January 9 Pokemon Direct – Breakdown of New Info

author img
BY January 9, 2020

The January 9 Pokemon Direct took place this morning, I’m here to make sure you’re all caught up on the latest from Nintendo and Game Freak. Let’s get into the latest news we learned this morning.

January 9 Pokemon Direct Breakdown

Okay, so as I mentioned yesterday, everyone is very excited about what the Pokemon Nintendo Direct has to offer. You can read my speculation in the article, or, just enjoy this overview of what we learned today.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX

Image Credit: Pokemon Company/Game Freak/Nintendo

The Direct opens with an announcement of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. The Mystery Dungeon series is an RPG alternative to the normal Pokemon games. If you remember the first games in the series, then you’ve been playing Pokemon for awhile. The originals debuted on the Game Boy Advance in two versions: Red and Blue. Sound familiar? Well, they’re being repackaged as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX for the Nintendo Switch. If you’re anxious for the game, then I have good news: you won’t have to wait long. The game releases March 6, 2020, with pre-purchase opening later today. A demo version of the game, for those who want to try it, releases today. All data transfers to the full game upon release.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Updates Next on January 9 Direct

Image Credit: Pokemon Company/Game Freak/Nintendo

Surprise, surprise. Nintendo and Game Freak are ready to release DLC. As an obvious perk, the DLC for Sword and Shield replace the expanded versions of past Pokemon games. For example, instead of doing UltraSun and UltraMoon after Sun and Moon release, DLC lets players continue the adventure. Footage for the DLC follows, with two names emerging.

The first DLC pack is called “The Isle of Armor.” The second DLC pack is called “The Crown Tundra.” Firstly, “The Isle of Armor” releases in June 2020. Secondly, “The Crown Tundra” follows sometime in the Fall of 2020. Game Freak clearly states they are still working on the game. That’s probably why we didn’t see actual game footage. Both DLC come packaged in an expansion pass.

The DLC campaigns introduce new areas of the Galar Region, as well as new Pokemon. In keeping with the games, each version comes with game-specific Pokemon.

The Isle of Armor

January 9 Pokemon Direct Image Credit: Pokemon Company/Game Freak/Nintendo

In “The Isle of Armor,” you meet Mustard, who mentors you on the mysterious island. At one point, Mustard earned the Pokemon Master title. Different rivals, Klara for Sword and Avery for Shield, come with each title. The DLC introduces a legendary Pokemon, the fighting-type Kubfu. He’s basically a little bear that Mustard gives you to train. He evolves into Urshifu, who uses a fighting-dark type style as well as a fighting-water style. Urshifu also utilizes a Gigantamax form. Upon evolution from Kubfu to Urshifu, you can choose which fighting style you want to use.

The final evolutions of the three starters in Sword and Shield are getting Gigantamax forms as well. The DLC is also bringing new fashion items, bike looks, and a few new items. The theme of “The Isle of Armor” is growth.

The Crown Tundra

janunary 9 pokemon direct Image Credit: Pokemon Company/Game Freak/Nintendo

As the name suggests, “The Crown Tundra” is a frigid wintery mountain area full of villages. The area features temples and mysterious trees. You’ll meet a new companion who guides you through the area. Calyrex is the new legendary Pokemon in this DLC. It’s a psychic-grass type, and is basically fancy deer looking Pokemon. The DLC also features co-op with new dens. In these dens, you can find new additions to the game, including legendary Pokemon from past games. You get a ton of new clothing items from this region as well.

At the end of its description, we discover that both regions are seamless with the main map. We also discovered 200 new Pokemon are releasing into the game. This is likely a response to the numerous protests the game experienced before launch.

Pokemon Home

Image Credit: Pokemon Company/Game Freak/Nintendo

We saw mention of Pokemon Home, the bank system where you can transfer Pokemon. The company confirmed you still cannot transfer Pokemon into Sword and Shield that do not appear in the main game or expansion pass. Pokemon Home is set to launch in February 2020.

January 9 Pokemon Direct – How Much Does the DLC Cost?

janunary 9 pokemon direct Image Credit: Pokemon Company/Game Freak/Nintendo

After showing both DLC previews, the January 9 Pokemon Direct displays the cost of the expansion pass. The expansion pass, which includes both DLC packs, is going to cost $30. Players can go to the Sword and Shield menu in-game and pre-purchase the expansion pack. Doing so gets players a special shirt.

Taylor’s Take – Grading the January 9 Pokemon Direct

January 9 Pokemon Direct Image Credit: Pokemon Company/Game Freak/Nintendo

Okay, I’m going to write up this section like we’re just chatting. From my perspective, there’s more good in the January 9 Pokemon Direct than bad. The addition of 200 new Pokemon from past games is a welcome bonus. Plus, the DLC packs look pretty fun. I like the idea of separate, one-off campaigns featuring legendary Pokemon. The Pokemon Bank announcement also brings the feature to us a little sooner than expected. The announcement of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is also fun, but it’s likely going to be $60. That’s a hefty price for a remaster of two Game Boy Advance era games.

I’m also not thrilled with the $30 DLC cost. I think $20 is fair, putting each DLC pack at $10 each. From what we saw, I don’t see $30 of new content in the upcoming DLC packs. Maybe I’m wrong; the company spokesmen said we’d see more in the coming months.

If we’re going to grade this on an A-F scale a la the American school system, I’m giving this a solid B. Nothing announced today sells people on the games who hated the missing National Dex. I don’t care how cute the little fighting bear is from “The Isle of Armor.” He’s not making up for the fact that Game Freak punted on including all Pokemon as past games had. I think players who enjoy Sword and Shield are going to be happy with the January 9 Pokemon Direct.

Are you happy with what you saw from the January 9 Pokemon Direct? Let me know in the comments!


Leave a comment


Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Characters Announced

Mortal Kombat 11 DLC is bringing some huge names to the fight. Yesterday, a leak and then inevitable announcement came from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  New Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Fighters It’s an exciting time to be a Mortal Kombat fan. Mortal Kombat 11 is a true return to form, and there are a lot […]

BY Taylor Bauer August 22, 2019
Avengers VR Fan Experience Announced by Marvel Studios and ILMxLab

It’s safe to say that VR is far from a fluke in video gaming. A big reason VR continues to get developed is the fanbase of gamers interested in the experience. Not everyone owns a VR console or attachment for their personal use. Because of this, a lot of VR experience hubs pop up every […]

BY Taylor Bauer October 3, 2019
Pokemon Hashtag Goes Viral – #ThankYouGameFreak

It’s been a tumultuous built up to Pokemon Sword and Shield. Because of the game’s limited Pokemon roster, hundreds of characters won’t be playable in the new games. Fans are fairly upset, and in a way, they have a right to be. It’s the first time that you won’t be able to transfer Pokemon from […]

BY Taylor Bauer November 11, 2019
Revenge of the Sith Retro Review – The Game

As a child of the mid 90s, I grew up heavily impacted by the Star Wars prequels. I remember attending a birthday party to see The Phantom Menace, having no knowledge there were others released decades ago. I became obsessed, and after seeing The Clone Wars, I was all aboard the hype train for Revenge […]

BY Taylor Bauer February 18, 2020
Best Rebuilds for NBA 2K20 – MyLeague Tips

I’m a huge fan of NBA 2K20, but most of my time is spent in one area of the game. While some work to become dribble gods on MyPark, I stick to MyLeague. Solely, for the the experience of managing a team. Working to rebuild teams on MyLeague is the reason I average over 200 […]

BY Taylor Bauer February 17, 2020
E3 Veteran Geoff Keighley Skipping Conference in 2020

I think one thing I love about video game journalism is getting to talk games. On the best day, covering gaming news involves great reveals, exciting titles, and hopes for my favorite series. On the worst day, I can usually say the downers about gaming journalism involve the industry. Sometimes, profits and sponsors get in […]

BY Taylor Bauer February 17, 2020
Marvel’s Avengers Pre-Order Deals: Where to Get The Best Bonus

Pre-ordering games used to be a way to make sure you had a highly anticipated title as soon as possible. Now, pre-orders are a sort of incentive for extra content and goodies. A fun bonus is usually enough to get me to pre-order a game, and an upcoming Marvel video game fits that bill for […]

BY Taylor Bauer February 14, 2020


Disney+ Reveals First Clip of Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Highlighting the Bad Batch

Star Wars fans may eagerly await the next story in the films or season 2 of The Mandalorian. However, the most anticipated new thing is something, well, old. After debuting the release date for Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney+ released the first preview clip highlighting the Bad Batch. The title of […]

BY Joshua M. Patton February 19, 2020
Ben Affleck Opens Up About Why He Stopped Being The Batman In New Interview

The Batman is dead, long live the Batman! This is how it is for fans of the caped crusader. Sure, Bruce Wayne may be ageless and eternal in the pages of DC Comics for 80 years, but mere mortals age. Michael Keaton is more like Bruce Wayne in the Batman Beyond series than the character […]

BY Joshua M. Patton February 19, 2020
Alas, Green Arrow and the Canaries Has Not Yet Been Picked Up By the CW, Producer Confirms

For fans of the Arrowverse, specifically those who are sad about the Arrow series finale, Twitter got exciting in the wee hours of the morning. A writer for another site, who did successfully predict Titans being renewed for season 3, dropped what seemed like a seedling of hope. He said that Green Arrow and the […]

BY Joshua M. Patton February 19, 2020
Set Video of Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady Shows Him Doing…Something Bad?

Venom fans got their first, long-awaited look at the man who would be Carnage in action today. A set video showing Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady hit the internet. Much of the focus on Venom 2 has been on the reports that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might make an appearance. Since Sony and Disney reached a […]

BY Joshua M. Patton February 18, 2020