After Game Freak had to cancel a Tokyo launch event ahead of Pokémon Sword & Shield releasing next Friday, swathes of hopeful fans have taken to Twitter to offer their thanks to the famous developer. Highlighting years upon years of childhood memories, lovable creatures, and wondrous adventures, the hashtag #ThankYouGameFreak has taken over Twitter.
People have found friends, partners, even had children all due to meeting up due the love of the series. While not everyone will be happy with every game and every decision, the love of the series is clearly there from the majority. #ThankYouGameFreak pic.twitter.com/ngz5Sh9mOA
— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) November 9, 2019
Game Freak has been under a lot of fire ever since the National Dex controversy took off, and while all sorts of legitimate criticism can be levied at their games, several series lovers clearly decided that the animosity has gotten out of hand. As a result, a lot of positive sentiment and heartfelt gratitude toward the franchise have flooded Twitter. As someone fairly outside of all of the hotly-contested topics over Pokémon Sword & Shield, it is really nice to see plenty of fans come together to remind us what this series is all about.
I don’t even know where I’d start… This franchise has been a part of my entire life, with no exaggeration. I love this game, I love my job and I’ve loved every minute that I’ve dedicated to Pokemon.
Roll on Sword & Shield. ?
— luke (@GameboyLuke) November 9, 2019
As Pokémon Sword & Shield inch closer, it is nice to know that so many people are still quite excited for the next entry. Hopefully, it manages to deliver a great time and build a solid foundation for future Switch titles in the series.
#ThankYouGameFreak for my fondest childhood memories. When I moved to a new neighborhood I had no new friends, but because I had my DS & Pokémon Platinum I had a way to talk to others & was able to make some of my closest friends still to this day, so I'll never forget that ? pic.twitter.com/WheKPs8hTt
— Aero (@ActualAero) November 9, 2019
Have you participated in #ThankYouGameFreak? Are you looking forward to Pokémon Sword & Shield? Sound off with your favorite series memories in the comments, and what you’re most looking forward to with the next entries. Even without the full pocket monster ranks, Pokémon Sword & Shield should be a great time for everyone looking to dive into another mesmerizing RPG adventure.