catch 'em all

After the recent Pokémon Direct and E3 Nintendo Direct, we have plenty of reasons to be excited for Pokémon: Sword and Shield. That said, longtime players also have some serious concerns. The biggest problem for most is the game’s absence of a National Dex. If a Pokémon doesn’t show up in the Galar Dex, you won’t be able to bring it to the new games. Millions grew up playing under the motto “Gotta catch ’em all,” so it’s a pretty big blow. And it might just be the beginning.

Can’t catch ’em all

Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori sat down with Famitsu at E3 and spoke at length about the games. Masuda echoed his previous comments about the overwhelming number of Pokémon that exist now. Bringing over more than 1,000 character models (complete with animations) is a daunting task. There’s also the issue of balancing the game competitively with so many monsters and game mechanics. Sword and Shield will leave out Z-Moves and Mega Evolution to simplify battle. But what about the future? Will we ever catch ’em all again?

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According to Masuda, this slimmed-down Pokédex is likely the way of the future. Masuda says it would be “difficult” to include all Pokémon in any future title ever again. It’s a bit disappointing, but it makes sense. It’s not like the series is going to get less complicated as hardware evolves and even more monsters are added. In a way, it’s sort of bittersweet. When the series first began over 20 years ago, who would have guessed it would grow its roster to such a massive size? It’s a testament to the longlasting popularity of the franchise, albeit a frustrating one.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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