The Nintendo world is very unhappy right now over the state of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield: Specifically that not every Pokémon will be coded into the game. Traditionally, even if a Pokémon isn't natively found in, say, Alola, you could still transfer/ship a Pokémon from a faraway region to an Alolan trainer. The Pokédex would recognise it. It'd work. Trainers could use any Pokémon discovered up to that point.
Galar is different. If it's not in the Pokédex, that's it. It's not allowed in the region.
I blame the Rotom Pokédex taking form as a smartphone instead of a real Pokédex—which in prior games have been designed based off of Nintendo handhelds. It's obviously a commentary on the superiority of a dedicated handheld gaming device versus the inferior experience offered by smartphones. Other people think it's a commentary on Brexit-inspired immigration efforts, but I'll leave the Brexit interpretations to Ubisoft and Watch Dogs: Legion.
I'll also leave further discussion about this to another article. (Or maybe I'll dodge it entirely and never write about it.)
I want to actually dedicate this article to discussing GAME FREAK's other Nintendo Switch title.
We really don't know much about Town for Nintendo Switch (not even its real name)... but what little we knew is probably no longer relevant anyway.
Town, according to the Nintendo Direct from September 2018, is supposed to release in 2019.
Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct was supposed to focus on 2019 releases. ...And it spilled over into some 2020.
But Town wasn't there.
Observe this graphic (to the left) that Nintendo produced after their Direct aired that summarised Nintendo's near-future release schedule:
|Left-half: Nintendo's infographic of releases covering all of 2019 and some of 2020.|
Top right: Town is supposed to be available in 2019.
Bottom right: Town is unrepresented on Nintendo's website, despite the infographic's disclaimer.
You'll notice the bottom of the graphic mentions about checking nintendo.com for full details because the graphic doesn't show EVERYTHING. Specifically,
“These are just some of the games releasing on the Nintendo Switch system in 2019 and 2020. Please visit nintendo.com for a complete overview and more information on release timings.”Well, nintendo.com doesn't have any page on Town. Sure, it doesn't have a page on Metroid Prime 4 either, but at least that's still mentioned in Nintendo's financial statements as at least coming sometime in the future. Town isn't on there. Town isn't on some Nintendo.com E3 write-up.
It's totally disappeared.
So while GAME FREAK is worried about Pokémon Sleep in your Pokémon Home, let's not forget that it all should be taking place in the (non-Pokémon-affiliated) Town.
Seeing as how GAME FREAK apparently can't handle competent design decisions for their flagship release of 2019, I suppose it's quite likely that Town may slip into another year... or out of existence entirely.
But you think they should've planned for that eventuality ahead of time.
...Well, GAME FREAK and planning might not really go together, either.
Well, KoopaTV won't forget about it. Even if Nintendo did and E3 2019 went without it.
You could say that the fact there was no news about Town is, in itself, news about Town. And that's bad news.
One reason that KoopaTV cares about Town is that GAME FREAK's non-Pokémon games have the capability of being really inventive and really, really good, such as Pocket Card Jockey. Another is that it's a very KoopaTV characteristic to care about things that no one else does.
Ludwig wrote about the National Dex controversy in a dedicated article, though he still thinks Town is more scandalous.