The latest Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield presentation may have primarily focused on the game’s Crown Tundra DLC, but the presentation also revealed that the titles are set to have physical versions as well that are scheduled to be launched within the year.
The physical versions will have the base games, of course, along with the full expansion pass. This makes these physical editions a perfect purchase for those who haven’t bought either one of the titles yet.
Back then, The Pokemon Company didn’t release any information regarding the pricing of these physical versions. However, pre-orders for Pokemon Sword + Expansion Pass and Pokemon Shield + Expansion Pass were recently discovered by fans on Amazon. Based on the information found there, the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC bundles are scheduled to be released on November 6, 2020.
If you look at the US prices, these bundles cost $89.99. If you check Nintendo’s official store, the standalone versions of each title still retail for $59.99, while the Expansion Pass is priced at $29.99.
So if you do the math, the bundles aren’t necessarily that different price-wise than if you buy the base game and DLC separately. In any case, some retailers may be selling a copy of either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield at a much cheaper price, since these two games have been out for nearly a year now.
As such, those players who want to save as much money as possible should just say goodbye to these DLC bundles if they’re willing to pass it up. However, we completely understand if you’re dying to get your hands on the DLC expansions such as the Crown Tundra DLC.
After all, the DLC gives you the chance to battle and catch every Legendary Pokemon to have made an appearance in the series thus far. Not only that, but there will be a lot of returning Pokemon as well, Dragonite and Garchomp being two of them.
You’ll also encounter the Legendary Bird trio and their new Galarian forms. If that’s not enough to win you over, the DLC features an all-new tournament that allows you to be partners with either a rival or a Gym Leader in 2v2 matches.
As far as we know, the Expansion Pass only contains two DLC pieces and these are the Crown Tundra and the Isle of Armor. The latter was launched near the beginning of the year.
However, some fans have been speculating that a third DLC is currently being developed. The rumors say that the unannounced DLC will be set in the Kalos region, which is a region from Pokemon X and Y.
That said, this is merely rumors at this point and there are no indications that it could be true, although time will tell. Speaking of rumors, there have been numerous rumors about Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, which is taking place next year.
Some say that Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver could be ported to the Nintendo Switch, while others hope for full-on remastered versions of all the previous Pokemon titles. Given how complex the latter is, it’s very unlikely to happen.