This is why #ThankYouGameFreak is trending worldwide on Twitter

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Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) fans have rallied round developer Game Freak to counter criticism of the developer by getting the hashtag "#ThankYouGameFreak" trending worldwide.

"I wanted to see if I could start a #ThankYouGameFreak trend," said streamer and YouTuber MysticUmbreon94 (opens in new tab). "#ThankYouGamefreak for creating the games that got me through all the tough times in my childhood. 

"I know times are rough, but there are still fans that love what you do. Spread if you appreciate what Gamefreak does."

Since then, thousands of Pokemon fans have reached out across social media to thank Game Freak for a lifetime of Pokemon-flavoured happiness.

"I don’t even know where I’d start... This franchise has been a part of my entire life, with no exaggeration," said YouTuber GameboyLuke (opens in new tab). "I love this game, I love my job and I’ve loved every minute that I’ve dedicated to Pokemon. Roll on Sword & Shield."

"#ThankYouGameFreak for so many wonderful games over the last (almost) 24 years," added AceTrainerLiam (opens in new tab). "The Pokémon franchise absolutely changed my life and has given me so many fantastic memories, and I can’t wait for even more next week with Sword & Shield!"

"I said it directly last night, but #ThankYouGameFreak," said webmaster, Joe Merrick (opens in new tab). "You've created a franchise that tens of millions of people love and play every day. A franchise I love and have dedicated a large chunk of my life. We appreciate you."

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In other news, a new video for Pokemon Sword and Shield details new features and items that will be included in the upcoming adventure in the Galar region (opens in new tab). Nintendo has also revealed the date for the first Pokemon Sword and Shield online competition (opens in new tab) known as Galar Beginnings and confirmed the competition will kick off on December 6 and run for just two days. 

After the latest overview trailer (opens in new tab) gave us a refresher on lots of features and new Gen 8 Pokemon (opens in new tab) we'll be encountering in Galar, Nintendo is keeping us firmly on the hype train ahead of the game's release on November 15. Just five more sleeps!

Looking to get yourself a Switch to dive into Pokemon Sword and Shield? Check out these Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals 2019 (opens in new tab).

Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.