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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Nintendo Direct September 2019

Latest Nintendo Direct video stream wraps up remaining Nintendo Switch announcements for 2019 and some future titles.

Announced only a little while ago, a brand-new Nintendo Direct presentation was scheduled for today, on September 4, 2019 and it came out with news for loads of new releases and upcoming updates that fans were looking for.

Aside from their scheduled title launches in 2019 for Nintendo Switch consoles, some future games were teased. Nintendo's own official Twitch, Twitter and YouTube channels have broadcasted this video at 3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET.

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Nintendo Direct September 2019

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Get on board with this 38 minutes long exclusive Nintendo Direct video for all new information on Switch games.




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Overwatch Legendary Edition | Nintendo Switch




For a week or so, there was rumor of team-based online shooter Overwatch to come to Switch. Today, we got an official confirmation for one of most popular title of Blizzard Entertainment is finally heading to Nintendo's handheld console.

This multiple "Game of the Year" award-winner title will become available for Switch on October 15. Currently boasting a roster of 31 characters, players will have console specific control options and limited time Widowmaker skin.

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Luigi's Mansion 3 | ScreamPark Mode




Luigi going for a family vacation turns into a terrifying experience when he realizes Last Resort hotel is haunted. Otherwise what sort of lodge will have a pyramid inside of it that hoses Mummies and other booby traps for tourists?

Before getting out, he can hang out at its disco floor or spend time at pirate-themed restaurant before facing off some menacing bosses. A latest inclusion introduces ScreamPark mode for 2-8 players to battle ghosts on behalf of Team Luigi or Gooigi.

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Super Kirby Clash | Nintendo Switch
Launching right away is a free-to-start title Super Kirby Clash featuring combined might of Kirby times four. Party up with four of your friends for a co-op adventure via local wireless or online multiplayer other than playing solo.

Play your job roles by gearing up with weapons to work as a team and then take up quests from town. There are about a 100 quests and challenging boss battles to get into but most important above all of that is to play your roles right.

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Trials of Mana Remake | Nintendo Switch
Fans of action role-playing Mana series are finally getting a long-awaited return of Trials of Mana after 25 years. An HD remake of third game from a trilogy that is beloved by all, it will feature new aesthetic and re-imagined battle system.

Players can pick a protagonist and two cohorts from six different characters who will help you follow through in-game storyline. At any point, you can switch classes or change their appearances and abilities according to your need.

Trials of Mana Remake Comes to Nintendo Switch

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Return of the Obra Dinn | Nintendo Switch
Set on the case of a missing ship of East India Company, Return of the Obra Dinn is a puzzle video game from developer/publisher 3909 LLC. You play role of an insurance adjuster who has to figure out what really happened to its entire crew.

You posses a Momentum Mortem magic pocket watch that lets you get back in time to analyze their situation. Now that Obra Dinn has resurfaced years later, explore and observe everything from past in an attempt to solve a supernatural mystery.

Return of the Obra Dinn Comes to Nintendo Switch

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Little Town Hero | Nintendo Switch
Upcoming turn-based role-playing game Little Town Hero from developer Game Freak will be hitting Nintendo Switch on October 16. Its story is set around a town that people living in it can never leave and will be protected by a castle.

Players control a young boy named Axe, who took it upon himself to save his town when it is attacked by monstrous threats. Fellow citizens can of course lend a helping hand in your fights but you will have to find them to get support.

Little Town Hero Comes to Nintendo Switch

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Biggest take away from this video presentation was Overwatch getting a Switch port next month, revelation of newest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter and new addition of more games from Assassin's Creed series coming soon.

Nintendo Direct ended up announcing tons of new titles upon us that will be coming out throughout the rest of this year on Nintendo Switch and until 2020 to keep us busy playing while they will make some more games for next time.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Nintendo Indie World Showcase August 2019

Check out an awesome lineup of indie games heading to Nintendo Switch in latest Indie World Showcase live-stream.

With the rise of Nintendo Switch handheld console in recent years following its 2017 launch, many indie games with great potential are finding a new audience to reach out to and that essentially has helped them to grow exponentially.

Though Nintendo mostly focuses on major upcoming releases and big-name anticipated Switch ports during their Nintendo Direct presentation, this time they decided to go with indie games and is introducing Indie World Showcase.

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Nintendo Indie World Showcase August 2019

Here are official announcements for some of indie games that are coming to Switch later this year on in 2020.




Risk of Rain 2
First title that kicks-off the presentation is an upcoming third-person shooter Risk of Rain 2 with rogue-like gameplay elements and an interesting setting that comes from developer Hopoo Games and publisher Gearbox Publishing.

Heading to Switch this summer, there will be 10 playable characters at launch that you can pick from to enjoy playing with up to four person. Similar to its predecessor, you venture out various levels, collect loot, kill aliens and repeat.

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Risk of Rain 2 Comes to Nintendo Switch

Eastward
A single player adventure ride that centers on a mysterious white haired little girl named Sam in a post-apocalyptic world. Eastward is created by developer Pixpil and publisher Chucklefish, coming to Switch platform in 2020.

In order to find true origin of Sam, player character John goes out of his way and embarks a journey into a hostile world. Although it has a retro vibe, it is beautifully-detailed instead of entirely adapting a pixilated graphics style.

Torchlight II
Announcement for Switch version of action role-playing game Torchlight II came months ago and now a release date is revealed for September 3, 2019. Also coming is exclusive in-game pet; a pink unicorn and yapper to keep you company.

Explore a dynamic open-world created by developer/publisher Runic Games that comes with a new game plus mode. Hack and slash your way into this fan-favorite dungeon crawler to slay monsters and earn loot alone or with up to four friends.

Although almost every other game is trying their best to get a Switch version out for the platform these days, long-time Xbox console exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest is one particular game that took the literal cake here for us.

Indie World Showcase live-stream for Nintendo Switch sure was packed with surprises and some already known confirmations and boy, does this lineup looks packed! So, was it as exciting for you as it was for us? If so, then what was it?

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Fire Emblem Actor Removed After Controversy

Following allegations of harassment, Fire Emblem: Three Houses actor name is removed from credits and is replaced.

Only days after launching on Nintendo Switch, tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses is already receiving immense praise from critics and fans alike that easily makes it one of the best reviewed games of 2019 so far.

However, controversy followed suit when recently when one of its voice actor, Christopher Niosi came under fire for violating a non-disclosure agreement before it launched on July 26 by discussing his role and got replaced.

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Fire Emblem Actor Removed After Controversy

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Nintendo decided to remove Niosi afterwards when accusations of abuse starts coming to light by his former friends and girlfriends, followed by a confessional post on social media site Tumblr where he apologized for his past actions.

Earlier this week, he was removed from Fire Emblem Heroes, mobile spin-off game from Fire Emblem series and is replaced by Zach Aguilar. Nintendo of America revealed that Niosi will be replaced in Three Houses in a forthcoming update.

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In an official statement released recently, Nintendo confirmed of re-recording his lines with another voice actor.

After assessing the situation, we decided to re-record the character's voiceovers in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem Heroes with another actor. The new voiceovers will be included in a future patch.

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Chris Niosi has been doing voice works for TV shows like OK KO! and video games such as MapleStory 2, Octopath Traveler and SMITE. He also served as an animator on indie platformer A Hat in Time and fighting game Skullgirls.

Controversial voice actor Niosi lend his talent for one of the lead characters, Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses but has relatively limited amount of dialogues. With 87 score on Metacritic, the game easily is one of top ten titles of 2019 right now.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Nintendo to Fix Joy-Cons for Free

Following a lawsuit filed over "Joy-Con Drift" issue earlier, Nintendo decided to fix all affected controllers for free!

A hardware issue on next-gen hybrid console Nintendo Switch has been bugging fans for some time and is known as "Joy-Con Drift", which Nintendo only cared about as long as it came under their device warranty period until now.

When this problem with detachable Switch controllers became a major annoyance for many customers, a law firm filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo and they had to react fast by deciding to fix all affected controllers for free.

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Nintendo to Fix Joy-Cons for Free

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Joy-Con drift is a problem where analog sticks on controllers would start taking command on their own even if they are not touched and this started affecting gameplay experience by being annoying to outright impossible to play sometimes.

This is an old issue for Switch consoles ever since it came out in 2017 and has bugged out many people over time. Up until now, Nintendo would have happily provided customers a replacement if they had it covered under warranty.

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However, they never acknowledged this issue much seriously but things have gone too far to simply ignore and let their market reputation get ruined now that they are getting sued by U.S. law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith.

CSK&D filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America on July 19, after receiving complaints from more than 5,500 consumers who are affected by drifting issues with their Joy-Con controllers at some point after purchase.

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Customer service representatives are now internally instructed by Nintendo to no longer charge anyone affected by Joy-Con drift for repairs and to refund those who already spend money without asking for any proof of purchase at all.

Also, warranty status will no longer be an issue to get free repairs or a requested refund except for confirmation of prior repair. This was disclosed by source that knows about Nintendo's updated customer support documentation.

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According to documentations, representatives are advised to simply guide complaining customers with steps to troubleshoot their issue first but if that doesn't do the trick then Joy-Con issues should be fixed at no-charge.

Nintendo didn't acknowledge that Joy-Con controllers were faulty from beginning and simply referred this issue as "recent reports". Good thing is, people are at least getting free repair of their Joy-Cons or refund if they already paid for it.

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With Nintendo Switch Lite scheduled to arrive in a few months on September 2019, people can't help but thinking whether or not upcoming first revision for Switch console would share the same drifting problem or not.

Since Switch Lite has no detachable controllers or dockability, players would have to send their entire console if any issue occurs. If that ever happens and becomes widespread then Nintendo is about to face a huge PR disaster and sales drop.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Nintendo Getting Sued for Joy-Con Drift Issues

A recent hardware issue in Nintendo Switch known as "Joy-Con Drift" leads to class action lawsuit against Nintendo.

After launching next-gen hybrid video game console Nintendo Switch back at 2017, Nintendo has been enjoying a pretty successful run until now, as they are about to get sued over a hardware issue known as "Joy-Con Drift".

On Friday, July 19, a U.S. law firm named Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America over claims and concerns from customers for a problem in Joy-Con controllers.

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Nintendo Getting Sued for Joy-Con Drift Issues

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For months, Switch players are facing a problem with Joy-Con controllers where often times their console registers movement even though they are not touching the joystick and Nintendo didn't offer any permanent solution for it yet.

This issue could become apparent when someone is playing a game and player character suddenly starts moving without any input. It was originally registered in early stage of Switch life cycle and now is back again with no fix or whatsoever.

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Switch owners have gone to various social platforms like Reddit and Twitter to voice concerns about drifting problem for a while and now many news outlets have joined them as well, leading to lawyers taking notice to the matter.

Since gameplay experience is often hindered because of drifting, CSK&D has stated that Switch controllers are deemed defective. They are currently asking Joy-Con drift affected users to submit details on an online form at their website.

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An associate attorney at CSK&D, Andrew Ferich revealed their firm was reached out by more than over 5,500 consumers in 24 hours period regarding their trouble, which clearly violates consumer protection laws and they proceeded with a case.

Ferich also stated that they have been following this story of "Joy-Con Drift" for some time and they are well aware how gamers are very frustrated with this problem from various online conversations that caught their attention.

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Initially, they didn't thought this to be a much bigger issue even if it has been bugging people out for some time but when 5,500 customers have riled up to them in a single day; they clearly knew that Joy-Con drift was a really big issue.

At this early point of case, it is really hard to determine what a winning situation would look like for CSK&D but they are planning to aggressively pursue a legal action so the best outcome for consumers can come out of their efforts.

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Nintendo however, has been repairing Joy-Con controllers that falls under warranty but if a model is out of assurance period, users have no other choice than to purchase a new pair but even newer models are suffering from same problem.

Nintendo has released an official statement for ongoing situation of drifting issues in Joy-Con controllers.

At Nintendo, we take great pride in creating quality products and we are continuously making improvements to them. We are aware of recent reports that some Joy-Con controllers are not responding correctly. We want our consumers to have fun with Nintendo Switch, and if anything falls short of this goal we always encourage them to visit https://support.nintendo.com so we can help.

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Nintendo Switch has sold over 32 million units worldwide so far in its two years-long lifespan and they just announced a newer model as well as a revised version, Nintendo Switch Lite, currently scheduled to arrive on September 2019.

Given that these upcoming consoles share same Joy-Con design as original Switch, Joy-Con drift issue may continue over and the lawsuit can go bigger on them, leading to huge cost for Nintendo on top of negative press to ruin their reputation.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Post-Launch Content Roadmap

Ahead of global launch, upcoming post-launch content roadmap for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is revealed at SDCC 2019.

Already boasting a massive roster of playable heroes and villains, action role-playing game Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order by developer Team Ninja and publisher Nintendo is planning to bring some more known character.

In a latest reveal at San Diego Comic-Con panel, Marvel bad boy Loki of Asgard has been confirmed to be a playable character. Also, post-launch DLC roadmap for MUA3 is discussed in details including their content and official release dates.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Post-Launch Content Roadmap

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Fans of Asgardian trickster may have seen him last in 2018's Marvel Cinematic Universe live-action movie Avengers: Infinity War but he is about to show up as an in-game boss character and even join band of heroes to help fight Thanos.

Popular heroes from X-Men team, Cyclops and Colossus are about to debut as free post-launch DLC on August 30, 2019. A fearless mutant leader and Soviet powerhouse are surely some finest addition to an ever-increasing roster.

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Cyclops and Colossus Free DLC

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Three extra downloadable content packs will follow up that are part of its Season Pass worth $19.99 only. Each one of these unique themed expansions for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will release roughly three months after.

However, Cyclops and Colossus are only tip of the iceberg that Team Ninja has planned and won't be a part of DLC 3, which will be X-Men themed. Hopefully, they will add protagonists like Emma Frost, Gambit and Jean Grey/Phoenix.

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Nintendo previously announced at E3 2019 and now detailed on first wave of content from Expansion Pass of upcoming Marvel brawler. First DLC will include Marvel Knights characters Blade, Moon Knight, Morbius and Punisher.

Titled Curse of the Vampire as a nod to 2010 Marvel crossover-event, a roster featuring anti-heroes such as a brutal vigilante, a living blood-sucker, a seasoned vampire hunter and a supernatural avenger only hints to a hardcore storyline.

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DLC Pack 1 Features Marvel Knights

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An action-packed official launch trailer is dropped at SDCC 2019 with a brief overview of MUA3 gameplay and plot.




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The video opens up with Odin Allfather is talking to members of Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy about an upcoming galactic threat, which is Thanos. Standing beside them is God of Mischief, Loki to offer his help in their quest.

The Black Order members Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight and Supergiant go through a monologue of how the heroes will inevitably fail to thwart an all-out extinction these minions were planning for a while.

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Thanos and The Black Order

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DLC Pack 1 will become available from September 30, 2019, with its new modes, unique set of playable characters and story. Following release of Marvel Knights: Curse of the Vampire, more content related to Fantastic Four and X-Men will come out.

Nintendo Switch-exclusive superhero smackdown title Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is about to launch on July 19, 2019 ten years after the last game of MUA franchise to return with a brand-new continuity.

Loki Joins Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

The God of Mischief, Loki of Asgard is confirmed as playable character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.

Assembling many key characters of Marvel Universe, developer Team Ninja and publisher Nintendo is bringing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order for Nintendo Switch as third installment of the action role-playing game series.

Marvel Games have showcased many known superhero and villains joining MUA3 and at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, they revealed to include Loki, The God of Mischief as newest member of existing roster and 35th playable character.

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Loki Joins Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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An early trailer actually revealed that Loki will show up as a boss for the game but SDCC 2019 has finally confirmed his stance to also lending a hand to alliance of heroes against Thanos during official launch trailer release.

Loki Laufeyson marks the third boss character aside from Magneto and Venom who is also available for play. Asgardian trickster will charge at his opponents with icy attacks using his iconic sceptre and cast power of illusion.

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MUA3 offer players special "Team Bonus" for combining villains into a team and since three of them serves as bosses, you would probably require to defeat Loki, Magneto and Venom to unlock them before adding them to your team.

Keeping shape-changing lord of all liars from Asgard into your group allows players extra advantage like access to another magic-wielding character such as Doctor Strange or Scarlet Witch, who are already part of an extended roster.

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Loki has become very popular following his appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe live-action movies and even though his cinematic journey ended in Avengers: Infinity War, God of Mischief is set to return in his TV show on Disney+.

With a considerable number of heroes and villains featured in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Loki will surely find his place through his links to powers of Infinity Stones and contribute to story of the Nintendo Switch-exclusive.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

Brand-new Nintendo Switch Lite device is announced, a cheaper, smaller version of Switch for handheld play.

For long, industry analysts and insiders were suggesting that Nintendo will be releasing a cheaper version for their next-gen hybrid console Nintendo Switch that came out in early 2017 and turns out, they were actually right.

Fans have been anticipating and requesting a smaller version focused on handheld gameplay ever since the inception of Switch. Today, Nintendo Switch Lite is finally revealed to be newest addition to Nintendo family of consoles.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

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Currently scheduled to see launch on September 20, 2019, Switch Lite will be priced $199.99 only. Having almost all features of original device, no detachable Joy-Con controllers will be part of Lite despite having "Switch" as its middle name.

Whereas the original device weighs for 0.65 pounds, Lite system will come in light at 0.61 pounds and offers 3 to 7 hours of gameplay in terms of battery capacity, compared to 2.5 to 6.5 hours of lasting time for Nintendo Switch.

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Its design is entirely focused on being a portable hardware that comes out in one piece just like Game Boy or Nintendo DS systems from past. Though you can take it anywhere you want but can't connect it to a TV to enjoy big-screen play.

However, players can still get external Joy-Con support and hook up Switch Pro Controller as well. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC are sill retained with a vast Nintendo Switch library of games that supports handheld mode except some.

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Adding a new system to their extended family of devices, Nintendo offered an overview of Nintendo Switch Lite.




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Instead of becoming a replacement for Switch, some noticeable improvements on battery life, design area and a lower price point will offer a much accessible approach towards Switch library through Lite for a larger audience.

Nintendo Switch Lite marks the first revision for Switch console, expected to be available in yellow, gray and turquoise color. November 8, 2019 would see launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield special version of Lite, a week before the game arrives.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

Game Freak confirms that all models for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield were remade from scratch.

A decision made by developer Game Freak to limit Pokedex for their upcoming role-playing game Pokémon Sword and Shield was revealed during Nintendo's live presentation at E3 2019, which proved to be an unpopular idea among fans.

However, a new rumor came to light afterwards that they are possibly reusing models from latest 3DS games but that wild theory has been debunked in a recent Famitsu interview by Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori of Game Freak.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

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Even though it was quite difficult for the studio to import a full Pokédex numbering more than 800 for Pokémon Sun and Moon, they managed to do it. Now that number has reached over 1,000 and a decision had to be made sooner or later.

Even though improved graphics and visual of Nintendo Switch system only increased development period, they actually rebuilt each new model from scratch for Sword and Shield, taxing more time to make animations more beautiful and lively.

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This reason was what primarily forced them to decide limiting Pokedex for Sword/Shield, so that people gets used to this change. On top of that, devs had to work on Dynamax and Mega Evolution for all Pokémon, requiring more balancing time.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will globally launch for Nintendo Switch handheld consoles on November 15, 2019. Game Freak don't intend to make players feel past Pokémon to be worthless and will find a way for them to shine in future.