Pokémon Sword and Shield Touring Cross Country with Galar Visitors Center

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Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are kicking off a promotional tour around the United States for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, beginning with PAX West next weekend. Galar Visitors Centers are pop-up locations that feature tour guides, photo opportunities, and themed swag.

“Discovering a new region is part of the fun of diving into a new Pokémon adventure,” said Nick Chavez,  Senior VP, Nintendo of America. “With this tourism-themed activity, we want fans of all ages to explore the region and learn about the people, places and things that make Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield so special.”

Visitors will be able to participate in fun activities and earn promotional items like postcards and brochures. If you show proof of pre-ordering the games, you can receive a special luggage tag. There will also be numerous Galar-themed photo opportunities.

The first Galar Visitors Center will appear at the PAX West show floor in the Washington State Convention Center. Although the Visitors Centers themselves won’t actually feature demos of the games to play, the Nintendo booth at PAX will feature playable demos.

Locations for the Galar Visitors Centers are very limited, but more locations will be added in the future.

  • PAX West (Seattle, WA), Aug. 30 – Sept. 2.
  • Lost Angeles County Fair (Pomona, CA), Sept. 11-15.
  • State Fair of Texas (Dallas, TX), Oct. 10-14.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are launching exclusively on Nintendo Switch on November 15. Pre-orders are available now, including a double pack that includes both games.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Ships Over 1 Million Sold

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Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Builders 2 has shipped over one million units sold, including physical and digital releases. In Minecraft fashion, the developers celebrated by building a custom thank you model of the Dragon Quest hero.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the co-op friendly sequel that combines the colorful monster-filled RPG of Dragon Quest with the block-powered building world of Minecraft. The player washes up on a mysterious island, meets a foreboding young man named Malroth, and must battle back against destructive forces, evil cults, and monsters while rebuilding the island village.

The final DLC pack, the Modernist Pack, is now available for purchase ($9.99). The pack includes the largest collection of crafting recipes yet, with the theme of modern-looking buildings and clothing. The DLC is part of the Season Pass, which includes two other crafting packs, for a total of $20.99.

Arriving later this month on Tuesday, August 20th, Dragon Quest Builders 2 will receive its final free content update, which will add the ability to create multiple save files, as well as an all-new epilogue to the end of the story.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 rated E10+. It’s available for PlayStation 4 and Switch.

NBA 2K20 Adds All 12 WNBA Teams For the First Time

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For the first time in the long-running annual NBA 2K series, you’ll be able to play as the women athletes of the WNBA. NBA 2K20’s new WNBA mode will feature all 12 WNBA teams and more than 140 players.

“For years, fans have requested the ability to play as some of their favorite WNBA stars,” said Jeff Thomas, SVP of Development, Visual Concepts. “We’ve been working with the WNBA and their top players to modify our basketball simulation engine to replicate the WNBA on-court experience. We’re excited to roll out this new feature in NBA 2K20 because we know how important the WNBA is to the world of basketball.”

The WNBA will be available in Play Now and Season modes. Animations, play styles, and visuals have been built exclusively to accommodate women athletes and the WNBA experience. Top players like Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks forward, have been scanned into the game using motion-capture technology.

“Growing up, I always remembered watching male athletes on TV and playing as them in video games. Now, to have the WNBA be in the position we are and to have women featured prominently in NBA2K20, we are allowing young girls and boys to have female athletes as role models,” said Parker. “The 2K team has done an amazing job of making sure to not just put women into the game playing men’s basketball, but I’ve seen first-hand the hard work they’re doing to make this as real and authentic as possible to women’s basketball. I’m proud to be a part of this team paving the way for the future.”

NBA 2K20 will be released on September 6 for PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. It’s rated E for Everyone.