest spend
- programs that Nintendo prioritized included SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, and Bob’s Burgers

Pokemon Co. reveals World Hobby Fair Summer ’19 plans

Movie goodies, Pokemon Sword/Shield info, and more

The Pokémon Company is making an appearance at World Hobby Fair Summer ’19, and they've detailed what they'll be offering up at the big show. Fans in attendance can expect the following.

- promotions for Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION
- this includes a “Strike Back Mewtwo” with top-class stats for people with special early-bird tickets
- attendees are encouraged to bring a Switch and a copy of Pokémon Let’s GO
- members of the TV show Pokémon no Ie Atsumaru? will be on-hand to deliver new information
- get the latest information on Pokémon Sword/Shield

Boundary Break - 20 Out of Bounds Mysteries in Pokemon X & Y Answered

Time to take a deep dive into Pokemon X and Y to see what Game Freak was hiding just outside the limits of the camera. There's always something to see and do just outside of the normal play area. Why secrets await this time?!

Pokemon News - New Nanoblock designs, Pikachu Gotochi mascots, more Pokemon Bigmore plush dolls

Merch, merch, merch

New Pokemon Nanoblock designs

- two new designs spotted at the Tokyo Toy Show 2019
- Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y are on the way

Pikachu Gotochi mascots revealed

- Pikachu Gotochi merchandise is currently exclusive to specific prefectures in Japan
- Pikachu Gotochi mascots for four different prefectures are currently in development

New Pokemon BigMore plush dolls

- Gengar, Cyndaquil, and Mew will launch in Japan in October, November, and December 2019

Pokemon Sword & Shield Treehouse Live segment on YouTube is being bombed with dislikes

Will it be very effective?

Pokemon fans are really unhappy with the fact that Pokemon Sword & Shield won't include all previous Pokemon. They're showing their anger by hitting Nintendo's Pokemon Sword & Shield Treehouse Live segment from E3 2019 with a bunch of dislikes. The video itself has over a million views and 17k likes, but as of right now, it has over 50k dislikes. You have to wonder what Nintendo/Game Freak/Pokemon Co. think about all the negativity for Pokemon Sword & Shield coming out of E3 2019.

New Pokemon Sword & Shield screen confirms Noibat's inclusion

Avoid the Noibat

Now that we know Pokemon Sword & Shield won't include all Pokemon like past games, we're going to constantly be on the hunt to spot confirmed Pokemon. A single new screen has popped up on the official Chinese website for Pokemon Sword and Shield, and in the background you can see Noibat hanging out. That means both Noibat and Noiver will be included in the Galar Region Pokedex.