National Dex no regrets Game Freak

The Pokémon franchise has always revolved around catching the titular monsters. For years the series was fueled by the famous “Gotta Catch’em All” slogan, but Game Freak quietly retired that. As the number of Pokémon grew, it became harder and harder to fit them all into one game. For Sword and Shield, Game Freak made the controversial decision to limit the number of monsters and remove the National Dex. They’ve received a lot of backlash for this decision, but that hasn’t changed their minds. Speaking with VG247, series producer Junichi Masuda says the team has no regrets.

Game Freak has no regrets about National Dex

Junichi Masuda: It’s not necessarily that it’s made us rethink things per se, but what we are always looking at for the future is what we can do to make the most interesting game possible and make a more enjoyable, richer experience for the fans.

For example, when we add new moves and abilities we create a deeper experience for everyone to enjoy. This time around we can also give people a greater attachment to the Pokemon that are in the game, which is something we think is very important. So we definitely – we don’t have regrets about what we’ve done.

Masuda and the rest of Game Freak hope that fans will learn to love the lineup of Pokémon that Galar does have to offer. Fan-favorites from the past will return as well, just not all of them. He also reminded fans that Pokémon Home is coming out next year. Players will be able to gather all of their Pokémon together and play with them there. However, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing a National Dex again any time soon. As the total monster count (including alternate forms) soars past one thousand, it will only get more difficult to include them all.


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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