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Pokémon Sword and Shield coming to Nintendo Switch Nov. 15

Eighth-gen Pokémon arrive in time for the holidays

Pokemon Sword and Shield - young woman Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo
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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the eighth-generation Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch, will be released worldwide on Nov. 15, 2019, The Pokémon Company announced on Wednesday during a Pokémon Direct livestream.

Starting today, Pokémon fans can pre-order a double pack of the game, which includes both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Here’s a look at that double pack and the box art for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, featuring new legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta.

The Pokémon Company/Nintendo

Pokémon Sword and Shield are set in the new, U.K.-inspired Galar region and will introduce eighth-generation Pokémon to the series. Those new Pokémon include Sword and Shield’s starters, Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, who will be part of a brand-new story. Pokémon Sword and Shield will also introduce a new generation of Pokémon, including newcomers like Wooloo, Gossifleur, Drednaw, and Corvniknight. Sword and Shield will also have a new system called Dynamax, which will make Pokémon huge.

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