Grab your shield, grab your sword: Pokémon Sword and Shield direct coming next week

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Like Super Mario Maker 2, Nintendo has decided that the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield is big enough to warrant its own presentation, and they are giving us that with a 15-minute presentation next week.

Of the three major console companies, Nintendo seems poised to have the biggest 2019. Granted, part of that is because Microsoft and Sony are winding down and preparing for their next consoles; but, the latter half of 2019 still seems like a huge one for the Switch in any year. One of the big reasons for that is Pokémon Sword and Shield, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.

With E3 2019 only a couple weeks away, you would think Nintendo would save a full reveal for that event. While it still might have a presence at E3, we are going to see a lot on Pokémon Sword and Shield far sooner than that.

Just like the recent Super Mario Maker 2 direct, Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch will be getting its own 15-minute presentation next week as announced by Nintendo earlier today:

That’s pretty early for West Coast people, but what a way to wake up for Pokémon fans. And while this will certainly be the thing to pay attention to when it comes to Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch, we may be getting other Pokémon news much sooner than that.

A “Pokémon Business Strategy presentation” is taking place tomorrow. That sounds a bit dry on the surface, sure but this is exactly the kind of thing where they would announce new titles. Maybe a new remaster for Switch? Maybe something mobile? A Pokémon game for Xbox (probably not)? The possibilities are many.

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We are getting our fill of Pokémon news in the coming week, that is for sure. But what does that mean for Nintendo and the Switch at this year’s E3? While it could mean 25 minutes of Animal Crossing and not much else (which some people probably wouldn’t mind), I actually think Nintendo has an enormous 2019 ahead of them with many titles we haven’t seen anything of yet or know very little about.

Again, Sony and Microsoft are winding down this current generation and prepping for the next one while Nintendo is just really getting into their current one. 2019 and probably 2020 are theirs for the taking with a steady release of quality software. We’ll see if that’s the case at E3 2019 in just a couple weeks.