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Pokémon Sword & Shield aren't out just yet, and we've still got a few lingering questions about some of the finer details surrounding the games. Whether we'll have them answered before release or not is impossible to say, but if you'd like to learn more about the games and the Galar region in which they take place, Nintendo has decided to create pop-up 'Galar Visitors Centers' in specific locations:



Dates / Hours

PAX West

Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. PT

Los Angeles County Fair

1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Sept. 11-13, 12-8 p.m. PT
Sept. 14-15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. PT

State Fair of Texas

State Fair of Texas Park
Dallas, TX 75223

Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. CT
Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. CT
Oct. 13-14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. CT

Here you can educate yourself on Galarian culture and even nab some photo opportunities with some Galar-specific Pokémon. Cue PR:

In addition to learning all about the Galar region and the new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, visitors to the tourism centers will be able to experience many fun activities. Everyone who stops by should make sure their cameras are equipped, since there will be various Galar-themed photo opportunities that are perfect for sharing on social media.

Visitors also have the opportunity to receive a variety of special items, including Galar region postcards and a travel brochure, while supplies last. Anyone who pre-orders Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on site or shows proof of existing pre-orders, like a digital receipt, will receive a special luggage tag inspired by the games, while supplies last.

Are you going to any of these events and plan on popping along to see what all the fuss is about? Drop us a comment in the usual place.