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Pokemon Sword and Shield Launch Event Has Been Cancelled

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Game Freak is no longer holding a launch event for Pokemon Sword and Shield in Tokyo this Friday.

The event was supposed to take place in the Sunshine City Fountain Square in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, but has been cancelled. The official Japanese Pokemon website states: "The launch event for Pocket Monster Sword and Shield, scheduled to be held at Sunshine City Fountain Square in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on November 15 (Friday) will be cancelled due to operational reasons... We would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused to customers who are planning to visit or considering their visit."

The news of the cancellation of the Sword and Shield event comes at a time of high tension. Many fans have been upset about Game Freak cutting a good number of Pokemon from the Sword and Shield Pokedex.

Despite the anger over the Pokedex controversy, social media has been flooded with a new hashtag, #ThankYouGameFreak. Using this hashtag, people have been showing their love for the 20 year-old franchise, and showing that they still support Game Freak despite the Pokedex being chopped in half. It shows that no matter what, people will love Pokemon.

Yesterday the final trailer for Pokemon Sword and Shield was released. The trailer showed off the many locales of the game, as well as plenty of Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing. We also briefly see two new Pokemon. One of these Pokemon sports a bowler hat, a mustache, and a cane. The other features a snake pattern running throughout its grey and segmented body. While these two Pocket Monsters are new to those who have avoided the leaks, those who have indulged in the leaks will know right away who these two Pokemon are.

Pokemon Sword and Shield will release for the Nintendo Switch on Friday, November 15th. You can read about the review embargo for Sword and Shield here, and stay tuned to OpenCritic to see what reviewers have to say about the games.