They Gave Weezing a Hat and a Mustache and I Can’t Stop Laughing


When I woke up this morning, I didn’t think my new favorite Pokemon ever created would be debuting, but here we are.

Look, we already reported on the new Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer that came out today, but this new Galarian form Weezing is so wild that I needed to dedicate an entire article to ranting about how glorious this thing is. I mean, just look at it:

There’s seriously so much going on with this new Weezing design and I love it all so much. At first glance, it just looks like they gave Weezing a large pair of hats for each of his two heads along with some facial hair as well. Weezing now looks like a classy English gentleman (or Doug Dimmadome), which is perfect since Sword and Shield’s Galar region is supposed to be based on England.

The design gets even better though once you realize that the “hats” are supposed to double as smokestacks, which makes sense given the kind of Pokemon that Weezing is. Perhaps best of all though, whether intentional or not, is that this new Weezing design also just flat-out looks like a bong. We’ve already had an ice cream Pokemon, a lamp Pokemon, and another that’s just literally a set of keys. I guess Game Freak decided we now needed a bong Pokemon, too.

Honestly though, one of my least favorite things about Pokemon Sun and Moon was how the devs opted to recycle so many Pokemon from the Kanto region and give them new forms. I’d always prefer to get entirely new ‘mons rather than just past ones with new forms. But with this Weezing, I’m willing to make an exception. Who said Game Freak can’t design Pokemon well anymore?

This new Weezing just looks so darn stupid and I start to laugh every time I see it. For my money, this is the best Pokemon design of all-time. Thank you, Game Freak for this blessing. My excitement for Pokemon Sword and Shield has now shot way up.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Devs Address National Dex Controversy in New Interview: “In the End I Had No Choice”


In a recent interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Game Freak developers Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori address Pokemon Sword and Shield‘s recent National Dex controversy and why some of the iconic monsters had to be cut from the upcoming entry in the franchise.

According to Junichi Masuda:

With the move to Nintendo Switch, it became possible to recreate Pokemon with more beautiful and livelier animations but on the other hand it took more time to develop. Another point is that the total number of Pokemon has exceeded 1000, including new Pokemon and form changes. As a result, in addition to adapting to changes in hardware in order to create quality graphics, it has become very difficult to adjust the balance of each Pokemon’s unique skills. That is the reason for this decision, and why we have decided it will be difficult to have all Pokemon appear in future works.

This decision is personally very sad [for me]. Of course I wanted to be able to bring every Pokemon if I could, but it was also a decision that I had to make eventually. In the end, I had no choice but to prioritize quality.

Shigeru Ohmori also adds:

Even in Pokemon Sun and Moon it was quite the difficult situation to bring in every Pokemon, but then we switched to Nintendo Switch and the models had to be rebuilt from scratch so we had to make some decisions. However, although there are limitations to the amount of Pokemon you can play with, Pokemon Sword and Shield‘s content such as the Wild Area and story are quite extensive.

The two go on to say that bringing back Pokemon in future updates is currently uncertain as of now. They are looking into the option of reusing assets from Pokemon Sword and Shield. However, with the inclusion of gameplay mechanics such as Mega Evolution and Dynamax which affect all Pokemon, this would mean even more graphics production and balancing, so doing that would be difficult.

They also stated that even if certain Pokemon aren’t included in Pokemon Sword and Shield, they will have their chance to shine in future titles through Pokemon Home.

It seems a lot of consideration was put into this issue and that Game Freak is seeking out additional avenues to represent every Pokemon in the franchise, even if they cannot be included in the current game. This isn’t the first time Game Freak has addressed the issue, although this interview delves into way more detail concerning the decision.

Pokemon Sword and Shield will be released for Nintendo Switch on November 15th. Meanwhile check out a write-up from one of our DualShockers own, in which he claims this will be the Pokemon title to reignite his passion for the series, which totes that “…we may have another classic generation on our hands.” You can preorder Sword here and Shield here.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Getting Special Edition Switch Lite in November


Earlier today Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller handheld-only version of the popular platform. The Switch Lite later this year in a variety of different colors, but a limited edition version for Pokémon Sword and Shield will also be releasing alongside the game.

Titled as the “Zacian and Zamazenta Edition” the Switch Lite features a gray body with the directional pad and analog stick feature an ocean blue color while the A/B/Y/X buttons and analog stick on the right side replicate a cherry red. The rest of the buttons are a lighter gray compared to the main color of the system. The back of the handheld shows off a sketch of both new legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta.

Pokémon Sword and Shield, strangely enough, are not included with the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition so you’ll have to buy or pre-order those games separately if you haven’t already.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is set to release on September 20, but if you’re setting out to get the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition you will have to wait a little bit longer as that version does not release until November 8. Whichever you decide to get, it will cost you $200. As an owner of the Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee Switch that released with the game late last year, I hope that the normal Switch will still receive cool special editions like this one.

Pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch Lite are not live as of yet but should be available relatively soon. Pokémon Sword and Shield release on November 15 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Pokemon Sword and Shield Included in Nintendo’s E3 2019 Lineup


Are you attending E3 2019 next week and have been wondering what Nintendo will have for you to play at its booth? Well, wonder no longer.

Nintendo revealed earlier today a portion of its lineup that will be available to play at E3 and as you might have been able to guess, it contains most of the publisher’s upcoming 2019 releases. From Pokemon Sword and Shield to The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion 3, the most prominent upcoming first-party titles from Nintendo will be present.

Furthermore, second-party games like next month’s release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will also be available for demos. Nintendo says that more games will also be playable as well, but it has yet to reveal what these will be. If I had to guess, we’ll likely find out more during the Nintendo Direct from E3 slated to take place next Tuesday, June 11.

All in all, this seems like a pretty strong lineup at E3 for Nintendo even if it was an expected one. If you won’t be at the show but would also like to follow the action, be sure to follow the Nintendo Treehouse Live streams that will be taking place over the course of the week. You can find exact times for each stream in the tweet down below.

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Pokemon is Getting a PokeBall-Shaped Toy and the Promotional Art is Hilariously Wacky


Takara Tomy is releasing a new Pokemon PokeBall-shaped toy on April 27th, one which comes with some hilarious and over-the-top promotional art and video. The video depicts a young child as he plays with the toy and throughout it, we get treated to some extreme artwork that would fit in better with an adult anime.

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The toy is essentially a guessing game program that uses a simple AI, in which the person thinks of a Pokemon and then answers questions given by the toy as it tries to guess the correct one.

After three questions it makes its guess and if it’s right, the answer is recorded in its databank for future use. If it’s wrong, the toy repeats three more questions. For instance, the toy might ask “Is the Pokemon Yellow?” and you respond with either “yes,” “no,” or “I don’t know.”

There’s also a battle mode that you can play with your family and friends, in which you compete to see who can reach their answer the fastest. The basics of that are also shown in the video above.

Pokemon Sword and Shield was recently announced for Nintendo Switch during a Nintendo Direct in February. You can check out the extensive amount of screenshots, artwork, and the trailer featuring the new region and starter Pokemon.

Meanwhile there’s a contest being held for fans to name the strongest steel-type move. The move is described as a special attack, with 140 attack power. It deals heavy damage to the enemy but also cuts in half the current HP of the one using it.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are slated to release later this year. You can preorder the games here and here.

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