Pokemon Sword and Shield Direct Coming June 5

Pokemon Sword and Shield Direct Coming June 5

A Pokemon Direct heralds the unofficial start of E3's 2019 season.

Ready your PokeBalls and prepare to snag a livestreamed Nintendo Direct dedicated to Pokemon Sword and Shield on June 5. The 15-minute presentation will (presumably) be packed with information about the latest Pokémon title coming to the Nintendo Switch this year.

Nintendo sprang the surprise announcement on Twitter earlier today. I say "surprise" because the United States is celebrating Memorial Day and is too full of barbequed ribs and beer to sit down and report on the Direct. Hah! Well played, Nintendo! I…guess? Anyway, you all didn't count on the Canadian sitting all alone at her keyboard, did you?

Nintendo's official site already has a place where you can sit down and wait for the show. You probably have a few chores you want to get done before then, though. Just make sure you check back in on June 5 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET. This'll be the first major deluge of information about Pokemon Sword and Shield since its reveal in February. Even though we learned a lot about Sword and Shield during its unveiling—including its British-themed Galar Region and its three starters, Scorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble—there's still a heck of a lot to learn. It's going to be an informative fifteen minutes.

Interestingly, this Direct takes place about a week before Nintendo's dedicated E3 2019 Direct on June 11. If Nintendo is getting Pokemon "out of the way," what does it have planned for E3 (Cough Animal Crossing)?

Join us for full coverage of the Direct on June 5, and check out our guide to Pokemon Sword and Shield in the meantime.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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