1st reviewer: Explorations, battles, and contacting Pokémon; all of them have been legitimately evolved. The Pokémon’s appeals themselves have also increased which is great, from becoming cooler in Dynamax to becoming cuter in Pokémon Camp. Popular features like Raid Battles and Open World are being included in Pokémon’s world, setting out a unique appeal which also leaves a good impression. There are also small “fun factors” spread all around the adventure – from riding a bicycle to changing attire – which is also good. 10
In the latest Wild Area News from Pokémon Sword / Shield: there will be an increase in Delibirds in Max Raid Battles until 26 December at 08:59 JST – defeat them to get more Candy rewards than normal. Thanks to Switch Nindies. Also, entering the code “PRESENT” will net you 20 x Lucky Balls.
Entering the code “K0UN1NMASC0T” in Pokémon Sword / Shield will see you net a Level Ball, Moon Ball, and Fast Ball. This is from the the @poke_times Twitter account which saw over 2,000 tweets using the Ball Guy hashtag #ボールガイチャレンジ. The next goal (30,000 tweets) has been achieved although the code has yet to be issued. Thanks to Switch Nindies.
Nintendo have announced maintenance for the Pokémon Sword / Shield games for 17 December from 10:00 -12:30 (16 December from 17:00-19:30 PT). Online play will not be possible during these times. Image thanks to GraciouS.
Players of Pokémon Sword will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Sandaconda, while Pokémon Shield players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Centiskorch, in Max Raid Battles until 9 January. Purchase the game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. Screenshots added below…
Three new Japanese TV commercials for Pokémon Sword / Shield featuring the actor Masaki Okada and comedian Yu Sawabe. Purchase the game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. Edit: making of video also added.
Today’s Famitsu software charts have Pokémon Sword / Shield selling a further 275,959 physical copies in Japan, bringing the total to 2,023,043 – the fifth game to surpass the 2 million mark in Japan (after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey). Digital numbers are already upwards of 600,000 for Japan. Total sales (physical + digital) in the Americas are also upwards of 3 million.
This week’s issue (No.1618) of Weekly Famitsu magazine saw Pokémon Sword / Shield score 38/40 (10/9/10/9). Other scores included Yo-kai Watch 4++ with 36/40, Ghostbusters with 32/40, Headliner: NoviNews with 31/40, Megaquarium with 30/40, Dot Horror Story with 26/40, Mochi A Girl with 30/40, and Sparklite with 28/40. Thanks to Ryokutya. Check out the full list of Famitsu review scores here and look out for the full translated review for Pokémon Sword / Shield later this week!