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.
This weekend, I (Marriland) will be taking part in Pokéthon — a three-day charity stream event benefiting Direct Relief, which is a humanitarian aid organization focused on bettering the lives of those affected by poverty, natural disasters, humanitarian crises, emergencies, and much more by providing them access to medicine, healthcare, and other relief.
You can find out more about Direct Relief and Pokéthon by clicking the links above, and you can watch the charity stream directly over at Twitch.tv/TheJWittz. There will be 12 hours of streams each day, from 12pm–12am PST, and all sorts of Pokémon games and fun activities will take place during this time. 17 Pokémon content creators from across the internet are all participating in this charity marathon, so you’re not going to want to miss it.