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Pokémon Sword and Shield will launch on November 15

Featuring new Pokémon

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Back in February, Nintendo announced the eighth generation of Pokémon games. Pokémon Sword and Shield will bring the universally lauded series to the Nintendo Switch. Likewise, the duo is the first generation to debut on a home console. Since the announcement, however, Nintendo has not revealed any substantial details regarding the new series.

Finally, in a recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo has unveiled more key details on the upcoming games. As revealed before, Pokémon Sword and Shield will take trainers to the UK-inspired Galar region. The new trailer shows a vast, sweeping landscape previously unseen in Pokémon games. Galar will feature different terrains including arid deserts and snowy tundras.


For the actual critters, Nintendo revealed more Pokémon from the upcoming generation. Evolving into the Cotton Bloom Pokémon Eldegloss, the Grass-type Gossifleur is one of the staples of the generation. Wooloo is a fluffy sheep Pokémon. Drednaw is a snapping turtle Pokémon. A huge raven, Corviknight, is one of the larger creatures in this generation. These Pokémon will join the generation’s starters — Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Much like every new generation, Pokémon Sword and Shield will come with a matching pair of Legendary Pokémon. In the recent Direct Presentation, Nintendo finally revealed the lupine pair, Zacian and Zamazenta. Zacian wields a gigantic sword in its jaws. Zamazenta sports a shield-like mane. Naturally, both Pokémon will have backstories in the upcoming games.

For new gameplay elements, Pokémon Sword and Shield will feature the new mechanic called Dynamax. Like the Mega Evolution mechanic, Dynamax is a temporary boost to certain Pokémon. The new mechanic supersizes creatures, boosting their size and power. The trailer specifically features a gigantic Raichu going up against a Gyarados.

The new games will also feature a cooperative playing element. Like Pokémon Go, Sword and Shield will have a raid mechanic, allowing up to four trainers to take down a more powerful raid boss.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will launch on November 15. The Switch exclusives will come as single games or as a two-game bundle. The two-game bundle — available now through pre-order — will retail for US$ 120.

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!

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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.


A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

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SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals new Pokémon games for the Switch

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Taiwan Excellence is holding its first esports cup in the Philippines

With a prize pool of P360,000

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Esports continue to grow in the Philippines thanks to the help from both organizations and major brands. The latest to make its mark in the local competitive scene is Taiwan Excellence, which will be holding an esports cup in Manila beginning in July.

With the help of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), there’ll be a PhP 360,000 prize pool for the expected 2,000 participants from across the country. The featured games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LOL).


Registration for the tournament begins on June 15. The first phase of the competition will start on July 6 for CS:GO and August 3 for LOL. The grand finals will happen from October 4 to 5 at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City. Taiwan Excellence’s esports cup was previously held in Malaysia and Thailand.

“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with esports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers,” said C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is on its way

Following up the Switch’s best game

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Leave it to Nintendo to make the announcements that are worthy of closing the pre-E3 keynotes.

During Nintendo’s keynote, the company announced that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works. A trailer was provided but didn’t show anything in terms of gameplay.


Instead, we see main characters Link and Zelda exploring a cave, seemingly continuing where they left off from the first game, and finding a ghastly corpse that awakens.

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Breath of the Wild is considered by many to be the best game on the Switch (along with Super Mario Odyssey), as well as the highest-rated entry in the long-running series, so any mention of a sequel is fantastic news.

Sadly, Nintendo didn’t provide a release date or any other details. All we know for sure is that this will be another Switch-exclusive.

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