This morning Nintendo dropped some hot news about Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield (opens in new tab) for Nintendo Switch right onto the breakfast table, giving us a look at the new, British inspired Galar region and our three new Gen 8 Pokemon, the Grass Type chimp Pokemon known as Grookey, the Fire Type rabbit Scorbunny and the Water Type lizard Sobble.
Internet: they will show nothing special on #PokemonDirectNintendo: *reveals starters, region, titles, gameplay footage*Internet: pic.twitter.com/3zhm219m13February 27, 2019
The internet reacted as it traditionally does to the new Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) announcement, with jokes and tweets aplenty. Some had their fun with the game's name...
Pokemon Shield #PokemonDirect pic.twitter.com/tZtiqC48DiFebruary 27, 2019
Holy shit today's #Pokemon announcement was wild!! pic.twitter.com/3oEFy8l0qQFebruary 27, 2019
Others were ready to enjoy the delights that Britain has to offer, from high street bakery outlets to Brexit...
So Galar is definitely based on the UK but was really surprised they got their own version of the Cerne Abbas Giant #PokemonDirect pic.twitter.com/YG3XAZUOdvFebruary 27, 2019
heard the news the new pokemon games are set in the UK but wow can't believe it's true pic.twitter.com/9PqHbp4tHVFebruary 27, 2019
Can't wait to play Pokemon Brexit later this year #PokemonDirect pic.twitter.com/jPugrEsVknFebruary 27, 2019
OI, YOU BLOKES GOT LOICENSES FOR THOSE POKEMONS!?#PokemonDirect #pokemon pic.twitter.com/jqVpnDxKrQFebruary 27, 2019
But the best part was the outpouring of love for the Water Type lizard Sobble, who has quickly become the mascot for everything pure and good in this world.
Same energy. #PokemonDirect pic.twitter.com/vWJXcgcmc5February 27, 2019
Sobble evolves into Bawlin evolves into HavinacryonthesubwayafteraroughdayatworkFebruary 27, 2019
Sobble’s intro pic.twitter.com/uoFQnF1e33February 27, 2019
Sobble is a big mood #PokemonDirect pic.twitter.com/2JOuMkbm5nFebruary 27, 2019
SOBBLE SWEETIE YOU ARE MY ANGEL #Pokemon #PokemonDirect pic.twitter.com/Rlr1pxH3CkFebruary 27, 2019
I love the little lizard man we met today #PokemonDirect #PokemonSwordShield Sobble is a sweetheart omg pic.twitter.com/8zygq7hwrGFebruary 27, 2019
You see dis bby?I will protecc dis bbyI will it ALL MY LOVE AND SUPPORT!!!!#PokemonDirect #Pokemon pic.twitter.com/L2WTHeArsVFebruary 27, 2019
Get a sneak peek at the first official Gen 8 Pokemon with our guide on how to get Meltan in Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let's Go.