Last week's Pokémon Direct was packed to bursting point with news about Pokémon Sword & Shield, including new 'mon, new moves and new characters. We also got a massive helping of gameplay footage and a solid release date.
You'd assume that with all of that information out of the way, Nintendo would be laying off Sword & Shield for its E3 Direct – but that's not the case. The official Pokémon Twitter account has tweeted confirming that more Sword & Shield news will be included in the upcoming 40-minute presentation.
On one hand, this is hardly surprising; Pokémon Sword & Shield is a 2019 title, and Nintendo likes to focus on games launching in the same year as its E3 broadcast. Pokémon is also massive, so it makes sense that the company would use this platform to give it more exposure.
However, given that we already know that the Direct will be 40 minutes long, there's the worry that valuable running time will be given to a game that was the subject of its very own Direct only a week ago; let's face it, we're all hoping for surprises during today's Direct and anything that eats into potential 'shocker' footage time could be seen as a negative.
Let us know what you think of this news by posting a comment below; do you think it was obvious that Sword & Shield would be featured, or were you expecting it to be left out, given the recent Pokémon Direct?
Please, just a few minutes for Pokemon segment. 5 - 10 minutes is enough.
I'm assuming it'll be the middle stage starter evolutions
My guess is that we'll be seeing the final evolution of the starters. I just hope it's a quick pitstop on the full broadcast
Oh lord please no, pokemon had their direct already. We need some good stuff now.
then what was even the point of the pokemon direct?? this game should get, like, one minute of screen time today. preferably just the announcer saying “check last week’s direct for more info! game still set for november!”
Probably 30min Pokémon and 10min a new smash character.....lol
In other news....
It’s a Tuesday
Sky is known to be blue.
This maybe the most obvious thing happening at e3.... Nintendo will discuss the new Pokemon...
I hope they don’t do a smash.... and wang on too long.... nintendo almost killed my buzz for that game with their nonsense.
Two mins will do... we don’t want months of this torture I hope they learnt from smash
It makes sense as not everyone watches a direct that watches e3. However I hope it’s not longer than 3 mins.
I'm hoping for 2-3min tops... Maybe some cinematic and surprise reveal... I mean, it's Pokemon, what else is there to see?
I hope they keep screen time for Pokemon and Mario Maker to a minimum. They've already had their own Directs, and those games frankly sell themselves.
They didn't show us the starters evolutions yet. Guess that's it
boo, wasting time
@Rexenolith agreed.. nice pic btw
People expecting a blow out are setting themselves up for disappointment. Nintendo looks at E3 as a June direct. Heck the September Directs from 2017, and especially 2018 were better than the E3 durects.
I hope we see a certain rumored canine today. I’ll call him Sparki.
I was kinda hoping there wouldn't be. I feel like I already know enough about the game to know I want to buy it. They really should save something for the actual game. I would be actually mad if they revealed the starter evos or something.
Disappointed, not gonna lie. We had an entire Direct last week? Why didn’t they say all the Pokémon info then? Makes me feel like they didn’t have 40 mins of other news at this point...
I doubt a ton of time will be spent on Sword/Shield, but it makes sense for them to showcase it. Besides the fact that it's a big franchise, it'll be showcased on the E3 floor.
Why??? Please not more that 2-3 minutes.
@Anti-Matter 5-10mins?! You gotta be joking? ... 2 mins max please I want to see games we know nothing about and lots of surprises
hope this is a brief segment, its already had its own direct!!!!
Please just be short, we've seen enough of that game and don't need another half an hour farce like last year. Show different games Nintendo
Why? It had its own direct.
@Magenof eggsactly! No need for Pokémon at E3
There's no way this'll be more than a few minutes. I'd also expect a final push for Mario Maker tbh.
Leave Pokemon out, that's what the Direct was for!
Please, no more than a couple of minutes. Pokemon already had a Direct. There should have been no reason to spend precious E3 Direct time on these games.
Any more than 2 minutes and we will be sorely pissed
Brand new type ? i would love a 'light' type personally, i can't believe they've not done it yet, would compliment the dark type perfectly
Hope they don't waste much time on it since it's already had its own Direct (cough, Smash, cough). I know I'll be counting the seconds until it's off the screen.
Ah great, as if the Pokemon only direct was not enough for it. Probably some kind of switch bundle
Also known as "Bathroom break" for me.
gimme those middle evolutions
...Did anyone think it wasn't?
Do we really need more Pokemon Sword and Shield news?
I guess you can only hope it's info that surprises and nobody expected.
The two new Legendary as amiibo. 30 seconds. Maybe 45.
Or as @Bunkerneath said, possibly a Switch bundle. Nintneod really liked their Pokemon 3DS bundles. Though I think they'll save that announcement until September otherwise switch sales could slow to a crawl between now and then. But it's possible.
@frogopus My greatest E3 fear is 28 minutes of SMM2 like they did w/ Smash last year. They do need to show SMM2, they can't not, but 5 minutes should do it as they'll play it for 3 hours during the Treehouse I'm sure.
I was actually super hyped by the Smash presentation last year - and I'd never even played Smash before.
I'm hoping for more variety this year, but I'd still love if they have 20+ minutes worth of new announcements for Mario Maker 2.
@frogopus And Fire Emblem, which personally I've already seen enough of.
@frogopus I was never so happy to be so wrong.
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