Pokemon Direct Announces Sword/Shield Expansion, Mystery Dungeon Remake. Pokemon Sword and Shield introduced the Galar region on the Nintendo Switch, but the games aren’t finished yet.
Nintendo and Game Freak announced new content: an expansion pass that adds the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra. The new expansions include more areas to explore, including a new co-op mode similar to the Wild Area. The video advertising the expansions showcased new characters, new Pokemon, new Galarian Pokemon forms, and new Gigantamax forms, with over 200 new and returning Pokemon expanding the Pokedex. Among the newly-revealed Pokemon are Galarian-form Slowpoke and its evolutions, as well as the legendary birds of Kanto (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres).
New Pokemon include the fighting-type Kubfu and Urshifu, a grass/psychic legendary called Calyrex, and unknown Pokemon resembling the Regi trio from the third generation games. Venusaur and Blastoise are gaining new Gigantamax forms (catching them up with Charizard, the only first-generation starter initially available in Sword and Shield), along with the Sword and Shield starters: Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon.
All versions of Pokemon Sword and Shield will be able to get the expanded Pokedex, including transferring Pokemon via Pokemon Home, for free. The expansions for the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra must be purchased separately. Previously, Pokemon games would release with an original pair, then a third edition that adds additional content. Pokemon Red and Blue had Yellow version (in Japan, Red and Green added Blue then Yellow), Gold and Silver had Crystal, and so forth. Later games, starting with Black and White, added sequels or enhanced versions instead; Black and White 2, Ultra Sun and Moon, and so forth. This is the first DLC expansion for the Pokemon games, which adds the same amount of content without requiring players to purchase an entirely new game.
When Pokemon Sword and Shield were announced, there was a backlash due to the removal of the National Dex; even with the Galar Pokedex alone, the game still had over 400 Pokemon, plus Dynamax forms for each of them. Fans that were worried their favorite Pokemon would be left behind forever may be able to breathe more easily now that the Pokedex is expanding. While this still brings it short of the 890 Pokemon available in total, it indicates that there’s still room for the games to grow and add more Pokemon back into the games.
Additionally, Pokemon announced a new Mystery Dungeon Game for the Nintendo Switch. “Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX” is a remake of the original “Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team” games fr the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Rather than explore and capture Pokemon, the Mystery Dungeon games have players take the form of a Pokemon. Players build a party, explore dungeons, and rescue Pokemon from growing threats. Rescue Team DX will be available on the Nintendo Switch March 6, 2020.
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