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Post #1
13 Mar 2020 06:31 PM
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If this official announcement was made like 3 days ago, I'd be more than fine with it, but you don't announce an event is canceled 2 hours after it starts.
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Post #2
13 Mar 2020 03:38 PM
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The Pokémon Company International has announced the 2020 Pokémon Regional Championships and the big surprise to many will be the fact that next seasons tournaments will once again initally use Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon instead of Pokémon Sword and Shield which many assumed would be the new games used for competitive play. It is implied that changes may occur to the tournaments format before next years world championships but the Pokémon Company International did not confirm nor announce there would be a transition or a transitional period from SM to SwSh.

When they announced 2017 Pokémon Regional Championships Schedule, they announced there would be a transition from ORAS to SM on December 1st, 2016, only a week and half after SM's release on November 18th, 2016. No such announcement was made for a transition to SwSh in the 2020 Pokémon Regional Championship press release.

2017 Pokémon Regional Championships Schedule
The 2020 Pokémon Regional Championships Schedule press release also does not say there will be a new format like they said in the 2017 schedule press release. All the 2020 press release says is there will be format updates, which normally occur throughout the seasons. Updates aren't the same as a new format.

SM to USUM was announced on December 6th, 2017 for implementation in January 2018, a month and a half after release. We will probably see something similar or maybe even a bit longer with SwSh as they will probably want to announce it with the launch of Pokémon Home for compatibility. The SM to USUM transition was extremely criticized back then as well for being very late, considering there was little difference between SM and USUM to warrant such a delay for competitive players.

This lack of a confirmed transition announcement in the schedule press release, is an indication that they're not fully confident in SwSh. Even starting this competitive season with USUM is a bit of a bad judgement. Masuda confirmed that not all National Dex Pokémon will be in Sword and Shield. For competitive and casual players alike, this means the entire competitive meta will be affected due to missing Pokémon. This transition is the most important transition in generations and starting off the competitive season with USUM seems pointless if a players Pokémon can't be used going forward into Sword and Shield.
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Post #3
28 Jan 2020 03:08 PM
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It's getting harder and harder as a fansite to promote or justify The Pokémon Company and Nintendo with these predatory prices for Pokémon games. These games are targeted for kids to play but pricing is really hurting the franchise and I don't want to support a franchise that actively exploits children through excessive monetary and capitalistic methods. That's not saying they shouldn't make a profit, they are a business, but unfortunately they are taking cues from the gaming industry as a whole which are pulling these tactics.

HOME should not be this expensive especially after paying AAA prices for SwSh. I thought $5 for Bank back in the day was overpriced...

Now you effectively need 3 separate subscriptions for SwSh.

1. Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play SwSh online.
2. Pokémon HOME subscription to store and effectively trade.
3. Pokémon Bank subscription to get your old Pokémon off your older games.

This is kind of expanding upon my post about the SwSh DLC pricing as well and we are now realizing why Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released as incomplete games, to sell features that should have been in the game.

It honestly feels like a scam. That's how I feel about this as a life long Pokémon fan.

This post was last edited 28 Jan 2020 03:29 PM by Sunain
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Post #4
15 Jan 2020 10:39 AM
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Pokémon fans can begin to watch a new seven-episode limited animated series, “Pokémon: Twilight Wings,” on the official Pokémon YouTube channel today. Presented by The Pokémon Company International, the series takes place in the newly explorable Galar region in the Pokémon world. The first episode, “Letter,” introduces characters living in the Galar region, where Pokémon battles have developed into a cultural sensation. A new episode, each approximately five minutes in length, will be introduced every month until the series concludes this summer.

John is a young boy who’s been hospital-bound from an early age. Ever since he saw his first Pokémon battle on TV, he’s been a big fan of Champion Leon—and he’s dreamed of watching one of Leon’s matches in a stadium. Could a visit from Chairman Rose pave the way for his dreams to come true?

Director: Shingo Yamashita (山下清悟)
Screenplay: Sou Kinoshita (木下爽)
Screenplay Supervision: Taku Kishimoto (岸本卓)
Character Design: Shin Ogasawara (小笠原真)
Color Design: Izumi Hirose (広瀬いづみ)
Art Directors: Yusuke Takeda / Takamasa Masuki (竹田悠介/益城貴昌)
3DCG: Masato Takahashi (高橋将人)
Director of Photography: Katsuto Ogawa (小川克人)
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima (三間雅文)
Animation Production: Studio Colorido

John: Aoi Yuuki (悠木碧)
Tommy: Kei Shindou (真堂圭)
Chairman Rose: Kazuhiro Yamaji (山路和弘)
Olive: Ayumi Nagao (長尾歩)
Taxi Driver: Seirou Ogino (荻野 晴朗)
TV Commentator / Armorgaw / Lizardon: Kiyotaka Furushima (古島清孝)
Reader /Kairiky: Masa'aki Ihara (伊原正明)
Nurse: Yuuna Ogata (緒方佑奈)
Children: Mariko Nagai (永井真理子), Misaki Ikeda (池田海咲), Nozomi Mikajiri (三日尻望), Ai Ishikawa (石川藍), Maiko Nomura (野村麻衣子)
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Post #5
09 Jan 2020 12:37 PM
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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released as incomplete games. There wasn't a lack of criticism at their release from not including the entire National Dex, to cutting Pokémon and moves, to poor quality animation and the high price of the games. Now, less than 2 months after release, The Pokémon Company has announced an Expansion Pass for the games as DLC and have the audacity to charge people $30 USD for the privileged of getting the content that should have been in the games in the first place.

This is a symptom of the entire gaming industry not just Game Freak and The Pokémon Company though. They know people will pay for the content regardless, so they do it. Here in Canada, the MSRP of the games is $80 CND plus tax which brings it to $90.40. The dual pack is $180CND. The games are more expensive than any of the previous Pokémon games and that's not even taking into consideration the price of the Switch console which ranges from $279 to $399 depending on the version. These games are targeted at children and families, but as the price of entry into these games keep going up, the target audience keeps getting shutout because of the price. I don't know many kids (or parents) that can afford to keep paying these prices. The more gamers keep paying these prices, the more companies will keep doing it, so the cycle never ends. Until there is some kind of regulation through government intervention into these business practices, it will continue.

I have always been a proponent of Physical game releases. Digital releases while convenient, it just doesn't have the same appeal or sense of ownership that physical releases have. It's too easy for the companies to just keep releasing overpriced digital content rather than make a quality product and that's where we've arrived in the Pokémon franchise now. This DLC content should have been included in the original SwSh releases because let's face it, for an $80, supposedly AAA game, they amount of gameplay in SwSh is by far lacking even when comparing it to previous Pokémon games!

If this DLC was a fair price or a free upgrade, I don't think I'd be as annoyed and disappointed in a franchise I've supported for over 2 decades now. This release is also a symptom of stockholder greed, excessive capitalism, and a gaming community that is willing to accept whatever a company releases as gospel. The Pokémon Company can do better and should do better!

Oh by the way, get your bucks out for Pokémon Home too! Keep milking the cash cow!
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