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Pokemon Sword and Shield Galar Visitors Center touring U.S.

Head out to a tour stop to take a look at Pokemon Sword and Shield and learn more about the games.


Pokemon Sword and Shield is coming to several cities across the United States, thanks to Nintendo.

The company is hosting a series of pop-up tourism centers where fans can learn about "Galarian culture" and participate in a series of regional activities related to Pokemon Sword and Shield. It'll make its first top at PAX West next weekend in Seattle, and will then head out to other cities for fans to take part in.

“Discovering a new region is part of the fun of diving into a new Pokemon adventure,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With this tourism-themed activity, we want fans of all ages to explore the region and learn about the people, places and things that make Pokémon Sword and Pokemon Shield so special.”

Visitors can bring their cameras to participate in a few photo ops in addition to collecting postcards and other exclusive items you can only get during this fun tour. Make sure you bring something to carry it all in!

If you're attending PAX West, the booth will be available to visit at any time during regular show floor hours from August 30 through September 2. The games will be available to demo there at the Nintendo booth as well. When the tour packs up and leaves, it will be headed to the Los Angeles County Fair in September for two sessions, and then the State Fair of Texas in October on three separate dates.

Meanwhile, Pokemon Sword and Shield is poised to launch as Nintendo Switch exclusives later this year on November 15, which means you don't have much longer to wait. And you know we're ready to roll. Our Poke Balls are ready. Who's going to be joining us on our sojourn to the Galar region this fall?

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