Gotta Catch ‘em All

Meet the newest additions to the Pokemon franchise

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Dominick Cooper, Staff Writer

On February 27, 2019, also known as Pokémon Day, two new Pokémon games were announced to the word by Nintendo. It was on November 15, 2019, that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released to the world. Selling over six million copies during opening weekend (November 15-17). This set a record in Japan, which had 1.36 million copies sold, for the best opening week for a Nintendo Switch game.
“I mean, the new Pokémon games are ok. My favorite new Pokémon is Grimmsnarl because of his typing and how he looks,” junior Riley Howard said.
The games are centered around the gym challenge and the ancient Galar region legend. The gym challenge consists of 8 gyms you have to beat the leaders of. Before you beat the gym leaders, you have to complete a gym challenge. These range from brain teasers to simply beating other trainers. The legend of the galar region is based off of the two legendary wolf Pokémon, Zamazenta and Zacian.
“I have Pokémon Shield. It’s not that great. There’s a lot of glitches, the animation is lazy, and the story is lacking,” junior Noel Gilkes said.
Every game has its glitches, and usually there is one major glitch. The Sword and Shield glitch caused your game to crash, and then proceeded to wipe your SD card save data. Other than this glitch, there have not been many other glitches reported on. The story is in fact bland. It feels repetitive.
“I miss the wormhole in Alola that the deeper you go, the better the Pokemon you would encounter,” Howard said.
The last two games were set in the Alola region, which was based off of Hawaii, and did not have the gyms. Instead they had the Island challenges. These were essentially gyms, but had their own little quirks. However, In Pokémon Sword and Shield, they added challenges to the gyms. For instance, the first gym challenge you face is the grass type gym. In this challenge you have to herd sheep. It’s not the most interesting task, but at least it gives a little bit more of originality to the gyms. However, this does not make up for the poor plot line.
“I do not like that they took out over half of the Pokemon that already existed,” junior Lane Christilles said
As I previously stated, the game is repetitive. You level up your pokémon, then go face the gym. Then you go and find a new piece of evidence as to the ancient legend of the Galar region. In other words, it gets boring quick. Another issue several people have with the game, is the fact that they took out mega-evolutions, and Z-moves. But to top it all off with a rotten cherry, over 60% of the existing Pokémon were cut from Sword and Shield. The exact number of Pokémon cut is 478 in total. There are no starters except for the Charizard evolution line, and no returning legendaries other than Mew.
“I like the new gigantimaxing feature. It’s new and interesting. However, I don’t like that they took out mega evolving and Z-moves,” Christilles said.
Overall the new Pokémon games are subpar. They lack a good and original plot line, and what new features and Pokémon they have do not make up for what they cut. It is definitely not a fan favorite. I give this game 2.5 paws out of 5.