Nintendo Switch Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Nintendo Switch RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network GameStop Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals https://www.gameskinny.com/3x387/gamestop-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals https://www.gameskinny.com/3x387/gamestop-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:42:03 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

As we get closer to the busiest sales weekend of the year, we're starting to see more and more Black Friday ads pop up. We've got GameStop's now, following Target, then Best Buy, and later Walmart.

Like before, we'll break down the sales and deals based on category and price. We're also only focusing on video games and consoles instead of tech in general.

GameStop Black Friday Deals 2019

GameStop's Black Friday 2019 ad is more like a tentative thing. It's an early ad, with more deals planned to go live sometime next Wednesday before the madness starts. Here's what we know so far. We'll update this list when those deals go live.

Deals go live at staggered times online.

  • November 24-December 2: Early deals, including PS4 and Xbox One console bundles, available online
  • November 27: Black Friday online deals go live on GameStop.com beginning at 8 p.m. PDT / 11 p.m. EDT

Here's the current list of GameStop's video game deals for Black Friday 2019.

Video Game Consoles and Subscriptions

GameStop's got the same PlayStation 4 bundle deal as other major retailers, but the game store shakes things up with an extra, limited-quantity PS4 deal and Xbox One console sales.

PlayStation 4

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB), DualShock Wireless Control, and three free games — $199.99. The games shown are listed below.
    • The Last of Us Remastered (physical copy)
    • God of War (digital)
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete (digital)
  • PS4 Pro (1TB) Glacier White for $299.99 ($100 off) — "very limited quantities"
  • $100 dollars off any PlayStation VR bundle
  • DualShock Wireless controllers for $38.99 each
  • 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription — $44.99

Xbox One

  • Xbox One S (1TB) + Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle — $199.99
  • Limited Edition Xbox One X (1TB) NBA 2K20 bundle — $349.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) All-Digital Console (White), includes Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, and Minecraft — $149.99
  • Save $10.00 on Xbox Wireless controllers
  • Xbox Live Gold 3-month subscription — $14.99
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3-month subscription — $26.99

Nintendo Switch

GameStop has absolutely nothing listed for Nintendo Black Friday sales right now. However, since GameStop is listed as a participating retailer in Nintendo's self-announced Black Friday deals, we can assume the same Switch console with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle will be on offer next week.

GameStop Black Friday Game Deals

PlayStation 4 Games

Games for $19.99

  • Days Gone
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • MediEvil
  • Concrete Genie

Games for $9.99

  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn — Complete Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Little Big Planet 3
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Bloodborne
  • Nioh
Xbox One Games
  • Sea of Thieves — $24.99
  • Forza Horizon 4 — $24.99
  • Gears 5 — $29.99
  • Crackdown 3 — $14.99
Nintendo Switch Games

As mentioned, GameStop hasn't announced any Nintendo deals yet, but Nintendo's Black Friday ad has these games listed for $39.99, with GameStop as a participating retailer:

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Splatoon 2

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For more, check out GameStop's early Black Friday ad. Once GameStop updates its list of Black Friday deals, we'll update our list to match it, so stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Debut with Record-Breaking Sales https://www.gameskinny.com/w0xca/pokemon-sword-and-shield-debut-with-record-breaking-sales https://www.gameskinny.com/w0xca/pokemon-sword-and-shield-debut-with-record-breaking-sales Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:57:40 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The launch of any new Pokemon game is news in itself, but Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, the first entries in the storied series' eighth generation, are making waves with record-breaking sales numbers.

According to Famitsu, Sword and Shield sold 1,364,544 copies in their first three days in Japan, spread out among physical sales, the double pack, and digital download cards, though digital downloads themselves aren't included in the numbers.

It's roughly double the number of copies the Pokemon Let's GO games sold in the same timeframe in Japan (664,198). It also means Sword and Shield managed to beat out Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for a Switch game's best-selling opening week.

Between November 11 and 17, Switch hardware sales were up as well, with 180,136 units sold, split between the regular Switch and Switch Lite. These sales push the Switch in Japan well past the 10 million units sold milestone from last month. That's impressive, but not actually much of an increase from hardware sales when the Let's GO games launched. And it's still not quite as impressive as 3DS hardware sales when Sun and Moon released.

Game Freak, serving up another helping of Poke-profit

It's not just in Japan that Sword and Shield sales numbers are getting attention, though. Sword debuted at the top of the U.K. sales charts, with Shield at Number 3, and the double pack at Number 7, according to GamesIndustry.biz's Christopher Dring.

It's the best launch of an exclusive title this year, the third-biggest boxed launch in the U.K. (behind FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare), and the second-biggest U.K. Pokemon launch, with Sun and Moon still sitting at the top with a 34% higher sales margin.

However, Dring notes Sun and Moon launched on a Wednesday and had two more days of sales compared to Sword and Shield, plus the U.K. numbers don't account for digital downloads.

It's not hard to see why the world is gripped by Pokemon fever again. Sword and Shield make a number of improvements on the traditional Pokemon formula and breathe life back into the series. We'll discuss in more detail in our upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield review, so stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Fossils Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/x1h8r/pokemon-sword-and-shield-fossils-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/x1h8r/pokemon-sword-and-shield-fossils-guide Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:16:12 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

In Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils are handled a bit differently from previous Pokemon games. The basic premise is the same, but things are a little different here. We'll go more into that later.

You still find rare fossils (the type of which varies depending on your version), take them to the right person, and presto — you've got some ancient Pokemon brought back to life.

This Sword and Shield guide will tell you what fossils are, which fossils are (presumably) in each version of the game, where you can find fossils, how to revive fossils, and which Pokemon are fossils. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Fossils Guide

Unlike Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, the fossils in Sword and Shield are completely new. There are four of them total:

  • Fossilized Bird
  • Fossilized Fish
  • Fossilized Drake
  • Fossilized Dino

You actually have to combine two fossils to create your new ancient Pokemon. It's not a gimmick to make you buy both versions, though. Each version has two fossil types you're more likely to get.

Sword
  • Fossilized Bird
  • Fossilized Dino
Shield
  • Fossilized Fish
  • Fossilized Drake

Whether Sword and Shield fossils are exclusive to each game, we really aren't sure yet. Some players have reported getting all four in one version, some didn't get the other version's fossils until after they won the Champion Cup, and some started seeing all four after they traded for the other version's fossils.

Either way, plan on finding the two fossils associated with your version unless you trade for them (with the fossil acting as a held item).

Sword and Shield Fossil Locations

You won't buy your fossils in Sword and Shield, though there are a few different places you can get them from.

Wild Area Fossils

Fossils may randomly appear as hidden items — the sparkly things on the ground — in the Dusty Bowl region of the Wild Area (center of the square area near Hammerlocke). Specifically, you'll be looking near the giant rock under the Stone Arch.

Each of the four fossil types has a chance of randomly spawning as a hidden item there, noting the possible version exclusivity mentioned above.

The Digging Duo

Another way to obtain fossils is also in the Wild Area. In Bridge Field, near the Wild Area Day Care, you'll find the Digging Duo. These brothers will excavate the surrounding cliffside for a fee of 500 watts and bring back a variety of different treasures, some of which include fossils. It's completely random what you'll get, though, and your chances depend on which brother you choose.

The Reward brother has a higher chance of netting you something great — like a fossil. But has lower stamina, meaning he'll only bring back one or two items. The Stamina brother is the opposite — lower chances of rare items, but he'll bring back three to five.

Stow-on-Side

Finally, the easiest, most surefire way to get fossils is visiting the Pokemon Center in Stow-on-Side, where one of the NPCs will give you two fossils for free.

How to Revive Fossils in Sword and Shield

If you've made it to Stow-on-Side yet, you've probably already figured this one out for yourself. On Route 6, behind the campsite, is a professor who's studying ancient things, including fossils. She'll combine two of your fossils to revive (or create?) a new Pokemon for you.

Sword and Shield Fossil Pokemon 

Below are the fossil combinations and what Pokemon you'll get from each in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Dracovish
  • Type: Water/Dragon
  • Combination: Fossilized Drake + Fossilized Fish
Dracozolt
  • Type: Electric/Dragon
  • Combination: Fossilized Drake + Fossilized Dino
Arctovish
  • Type: Water/Ice
  • Combination: Fossilized Bird + Fossilized Fish
Arctozolt
  • Type: Electric/Ice
  • Combination: Fossilized Bird + Fossilized Dino

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That's all you need to know about Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils, plus how to revive fossils. Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield guides for more tips to get the most out of your Galar adventure.

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Can You Transfer Pokemon to Sword and Shield Using Pokemon Bank? https://www.gameskinny.com/q75s5/can-you-transfer-pokemon-to-sword-and-shield-using-pokemon-bank https://www.gameskinny.com/q75s5/can-you-transfer-pokemon-to-sword-and-shield-using-pokemon-bank Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:21:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's Pokedex doesn't include all the Pokemon ever created, which you probably know unless you've been able to ignore the furor surrounding that particular design choice.That means what you see in the Galar Pokedex — all 400 Pokemon — is almost all you get.

Previous Pokemon games would let you transfer other 'mon in using Pokemon Bank, a storage platform that lets you keep far more Pokemon than you could hope to store in the PC Boxes. This would be a way to transfer, say, your favorite Psyduck from Pokemon HeartGold to Pokemon Ultra Moon. It even applied to a Pokemon not found natively in that game's region.

However, Pokemon Bank isn't compatible with Sword and Shield. Its replacement app, Pokemon Home, will take on that role, connecting the Switch Pokemon games to Pokemon GO and the 3DS Pokemon games — X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.

The trouble is that Pokemon Home won't release until early 2020, so if you're itching to import your legendaries from previous Gens, you'll just have to wait.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are a bit different. Because there's no real National Pokedex featuring pokemon from other regions, what you can transfer using Bank is fairly limited. However, you can still transfer some Pokemon to Sword and Shield using Pokemon Bank.

Pokemon You Can Transfer to SwSh using Home

Alongside Bulbasaur, Here's the list of all Pokemon you'll be able to transfer to Sword and Shield once Pokemon Home releases on Nintendo Switch.

Blastoise Meltan
Brionne Mew
Celebi Mewtwo
Cobalion Necrozma
Cosmog Popplio
Cosmoem Primarina
Dartrix Reshiram
Decidueye Rowlet
Incineroar Solgaleo
Ivysaur Squirtle
Jirachi Terrakion
Keldeo Torracat
Kyurem Venusaur
Litten Virizion
Lunala Wartortle
Marshadow Zekrom
Melmetal Zeraora


Will More Pokemon be Added to the SwSh Dex?

The answer is more than likely not. Game Freak has said on multiple occasions it has no plans to add more Pokemon to the Galar Dex and will, instead, provide ways to interact with your older Pokemon in Pokemon Home.

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It's a bit of bad news if you're wanting to transfer lots of older 'mon to the latest Pokemon games, but check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides to help you get the most out of the 'mon you'll find in Galar anyway.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield TM List: All TM Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/cajnn/pokemon-sword-and-shield-tm-list-all-tm-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/cajnn/pokemon-sword-and-shield-tm-list-all-tm-locations Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:02:55 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield continue the grand old tradition of scattering nearly 100 TMs throughout the region, many of which are brand new. We're going to go over all the Pokemon Sword and Shield TM locations here.

Like Gen VII before it, the TMs in Sword and Shield don't break after you use them. To balance these infinite uses, some of the more powerful moves, like Flamethrower, are now found in Technical Records, items that teach a move once before breaking, just like they used to.

Fortunately, Technical Records aren't difficult to obtain, as they're mostly found either by winning Max Raids or trading Watts in the Wild Area.

We've compiled a list of all the TMs' names, descriptions, and locations, including images, to help smooth out the process of finding that perfect move for your team, and we'll keep updating as we come across more information.

All Pokemon Sword and Shield TMs Locations

TM00: Mega Punch Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is slugged by a punch thrown with muscle-packed power
  • Location: Hammerlocke — purchase in the Pokemon Center on the west side of town for 10,000 Poke.
TM01: Mega Kick Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is attacked by a kick launched with muscle-packed power.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — purchase in the Pokemon Center on the west side of town for 40,000 Poke.
TM02: Pay Day Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • Numerous coins are hurled at the target to inflict damage. Money is earned after the battle.
  • Location: Motostoke — follow the path in front of the warehouses (next to the fire station) and take the stairs down to the waterside, where you'll see TM02 near some containers.
TM03: Fire Punch Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is punched with a fiery fist. This may also leave the target with a burn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM04: Ice Punch Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is punched with an icy fist. This may also leave the target frozen.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM05: Thunder Punch Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is punched with an electrified fist. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM06: Fly Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Physical
    • The user flies up into the sky and then strikes its target on the next turn.
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — In the taxi house near the stairs by the Stow-on-Side Gym.

TM07: Pin Missile Location
  • Type: Bug
  • Category: Physical
    • Sharp spikes are shot at the target in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.
  • Location: Route 4 — Near Rhys (kid in the Pokemon costume) in a grass patch heading towards Turffield.
TM08: Hyper Beam Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • The target is attacked with a powerful beam. The user can't move on the next turn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM09: Giga Impact Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user charges at the target using every bit of its power. The user can't move on the next turn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM10: Magical Leaf Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Special
    • The user scatters curious leaves that chase the target. This attack never misses.
  • Location: Turffield — Defeat Gym Leader Milo
TM11: Solar Beam Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Special
    • In this two-turn attack, the user gathers light, then blasts a bundled beam on the next turn.
  • Location: Turffield — After you acquire the Rotom Bike upgrade that lets you cross water, follow the river east, and you'll find TM11 on an island.
TM12: Solar Blade Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Physical
    • In this two-turn attack, the user gathers light and fills a blade with the light's energy, attacking the target on the next turn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM13: Fire Spin Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Special
    • The target becomes trapped within a fierce vortex of fire that rages for four to five turns.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM 14: Thunder Wave Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Status
    • The user launches a weak jolt of electricity that paralyzes the target.
  • Location: The Wild Area (more detail soon)
TM15: Dig Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • The user burrows into the ground, then attacks on the next turn.
  • Location: Route 6 — Near the backpacker's tent.
TM16: Screech Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • An earsplitting screech harshly lowers the target's Defense stat.
  • Location: Circhester — Speak to the Hiker in Ionia Hotel's Room 3

TM17: Light Screen Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • A wondrous wall of light is put up to reduce damage from special attacks for five turns.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM18: Reflect Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • A wondrous wall of light is put up to reduce damage from physical attacks for five turns.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM19: Safeguard Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a protective field that prevents status conditions for five turns.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM20: Self-Destruct Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks everything around it by causing an explosion. The user faints upon using this move.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM21: Rest Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user goes to sleep for two turns. This fully restores the user's HP and heals any status conditions.
  • Location: Ballonlea — Near the large green mushrooms in the eastern part of town.
TM22: Rock Slide Location
  • Type: Rock
  • Category: Physical
    • Large boulders are hurled at opposing Pokémon to inflict damage. This may also make the opposing Pokémon flinch.
  • Location: Route 9 — On the southwestern beach, Rotom Bike upgrade required.
TM23: Thief Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks and steals the target's held item simultaneously. The user can't steal anything if it already holds an item.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM24: Snore Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • This attack can be used only if the user is asleep. The harsh noise may also make the target flinch.
  • Location: Glimwood Tangle — Follow the path to the bottom-left of Daring Couple Robert and Jacqueline
TM25: Protect Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.

TM26: Scary Face Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user frightens the target with a scary face to harshly lower its Speed stat.
  • Location: Galar Mine (West) — head left after defeating Worker Georgia.
TM27: Icy Wind Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks with a gust of chilled air. This also lowers opposing Pokémon's Speed stats.
  • Location: Circhester — Speak to the man in the first house on the left.
TM28: Giga Drain Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Special
    • A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM29: Charm Location
  • Type: Fairy
  • Category: Status
    • The user gazes at the target rather charmingly, making it less wary. This harshly lowers the target's Attack stat.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Go through the vault as if you're heading to Route 6, and it's on the balcony, to the right of the wooden stairs
TM30: Steel Wing Location
  • Type: Steel
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is hit with wings of steel. This may also raise the user's Defense stat.
  • Location: Route 6 — It's sitting on a ledge in the eastern part of the route.

TM31: Attract Location
  •  Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • If it is the opposite gender of the user, the target becomes infatuated and less likely to attack.
  • Location: Route 5 — Explore the southeastern part of the route (the grassy patch opposite of the campsite).
TM32: Sandstorm Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Status
    • A five-turn sandstorm is summoned to hurt all combatants except Rock, Ground, and Steel types. It raises the Sp. Def stat of Rock types.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM33: Rain Dance Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Status
    • The user summons a heavy rain that falls for five turns, powering up Water-type moves. It lowers the power of Fire-type moves.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM34: Sunny Day Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Status
    • The user intensifies the sun for five turns, powering up Fire-type moves. It lowers the power of Water-type moves.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM35: Hail Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Status
    • The user summons a hailstorm lasting five turns. It damages all Pokémon except Ice types.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM36: Whirlpool Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Special
    • The user traps the target in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.
  • Location: Defeat Hulbury's Gym Leader, Nessa

TM37: Beat Up Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user gets all party Pokémon to attack the target. The more party Pokémon, the greater the number of attacks.
  • Location: Route 3 — On a ledge near the Berry tree.
TM38: Will-o-Wisp Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Status
    • The user shoots a sinister flame at the target to inflict a burn.
  • Location: Defeat Motostoke's Gym Leader, Kabu.

TM39: Facade Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • This attack move doubles its power if the user is poisoned, burned, or paralyzed.
  • Location: Motostoke Riverbank portion of the Wild Area. Go north, then as the ground slopes up, turn left. You'll see a Berry tree. Walk up to it, then turn left again, and you'll see the TM item ball nestled next to some metal pipes on the right.

TM40: Swift Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • Star-shaped rays are shot at opposing Pokémon. This attack never misses.
  • Location: Wedgehurst — Given before taking the train out of Wedgehurst.
TM41: Helping Hand Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user assists an ally by boosting the power of that ally's attack.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM42: Revenge Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • This attack move's power is doubled if the user has been hurt by the opponent in the same turn
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — Defeat the Stow-on-Side Gym Leader, Bea (Sword only)
TM43: Brick Break Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks with a swift chop. It can also break barriers, such as Light Screen and Reflect.
  • Location: Route 8 — Take the western path near the route's northern exit.
TM44: Imprison Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • If opposing Pokémon know any move also known by the user, they are prevented from using it.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM45: Dive Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Physical
    • Diving on the first turn, the user floats up and attacks on the next turn.
  • Location: Route 9 — speak to the Diver NPC
TM46: Weather Ball Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • This attack move varies in power and type depending on the weather.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM47: Fake Tears Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Status
    • The user feigns crying to fluster the target, harshly lowering its Sp. Def stat.
  • Location: Circhester — Speak to the musician in Hotel Ionia's 4th room.
TM48: Rock Tomb Location
  • Type: Rock
  • Category: Physical
    • Boulders are hurled at the target. This also lowers the target's Speed stat by preventing its movement.
  • Location: Circhester — Defeat Circhester Gym Leader Gordie (Sword only)
TM49: Sand Tomb Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
  • Location: Galar Mine 2 (east) — Go east/right after defeating Rail Staff Vincent
TM50: Bullet Seed Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Physical
    • The user forcefully shoots seeds at the target two to five times in a row.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM51: Icicle Spear Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The user launches sharp icicles at the target two to five times in a row.
  • Location: Circhester — East part of the Hero's Bath
TM52: Bounce Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bounces up high, then drops on the target on the second turn. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM53: Mud Shot Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks by hurling a blob of mud at the target. This also lowers the target's Speed stat.
  • Location: Galar Mine 2 (east) — Behind the Gastrodon pool; requires Rotom Bike upgrade.

TM54: Rock Blast Location
  • Type: Rock
  • Category: Physical
    • The user hurls hard rocks at the target. Two to five rocks are launched in a row.
  • Location: Route 3, accessed via Galar Mine (west) — take the leftmost path back out of the mine, and it's on the ledge there.
TM55: Brine Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Physical
    • If the target's HP is half or less, this attack will hit with double the power.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM56: U-Turn Location
  • Type: Bug
  • Category: Physical
    • After making its attack, the user rushes back to switch places with a party Pokémon in waiting.
  • Location: Glimwood Tangle — Western/left portion of the Tangle.

TM57: Payback Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user stores power, then attacks. If the user moves after the target, this attack's power will be doubled.
  • Location: Route 2 — Behind Professor Magnolia's house (path is to the right)
TM58: Assurance Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • If the target has already taken some damage in the same turn, this attack's power is doubled.
  • Location: Route 7 — (specific details coming soon)
TM59: Fling Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user flings its held item at the target to attack. This move's power and effects depend on the item
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM60: Power Swap Location
  •  Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Attack and Sp. Atk stats with the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM61: Guard Swap Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Defense and Sp. Def stats with the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM62: Speed Swap Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user exchanges Speed stats with the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM63: Drain Punch Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • An energy-draining punch. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM64: Avalanche Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The power of this attack move is doubled if the user has been hurt by the target in the same turn.
  • Location: Route 9 — Northwestern portion of the area in an alcove; requires Rotom Bike upgrade.
TM65: Shadow Claw Location
  • Type: Ghost
  • Category: Physical
    • The user slashes with a sharp claw made from shadows. Critical hits land more easily.
  • Location: Lake of Outrage (Wild Area) — Up a hill near a Den close to a Berry Tree.
TM66: Thunder Fang Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bites with electrified fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it with paralysis
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM67: Ice Fang Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bites with cold-infused fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it frozen
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM68: Fire Fang Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bites with flame-cloaked fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it with a burn.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM69: Psycho Cut Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Physical
    • The user tears at the target with blades formed by psychic power. Critical hits land more easily.
  • Location: Route 2 — Lakeside, near the sign; requires Rotom Bike upgrade
TM70: Trick Room Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a bizarre area in which slower Pokémon get to move first for five turns.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM71: Wonder Room Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a bizarre area in which Pokémon's Defense and Sp. Def stats are swapped for five turns.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM72: Magic Room Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a bizarre area in which Pokémon's held items lose their effects for five turns.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM73: Cross Poison Location
  • Type: Poison
  • Category: Physical
    • A slashing attack with a poisonous blade that may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily
  • Location: Dusty Bowl (Wild Area) — Sitting near the tree across the water; requires Rotom Bike upgrade
TM74: Venoshock Location
  • Type: Poison
  • Category: Special
    • The user drenches the target in a special poisonous liquid. This move's power is doubled if the target is poisoned
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — South of the stadium/Gym. Climb a ladder near the house there, and you'll find TM74 on the roof.
TM75: Low Sweep Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • The user makes a swift attack on the target's legs, which lowers the target's Speed stat.
  • Location: Axew's Eye (Wild Area) — Island in the middle of the lake.
TM76: Round Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks the target with a song. Others can join in the Round to increase the power of the attack.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM77: Hex Location
  • Type: Ghost
  • Category: Special
    • This relentless attack does massive damage to a target affected by status conditions.
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — Defeat Gym Leader Allister (Shield); Ballonlea — Speak to the woman in the second house (Sword).
TM78: Acrobatics Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Physical
    • The user nimbly strikes the target. If the user is not holding an item, this attack inflicts massive damage.
  • Location: Ballonlea — Wear a fire-themed outfit, then speak to the man next to the house in the northwest/upper left.
TM79: Retaliate Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user gets revenge for a fainted ally. If an ally fainted in the previous turn, this move's power is increased.
  • Location: Hulbury — Receive from Sonia after winning against Gym Leader Nessa
TM80: Volt Switch Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Physical
    • After making its attack, the user rushes back to switch places with a party Pokémon in waiting
  • Location: Wild Area (details coming soon)

TM81: Bulldoze Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • The user strikes everything around it by stomping down on the ground. This lowers the Speed stats of those hit.
  • Location: Giant's Seat (Wild Area) — Behind the large pillar
TM82: Electroweb Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks and captures opposing Pokémon using an electric net. This lowers their Speed stats
  • Location: Hulbury — It's behind the lighthouse
TM83: Razor Shell Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Physical
    • The user cuts its target with sharp shells. This may also lower the target's Defense stat.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)

TM84: Tail Slap Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks by striking the target with its hard tail. It hits the target two to five times in a row
  • Location: Rolling Fields (Wild Area) — Behind a tree in an alcove in the southern wall.
TM85: Snarl Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Special
    • The user yells as if it's ranting about something, which lowers the Sp. Atk stats of opposing Pokémon
  • Location: Spikemuth — Defeat Gym Leader Piers
TM86: Phantom Force Location
  • Type: Ghost
  • Category: Physical
    • The user vanishes somewhere, then strikes the target on the next turn. This move hits even if the target protects itself.
  • Location: Slumbering Weald — Near a cliff in the far northeast side
TM87: Draining Kiss Location
  • Type: Fairy
  • Category: Special
    • The user steals the target's HP with a kiss. The user's HP is restored by over half of the damage taken by the target.
  • Location: Ballonlea — Defeat Gym Leader Opal
TM88: Grassy Terrain Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Status
    • The user turns the ground to grass for five turns. This restores the HP of Pokémon on the ground a little every turn and powers up Grass-type moves.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke.
TM89: Misty Terrain Location
  • Type: Fairy
  • Category: Status
    • This protects Pokémon on the ground from status conditions and halves damage from Dragon-type moves for five turns.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke.
TM90: Electric Terrain Location
  •  Type: Electric
  • Category: Status
    • The user electrifies the ground for five turns, powering up Electric-type moves. Pokémon on the ground no longer fall asleep.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke.
TM91: Psychic Terrain Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • This protects Pokémon on the ground from priority moves and powers up Psychic-type moves for five turns.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke
TM92: Mystical Fire Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks by breathing a special, hot fire. This also lowers the target's Sp. Atk stat
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM93: Eerie Impulse Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Status
    • The user's body generates an eerie impulse. Exposing the target to it harshly lowers the target's Sp. Atk stat.
  • Location: Wyndon — Behind Rose Tower sign
TM94: False Swipe Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • A restrained attack that prevents the target from fainting. The target is left with at least 1 HP
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM95: Air Slash Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks with a blade of air that slices even the sky. This may also make the target flinch
  • Location: East Lake Axewell (Wild Area) — Head down through the Rolling Fields to West Lake Axewell. Use the Rotom Bike (upgraded to cross water) to reach the spit of land across the water in East Lake Axewell.
TM96: Smart Strike Location
  • Type: Steel
  • Category: Physical
    • The user stabs the target with a sharp horn. This attack never misses.
  • Location: Route 8 — At the top of a ladder in the western part of the area.

TM97: Brutal Swing Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user swings its body around violently to inflict damage on everything in its vicinity.
  • Location: Turffield — East of the Stadium/Gym
TM98: Stomping Tantrum Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • Driven by frustration, the user attacks the target. If the user's previous move has failed, the power of this move doubles.
  • Location: Route 10 — Climb the hill going towards Wyndon, then take the eastern path.
TM99: Breaking Swipe Location
  • Type: Dragon
  • Category: Physical
    • The user swings its tough tail wildly and attacks opposing Pokémon. This also lowers their Attack stats.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Defeat Gym Leader Raihan

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That's it — every Sword and Shield TM and where to find them. Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides as well.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/emunf/pokemon-sword-and-shield-champion-cup-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/emunf/pokemon-sword-and-shield-champion-cup-tips-guide Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:15:41 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield trade the traditional Elite Four and Champion challenge for the Champion Cup, a series of matches against other Champion challengers, Gym Leaders, and finally the Champion himself for a chance to claim the top Pokemon title in Galar.

These are the best of the best in Galar, and unless you've carefully assembled a diverse team or overleveled your Pokemon, these won't be simple fights.

That's why we put together this Champion Cup tips guide to give you a fighting chance and help prepare before you take the challenge. Please note that the guide below contains spoilers for who you face, as well as some story points that take place during your challenge.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup Tips Guide

The Champion Cup Setup

The Champion Cup is divided into two semifinal fights, three finals matches, something else spoilery, and your fight against the Champion. That's actually more battles than you usually get in the traditional Elite Four + Champion setup, so you're in for a long haul once you start.

Each trainer specializes in a Pokemon type, with a couple of notable exceptions like the Champion. They'll often shake things up with a dual-type Pokemon as well or a Pokemon that knows a move effective against other types.

Champion Cup Recommended Pokemon Types

However, there are a few core Pokemon and move types you can consider in your planning if you want to focus on type advantages.

  • Steel
  • Fairy
  • Dark
  • Fighting
  • Grass
  • Flying
  • Ice
  • Electric

Obviously, you can't have a Pokemon representing all those types since your party cap is six, but you can make sure your move pools are diverse. For example, teach your Water-type an Ice move or stick a Fight move on your Attack-oriented Dark-type.

Champion Cup Semifinal 1: Marnie Battle

Marnie's team primarily relies on Dark types, with a few variations and subtypes thrown in to keep her from being a pushover. You'll want to consider Pokemon with Fighting, Fairy, Bug, or Steel types or moves. Corvinkight, in particular, would be a useful Pokemon for this battle.

Pokemon Move Pool
Liepard (Dark) — lvl. 47 Fake Out, Torment, Snarl, Nasty Plot
  Toxicroak (Poison/Fight) — lvl. 47 Venoshock, Sucker Punch, Swagger, Toxic
Scrafty (Dark/Fight) — lvl. 47 Swagger, Scary Face, Brick Break, Crunch
  Morpeko (Electric/Dark) — lvl. 48  Bullet Seed, Torment, Bite, Spark
  Grimmsnarl (Dark/Fairy) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 49  Spirit Break, Darkest Lariat, Bulk Up, Torment

 

Liepard isn't that big of a deal, as long as it doesn't get a chance to use Nasty Plot to power up Snarl. It's pure Dark and has middling defense stats, so Fairy, Fighting, or even Bug moves would be fine here. Fairy will completely demolish Scrafty. Toxicroak is her wild card, though a Flying-type could easily dispatch it.

Morpeko is a bit like Ash's Pikachu — a good mascot, but not a tough opponent. If your Fairy or Fighting-type is in good order still, use it to take care of Morpeko.

Grimmsnarl's Fairy dual typing means Fighting is no good here. A Bug could still take advantage of its Dark side, or you could use a good Steel-type (like Corviknight) or a 'mon with a strong Steel-type move. Intimidating as it looks, its Defense and Special Defense stats aren't high, so it shouldn't be too challenging.

Champion Cup Semifinals 2: Hop Battle

Hop is your second opponent in the Champion Cup. There's not really a pattern to his team.

Pokemon Move Pool
Dubwool (Normal) — lvl. 48  Cotton Guard, Reversal, Body Slam, Zen Headbutt
  Corviknight (Steel/Flying) — lvl. 48 Steel Wing, Drill Peck, Scary Face, Swagger
  Pincurchin (Electric)— lvl. 47 Thunderbolt, Poison Jab, Curse
Snorlax (Normal) — lvl. 47  Heavy Slam, High Horsepower, Hammer Arm
 Inteleon (if you choose Grookey) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49  Snipe Shot, Mud Shot, Icy Wind, Dark Pulse
 Cinderace (if you chose Sobble) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49 Pyro Ball, Gunk Shot, Counter, Bounce
 Rillaboom (if you chose Scorbunny) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49  Drum Beating, High Horsepower, Snarl, Uproar

 

Dubwool might be a bit tricky, thanks to its tanky Defense and Cotton Guard. If you don't have a Fighting Pokemon or move to use, focus on one with high Special Attack to take advantage of its relatively lower SD stat. The opposite is true for Snorlax, where you'll want to focus on Physical moves.

Corviknight doesn't have any glaring weaknesses other than Electric, so consider bringing in a Boltund, while any of your sturdier, non-Water or Flying Pokemon could go up against Pincurchin.

Hop's starter shouldn't pose much of a threat since you should have a strategy for defeating it by now.

Champion Cup: Interrupting Opponent Bede

After you move on to the Finals, some story things happen that interrupt the Champion Cup. Then Bede makes another appearance and, in not very venerable fashion, interrupts things even further, forcing you to challenge him to continue.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Mawile (Steel/Fairy) — lvl. 51  Play Rough, Iron Head, Crunch
  Gardevoir (Psychic/Fairy) — lvl. 51  Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Calm Ming, Wish
  Rapidash (Psychic/Fairy) — lvl. 52 Psycho Cut, Take Down, Dazzling Gleam, Quick Attack
  Hatterene (Psychic/Fairy) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 53 Dazzling Gleam, Calm Mind, Mystical Fire, Psychic

 

Bede's main weaknesses are Poison and Steel, though of course, his part-Psychic 'mon would demolish any of yours that is Poison type. If you have a Poison move on a different Pokemon, preferably one with high Special Defense, that's an option.

Alternatively, you could bring out the Steel-type you used against Marnie's Grimmsnarl since like most Fairy and Psychic types, these aren't gifted in the Defense department.

Mawile's a bit different, but a Fire or Ground-type would do well here. Resist the urge to use a Fighting-type, because Play Rough would destroy it.

Champion Cup Finals 1: Nessa Battle

With that out of the way, it's time to move onto the Finals for real. Nessa will be your first opponent, and though her team is obviously much stronger than when you faced off in Hulbury, it shouldn't pose much of a problem for a team with Grass or Electric moves.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Golisopod (Bug/Water) — lvl. 51  First Impression, Shadow Claw, Liquidation, Swords Dance
  Pelipper (Water/Flying) — lvl. 51 Roost, Air Slash, Water Pulse, Tailwind
  Barraskewda (Water) — lvl. 52 Throat Chop, Ice Fang, Drill Run, Liquidation
Seaking (Water) — lvl. 52  Smart Strike, Mega Horn, Aqua Ring, Waterfall
  Drednaw (Gigantamax) — lvl. 53 Liquidation, Jaw Lock, Crunch, Rock Tomb

 

Golisopod is the only one that should pose much problem here. A Flying-type — like Corviknight, again — would exploit the Bug-type weakness without facing much danger from First Impression, though Liquidation could be an issue. As you battle, try defeating it before its ability activates (when it's at half HP or less). If not, when Nessa switches it back in, then it can use the powerful First Impression again. Going on the defensive with stat-raising moves would be one option here.

A strong Grass or Electric-type or move would handle Barraskewda and Seaking with no issues, and Drednaw is highly vulnerable to Grass types, particularly Special attacks. Pelipper should probably be handled with an Electric-type, or at least not a Grass-type. If type advantage isn't an issue for you, though, then anything not Grass, Rock, Ground, and Fire would be fine.

Champion Cup Finals 2: Bea Battle (Sword)

If you're playing Pokemon Sword, Bea is your next opponent in the Champion Cup Finals. And if you've ever played any of the Gen I and II remakes, then you'll quickly realize she's basically Bruno, only even easier — especially if you brought a Fairy type.

Pokemon Move Pool
Hawlucha (Fight/Flying) — lvl. 52  Flying Press, High Jump Kick, Bounce
  Grapploct (Fight) — lvl. 52  Octolock, Submission, Bind, Mega Punch
  Sirfetch'd (Fight) — lvl. 53 Leaf Blade, Slam, Brutal Swing, Brick Break
Falinks (Fight) — lvl. 53  No Retreat, Bulk Up, Close Combat, Rock Tomb
  Machamp (Fight) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 54  Cross Chop, Revenge, Fire Punch, Strength

 

Note that only one of Bea's Pokemon has a move effective against Flying types, and there's difficult no dual-type variation to throw a wrench into things here either.

A strong Flying-type would be one option, though if you brought Corviknight as your main flyer, it might not be the best. Instead, a Fairy or Psychic-type would work wonders here, quickly clearing out Bea's team with basically no opposition. If you've traded for a Galarian Rapidash, then that's a double bonus.

Champion Cup Finals 2: Allister Battle (Shield)

Shield players will go up against Allister again for their second Finals match. He's not quite as simple to deal with as Bea, though not much more difficult either. Dark types would be the ideal option for this match, or you could bring your own Ghost if you're wanting to take a risk.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Dusknoir (Ghost) — lvl. 52  Shadow Punch, Thunder Punch, Rock Tomb, Disable
  Chandelure (Ghost/Fire) — lvl. 52  Shadow Ball, Mystical Fire, Will-o-Wisp
  Cursola (Ghost) — lvl. 53  Hex, Strength Sap, Ancient Power, Amnesia
  Polteageist (Ghost) — lvl. 53  Shadow Ball, Protect, Giga Drain, Nasty Plot
  Gengar (Ghost/Poison) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 54 Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Dark Pulse, Hypnosis

 

Normal types might be immune to Ghost moves, but Allister's team packs at least one powerful, non-Ghost move. Dubwool would be viable because it can basically withstand anything, but taking the offensive here would be better to end it quickly.

If you brought a Grimmsnarl along for the part-Fairy-type benefits earlier, that would serve you well against all Allister's Pokemon except Gengar. If not, Galar has no shortage of Dark types to choose from, and Allister's team doesn't really have any moves that would harm a Dark type.

Gengar's Hypnosis is just a pain since it doesn't have Nightmare or Dream Eater to go with it. The only potentially tricky situation here is if Polteageist gets its Special Attack up with Nasty Plot and lands some hits before you can defeat it.

Champion Cup Finals 3: Raihan Battle

Raihan, the strongest Gym Leader who focuses (mostly) on Dragon types, is your final opponent in the Finals. Since Dragon is weak to Fairy types now, as well as Ice types, he's not quite so intimidating as he might be, except for his Duraludon.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Torkoal (Fire) — lvl. 53  Lava Plume, Solar Beam, Body Press, Yawn
  Goodra (Dragon) — lvl. 54  Rain Dance, Surf, Muddy Water, Thunder
Turtonator (Fire/Dragon) — lvl. 54  Sunny Day, Shell Trap, Fire Blast, Dragon Pulse
  Flygon (Ground/Dragon) — lvl. 54  Sandstorm, Dragon Claw, Earthquake, Crunch
  Duraludon (Steel/Dragon) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 55  Dragon Claw, Body Press, Stone Edge, Iron Head

 

Torkoal is the odd 'mon out here as the only Pokemon on Raihan's team with no Dragon element. Fortunately, Fire has several common weaknesses, including Water, Ground, and Rock. Torkoal is very slow, so it shouldn't give you much trouble.

Goodra and Flygon would easily fall to Ice-type moves, though if you're seeking type advantages, Fairy would be the better option to take on Turtonator.

Duraludon is probably the toughest opponent so far in the Champion Cup because its typing negates any type advantage except for Fighting. If you've got any strong Fighting moves on a durable Pokemon, that's going to be your best choice here. Otherwise, make sure you've got some durable 'mon and plenty of healing items.

Champion Cup Champion Match: Leon Battle

As you've known from the very beginning, Leon is your ultimate opponent. You won't be able to challenge him until you finish up some story elements, but once that's done, it's finally time to test your mettle against the Galar Champion.

His team is significantly stronger than the previous challengers you faced, and he has the starter strong against whichever one you chose, and but he'll have one Pokemon your starter is strong against as well.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Aegislash (Ghost/Steel) — lvl. 62  King's Shield, Shadow Ball, Sacred Sword, Flash Cannon
Dragapult (Dragon/Ghost) — lvl. 62  Shadow Ball, Flamethrower, Thunderbolt, Dragon Breath
  Haxorus (Dragon) — lvl. 63 Poison Jab, Iron Tail, Outrage, Earthquake
 Charizard (Fire/Flying) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 65 Fire Blast, Solar Beam, Air Slash, Ancient Power

 

Leon's base team covers its weaknesses pretty well. Dark or Ghost would help against Aegislash and Dragapult, though Ice is going to be your best chance against Haxorus thanks to Poison Jab.

Charizard might be huge and have a new look, but it's still as weak to Rock, Electric, and Water as it ever was. There's no Sunny Day in effect, so your Water type could probably get at least one hit in before Charizard fires off its Solar Beam as well.

Leon's Team if You Chose Grookey

Pokemon Move Pool
Seismitoad (Water/Ground) — lv. 64 Toxic, Drain Punch, Liquidation, Earthquake
  Cinderace (Fire) — lv. 64  Pyro Ball, Feint, Acrobatics, Quick Attack

 

Your best bet for Seismitoad is using your Grookey (which should be Rillaboom by now), thanks to Seismitoad's 4x weakness against Grass. Depending on how you've balanced your team up to now, Fire hasn't been an issue in the Champion Cup. Water and Rock would be good against Cinderace, but if you didn't plan on either of those, anything with high Attack or Special Attack would serve you well.

Leon's Team if You Chose Scorbunny

Pokemon Move Pool
Mr Rime (Ice/Psychic) — lv. 64 Teeter Dance, Psychic, Freeze-Dry, Thunderbolt
  Inteleon (Water) — lv. 64  Snipe Shot, Dark Pulse, Mud Shot, Tearful Look

 

Cinderace with its high Attack stat should make quick work of Mr. Rime, though whatever Dark-type you brought with you is equally effective here should Cinderace's low Special Defense prove troublesome for you.

Whatever you used against Nessa's Pelipper should work against Inteleon, especially because the latter is definitely a glass cannon with low Defense and Special Defense stats.

Leon's Team if You Chose Sobble

Pokemon Move Pool
Rhyperior (Rock/Ground) — lv. 64 Earthquake, Mega Horn, Heat Crash, Stone Edge
Rillaboom (Grass) — lv. 64 Drum Beating, High Horsepower, Endeavor, Knock Off

 

Rhyperior is no match for Inteleon, assuming you kept your starter. Rillaboom hits hard but has fairly low defense. If you did bring Corviknight along, that'd be one way to face this fight. If not, whatever Ice-type you use against Haxorus would be highly effective here.

Champion Cup Rematches

With that, you're finally the new Galar Champion! But you can't rest on your laurels. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's post-game gives you the chance to challenge the Champion Cup again, with a twist.

It borrows from Black 2 and White 2's World Tournament and lets you build a set of challenges by choosing from the Gym Leaders, Marnie, Bede, Hop, and any of 15 weaker Challengers to go up against.

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That's it for our Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup guide, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides, including:

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nh29s/pokemon-sword-and-shield-wild-area-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nh29s/pokemon-sword-and-shield-wild-area-tips-guide Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:45:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Wild Area is one of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's biggest new features. It's the open-world Pokemon experience we've all been waiting for, and like most open-world games, that also means there's a lot to see and do in this vast new (wild) area.

Initially, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are some features you might even miss at first. That's why we've put this handy tips guide to The Wild Area together. Our goal is to point you in the right direction so you can get the most out of your time.

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Wild Area Guide

You're first given access to The Wild Area right after you battle Hop for the second time and meet with Professor Magnolia. There's very little explanation of what to do and where to go when you enter the area, and since this is before you even get to your first Gym battle, you're limited with the Pokemon you can catch (nothing over Level 24).

That being said, there's still a lot you can do as you explore and figure out how everything works.

Level Grinding in The Wild Area

The Wild Area is the best area for level grinding in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield for a few reasons. The first is because you will encounter a ton of new Pokemon in The Wild Area. What's there changes by the day and depending on the weather, and that applies in every section of The Wild Area.

Catching Pokemon earns all of your party members EXP, just like in the Let's GO games. Pokemon levels scale depending on region and your own level, so there will always be a set of 'mon you can catch to earn EXP, which means it's worth coming back to The Wild Area every so often and after you earn a new Gym Badge.

Once you enter The Wild Area for the first time, you also unlock the option to access your Pokemon boxes from the main menu, meaning you can switch your teams in no time at all — perfect if you've got several batches of 'mon you want to develop.

Another level grinding trick is taking on Pokemon higher than your level if you have a way to defeat them. For example, take a Normal type with Payback or Bite to the Watchtower Ruins, and you can fight Level 25 Ghost types without taking any damage in return.

The Wild Area: Super Strong Pokemon

The Wild Area is also home to a broad variety of super strong Pokemon. These are usually evolved forms of some kind — like Gengar, Weavile, Machamp, the Eeveelutions, and so on.

Not only are they also far stronger than the usual strong Pokemon you'll encounter, but they're typically not found in the grass either. These wander about the roads and paths away from the grass. If you spot one, make sure you're well prepared before engaging it.

Whatever your choice, The Wild Area is a great and easy way to level up new catches that need some attention or that you want to evolve to fill out your Pokedex.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raids

Max Raids are one of The Wild Area's key features. You've probably seen something about them in the lead-up to the games' release. These are 4-on-1 battles against Dynamaxed Pokemon. They take place at Pokemon Dens, the glowing areas that have beams of light coming out of them. Max Raids are ranked with stars, and the higher the Max Raid level, the higher the chance that Pokemon will have perfect IV levels.

Depending on the Pokemon, there's also a chance it'll have the ability to Gigantamax.

The thing about Max Raids is they require four trainers. Connecting with others in The Wild Area is pretty easy and seamless, but if you don't have three other people to take part, the game provides you with NPC allies instead.

I can't say how effective these NPCs are in very high-level Raids, but so far, the ones I've been matched with are competent enough and typically have at least one — usually more — Pokemon or movesets that exploit the opponent's type weaknesses.

Whittle the opponent's HP down to zero, and you get the chance to catch it. There are other, equally important rewards as well. Winning a Max Raid could potentially get you

  • Experience Candies of various sizes (also good for leveling up)
  • Dynamax Candy (necessary for increasing your own Pokemon's Dynamax level)
  • Technical Records (items teaching high-powered moves, but breaking after one use)
What to Do with Watts

If you're wondering what Watts are in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, you have good reason to. The games don't really tell you what Watts are, even as you're accruing them by completing Max Raids.

Watts are basically your currency in The Wild Area, and you'll use them to purchase items from Vendors scattered randomly around The Wild Area, including:

  • Curry ingredients
  • Technical Records
  • Wishing Stone (triggers a Max Raid)
  • Rotom Bike upgrades so you can explore further

The Digging Duo near the Daycare (more on that in a moment) will excavate an area of cliffside in exchange for 500 Watts, and they'll bring back various items ranging from Pokemon fossils to evolution items and stones.

You'll earn Watts from participating in Max Raids and examining glowing Dens that don't have a light beam coming out of them, so there's no fear of never having enough.

Pokemon Camp in The Wild Area

Another feature you've probably seen a bit about is Pokemon Camp in The Wild Area. Sonia gives you your camping kit as soon as you enter The Wild Area, and you're free to camp anytime you want. Sword and Shield's day/night cycle is still measured by your Switch's internal clock, so you won't be making time pass no matter how often you camp.

Camping is an easy way to restore your team's health without using items and takes the place of Pokemon Refresh from Sun and Moon as well, letting you play games and chat with your 'mon to increase their friendship levels.

The big draw here, though, is curry making. We'll have more on that soon, but making curry in Pokemon Sword and Shield is a fun and useful mini-game that sees you combine berries and ingredients, mix them together like Poffins, then reap rewards like friendship boosts if you didn't create something appallingly atrocious.

The Pokemon Day Care in The Wild Area

Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce a second Day Care, and it's located in the Bridge Field portion of The Wild Area. Random as that might seem, there's actually a pretty good reason for that: Ditto

Where to find Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

Ditto can only be found in the Lake Outrage portion of The Wild Area, but you can't access it until after you get an upgrade for your Rotom Bike on Route 9. Ditto is the Pokemon breeder's best friend, since pairing it with any Pokemon you want to breed means you don't have to get two of that Pokemon.

Sword and Shield introduced new mechanics that make breeding easier and more efficient than ever before, so this second Day Care located near a Ditto roving ground is a huge convenience if you have any interest in breeding Pokemon.

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That's about it for the major things you can do in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Wild Area. Take a gander at some of our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides here on GameSkinny:

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Minecraft Dungeons Crafts a Release Date Window https://www.gameskinny.com/n4h4u/minecraft-dungeons-crafts-a-release-date-window https://www.gameskinny.com/n4h4u/minecraft-dungeons-crafts-a-release-date-window Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:23:37 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Minecraft Dungeons was first announced back in 2018, and considering the popularity of the survival game it's based on, we knew it wasn't that far off. During Microsoft's X019 celebration yesterday, the game got an actual release window: finally. Minecraft Dungeons' release date is slated for April 2020.

A total surprise when announced, Minecraft Dungeons is actually an APRG that will have players dungeon diving together or alone for riches, snazzy loot, and cool weapons — just as one should be doing in an ARPG!

The gameplay trailer released in June of this year shows off some of the game's main gameplay components, including a variety of weapons, environments, skills, and hordes of mobs waiting to be smote into the ground. If you forgot what the game actually looked like, check out the June reveal trailer below.

 

If you don't game on PC or don't have an Xbox One, you'll get your chance with Minecraft Dungeons just like everyone else. The game is set to release on not only PC and Xbox One, but also on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. It will also make its way to Xbox Game Pass, adding further value to what's already a great subscription service.

We don't know much more about Minecraft Dungeons at the time of writing, but Mojang is surely itching to release more information about their upcoming genre-busting ARPG soon enough. Head over to the official site to sign up for updates directly, and keep an eye here on GameSkinny for further news on this exciting upcoming Minecraft spin-off.

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Mega Bummer: Capcom Delays Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection https://www.gameskinny.com/g2fie/mega-bummer-capcom-delays-mega-man-zerozx-collection https://www.gameskinny.com/g2fie/mega-bummer-capcom-delays-mega-man-zerozx-collection Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:28:28 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Capcom recently announced a slight delay for the Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection. The collection was originally set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on January 21, 2020. Now, however, it's been pushed back one month and is expected to launch on February 25, 2020.

Mega Man series Producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya posted a video announcing and explaining the delay, which can be seen above.

He said that the team wants to create the best experience possible and that they made the difficult decision to push the game back to achieve that goal. There aren't any concrete details about what challenges the team actually ran into.

The delay also has no bearing on the collection's pre-orders and the alread-announced pre-order bonuses.

If you somehow managed to miss the bus when Zero/ZX Collection was first announced a few months back, we've got all the details for you here. In short, it's a compilation of the Zero and even rarer ZX games in the Mega Man franchise, entries usually regarded as some of the better and more difficult ones in the franchise.

Be sure to stay tuned for more on Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection as it breaks. 

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Walmart Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals https://www.gameskinny.com/zvw7x/walmart-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals https://www.gameskinny.com/zvw7x/walmart-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:04:16 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Walmart's Black Friday 2019 ad is a bit late compared to Target's ad, released near the beginning of the month, and Best Buy's, which followed a bit later. However, the happy corporate giant is also undercutting its rivals a fair bit with some of its Black Friday video game prices.

Like with the other two sales roundups we've done on the post-Thanksgiving shopping sprees, we aren't covering technology deals. Instead, we strictly focus on video games and consoles.

Walmart Black Friday 2019 Deals

Unlike the other two retailers, Walmart's Black Friday ad appears to be the full thing, instead of just listing the preliminary ads and doorbuster deals.

We're breaking everything down by consoles first and games divided based on price tier to make finding what fits your needs and wants that much easier.

Video Game Consoles

Walmart has some of the same console deals as other retailers this year, though doesn't seem to have any specials on PSVR bundles.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB), DualShock Wireless Control, and three free games — $199.99. The games shown are listed below.

  • The Last of Us Remastered (physical copy)
  • God of War (digital)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete (digital)

Xbox One

  • Xbox One X (1TB), wireless control, Gears 1-5 digital as digital downloads — $349.99.
  • Xbox One S (1TB) + Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition bundle — $199.99.
  • Xbox One S (1TB) All-Digital Console (White), includes Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, and Minecraft — $149.99

Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch w/ Neon Joy-Con and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle — $299.99

The Walmart ad doesn't actually show this, but according to Nintendo, select Joy-Con will be on sale for $59.99 ($20 off) and Walmart is listed as a participating retailer.

Walmart Black Friday Game Deals

Walmart's price tiers and included games are also a bit different from the competition. As a one-off deal, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (the new one), will be $38.00 for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

PlayStation 4 Games

Games for $30

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Need for Speed: Heat
  • Borderlands 3
  • Monster Hunter: World — Iceborne

Games for $27

  • NBA 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • WWE 2K20

Games for $25

  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Sims 4 w/ Island Living expansion
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Plants vs. Zombies: The Battle for Neighborville

Games for $20

  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Team Sonic Racing
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Metro Exodus
  • Jump Force
  • Just Cause 4
  • Fallout 4: GOTY Edition
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Kingdom Hearts III

Games for $15

  • Lego DC Supervillains
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection
  • Lego Worlds
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Marvel's Spider-Man GOTY Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Need for Speed: Payback
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition
Xbox One Games

Games for $30

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Need for Speed: Heat
  • Borderlands 3
  • Gears 5

Games for $27

  • NBA 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • WWE 2K20

Games for $25

  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Sims 4 w/ Island Living expansion
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Plants vs. Zombies: The Battle for Neighborville
  • Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition

Games for $20

  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Team Sonic Racing
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Metro Exodus
  • Jump Force
  • Just Cause 4
  • Fallout 4: GOTY Edition
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Kingdom Hearts III

Games for $15

  • Lego DC Supervillains
  • Lego Worlds
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Need for Speed: Payback
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Halo 5
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Nintendo Switch

Though Nintendo listed several of its evergreen titles at $39.99 for retailers, including Walmart, Walmart is doing something slightly different with a few of them and apparently isn't including others like Octopath Traveler, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeWolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Kirby Star Allies.

That doesn't mean they won't potentially be on sale at that price anyway, though, so if you're interested in them, it's worth checking once Black Friday sales go live.

Games for $30

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Splatoon 2
  • Resident Evil Origins Collection
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Games for $25

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition
  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
  • Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission
  • Mortal Kombat 11

Games for $20

Not much on offer in this category.

  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Team Sonic Racing
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Games for $15 (including 3DS games)

  • Assassin's Creed III Remastered
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection
  • Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
  • Super Mario Maker 3DS (surprise! It's for the 3DS)

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That does it for the Walmart 2019 Black Friday video game deals. It's possible more might be added between now and Black Friday, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Black Friday 2019 deals news.

The full ad can be found here too.

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Sparklite Review: Zelda Meets Roguelike With Pristine Pixel Art Flourishes https://www.gameskinny.com/0jeff/sparklite-review-zelda-meets-roguelike-with-pristine-pixel-art-flourishes https://www.gameskinny.com/0jeff/sparklite-review-zelda-meets-roguelike-with-pristine-pixel-art-flourishes Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:36:46 -0500 David Jagneaux

Sometimes I feel like my tastes in video games don't even make sense to my mind. On the one hand, I absolutely love The Legend of Zelda, but most imitations are off-putting. I love pixel art games but typically don't spend much time with roguelikes or roguelites. That's because I find them too repetitive or lacking in variety, especially if they're procedurally generated, though there are some exceptions.

Sparklite from developer Red Blue Games and publisher Merge Games is one of those exceptions. It just doesn't feel like your traditional roguelite experience.

Legend of Roguelikes

In Sparklite you play as Ada, an engineer-type heroine with a trusty wrench and robot that's crash-landed on a strange world powered by mysteriously magical objects called sparklite.

The big bad Baron is pillaging and mining the world to harvest and consume the energy for himself. In contrast, the inhabitants co-exist with the world and leverage its properties to power gadgets and cities. All of the Baron's ravaging has left the world unstable and every so often (read: when you are incapacitated and returned to base) the world shifts.

This means that the actual overworld itself is rearranged entirely. Just like any roguelike with randomization, these areas are split into chunks. Consequently, it's not a truly random setup, but rather more akin to changing the order and layout of the pieces. Everything is very consistent, though, so it feels a bit like a never-ending top-down Zelda game since the overworld is different, but similar, each time. It's like entering Hyrule Field for the first time over and over again.

When you complete significant milestones, though, like defeating one of the bosses, the location is saved on your map even after it moves. 

Back at base, you can deploy upgrades in the form of patches that are sewn onto your gear. This includes things like expanding your pool of hearts for more life, upgrading your energy, improving attack power, increasing defense, and so on. Some patches even enhance your map with new icons, as well.

Once the world resets, you can't just look at the map and clearly see how to get somewhere. Although the landmarks will still be visible for whichever quadrant they're in, allowing you can get a general idea of the right path to take, things are covered in a fog, similar to a cloud of war in strategy games. 

Pixel Perfect

Visually, Sparklite is exquisite. The pixel art aesthetic fits the tone and gameplay perfectly, and it's got an appropriately retro-style soundtrack to go along with it. Enemy designs are bright and colorfully animated across distinct regions and various underground dungeons.

If you played Moonlighter or have ever seen a top-down Zelda game in action, then Sparklite will be immediately familiar. You run around, attack enemies with a melee weapon, unlock and purchase extra gear and weapons gradually throughout the game, and fight fierce boss enemies at the end of levels. It's the same formula here, but with a creative roguelike twist layered on top.

However, some of what makes Zelda so delightful is lost in translation. For starters, the gameplay is a bit less precise especially for ranged weapon aiming and dodge rolling plus, there isn't much of a story in Sparklite other than the overall framing of events. Characters don't speak much, and the plot points are all pretty shallow. 

All told you could start fresh and reach the final boss in Sparklite in a matter of just a few hours, but beating it is another story. The final battle is much more difficult than the prior bosses and will likely result in needing to grind for sparklite so you can upgrade your gear and stats with better patches while stocking up on gadgets. But if you take your time and don't rush, it all evens out as a more balanced affair. 

Sparklite is full of nooks and crannies begging to be explored so, even though I don't want to tell you how to play a game, per se, it would be a bad idea to try and speed through this one. Exploring the shrines, finding hidden NPCs and collectibles, and upgrading the facilities back at the main base really open up the game's hidden variety and extra layers.

Pros:
  • Fantastic pixel art graphics
  • Snappy gameplay that expands over time
  • Clever overworld shuffling mechanic
  • Good enemy and gadget variety
Cons: 
  • Controls feel a little floaty sometimes
  • Lackluster story
  • Eventually starts to feel repetitive 

Sparklite doesn't try to hide what it is and immediately draws you in from the very start. It's a tightly-crafted, well-designed, and snappy top-down adventure game that shuffles just enough around to keep things fresh even after a dozen hours of play. And if you're still not sold on the idea, go ahead and download the demo from Steam and try it for yourself first free of charge.

[Note: Merge Games provided a digital copy of Sparklite on Steam for the purpose of this review.]

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Nintendo Merchandise Gift Guide: 16 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Nintendo Fan https://www.gameskinny.com/97k5l/nintendo-merchandise-gift-guide-16-gift-ideas-for-your-favorite-nintendo-fan https://www.gameskinny.com/97k5l/nintendo-merchandise-gift-guide-16-gift-ideas-for-your-favorite-nintendo-fan Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:11:50 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

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Super Mario Maker 2

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (485 total ratings)
Price: $43.94
Buy it from: Amazon

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We'd be remiss if we didn't include Super Mario Maker 2 in our list, the follow-up to the excellent Super Mario Maker for the Wii U. It's the game series that lets you design, play, and share your own Super Mario levels, using items and obstacles from throughout Mario history and offering multiple aesthetic styles to suit your creative needs.

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As comprehensive as the original was, it might seem like there's no way to improve. But Super Mario Maker 2 did improve, adding even more items, even more ways to design your stages, multiplayer options, and a special new Super Mario 3D Land style that lets you create stages with 3D elements.

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On top of that is a much more expanded single-player mode, one that goes far beyond simple tutorials to use for building and sharing stages. The idea is that Mario must help rebuild Peach's castle. While it exists mostly to teach players how to make their own stages, the included levels are easily some of the best designed Mario stages in general, essentially adding a new 2D Mario game on top of the Maker components.

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Even those who spent hundreds of hours with the original found Super Mario Maker 2 to be exciting and fresh.

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And that's it for our Nintendo merchandise gift guide for this year. Hopefully, this list of awesome Nintendo products helped you find a gift for your favorite Nintendo fan — or at least got your gears turning! 

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The Art of Bravely Default

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Rating: 5/5 stars (11 total ratings)
Price: $23.49 (Hardcover)
Buy it from: Amazon

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Bravely Default isn't a new game, but it's only just now we're getting the lovely art book we've needed since the game launched. Bravely Default itself is a solid RPG, but one of the best things about it is how completely gorgeous it is, alongside the way the story plays with RPG storytelling and its Final Fantasy roots.

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Dark Horse Books — the same ones that published the Mario Odyssey art book — brings us 256 pages stuffed full of content. There's the usual art, of course, following location and character designs from conception through to the finished product. There's also never-before-localized commentary from the development team, covering the story and its origins plus general commentary on the development process.

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This is a natural fit for anyone who's played Bravely Default, though should it already be on your intended recipient's shelf, Dark Horse published a similar book based on the game's sequel, Bravely Second.

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Dragon Quest XI Luminary's Crest Slim Fit T-Shirt

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Rating: 90% 5 stars (150 total ratings)
Price: $18.81
Buy it from: Redbubble

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Like Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest still hasn't quite reached a level of popularity in the West that generates a wealth of merchandise. But the Luminary, the hero of Dragon Quest XI, is probably a bit more well known now thanks to his debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Whether your intended recipient has played DQXI or just knows the Luminary as that quirky character with the random moveset from Smash, the Luminary's Crest T-shirt from Redbubble is a great way to show off some of that Dragon Quest fan love. The design itself is central to the game, plus it's understated enough to be something you could wear anywhere, unlike some of the character-centric shirts that tend to be just a tad too loud for normal wear.

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

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Rating: 5/5 stars (239 total ratings)
Price: $49.99
Buy it from: Amazon

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Dragon Quest XI was one of the best RPGs that launched on the PlayStation 4 last year. Though Dragon Quest traditionally doesn't push too many boundaries in terms of RPG conventions, DQXI brought the series forward by leaps and bounds, with more character interactions, a bigger world, and a particularly potent plot twist that turns those conventions upside down.

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And now it's on the Nintendo Switch. It isn't just the regular game, either. The "definitive edition" moniker is well earned, as the Switch version includes new content, side chapters fleshing out every main character's story, a section that lets you explore elements from previous Dragon Quest worlds, and even the ability to play almost the entire game with SNES-style graphics.

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Players take control of the nameless Hero, the Luminary of ancient legends reincarnated for reasons unknown. There's a bit of a hitch in this setup, though, since the Hero ends up in prison precisely because he's the Luminary. From there, players meet up with an eclectic and fantastic cast of characters and travel around the (huge) world to uncover the mystery behind the Luminary and the dark plans unfolding behind the scenes.

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This is a meaty game, with a long main storyline on top of an extended post-game set of challenges

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (540 total ratings)
Price: $49.94
Buy it from: Amazon

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Speaking of love for retro, Nintendo released an enhanced version of the classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Switch this year. Structurally, it's almost exactly like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color original, but that's not a bad thing. It isn't considered one of the best games in the storied Zelda series for nothing, and it places a greater emphasis on exploration and storytelling than many of the Zelda games that followed it.

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Link wakes up on a strange island and finds out he has to also wake up a mysterious creature known as the Wind Fish. He can't figure out why everyone on the island reminds him of people in Hyrule — or why creatures from other Nintendo franchises are wandering around. It's a surreal adventure tightly woven around some wildly unique personalities.

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While the core gameplay remains largely untouched, the game's visuals and soundtrack received some excellent upgrades. The entire game looks like a mix of toybox and diorama style in what, alongside Crafted World, stands out as one of the year's most innovative use of visuals in a game.

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If you can't tell already, we liked it. A lot. You can see all the reasons why here if you're interested.

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The NES Encyclopedia

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Rating: 4.5 stars (12 reviews)
Price: $37.04 (Hardcover) or $29.95 (Paperback)
Buy it from: Amazon

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This is the quintessential guide to everything Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). There's a comprehensive, but concise, overview of that period in gaming and the system itself, along with a detailed entry for every NES game released  all 714 of them  plus the 160 unlicensed games. It's the only book of its kind.

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The author is considered an expert in retro gaming as well, so you know it's coming not just from a reliable author, but from someone with personal experience of, and passion for, the topic. The enthusiasm for retro gaming is only getting stronger, so this would be a perfect gift for someone who already has the latest Nintendo products and even the NES Classic.

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Plus, the author is currently compiling an SNES Encyclopedia, which means we just sorted your Christmas 2020 plans for you as well. You're welcome.

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Poke Ball Classics

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If that certain someone isn't a plushie fan or can't carry their favorite stuffie around with them, the Poke Ball Classics collection is a consideration. It's a range of professional attire and accessories for adults (or those who have to pretend to be adults during the day).

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Though the wallet is shown above, the line contains a number of choices.

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It's a great reminder of the child at heart, that the things we love don't have to fall away just because time passes and we grow up. And they look cool, which is always a bonus.

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Pokemon Sitting Cuties Plush

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Ratings: Generally 5 stars (number of ratings varies depending on which plush)
Price: $10.99
Buy it from: The Pokemon Center

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The National Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield might not include all 1,000+ Pokemon this time around, but the spirit of Gotta Catch 'Em All is alive and well with The Pokemon Center's line of Pokemon Sitting Cuties.

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Right now, the line includes every Pokemon from Generations 1 and 2, which equates to 253 different plushies. These range in size from 5-inches to roughly 8-inches, but all are $10.99.

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As you'd expect, they all sit up somehow, which makes them easy to display or even just to sit around without worrying about them falling over and becoming the dog's next meal.

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The size also means these could be great individual stocking stuffers or grouped together as more than one, and they won't take up much space for the recipient either.

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The Art of Super Mario Odyssey

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Rating: 4.5/5 (9 reviews)
Price: $34.98 (Hardcover)
Buy it from: Amazon

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Super Mario Odyssey, the beloved plumber's first Nintendo Switch outing, has been around for two years now, and many players have seen all there is to see. What they may not have seen, though, is how it all came to be.

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Publisher Dark Horse Books recently put out The Art of Super Mario Odyssey, an in-depth art book presenting the various kingdoms Mario ventures to in a completely new light.

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And it's not light on content either, with 368 pages worth of material. From finished products and concept art, to cut designs and stories from the development team, this artbook is a must-have for Mario Odyssey fans.

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Luigi's Mansion 3

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (145 total ratings)
Price: $59.99
Buy it from: Amazon

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Luigi's Mansion first appeared on the GameCube way back in 2001, and despite being well-received, it's only seen two sequels since then. It's kind of okay, though, because the most recent of those, Luigi's Mansion 3, is a polished game that's an absolute blast to play from start to finish.

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Luigi, Mario, Peach, and some Toads are on vacation at the ominously named Last Resort Hotel. Everything seems perfect until night falls, the hotel owner reveals she's in alliance with Luigi's old nemesis King Boo, and everyone except Luigi has been sealed inside portraits.

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Fortunately, Luigi soon recovers his trusty Poltergust vacuum that lets him suck up ghosts and basically everything else. From there, it's up to the player to explore all 17 floors in the massive haunted hotel, uncovering secrets, solving puzzles, playing with toilets, and fighting off hordes of ghosts.

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It's definitely one of the better-looking games on the Switch. You're rewarded for paying attention to the details as well since many puzzle solutions are found by carefully examining what's around you. All in all, Luigi's Mansion 3 is just plain fun for any age.

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Keep Calm and Have an Apple Gel Mug

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Rating: 95% 5-star ratings (out of 66)
Price: $15.76
Buy it from: Redbubble

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2019 has been an excellent year for RPGs on the Switch, but one that sort of got lost in the shuffle is Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. It's a remaster of a game that's largely considered the best in the long-running Tales of series, and it made its debut on a Nintendo system with the Switch earlier this year.

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For a while, Apple Gels are quite literally your lifeblood in the game, being the most basic — and affordable — method of restoring your health and keeping you going. This mug does the same thing for whatever your essential building block of life might be, whether it's coffee, tea, or something else entirely.

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It's a fun little reminder to take a break and give yourself a nice little treat in the middle of the day. 

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus

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Ratings: 4.5/5 stars (50 total ratings)
Price: $29.97
Buy it from: Amazon

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The 3DS still saw some new releases in early 2019 as well, with Etrian Odyssey Nexus being one of the more prominent ones. It's a celebration of, and possibly farewell to, Atlus' long-running Etrian Odyssey series that first debuted back on the original DS.

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus is a throwback to traditional, first-person dungeon crawler RPG mixes, where you put together a party of five adventurers and explore a series of labyrinths. The exploration is the real star here, since Etrian Odyssey games require you to draw your map as you explore, documenting shortcuts, secrets, walls — or not, if you don't want to (but you should).

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These labyrinths aren't for the fainthearted, either. Etrian Odyssey is known for being one of the more challenging RPG series on the 3DS, and Nexus is no exception (though as always, the difficulty can be changed at any time to suit your needs).

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Overcoming the challenges in each labyrinth requires some careful party planning, and that's one of the game's biggest strengths. You have access to over a dozen unique classes pulled from all the previous Etrian Odyssey games, each with its own set of skill trees that offers a ton of customization options. No two EO parties will be the same and each offers a tremendous level of freedom in how each player approaches the game and keep things fresh for a long time.

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We go into more detail in our review here.

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I Am Ferdinand Von Aegir T-Shirt

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Ratings: 90% 5/5 stars (118 total ratings)
Price: $17.36
Buy it from: Redbubble

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Maybe the person on your list already has Fire Emblem: Three Houses. If so, and if they're active on the Internet at all, they're probably familiar with this little gem of a phrase.

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For a bit of context, Ferdinand is a character in the Black Eagles House, the son of the imperial prime minister and someone who has rather a good opinion of himself. Every character has a sound byte play when you first choose them during your turn. Dorothea, the former opera songstress, says, "That's my cue!" while the ever-impatient Lysithea says "Let's make this quick...".

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Ferdinand? He says "I am Ferdinand Von Aegir!" That's it. That's all his enemies need to know, because for Ferdinand, the entire world is encapsulated in that one statement.

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Naturally, this immediately turned Ferdinand and his catchphrase into a meme and even webcomic material. There isn't much Three Houses merchandise available, but this one, with its humor and stronger connections to the gameplay experience itself, is definitely one of the better pieces out there.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Rating: 5 stars (496 total ratings)
Price: $57.85
Buy it from: Amazon

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an absolute must-have for any fan of RPGs or strategy games. It accommodates players of all skill and interest levels, and that's not something many strategy games do. It's a marriage of traditional Fire Emblem strategy gameplay with an RPG-style school setting that offers players an unprecedented level of customization. 

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Then there's the story. Three Houses boasts a sprawling storyline split into four main branches depending on the player's choices. Each branch shares a similar first part, then they all diverge wildly, covering completely separate storylines and characters.

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There's no "true" ending here, giving extra weight to the initial House choice and which students players choose to recruit into their armies. Fortunately, there are ways to shorten subsequent playthroughs, so experiencing each story won't just be a slog.

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It's also one of the most accessible Fire Emblem games to date. There's Classic mode, where dead units stay dead, and Casual mode, where characters who drop to 0 HP just retreat. Then there's Normal and Hard difficulty, with the soul-shattering Maddening mode recently added as the highest difficulty level in the game. Stat crunching menu lovers can spend time optimizing every student, or you can skip the instructions part and let the game do it for you.

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You can see our review of it as well if you need some more specific details, and we even have a range of Three Houses guides to point your happy recipient in the right direction should they need some assistance.

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Yoshi's Crafted World

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Rating: 4.6/5 (350 total ratings)
Price: $43.94
Buy it from: Amazon

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With all the big releases and epic adventures that released on Nintendo Switch this year, it's easy to forget Mario's lovable dino-sidekick Yoshi had their own game release this year as well.

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Yoshi's Crafted World follows in the footsteps of Yoshi's Woolly World on the Wii U and 3DS, sending Yoshi across a variety of absolutely gorgeous worlds stuffed full of detail to retrieve some special Gems stolen by an evil Magikoopa.

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Crafted World goes beyond Woolly World in the detail department, though. Every item in the game is a handicraft item, made from cardboard, straws — anything and everything you'd expect to see in a craft project of some kind. Most of these are used in puzzles of some kind or can be interacted with to earn a special item or coins as well, and it's easily the best use of graphics and environment in a game this year.

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Like most Yoshi games, Crafted World isn't designed for your hardcore challenge seeker. It's fairly easy, though trying to find all the collectibles is a challenge in itself. Still, someone who appreciates solid and fun design and is happy to just get lost in the world for a while would be a good match for Yoshi's Crafted World.

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If you need more information about it, head over to our review for a more thorough description.

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Nintendo Switch Lite

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (322 total ratings)
Price: $199.95
Buy it from: Amazon

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The Nintendo Switch Lite is a more portable variant of the standard Nintendo Switch. While it sacrifices the ability to connect to a TV and it lacks HD Rumble — which means there's a handful of games it can't play — it's also a heck of a lot easier to carry around. It's also generally more comfortable to play in handheld mode.

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Otherwise, it does everything the same, with a display that's just a bit clearer than the original Switch, longer battery life, and improved backlight and sound settings.

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If you're buying for someone who mostly plays portable systems or who needs their own Switch outside the family unit, then this is definitely a better buy than the base model — not least because it's $100 less than the original Switch. Check out our full review and detailed comparisons here.

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It's holiday 2019 already. Christmas is almost upon us, and it's time to start thinking about all the rad Nintendo merchandise you're going to gift that special someone. Luckily, we've done a lot of the leg work and put together a list of 16 awesome gifts to kickstart your holiday journey. 

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for two years now, but 2019 was an extra-good year for Nintendo fans. Just in the past 10 months alone, we've seen several high-quality new titles added to the system's library, ranging from epic RPGs to games that let you build your own levels. The 3DS even got an excellent new title earlier in the year.

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But what to do when that special someone already bought the latest games? We've got you covered there, too, with a selection of non-game merchandise to suit a variety of interests and tastes.

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Let's see what we've got below. 

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Yacht Club Games Shovels Up King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown Release Dates https://www.gameskinny.com/u6mx8/yacht-club-games-shovels-up-king-of-cards-and-shovel-knight-showdown-release-dates https://www.gameskinny.com/u6mx8/yacht-club-games-shovels-up-king-of-cards-and-shovel-knight-showdown-release-dates Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:45:29 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Shovel Knight by Yacht Club Games first debuted way back in 2014 and quickly became the mascot of indie gaming. Five years later, the last installment in the saga, King of Cards, is set for launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on December 10.

King of Cards was the last in the set of fan-voted games expanding the Shovel Knight universe, following Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment. It follows, well, the King of Cards, the brash, lovable villain whose head-bash is as much his signature as his flair for gold and pomposity.

King of Cards sees you travel across multiple stages as the King, gathering gold, weapons, armor, and more, but it also includes a boss rush mode and a tactical card game to shake up the formula that's been established across the previous three games.

King of Cards will be part of the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove compilation, the physical version of which is releasing on December 10 too, alongside the Shovel Knight Gold Amiibo. There is one catch, though. Manufacturing issues have delayed the PlayStation 4 version of Treasure Trove until sometime in 2020.

If that weren't enough, Shovel Knight Showdown is also launching on December 10. Though the name suggests it's a fighting variant of the Shovel Knight formula, Showdown will actually include a singleplayer mode, multiplayer gameplay, new levels, and new characters.

You can check out the initial trailer above. 

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And if even that doesn't satisfy your craving for Shovel Knight, Yacht Club is still working on the completely new Shovel Knight Dig game, set for release sometime next year. Check out our impressions of it here. Also, the full announcement post is here for those who're interested.

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Dragon Quest 3: The Seeds of Salvation Review — A JRPG Classic Revisited https://www.gameskinny.com/bxyki/dragon-quest-3-the-seeds-of-salvation-review-a-jrpg-classic-revisited https://www.gameskinny.com/bxyki/dragon-quest-3-the-seeds-of-salvation-review-a-jrpg-classic-revisited Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:12:04 -0500 David Jagneaux

Did you know the Dragon Quest franchise has been around even longer than Final Fantasy? Dating all the way back to the NES days and originally named Dragon Warrior in North America, it's one of the first examples of what we now identify as the JRPG genre. Defined by massive, explorable worlds, slow-pacing, and turn-based combat, JRPGs are some of my favorite games of all time.

That being said, I haven't played a lot of Dragon Quest games other than Dragon Quest 4, Dragon Quest 8, and Dragon Quest 9, but I have played almost every mainline Final Fantasy game and several other lesser-known genre staples.

Since I approached Dragon Quest 3 with a completely blank slate, I can say that the Switch version holds up as an excellent port. It's a great example of why good writing, strong game design, and timeless mechanics can ensure a game is enjoyed through the decades.

Updating for the Modern Era

Dragon Quest 3: The Seeds of Salvation is actually a prequel to Dragon Quest and serves as the first game in the series' chronology. You take control of the hero that eventually goes down in legend and is later referenced in the first two games in the series.

While all Dragon Quest games are technically standalone stories that function just fine on their own, they do have a lot of intertwining bits of lore that connect them a more than the games in the Final Fantasy series, for example.

I've played a lot of well-made ports and some really bad ones. Usually, if a game is getting ported to a modern console, that means it was either extremely beloved and considered a standout in its era, or it was underappreciated but regarded as a cult classic that deserves more attention.

But then, sometimes, you get games like Dragon Quest 3, games that were lauded in some regions of the world (Japan in this case) but not as well-received elsewhere, like North America. Now that the West has started to come around on JRPGs — and Japanese games more as a whole now  it's a different market.

If you've ever played a JRPG, then you know what to expect here. You'll walk around a top-down 2D map fighting enemies in random encounters, collecting items and gear, and talking to people as you pluck your way through a 30-ish hour-long adventure. It's very traditional for obvious reasons.

Dragon Quest 3 isn't the kind of game that's going to turn you into a fan of JRPGs if you've never liked the genre. In a lot of ways, it comes off as cliche and stereotypical because, when it came out over 30 years ago, it was laying the foundation for what are now considered overdone tropes.

Visually, the art style seems much more consistent in Dragon Quest 3 than in the other two ports, Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest 2. Character art still appears higher resolution than the pixel-style backgrounds, but the style and colors are all very consistent this time. They thankfully don't stick out like a sore thumb in this one.

The excellent MIDI soundtrack plays a big role in keeping you hooked as well.

Combat and Pacing

The story follows the main hero on a journey to vanquish evil, with a few twists throughout. It is certainly far more gripping than the first two games in the series. One neat bit that I enjoyed is that you can recruit/create the rest of your party at the Inn to pad out whatever types of characters you want to bring along for your journey.

And for the first time in the series, Dragon Quest 3 has a class-based system that adds some much-needed depth and nuance. Overall, it's still a pretty simplistic combat system that's slow-paced and strategic by design, but there's at least more going on here that just attacking back and forth over and over. 

Perhaps the biggest issue in the way of finding enjoyment out of Dragon Quest 3 is going to be the same today as it was 30 years ago: pacing. If you're a fan of JRPGs and don't mind reading lots of text or exploring a world to uncover details on your own, then this could be for you. But if slower pacing and the potential of needing to grind a lot at the end sounds off-putting, then this might not be worth a look.

Pros:
  • Great, consistent art style
  • Excellent soundtrack that stands out
  • Enjoyable story that keeps you engaged
  • Good enemy variety and fun designs
Cons:
  • Only the main character is part of the actual plot
  • Relatively simplistic combat system
  • Lots of grinding near the end

In an age where games are often ported, upgraded, or remade after just a few years, it's refreshing to see a revamp of a truly old game that needed the facelift. Dragon Quest 3 first released over 30 years ago and despite the fact that it certainly shows its age with some of its stiffer designs and outdated principles, it remains a testament to an era of timeless ideas and forward-thinking creativity.

If you only want to buy one of the re-released Dragon Quest ports on Switch then Dragon Quest 3 is definitely the one to get.

[Note: Square Enix provided a copy of Dragon Quest 3: The Seeds of Salvation for the purpose of this review.]

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Two New Galar Pokemon Debut in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Final Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8ag2r/two-new-galar-pokemon-debut-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-final-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8ag2r/two-new-galar-pokemon-debut-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-final-trailer Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:27:10 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company released one final Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield in Japan today, ahead of the games' launch on Friday, November 15. Though it focuses on the Wild Area and its pokemon, the trailer also gives us the briefest glimpse of new Galar Pokemon.

The one we see the most of (0:48 in the trailer above) looks rather similar to Mr. Mime, only it's purple and has a mustache of sorts. Still, even if it is a Galar Mr. Mime, chances are the name won't be #Movember Mime, more's the shame.

Moving on to the next Galar 'mon, we don't technically see very much — maybe. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment at 0:23 in the trailer, but you can see a bit of something mysterious. It somewhat looks like Yamask, a Gen V Ghost-type, but it also looks completely different. If it's a new Galarian form Pokemon, well, we don't have much longer to wait to find out.

The rest of the trailer focuses on the Wild Area and the myriad Pokemon you'll find there. It also re-acquaints us with the Galar Gym leaders and possibly teasing the back of two as-yet unannounced ones at 1:08.

It then goes on to remind us of Dynamaxing, its superior variant Gigantamaxing, and the latest round of Kanto Gigantamaxers, including Long-Cat Meowth.

If you're still on the fence about which version to get, check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield version exclusives guide, which will be updated as more official version exclusive information becomes available.

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Meet Sophia, the Girl Who Lives in Your Phone in Persona 5 Scramble https://www.gameskinny.com/b37od/meet-sophia-the-girl-who-lives-in-your-phone-in-persona-5-scramble https://www.gameskinny.com/b37od/meet-sophia-the-girl-who-lives-in-your-phone-in-persona-5-scramble Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:33:21 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Atlus provided yet another character trailer for Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, this time showcasing Sophia, the girl with the red pig-tails — only, she's not your average girl.

Sophia, code-named Sophie, is the AI program that lives in the protagonist's phone. It's not completely clear who she is or how she came to be, or if she's the one in charge of the Metaverse Nav app from Persona 5

Although she lost her memories and can be a little difficult to understand, she is very reliable in battle, acting as a healer and a skilled fighter using Bless skills. What she doesn't use, though, is a Persona. Sophie uses things called Pythos to activate skills that are identical to what Personas can use.

Despite getting a lengthy demonstration video and knowing Persona 5 Scramble is meant to be Persona 5's direct sequel, we still don't know all that much about the game's story and why Palaces are reappearing all across Japan.

Japanese PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players will figure out the mystery on February 20, 2020. Those of us in the West will have to wait until sometime later to get our hands on the game.

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The Outer Worlds Lands on Nintendo Switch in Early 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/p621r/the-outer-worlds-lands-on-nintendo-switch-in-early-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/p621r/the-outer-worlds-lands-on-nintendo-switch-in-early-2020 Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:30:02 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch is expected to launch in Q1 2020, which means it will launch on the console sometime between January and March, barring any unexpected delays. The information comes from Take-Two's quarterly financial briefing.

The Outer Worlds, the latest RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, already launched on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One to some appeal (we certainly enjoyed it).

Some time ago, Obsidian had stealth-announced that the game would be heading to Nintendo Switch at some vague point way off in the distant future. But now, Take-Two clarified that release frame quite a bit — and quite unexpectedly.

Most of the other hot AAA games on Switch either took a while to get ported (the fabulous The Witcher 3 for example) or were based on games from the last generation, like Skyrim and Dark Souls Remastered. Seeing The Outer Worlds coming to Switch potentially less than six months after it launched on other systems is impressive. It bodes well for the system's future relationship with other AAA titles and developers.

Still, we perhaps shouldn't be too surprised. Virtuos is handling the process of porting The Outer Worlds to the Switch, and it has a stellar track record of handling demanding ports previously, including the aforementioned Dark Souls Remastered and, before that, L.A. Noire.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Outer Worlds on Switch as it develops. And if you can't wait to see the game in action on the Switch and don't want potential spoilers from walkthroughs, check out some The Outer Worlds footage detailing combat and the game's choice systems.

Source: Take-Two

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Best Buy Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals https://www.gameskinny.com/jwfcq/best-buy-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals https://www.gameskinny.com/jwfcq/best-buy-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:21:09 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Following on from Target's early release of its Black Friday ad, Best Buy has made its own ad available, full of video game sales you won't want to miss.

We don't cover tech of movie deals in this piece, instead opting to focus on all of the console and video game deals in the ad. This includes online sales and doorbusters. 

Best Buy Black Friday 2019

This list is based on the preliminary deals Best Buy announced ahead of time, so it's likely to be adjusted and updated as the outlet announces more sales, and it's just Black Friday — no Cyber Monday or weekend deals are included.

We break things down by console and price. We start with console deals (including PSVR) and follow things up with the best deals on games by console. 

Video Game Consoles

Best Buy has some of the same deals on consoles as Target, though Best Buy favors Xbox One for variety and has no free gift cards thrown in.

PlayStation 4

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB), DualShock Wireless Control, and three free games — $199.99. The games shown are listed below.
    • The Last of Us Remastered
    • God of War
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete
  • $100 dollars off any PlayStation VR bundle

Xbox One

  • Xbox One X (1TB) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition bundle + free 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription — $349.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) All-Digital Console (White), includes Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, and Minecraft — $149.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) NBA 2K20 bundle — $199.99

Nintendo Switch

Don't get your hopes up for any big Switch discounts this season. It's going to be the same old, same old all around

  • Nintendo Switch w/ Neon Joy-Con and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle — $299.99
  • Select Joy-Con will be on sale for $59.99 ($20 off) 

Best Buy Black Friday Game Deals

Like Target, Best Buy has different sale tiers for different games We break them down by most expensive to least expensive.

PlayStation 4 Games

Games for $27.99

  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Games for $24.99

  • Judgement
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Games for $19.99

  • Concrete Genie
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • Rage 2
  • MediEvil
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Games for $19.99 or less

  • NieR Automata: Game of the YoRHa Edition — $19.99
  • Dragon Quest XI — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Gold — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 2 — $14.99
  • Kingdom Hearts III — $14.99
  • Marvel's Spider-Man GOTY Edition — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III — $14.99
  • Devil May Cry HD — $12.99

Games for $14.99

  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Shemnue I & II
  • Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition

Games for $9.99

These are basically PS Greatest Hits for 50% off.

  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn — Complete Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Persona 5
  • Bloodborne
  • Nioh
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Yakuza 0

Games with various discounts

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 — $24.99
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — $24.99
  • Shenmue III — $34.99
  • Code Vein — $39.99
  • Need for Speed: Heat — $39.99
Xbox One Games

The preview ad is a bit on the confusing side with how it breaks down game categories — namely by blending them together despite separating them by console. Because of that, you can probably count on XB1 equivalents of PS4 games on sale, like Kingdom Hearts III, to be offered at the same price, even if they aren't listed directly.

Games for $29.99 and less

  • Control — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $29.99
  • NHL 20 Standard Edition — $29.99
  • NBA 2K20 — $27.99
  • Madden NFL 20 — $27.99
  • Gears 5 — $24.99

Games for $19.99

  • World War Z
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood Edition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
  • Sea of Thieves

Games for $14.99

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Fallout 4: GOTY Edition
Nintendo Switch Games

Nintendo's official Black Friday announcement lists a number of games that will be listed for $39.99, including Best Buy as a retailer.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Splatoon 2

Games for $24.99 (including Black Friday 3DS game deals)

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition
  • Persona Q2: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus (3DS)

Games for $19.99

  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Rocket League Ultimate Edition
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Dualist: Link Evolution

Games with various discounts

  • Hollow Knight — $29.99
  • Collection of Mana — $19.99
  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy — $24.99
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition — $44.99
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS) — $24.99 each

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This is all just from Best Buy's Black Friday preview, so it's possible there will be even more deals as we get closer to the actual day. Make sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Black Friday 2019 deals as they pop up.

And here's the full Best Buy preview ad as well.

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The Outer Worlds Soars Above and Beyond Take-Two's Hopes https://www.gameskinny.com/0k7q8/the-outer-worlds-soars-above-and-beyond-take-twos-hopes https://www.gameskinny.com/0k7q8/the-outer-worlds-soars-above-and-beyond-take-twos-hopes Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:50:11 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Outer Worlds has been out for two weeks, and its sales numbers have apparently exceeded publisher Take-Two's anticipations. 

The tidbit comes from Take-Two's recent earnings briefing. Take-Two's President, Karl Slatoff, said The Outer Worlds was a "critical and commercial success... exceeding our expectations, and reviews have been outstanding."

Slatoff didn't provide any specifics about The Outer Worlds' sales numbers, but to mention the game's performance so soon after launch, they must be pretty special indeed.

It's not hard to see why people are falling in love with The Outer Worlds. It gives players a substantial amount of control over not just how the story develops, but how character arcs evolve — or don't.

In our review of The Outer Worlds, GameSkinny contributor Jordan Baranowski said it's "...a sci-fi RPG that's a heckuva' lot of fun, and it's a perfect example of a single-player RPG done right,"

GS Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Moore, also praised the nuanced treatment of the game's character development:

The Outer Worlds is so much fun... it's compelling and full of wonderful, fully fleshed out characters. In fact, it has some of the most interesting, subtly-written characters in a Western RPG in some time.

The Outer Worlds' reception is likely only going to improve as well, once the game's Virtuos-handled port launches early next year on Nintendo Switch.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on The Outer Worlds as it develops. If you're playing and find yourself stuck on any of the game's quests, or want to know how to pick up the Shrink Ray, for instance, be sure to head over to our guides hub for The Outer Worlds

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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Review: The Luxury Sedan of Headphones https://www.gameskinny.com/zj889/turtle-beach-elite-atlas-aero-review-the-luxury-sedan-of-headphones https://www.gameskinny.com/zj889/turtle-beach-elite-atlas-aero-review-the-luxury-sedan-of-headphones Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:01:59 -0500 Thomas Wilde

Last year, Turtle Beach released a high-performance pair of headphones called the Elite Atlas. For $100, you got a solid wired headset built for comfort, with crisp game audio. If it had a drawback, it was that the headset was only meant for game audio. If you tried using it for movies or music, it was serviceable but not as impressive.

This autumn brought us the next version of the Atlas, the wireless-enabled Elite Atlas Aero, which carries forward the basic design. It doesn’t have the original Atlas’s magnetic speaker plates, which I assume is a deal-breaker for precisely nobody, but actually goes a long way towards fixing the one real problem I had with the Elite Atlas.

Specifically, it does so by virtue of being intensely customizable. The Aero has an MSRP of $149.95, so you’ve already got to be serious about your in-game audio to be interested in it. Even with that in mind, however, the Aero has a lot of options that are aimed directly at the die-hard audiophile.

The Aero comes with a wireless USB dongle that can be used with any Windows 10 or Mac system to broadcast audio within about 20 to 25 feet. The dongle, which can be securely stowed in a special compartment under one of the headphone cups when not in use, is kind of an all-or-nothing deal. When I tested it, it transmitted flawlessly as long as I didn’t get more than a room or two away.

At 20 feet, it started to drop out, and at 25 feet, it was just flat-out dead, though it picked back up without a pause once I got back in range. Obviously, that’s probably more than enough distance depending on what you’re using your headset for.

The headphones come standard with Turtle Beach’s “ProSpecs” system, where the padding on the cups is incredibly soft and doesn’t put stress on the arms of your eyeglasses. They’re incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods of time, which is always the first thing I check with a new headset.

At a full charge, the headset stays in action for 30 hours or so.

By default, the sound from the Aero is crisp and clear, with solid audio that enhanced everything I tried it with. Whether it was old-school chiptunes or a modern stereo experience, the Aero performed admirably.

When I tested the mic, however, it didn’t seem to work. That was when I found the page in the manual about how I really needed to download and install a companion application, the Turtle Beach Control Studio. That was when things got a little nuts.

The Control Studio features a host of options allowing you to tweak the hell out of everything, including a band equalizer with bass boost, 3D audio, and Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing setting. It’s a level of pure exacting specifications that I didn’t think would ever exist outside of people who get really particular about their stereo settings, but now it’s available for your gaming headset.

The Aero does have a detachable 3.5mm cable, so you can use it with wired setups like your PS4 or Xbox One if you really want to, but it’s really for incredibly competitive PC players. The compelling argument for a level of sound this intense is meant to be that you can turn up all the dials and catch sounds that other players might miss, such as nearby footsteps or reloading, for a slight but distinct edge in a combat scenario.

I have my doubts about that. Unless you’re actually an e-sports pro, and one who plays a relative handful of games, the actual advantage you gain from Superhuman Hearing seems to be slim.

Pros:
  • One of the most comfortable pairs of headphones I’ve ever used
  • Works just as well for everything, from music to movies to games
  • Selector switch in the companion app optimizes sound between media types
  • The Control Studio offers an insane number of options for the die-hard audiophile
  • A $149.99 MSRP puts it on the cheap end when compared to other headsets in its bracket
  • Small internal compartment for the wireless dongle 
Cons:
  • The application’s got a lot of fiddly moving parts that can occasionally be an issue, particularly when trying to get the mic to work in wireless mode
  • The volume switch on the 3.5mm cord doesn’t seem to do anything
  • The wireless dongle flat-out does not work on Windows 7

Despite Superhuman Hearing being niche, you're left with the rest of the benefits of the Aero, which are significant. It’s a distinct evolution from the Elite Atlas, fixing that headset's one major problem and retaining many of the line’s advantages. If you view a good PC headset as a long-term investment, the Aero scores well in every category you’d hope to name.

It’s probably a little too much of a product for the casual user, but if you’re serious about your gameplay, your music, or your immersion in sound, the Aero is a solid all-around pick.

Turtle Beach also sent along a new device for use with its various headsets, an adaptor for PCs called the Atlas Edge. The Edge lets you hook a 3.5mm wired headset into a USB slot, in order to set it up for Nx Waves 3D audio. You can also use the Edge to customize your system’s sound output with the Turtle Beach Control Studio application, enabling a lot of the higher-end audio options from the application.

You do have to go into your settings and tell your computer to look for the Edge as a new audio source, but after that, it’s a surprisingly painless installation. It’s an interesting, cheap option for A/V nerds, so you can retrofit your old wired headphones with a level of sound that they weren’t previously capable of.

The one downside is that the Edge has a 66-inch (1.82 meters) cord, so if you hook your devices into the front of your PC case like I do, you end up with a couple of yards of extra wiring with a knack for wrapping around the foot of your office chair. It’s great for sound, and also great for making you fall on your face as you get up from your desk. Ahem.

Elite Atlas Aero Specs

Headphone Frequency Response 12–20000 Hz
Speaker Size 50mm Nanoclear
Microphone Unidirectional
Ear Cushion Over-Ear (closed)
Ear Cushion Fabric Athletic Fabric, Leather & Memory Foam
Audio Connection USB Windows 10, Mac
Audio Connection 3.5mm PS4, PS4 Pro, XB1, Switch, Mobile
Audio Misc. Wave Nx 3D, Superhuman Hearing
Design Misc. ProSpecs Glasses Relief
Battery Life 30 hours
Wireless Distance ~20ft
Headset Weight 1.8lbs


[Note: Turtle Beach provided a retail unit of the Elite Atlas Aero and a Turtle Beach Atlas Edge for the purpose of this review.]

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