Pokemon Sword and Shield became sports games, and lost their character in the process

Hop, the Champion and the Player meeting. (Game Freak)

Pokemon Sword and Shield was the most daring attempt at the Pokemon formula yet. The legendary Game Freak series made changes never seen before and altered the series as a whole.

They controversially removed the National Dex, making some Pokemon unavailable in a main series game for the first time ever. Wild Pokemon…