Everything you missed from the January Pokémon Direct

Pokémon Direct Urshifu
Pokémon Direct Urshifu

Get ready to head back to the Galar region because Nintendo’s January Pokémon Direct has revealed a whole slew of awesome announcements including a new game, expansions, and free updates. If you missed the livestream, then let us fill you in on all the new developments in the world of Pocket Monsters.

In previous generations, a third Pokémon title had been released for each duo of mainline games, adding extra content to the core experience. Think Pokémon Yellow or Pokémon Crystal. This time around, things are changing with expansions for the existing games. But first, Nintendo had a surprise announcement up their sleeve…

Sword and Shield logo

Get ready to head back to the Galar region because Nintendo’s January Pokémon Direct has revealed a whole slew of awesome reveals including a new game, expansions, and free updates. If you missed the livestream, then let us fill you in on all the new developments in the world of Pocket Monsters.

In previous generations, a third Pokémon title had been released for each duo of mainline games, adding extra content to the core experience. Think Pokémon Yellow or Pokémon Crystal. This time around, things are changing with expansions for the existing games. But first, Nintendo had a surprise announcement up their sleeve…

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

January’s Pokémon Direct opened up with the surprise announcement of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, which will be headed to Nintendo Switch on 6 March. This game will be a reimagining of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team Blue and Red, which you might remember playing on the Game Boy Advance. You can get a sneak peek at this upcoming title by playing the demo that will drop on the Switch’s eShop tonight.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

Hungry for more content in the Switch’s mainline Pokémon title? Developers Game Freak have got you covered, confirming that new expansions are coming to the Switch titles later this year. There are two expansions on the way – The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. Both of these expansions will include new open-ended wild areas that you can explore to catch new Pokémon.

There are new characters and story content in the expansions too. In The Isle of Armor, you will be tutored by a new mentor, Mustard. You will also encounter new rivals. In Sword your rival will be Klara, while Shield players will get Avery. The new legendary Pokémon you will meet in the Isle of Armor is called Kubfu, who eventually evolves into the formidable Urshifu. The Crown Tundra will also have its own unique story, featuring its own legendary Pokémon, Calyrex.

Overall the expansions will bring more than 200 existing Pokémon to Sword and Shield including some old favourites. That’s not all though – the expansions will also give us new Gigantamax forms of Sword and Shield’s starters, as well as new fashion items.

Free updates

Along with these exciting developments, Game Freak also confirmed some free updates that will be coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield. Players who don’t purchase the expansions will still be able to obtain the Pokémon found in the expansions via trading. Game Freak also confirmed that players will be able to bring in Pokémon from the cloud service Pokémon Home, as long as those Pokémon are featured in the Isle of Armor or Crown Tundra expansions. Pokémon Home will launch next month, with new details on the way soon.

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