Pokémon Sword and Shield: Game Freak on difficulty, support for Poké Ball Plus and amiibo

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Less than two weeks to go before the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield, and its creators are happy to give interviews to the main international newspapers. During a recent chat with Eurogamer Portugal, producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori touched on several interesting topics.

To begin with, the two again talked about the challenge level offered by the pair of games. It has long been known that they will not offer selectable difficulty levels, and have decided to provide a further explanation for this choice: “Pokémon Sword and Shield can be played in many different ways, and will offer many gameplay elements, some more difficult than the others, so we hope the players will be able to find their own challenge level within the game. The difficulty level will also be related to the number of Pokémon transported, so players will be able to manage the difficulty at will. 

The developer couple then clarified that Pokémon Sword and Shield will not support amiibo and will offer partial support for the Poké Ball Plus: although the latter will not be usable as a controller, it can still be used for transferring the monsters as already happens in Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. The two new titles, we remember, will be published exclusively on Nintendo Switch on November 15th. 

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