Junichi Masuda Addresses National Dex Controversy

The Sword and Shield controversy continues.

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 06/28/2019 15:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

While last month’s Pokémon Direct was met with great reception by fans, things have been much more contentious since E3. During the convention, Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda revealed that not every Pokémon will be accessible in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Since then, The Pokémon Company has been inundated with tweets and messages about the demand for every Pokémon to appear in the games. Today, Masuda officially addressed the fan community on the issue.

Thank you to all of our fans for caring so deeply about Pokémon. Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. I’ve read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon.
Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokémon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokémon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me. I’d like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokémon is not available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.
The world of Pokémon continues to evolve. The Galar region offers new Pokémon to encounter, Trainers to battle, and adventures to embark on. We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.
June 28, 2019
Junichi Masuda

The comments will likely do little to assuage fans, but it seems incredibly likely that a future patch or fix will eventually see release. Regardless of how many Pokémon appear in the games, Sword and Shield certainly look very promising.

As always, stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information on Pokémon Sword and Shield as it develops!

Source: The Pokémon Company

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