Pokemon Sword and Shield Character Customization Seemingly Confirmed by Uniqlo

Pokemon Sword and Shield Character Customization Seemingly Confirmed by Uniqlo

You have to dress to impress.

Character customization in Pokemon Sword and Shield may have just been confirmed thanks to a Uniqlo clothes competition of all places. So, if you enjoyed customizing your Pokemon trainer with specific clothing items, you'll once again be able to do so in the next Pokemon game.

Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo recently held a competition that allowed fans to design their own Pokemon t-shirts. The winning designs would be turned into real-life shirts available at Uniqlo retailers. As a bonus, the grand prize winner's t-shirt would also be turned into an in-game shirt wearable by the main characters.

The winning Pokemon T-Shirt in real-life and in the game. | Uniqlo, Nintendo, Game Freak

Uniqlo shared a screenshot from Pokemon Sword and Shield showing the two main characters wearing the winning Uniqlo shirt design. The winning design was a Magikarp and Gyrados-themed shirt, and it'll be available soon at actual Uniqlo retailers.

Character customization has been steadily introduced into the Pokemon series starting with Pokemon X and Y. The feature has been expanded upon with each new Pokemon game, and appears to be in Sword and Shield as well. Who knows, maybe Pokemon Sword and Shield will add additional clothes and accessories in partnership with real-life brands like Uniqlo?

We'll hopefully see more about Pokemon Sword and Shield at E3 this year, where Nintendo will once again hold a Nintendo E3 Direct. Furthermore, Japanese games publication CoroCoro Ichiban will have a Pokemon Sword and Shield story with all the "latest information" on June 21.

Check our Pokemon Sword and Shield guide for everything we know about the mainline Switch entry, or check out our E3 2019 guide for the full schedule of the show.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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