Pokemon Sword and Shield

But when I grew up, I put away childish things

-1 Corithians 13:11

Today is the launch date for for Pokemon Sword & Shield, the first new, “real” Pokemon game to come to the Switch since Nintendo and Game Freak pulled the franchise from the Nintendo 3DS handheld platform.

The core RPG line continues

Unfortunate KGB reference aside (the sword and shield of the party), the impending release of this game and the launch of the Switch Lite got my daughter and I discussing a potential return to the franchise.

The Switch Lite, an actual attempt at a handheld version of the Switch (because the Switch is way too big to qualify in the DS/3DS or PSP league… I present the Switch Lite as supporting evidence of this) was really the trigger event for this. My daughter and I have a long history together with Pokemon games, starting back with Pokemon Diamond on the DS Lite in 2008 and carrying on through into the 3DS era.  And portability… along with wireless connectivity… was always a big part of the experience.  Our solid little DS Lite units traveled with with us many places.  They were brought to Pokemon events, played in airports and hotel rooms and on cruise ships when there was idle time as well as around the house.

As somebody who pretty much always plays video games sitting at a PC there was definitely a liberating aspect to having a small, handheld gaming console that could be played where ever we went.

So my daughter and I talked about the idea of a Switch or Switch Lite and the new Pokemon game off and on over the course of the summer.  In the end, there was no conclusion reached… which was essentially a negative conclusion by default; we would not be buying a any new hardware just to play Pokemon Sword & Shield.

There were a bunch of little reasons that held us back; pricing, the way the new game was coming together, uncertainty about features.  However, none of those would have really stood in our way, except for the big reason, the real reason.  And that is the fact that my daughter has almost grown up.  She will be 18 soon.  She already has her first college acceptance notification. (University of Oregon)  She has a driver’s license and a car and a job and a boyfriend and a social life and all the dreams and worries and ideas that come with that time in your life.

And in the mix of all of that there isn’t a lot of time for Pokemon.

About six years back I wrote a farewell to Pokemon, thinking at the time that we probably wouldn’t make the jump to the 3DS platform.  But then my daughter came around and we played the games for a few more years.  There won’t be a similar reprieve this time.  A year from now she will be off to college and the seriousness and growing which that entails.

But there is always a future for childish things, once you’ve gotten past that embrace of adulthood and the seriousness that goes with it.  This blog is a testament to that.  And, after talking with my daughter about this, she did decide to start a fresh game of Animal Crossing: New Leaf on her old 3DS.

3 thoughts on “Pokemon Sword and Shield

  1. Zinn

    Aw, your post has a bit of sadness to it. My kids are still too young to play Pokémon and I long for the day when I can introduce them to it. I hope that they, just like me, never will grow out of it! It’s true that when you’re around 18 so many big things happen in your life that a lot of what you used to do can take a break… for several years even. But sometimes you find your way back to it again, maybe she will too (with whatever Pokémon we’ll have then), like you mention at the end.


  2. Random Poster

    Congrats on that first Acceptance Letter. Always a relief to have the first one as it means woohoo I get to go SOMEWHERE lol.

    Similar thing happened with my stepson, he’s a little older than your daughter so our play together games where mostly Halo followed by Pokemon (weird mix I know…sue me :P ).
    That lasted right up until about midpoint of his senior year in high school and then he just got busy with, well, life. Figured there was a chance that was the end of that particular bonding activity, but at the start of his Junior year in College this year he got back in to gaming since stuff was settled down for him. We started with weekly Halo sessions in Halo 5. That spread to me sending him his 3DS and Pokemon per his request as well as a copy of Kingdom Hearts 3 (he’s a huge fan of the series). Once he got bored of Halo we started looking for more online co-op stuff, which sadly these days means mostly shooters but it’s been a great way to stay in touch with him as he’s not going to school locally.

    I think it will definitely be a “thing” that sticks with both of us after his school…until he meets his significant other, maybe has a kid on his own, we’ll probably hit a dry spell right around that point again, lol


  3. Robert Brown

    Your last paragraph reminds me of C. S. Lewis:
    “Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”


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