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Pokémon Direct all set for release on Jan. 9, 2020

/ 12:25 PM January 08, 2020

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company could have several announcements lined up for a Pokémon Direct on Jan. 9, 2020. Image: The Pokémon Company via AFP Relaxnews

Prepare for reinforcements!

Nintendo Switch games “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield” are likely to receive a new wave of collected digital creatures from experienced franchise players.

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Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have a pre-recorded Pokémon Direct video presentation scheduled to go live on Jan. 9, 2020, having previously telegraphed online service Pokémon Home for early on in the new year.

The presentation is to last 20 minutes or thereabouts, meaning that it could cover Pokémon Home and still have time for further announcements.

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Pokémon Home would allow players of “Pokémon GO” on Android and iOS to transfer in collected Pokémon to their copies of “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield”.

The same applies to existing players of Pikachu and Eevee-branded “Pokémon, Let’s Go” games on Switch, as well as those that uploaded data to the Pokémon Bank service from Nintendo 3DS games “Pokémon X and Y”, “Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire”, and “Pokémon Sun and Moon” and “Ultra Sun and Moon”.

The new service is also expected to replace Pokémon Global Link, a global ranking and tournament play system that’s due for retirement on Feb. 24, 2020, having been in operation since 2010 and supported three successive generations of “Pokémon” games.

“Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield” released for the Nintendo Switch in November 2019 as two of the game system’s most highly anticipated launches since the console was announced in October 2016.

Together, they went on to become the Switch’s fastest-selling games to date. CL/JB

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