Showing posts with label Game Freak. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game Freak. Show all posts

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

Selling over 6 million copies in launch week, Pokémon Sword and Shield is now fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time.

In spite of controversies regarding developer Game Freak cutting off a significant number of beloved Pokémon from Pokédex and fan backlash over reusing old modes, Pokémon Sword and Shield has seen a great launch week.

Currently titled as fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, Sword and Shield has managed to sell over 6 million copies worldwide in first week of its release, according to reports from publisher Pokémon Company.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

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Despite massive consumer boycott and fan outrage on social media, it sold 1.36 million physical units within first three days in Japan, successfully beating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as fastest-selling Switch game in the country.

Nintendo confirms that Pokémon Sun and Moon released for Nintendo 3DS previously made a record sales of 16.17 million copies. Though these titles were fastest-selling games ever in Western market, they had a cheaper price tag.

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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee!, remakes of 1998 Game Boy titles has shipped an impressive 11.28 million copies last year and judging by first-week sales of latest series installment, Sword and Shield may cross that number soon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are actually two identical games in terms of content that are released separately. Latest Pokémon games have seen great sales number, partly due to recent launch of Nintendo Switch Lite handheld console. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

Game Freak has 35 fan-favorite Pokémon types hidden within game files of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Fans of Pokémon series of video games were disappointed over developer Game Freak removing a number of favorites from Pokédex from upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield, which was revealed at Nintendo live presentation at E3 2019.

If that news was enough to grind your gears really hard then wait until you find out that they kept 35 extra Pokémon in reserves that are not accessible through any normal means, according to recent datamining of in-game files.

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Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

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Shortly ahead of release, people managed to get their hands on copies of Sword and Shield, which they used looking for hidden content and one of them has discovered an additional number of 35 Pokémon buried deep beneath.

What truly amazing about his findings is that there are other types outside of Galar Dex region including a few legendaries concealed within. Although generally unobtainable, these starter classes have their models and stats added.

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After this information became public, Twitter user DeathChaos used the hack on Pokémon Sword/Shield with following result.


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DeathChaos managed to add Bulbasaur and Squirtle for an encounter at trainer Hop's party in leaked version of Sword/Shield. In a follow-up video, he made a same arrangement with Meltan and Melmetal for public display.

When a complete list of removed Pokémon got leaked online earlier, it caused heavy backlash from fans as too much content have been cut off. People are upset regardless of promises for all fan-favorites to return in future series titles.

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In past, Pokémon games used to have some Mythical types hidden for Nintendo to give out to players later during live events. However, they were almost always revealed to public by hackers in early phase of release.

Since there is no Mythical class found inside Sword and Shield data, it is presumably because Game Freak has decided to periodically roll them out in a series of updates and therefore they only included 35 of them initially.

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It is also possible that developer team is planning to introduce Pokémon Home as a digital storage space and these hidden ones are being reserved to reveal during its launch or at various timed events at some point in near future.

Some fans are speculating that secret Pokémons may get involved in special Max Raid battles by groups of trainers when they will try to take on transformed Dynamax and Gigantamax types or worse; release them as DLC characters.

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On top of excluding National Dex from Sword/Shield, there are accusations of Game Freak reusing character models from most recent Nintendo 3DS games, which was later denied by producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is an upcoming role-playing Pokémon game by Game Freak that is scheduled to arrive for Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019 and despite all controversies, people are still hyped up for the game to launch soon. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Undertale Creator Composed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

Indie developer Toby Fox of Undertale has composed a track for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Over the years, Pokémon series of games have given fans many masterpiece soundtracks and upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield by developer Game Freak and publisher Pokémon Company intends to carry out that legacy as well.

Therefore, indie developer Toby Fox was contacted to compose an original track for Sword and Shield. Fox is renowned for single-handedly creating 2015 acclaimed role-playing title Undertale, a game praised for its many aspects and music.

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Undertale Creator Composed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

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His work on the project has earned him a huge popularity within Western gaming industry and Japan. Fox was even invited to collaborate with Masahiro Sakurai and created a remix track of "Megalovania" for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Before working on Sword & Shield, Toby Fox has also composed soundtracks of Little Town Hero, a turn-based RPG game for Nintendo Switch and a non-Pokémon title from Game Freak that just came out in October.

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In a recent Tweet, Fox has publicly revealed about his involvement in forthcoming Pokémon project.


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When Fox was asked to do a score by Game Freak, he considered this as a great honor to be a part of the highly-anticipated game. However, he clarified in a follow-up Tweet that he is not at all doing a key track or something like that.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is only weeks away from launch on November 15 and following controversy regarding removal of Pokédex, developers probably thought bringing Undertale creator on board may help win over a few fans back.

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 Nintendo 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.