The first set in the Pokémon Sword & Shield series of the Pokémon TCG is set to be released on February 7, 2020, and Prerelease tournaments are going on from January 25, 2020 through February 3, 2020, so there’s still a chance to get some of the new cards early if you go to one of the Prerelease events.
Pokémon was kind enough to send over the three Theme Decks from the Sword & Shield expansion — Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon — which contain a preconstructed deck that is ready to go and play against your friends with. These are great for beginner players and also offer quite a few helpful Trainer cards for advanced players. In addition to the unboxing video above, I’ll list the deck contents for each deck below, along with my thoughts on it.
More information on the upcoming Pokémon HOME service has been revealed today, including a more solid look at what sorts of features the service will have, along with its two-tiered membership system — a free plan and a paid Premium Plan.
It will be available for Android, iOS, and the Nintendo Switch in February 2020 (no specific release date given), although there will be features that are exclusive to the mobile versions and other features exclusive to the Switch version, although they will link up to the same Nintendo account and don’t require separate Premium Plan purchases for each platform.
Below is a look at some of the features that will be included in Pokémon HOME, along with how it will work.
The main focus of today’s Pokémon Direct was the Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass that was announced for the game, bringing in large amounts of new DLC content, adding new Pokémon, and also bringing back over 200 old Pokémon that weren’t present in the Galar region.
The Expansion Passes, which costs US$29.99 each, will unlock two sets of content for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield respectively — The Isle of Armor (June 2020) and The Crown Tundra (Autumn 2020).
Kicking off today’s Pokémon Direct presentation was the announcement of a remaster of the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games — Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (DS) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (GBA) — that were released in 2006.
The remaster is called simply Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, and it will be released for the Nintendo Switch on March 6, 2020. The trailer, while short, shows off several memorable scenes from the original games redone in the new style. A demo for the new game will be available later today.
Pokémon is kicking off 2020 with a 20-minute livestreamed presentation — a dedicated Pokémon Direct — on January 9, 2020. This live stream will reveal new Pokémon information along with exciting updates coming throughout the year.
What, specifically, will be announced is currently unknown, although 20 minutes is quite long for Pokémon Directs, so it’s quite likely there will be a good amount of information revealed.
If you’d like to know when this is in most time zones, keep reading for a list of this time in most other time zones.