Be the first to visit the PAX West Center in Seattle

REDMOND, Wash .– (BUSINESS WIRE) -Everyone's talking about the majestic Galar region, the must-visit destination for up-and-coming Pokémon Trainers. Galar is the setting for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Nov. 15. From picturesque grassy plains to bustling industrial towns, the Galar region offers Trainers many exciting places to explore, newly discovered Pokémon to catch and Gym Leaders to battle.

To prepare for the launch of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Nintendo is hosting a series of pop-up tourism centers, where fans can learn more about Kicking off at PAX West next weekend in Seattle, and popping up in select cities across the US, fans will be able to stop by the "Galar Visitors Center" to take their Galar region passport photo, speak with "tour guides" to learn more about regional activities and characters, and receive special themed items, while supplies last.

"Discovering a new region is part of the fun of diving into a new Pokémon adventure," said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We want fans of all ages to explore the region and learn about people, things and things that make Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield so special. "

The first Galar Visitors Center will be located at PAX West, Booth No. 1939, in the Washington State Convention Center at 705 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101. Open to PAX awaits during the regular PAX West show hours from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, the stop is a great place for visitors and fans to plan their visits to the Galar region this November. They can even demo the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games nearby at the PAX West Nintendo booth!

After PAX West, the Galar tourism center will pop up in various locations across the country, leading up to the launch of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on Nov. 15.

The current tourism schedule is below, with additional destinations to be added in the future.



Dates / Hours

PAX West

Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 10 am-6 pm PT

Los Angeles County Fair

1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Sept. 11-13, 12-8 pm PT
Sept. 14-15, 10 am-8 pm PT

State Fair of Texas

State Fair of Texas Park
Dallas, TX 75223

Oct. 10, 10 am-9 pm CT
Oct. 11-12, 10 am-10 pm CT
Oct. 13-14, 10 am-9 pm CT

In addition to learning all about the Galar region and the new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, visitors to the tourism centers will be able to experience many fun activities. Everyone who stops by should make sure their cameras are equipped, since there will be various Galar Photo of opportunities that are perfect for sharing on social media.

Visitors also have the opportunity to buy a variety of items. Anyone who pre-orders Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on site or shows proof of existing pre-orders, like digital receipts, will receive special luggage tags inspired by the games, while supplies last.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15 at a suggested retail price of $ 59.99 each. In these new games - the first core RPG series Pokémon games on a home console! - players can become a Pokémon Trainer, embark on a journey in the new Galar region and unravel the mystery behind Legendary Zacian and Zamazenta Pokémon. New features to the series include the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where players can freely control the camera, and multiplayer-focused * Max Raid Battles, which players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.

A Double Pack featuring both games will also be available starting on Nov. 15 at a suggested retail price of $ 119.99. Now by pre-ordering Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield at the following locations:, and

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, to download Galar region postcards and view details about the tourism centers, visit

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* Additional games, systems and / or a Nintendo Switch Online membership required for multiplayer mode; sold separately. Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.

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