Game Rant – Features

Game Rant – Features

Game Rant is an online publication dedicated to reporting news and features about video games and the gaming industry.

In December 2019 I was hired onto the site as a freelance News Writer, but starting in March 2020 I expanded my reach into the Features section as well. There I wrote longer-form articles more independent, informative, or opinionated as original content for the site.

In April 2020 I was hired on as a full-time Staff Writer at Game Rant, and in June 2020 I published my first full-scale video game review for the site.

In September 2020 I became an editor at the site, which led to my time being split between writing, editing, and more.

In July 2021 I became the Lead Features Editor.



Interview with Warp World CEO Matthew “Jaku” Jakubowski:


  • Monday, 17 – Sunday, 23

Monster Hunter Now’s Concept is a Pure Distillation of One Franchise Ideal

Monster Hunter Now’s Defining Features Point to Niantic Fans Getting Their Biggest Workout Yet

  • Monday, 10 – Sunday, 16

Splatoon 3’s Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Splatfest Finally Breaks a Controversial Event Pattern

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Can’t Trap the Champion’s Descendants in Their Own Corners of Hyrule

The Best Flight Plan for a AAA Star Trek Adventure May be Engaging One of Gaming’s Oldest Genres

  • Monday, 3 – Sunday, 9

Pokemon’s First ‘Paradox’ Forms Might Have an Unexpected Path into Scarlet and Violet

Splatoon 3’s Side Order DLC Antagonist Has a High Bar to Clear

Hollow Knight: Silksong – The Grimm Troupe Should Pitch Its Tent in Pharloom

  • Saturday, 1 – Sunday, 2

Horizon Forbidden West’s Burning Shores DLC Rekindles Hope for Underwater Combat


  • Monday, 27 – Friday, 31

Fire Emblem Engage’s Fell Xenologue DLC May Have Unexpected Connections to a Classic GBA Game

  • Monday, 20 – Sunday, 26

Game Freak Shouldn’t Forget Almia When Designing Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Indigo Disk DLC

September 2023 Could Be Microsoft and Sony’s Battle of the Titans

  • Monday, 13 – Sunday, 19

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe Makes a Strange Spin-Off Canon

Fire Emblem Engage Drops the Ball on Its Core Conceit

The Next Monster Hunter Should Canonize a Unique Crossover Feature

Interview with Explosm’s Kris Wilson and Roger Barr:

Hollow Knight: Silksong’s Release Date is Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Fire Emblem Engage: Who Are the Dark Emblems?

  • Monday, 6 – Sunday, 12

Metroid Fusion Isn’t the Only GBA Entry That Should Hit Nintendo Switch Online

Kirby: Return to Dream Land Deluxe’s Magolor Redemption Bodes Well for Another Villain Duo

Fire Emblem Engage’s Emblem Interactions Leave Lots of Fan Service on the Cutting Room Floor

  • Wednesday, 1 – Sunday, 5

Splatoon 3: Big Run’s King Salmonid Continue a Clever Boss Pattern

Hardware Review: Roccat Magma Mini RGB Keyboard Review

A Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Subscription is the Perfect Next Step for Fire Emblem Engage Fans

Pokemon TCG Classic Shouldn’t Follow the Footsteps of Duel Links, World of Warcraft


  • Monday, 20 – Sunday, 26

Game Rant Recap for 02/20/23 – 02/26/23

Nintendo Switch Online’s GBA Library Will Give Kirby and the Amazing Mirror Multiplayer a Chance to Shine

  • Monday, 13 – Sunday, 19

Game Rant Recap for 02/13/23 – 02/19/23

Fire Emblem Engage’s Player Birthday Mechanic Secretly Says a Lot About the Divine Dragon

Fire Emblem Engage’s ‘Low Point’ in Chapters 10, 11 Blend Story and Mechanics to Great Effect

Nintendo Switch Online Adding Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Means Representation for Super Mario RPG

Pokemon Black and White Remakes Should Be More Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Less Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

Interview with Tall Story Games Developers Tom and Emma Hardwidge:

Interview with Free Lives Developer/Terra Nil Lead Artist Jonathan Hau-Yoon:

  • Monday, 6 – Sunday, 12

Why Splatoon 3’s Single-Player DLC is Called ‘Side Order’

  • Wednesday, 1 – Sunday, 5

Monster Hunter Rise Adding Velkhana Continues the Trend of Flagship Monsters in Sunbreak

S-Rank Bond Rings in Fire Emblem Engage give Love to More Franchise Favorites


  • Monday, 23 – Sunday, 29

Splatoon 3’s Chocolate Splatfest Suggests There is No Immediate Event Pattern

Every Game Featured at the 2023 Xbox & Bethesda Developer_Direct

Interview with Cuddle Monster Games Founder Hannes Rahm (Initially Conducted by Jay Goodearl):

How Pokemon Masters EX Can Adapt Scarlet and Violet’s Terastallization

  • Monday, 9 – Sunday, 15

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Town Set Pieces Needed a Little More Automation

  • Monday, 2 – Sunday, 8

Pokemon’s Model NPCs Can Back a Compelling Spin-Off Game



  • Monday, 19 – Sunday, 25

Splatoon 3: Big Run’s Tone Feels Like a Poor Fit for the Franchise

End of Year: 10 Best Video Game Villains of 2022

End of Year: The Best Indie Games of 2022

  • Monday, 5 – Sunday, 11

Monster Hunter Rise Landing on Xbox Game Pass is the Best Case Scenario

The Game Awards 2022 Winners List


  • Monday, 28 – Friday, 2

Interview with Super Mega Team Game Director Kevin Sarda Perez, Art Director Enrique Corts, and Programmer Jorge Fernandez Sanchez:

Interview with Outright Games Composer Chris Whiter:

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Marked Evolutions for the Series That Continue 20 Years Later

Metroid Fusion has Defined the Franchise’s Horror Side for 20 Years

Interview with Beautiful Glitch Creative Director Julian Quijano:

  • Monday, 7 – Sunday, 13

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Rotom Phone Cases Could Go Further Back in Time

  • Tuesday, 1 – Sunday, 6

Pikmin 4 Needs its Own ‘Citadel of Spiders’ With Returning Arachnorb Enemies

Splatoon 3 Can Bring its Lore Full-Circle by Reviving Salmon Run’s Ark Polaris Map

Horizon Forbidden West: The Enduring Could Be the Door to Future Melee Improvements

Genesect is a Great Model for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Temporal Themes


  • Monday, 17 – Sunday, 23

Fortnite’s Bytes Quest Chain Showcases the Pitfalls of Character-Restricted Tasks

What it Might Mean for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to have Multiple ‘Champions’

Fortnite’s Rick and Morty Crossovers Point to a Great Jerry Redemption

Splatoon 3’s Mission Structure Could Anchor a Great Custom Level Editor

  • Monday, 10 – Sunday, 16

Warhammer 40K: Darktide Has a Huge Advantage Over Left 4 Dead-Style Games

Pikmin 4’s Urban Setting May Bring Back the Second Game’s Technological Terrors

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Could Flesh Out Hyrule Through a New Royal Guard

  • Monday, 3 – Sunday, 9

How Splatoon 3: Return of the Mammalians Enhances One of the Series’ Best Modes

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are Smart to Move Sword and Shield-Style Gym Tests Outside

Horizon’s Rumored Multiplayer Game Should Be Set During The Faro Plague

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Team Star Base Feature is its Own Worst Enemy

Marie’s Podcast Is a Perfect Real-World Marketing Opportunity for Splatoon 3

  • Saturday, 1 – Sunday, 2

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Risen Phenomenon has Potential Beyond Second-Gen Elder Dragons

Fire Emblem Engage Using Heroes’ Alts Opens the Door for Costume Customization

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is Lining Up the Dominos for Glavenus


  • Monday, 26 – Friday, 30

Splatoon 3 Sets a Gold Standard for the ‘Champion’s Road’ Approach

How The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Can Breathe New Life into Impa

  • Monday, 19 – Sunday, 25

Miyamoto’s Nintendo Direct Appearance Suggests Pikmin Bloom and 4 May Have a Deeper Connection

How Splatoon 3’s DLC Could Follow Return of the Mammalians

Splatoon 3: What are Splatfest Festival Shells?

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Could Help the Rito Shine

Pokemon Masters EX Should Give Generic Trainers More Time to Shine

Hardware Review: HyperX Armada 27 Gaming Monitor Review

Splatoon 3: Who is Mr. Grizz?

  • Monday, 12 – Sunday, 18

Why Splatoon 3 Was Smart to Remove Sunken Scrolls from Story Levels

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Free Title Updates are Overusing the Fire Element

FTL Still Creates Compelling, Morally Gray Deep-Space Voyages After 10 Years

Every Game Showcased at the September 2022 State of Play

  • Monday, 5 – Sunday, 11

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Mela May Connect Team Star to a Surprise Sun and Moon Trainer

Future Monster Hunter Games Could Use More Elemental Types

Kirby’s Dream Buffet: How Jelly Could Translate to Mainline Games

Splatoon 3’s Story Mode Marks the End of an Era

  • Thursday, 1 – Sunday, 4

Kirby’s Dream Buffet: Every Food Copy Ability’s Origin and Powers, Explained

Lance Reddick’s Sylens Should Join Zavala in Fortnite

The Splatoon Series Can do More With its Broadcast Format

Hollow Knight’s Quirrel Could Add More Connective Tissue for Silksong


  • Monday, 29 – Wednesday, 31

Pokemon Masters EX’s New Trainer Lodge Boosts Its Character-Building Potential

Interview with Composer Phill Boucher:

Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ Space-Time Distortions May Establish a Unique Alternate Universe

  • Monday, 22 – Sunday, 28

Don’t Starve Together is a Great Example of Core Mechanics Balancing Multiplayer

Nobody Saves the World Frozen Hearth DLC: New Forms Explained

Splatoon 3 Should Experiment with Mid-Battle Weapon Swaps

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Cyclizar Culture Could Present Another Connection to Kalos

  • Monday, 15 – Sunday, 21

Pikmin Bloom’s Decor Could Affect More Expedition Stats

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Qurious Weapon Crafting Needs More Slots

Splatoon 3 Should Tell More Stories with Revamped Maps

Kirby’s Dream Buffet is a Great Example of the Series’ Archival Nostalgia

Hollow Knight: Silksong’s Game Pass Confirmation Was a Huge Tease

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are Smart to Follow Eternatus’ Legendary Mold

  • Monday, 8 – Sunday, 14

Interview with Righteous Hammer Games Founder Clint Jorgenson and Artist Gavin Yastremski:

Splatoon 3’s Three-Team Splatfests Open a Lot of Crossover Opportunities

Everything We Know About Splatoon 3’s New Announcers, Deep Cut

Everything Coming in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Title Update 1

  • Monday, 1 – Sunday, 7

Why Another Nintendo Handheld With Dual Screens Would Be Worthwhile

Guerrilla’s Horizon Series Could Use a Miles Morales-Style Spin-Off

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Terastal Phenomenon Could Loop In Kalos’ Diancie

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Title Updates Need More Secrets Than the Base Expansion

Interview with Molegato, Raul Martinez Garrido:


  • Monday, 25 – Sunday, 31

Mario Kart Games Need More Customizable Elements Like DS Emblems

A Mario Odyssey Follow-up Could Give Princesses the Time to Shine

How Hollow Knight: Silksong Could Improve Nail Arts

  • Monday, 18 – Sunday, 24

Yuri Lowenthal is as Much Spider-Man as Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire

Splatoon 3 Needs to Be Content Complete at Launch

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Title Updates Should Add Followers From Past Games

Pikmin Bloom’s Weekly Challenge Golden Seedlings Could Solve Decor Diversity

Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Have New Game Plus

  • Monday, 11 – Sunday, 17

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Layered Armor Should Extend to Weapons

Kirby’s Dream Buffet Could Use Master Hand’s History to Its Advantage

Interview with Dreamside Interactive Founder Serge Korolev:

  • Monday, 4 – Sunday, 10

Metroid Dread DLC Could Build the Series’ Future With a New Protagonist

Opelucid City Could Be a Template for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Version Differences

Dicey Dungeons Showcases the Benefits of Mobile Ports for Select Indie Games

Game Preview: Cult of the Lamb: Steam Next Fest Demo

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Follower Quests Could Be the First Step Toward Bigger Parties

Hoopa Could Serve Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Rumored Time-Travel Gimmicks Well

  • Friday, 1 – Sunday, 3

Hollow Knight: Silksong’s Game Pass Release Will Take it To The Next Level

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Switch Skill HUD Info is Among Its Best Changes

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Take One Note From Dragon Age: Dreadwolf


  • Monday, 27 – Thursday, 30

Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s Successor Could Do More with Present Codes

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Magnamalo Subspecies Explained

Haunted Chocolatier Should Expand Stardew Valley’s NPC Relationship Potential

  • Monday, 20 – Sunday, 26

Potential Minecraft Mobs That Could Fit the New Mangrove Swamp Biome

Variant Monsters That Should Return to Monster Hunter Rise After Lucent Nargacuga

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Could Do More with Link’s Armor of the Wild

Nintendo Should Make a Mario Football Game

Nintendo Switch Online Should Follow in PS Plus Premium’s Footsteps

  • Monday, 13 – Sunday, 19

A Pokemon Pinball Revival Could Take Players Around the Pokemon World

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Rakna-Kadaki Subspecies Explained

Nintendo 64 Games That Should Appear in the Second ‘Wave’ of Switch Online Support

Minecraft Legends’ Mobs Could More Directly Impact the Original Game

Pokemon Conquest’s Appeal is Clearer than Ever After 10 Years

Pikmin Bloom’s Rainy ‘Leaf Hat’ Decor Could Inspire Weather Mechanics in Pikmin 4

More Old Maps That Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Can Adapt Like Jungle

Horizon Forbidden West DLC Could Learn from Resident Evil Village: Shadows of Rose

Goat Simulator 3’s Bizarre Title Explained

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Gore Magala Explained

Why Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are Unlikely to Feature a New Type

  • Monday, 6 – Sunday, 12

Sea of Thieves’ Season 7 Customization Updates Add a Lot More Potential

Interview with Lavapotion Lead Game Designer Carl Toftfelt:

Apparent Paper Mario Restrictions Could be Addressed With Returning Characters

  • Wednesday, 1 – Sunday, 5

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Should Bring Back Paralogue Missions

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Malzeno Draws an Interesting Parallel to Horizon Zero Dawn

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Legendaries Could Introduce Their Own Take on Ultra Warp Ride

Every Game Featured At The June 2022 PlayStation State of Play

Minecraft’s ‘The Wild Update’ Would Have Been Perfect for The Postponed Archeology Feature


  • Monday, 30 – Tuesday, 31

Pikmin Bloom’s Train Ticket Decor Should Be a Template For the Future

5 Storylines Horizon Forbidden West Should Explore in DLC

  • Monday, 23 – Sunday, 29

Haunted Chocolatier Could Feature More Supernatural Creatures Than Ghosts

Monster Hunter Rise’s New Switch Skill Swap Could Make More Weapon Types Viable

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Would Benefit From Encouraging Unique Builds

  • Monday, 16 – Sunday, 22

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Almudron Subspecies Explained

  • Monday, 9 – Sunday, 15

Star Trek: Resurgence Cameos Should Be More ‘Sequel’ Than ‘Prequel’

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Seregios Explained

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes’ Character List Could Dwarf Its Predecessors

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Legendary Trio Should Learn From Sword and Shield

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Fixes the Worst Thing About Wyvern Riding

Kirby and the Forgotten Land DLC Should Include More Evolved Copy Abilities

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Follower Quests Should Be a Permanent Feature

Haunted Chocolatier Should Have as Many Creative Races as Stardew Valley

  • Sunday, 1 – Sunday, 8

Horizon Forbidden West: Ted Faro May Have Actually Saved Humanity

Elden Ring is Out, So Now It’s Hollow Knight: Silksong’s Turn

Pikmin Bloom’s New Weekly Challenges Could Benefit From Community Centric Rewards

Minecraft Villages Could Use RPG-Style Quests to Help Players Learn and Grow

Game Preview: Cult of the Lamb

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Should Weave More Shiny Pokemon Into the Story


  • Monday, 25 – Saturday, 30

Horizon Forbidden West’s Sequel Could Give HEPHAESTUS a Much Bigger Role

Revita, Hades Make Great Use of Bonuses for Players to Learn Every Weapon

  • Monday, 18 – Sunday, 24

Horizon Forbidden West DLC Should Bring Aloy Back to the Nora Sacred Lands

A Full-Scale Kirby Quest Successor Could Fill the Mario & Luigi RPG Void

NSO Adding Splatoon 2’s Octo Expansion is Good News for Breath of the Wild 2

Pikmin Bloom’s Coins Could Solve the Issue of Huge Travel Times

Fire Emblem Awakening’s Hail Mary is Still Worth Experiencing 10 Years On

  • Monday, 11 – Sunday, 17

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’s Ruined Master Sword Leaves the Hylian Shield in Flux

Halo Infinite Can’t Rely on Season Updates to Add New Maps

Minecraft Would Benefit From a Beach Biome Overhaul Next

Interview with Pocket Llama Creative Director Justin “Dooper” East:

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Should Have a Demo Like Age of Calamity

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Should Reimagine Another Battle Facility Character

Horizon Forbidden West’s Vista Point Tour Hides a Heartwarming Tale About Elisabet’s Impact

Kirby and the Forgotten Land: The Pros and Cons of Adding AI-Controlled Co-Op

  • Monday, 4 – Sunday, 10

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Should Add Parallels to Kamura Village’s Monsters

Minecraft: The Wild Update’s Warden Could Lead to More ‘Miniboss’ Mobs

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Should Get DLC Following Meta Knight in Waddle Dee Town

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Could Take Players to Almyra

Pokemon Types That Still Need an Eevee Evolution

Pikmin Bloom’s New Decor Types Need to Go Beyond Food Service

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Gym Leaders Should Follow Raihan’s Example

  • Friday, 1 – Sunday, 3

Monster Hunter Rise Should Release a Second Demo for Sunbreak

Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s Lab Discovera Changes the Fabric of Popstar

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is Treading Dangerous Water With the Master Sword

Interview with Revita Lead Developer Benjamin “BenStar” Kiefer:


  • Monday, 28 – Thursday, 31

Horizon Forbidden West Could Use Its Own Version of Revali’s Gale

Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s Tilt-and-Roll Handles Gyro Better Than Breath of the Wild

  • Monday, 21 – Sunday, 27

A Legend of Zelda 2D Dungeon Maker May Work Well as a Mobile Game

Horizon Forbidden West’s Mad Max-Style Gauntlet Runs Deserve More Attention

Pikmin Bloom Could Make Good Use of the Series’ Enemies

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Needs More Robust Quick Retry Systems

Future Monster Hunter Designs Could Learn from Horizon Forbidden West’s Webbings

Pokemon Legends: Arceus – Daybreak’s Munchlax May Point to Bigger Developments

Guerrilla Games Could Lean on Its Killzone Roots For a Horizon Spin-Off

The New Switch ‘Groups’ Feature Isn’t Nearly As Useful as 3DS Folders

  • Monday, 14 – Sunday, 20

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Have the Potential for Strong Cameo Characters

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Adding Astalos May Point to More Monsters

Horizon Forbidden West’s Cauldrons, Tallnecks Are Great Examples of Unique Repeat Content

Pokemon Masters EX’s Zygarde Is Emblematic of Larger Team Building Issues

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Citadel map Opens the Door For a Variety of Monsters

  • Monday, 7 – Sunday, 13

Minecraft Dungeons is Begging For a Robust Custom Map Feature

F-Zero X Coming to Nintendo Switch Online in March 2022 is a Missed Opportunity

Why a Wordle Paywall Would Effectively Kill the Game

Interview with SCHiM Developer Ewoud van der Werf:

Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s Evolved Abilities Should be More Than ‘Win More’ Mechanics

Pokemon Legends: Arceus Ancestor References Get Better the Further They Stray

Every Game Featured At The March 2022 Sony State of Play

March 10 Would Be a Perfect Day to Bring Back Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Should Return to Personalized Gym Badges

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Should Avoid Landing Too Close to Splatoon 3

  • Tuesday, 1 – Sunday, 6

Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s Copy Abilities Could Have a Lot of Unique Boss Interactions

Mario Strikers: Battle League Could Thrive With Crossover DLC Like Mario Kart 8

Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ Massive Mass Outbreaks Pave the Way For DLC Monsters

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Can Give Retainers Their Time to Shine


  • Monday, 21 – Monday, 28

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’s Release Seems Less Certain After Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Reveal

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Player Characters Look Like the Blankest Slates Yet

Mario Kart 9 Could Stand Out With a New Take on DS’ Mission Mode

Horizon Forbidden West’s Metroidvania Elements Clash With Its Open-World Exploration

Cris Tales: How Each Party Member Contributes to Time-Based Combat

Hollow Knight’s 5th Anniversary Is a Momentous Occasion, Even Without Silksong

Horizon Forbidden West’s Machine Strike Could Easily Be a Real Board Game

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Can Give Three Houses Characters More Personality Through Combat

Pokemon’s Alola Region Would Be a Perfect Setting For the Next ‘Legends’ Game

  • Monday, 14 – Sunday, 20

Epic Games Store Free Game Cris Tales Explained

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Shouldn’t Forget the Ashen Wolves

Pikmin Bloom’s Subscription Box Tie-In Offers a Unique Twist on Niantic’s Formula

Super Bowl 56 Suggests Fortnite Is as Huge for Marketing as Ever

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Has Seemingly Become Nintendo’s Main E3 Attraction

  • Monday, 7 – Sunday, 13

Kirby’s 30th Anniversary Should Include a Touchscreen ‘Curse’ Collection

Splatoon 3 Bosses Revealed for Salmon Run: Next Wave in February 2022’s Nintendo Direct

Free Metroid Dread Updates Set the Stage for Bigger DLC

Every Game Featured at The February 2022 Nintendo Direct

Future Monster Hunter Projects Should Learn From Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ Requests

Game Preview: Tinykin

  • Tuesday, 1 – Sunday, 6

Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s Experimentation Holds More Promise After Legends: Arceus

Interview with PseudoZap Co-Founders Peter Mosur and Konrad Messyasz:

Pikmin Bloom’s Lunar New Year Decor Sets a Smart Precedent

Fire Emblem Heroes Spent Five Years Catching Old Games Up to Modern Popularity

Halo Infinite Events Should be Tied to Participation, Not Challenges


  • Monday, 24 – Monday, 31

PlayStation’s Discord Integration Dovetails Well With Sony’s Bungie Acquisition

Hardware Review: ASUS ROG Delta S Animate Headset Review

Interview with Coffee Stain Studios’ CEO Stefan Hanna:

Deep Rock Galactic: Cross-Play Seems More Pertinent Than Ever

Interview with NotGames’ Co-Creator Jason Orbaum and CEO Andrew Murray:

  • Monday, 17 – Sunday, 23

Nobody Saves the World’s Lack of Couch Co-Op is a Big Missed Opportunity

It’s Time to Bring Back Pokemon Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness

Pikmin Bloom’s January 2022 Community Day Shows Improvement, But Isn’t Perfect

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake Can’t Fall by The Wayside

Halo Infinite’s Attrition Mode Feels Like the First Step Toward a Battle Royale

Take-Two, Xbox Acquiring Mobile Developers Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

Star Trek: Resurgence’s Branching Narrative Should Learn From FTL’s Storytelling

  • Monday, 10 – Sunday, 16

Splatoon 3 Would Be a Perfect Summer 2022 Game for Nintendo

Kirby and the Forgotten Land ‘Elfilin is the Villain’ Theory Explained

Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s Sub-Games May be Part of the Main Adventure

Minecraft Needs to Make the Jump to Next-Gen

January 13 is Going to Be a Heartbreaking Day for Halo Fans

Horizon Forbidden West, Sequels Could Learn From Monster Hunter’s Elemental Weapons

Captain Toad Would Work Well as Nintendo’s Next Mobile Game

  • Monday, 3 – Sunday, 9

Pikmin Bloom’s Postcards Could Solve Issues With Decor Diversity

Rainbow Six Extraction Is a Great Introduction For Ubisoft+ Content in Xbox Game Pass [UPDATE]

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Should Bring Back Squeak Squad’s Ghost Ability

Nintendo is Leaving Money on the Table By Not Releasing Mario Party Superstars DLC

Horizon Call of the Mountain Proves Guerrilla Games is a Top PlayStation Studio

EVE Online Crossovers That Could Follow Doctor Who

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Take an Archery Lesson From Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Saturday, 1 – Sunday, 2

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Shouldn’t be Held Back by Capcom’s 2024 Plans

Perfect Dark Needs a Modern Remaster

Sonic Frontiers’ Focus on Quality Over Timeliness is a Good Sign for the Future

The Next Fire Emblem Should Lean More Into Branching Story Paths

Halo Infinite’s Active Battle Pass Challenges Should Not Repeat Objectives



  • Monday, 27 – Friday, 31

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 – More Enemies Should Get Unique Battle Music

Original Super Smash Bros. Bosses Should Get More Play in Nintendo Games

Deep Rock Galactic’s PS5 Port Could Be Its Most Immersive

Pokemon Masters EX: Giratina’s ‘Zones’ Mechanic Should Carry Into the Main Series

Halo Infinite Should Introduce a Shotgun Variant of Tactical Slayer

  • Monday, 20 – Sunday, 26

Control’s Service Weapon Sets The Bar For Video Game Weapons

All Pokemon Belonging to Generation 3

Star Trek: Resurgence’s Cameos Should be Far Broader Than Spock

The Case for a Marvel’s Doctor Strange Game

Minecraft: The Best Changes in the 1.18 Update

End of Year: 10 Best Video Game Villains of 2021

Super Animal Royale’s ‘The Bwoking Dead’ LTM Thrives on Suspense

Paper Mario’s Small Details Make it Worth Playing Via Nintendo Switch Online

  • Monday, 13 – Sunday, 19

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Could Make Better Use of the Branching Zelda Timeline

Interview with Ghost Ship Games’ Game Director Mikkel Martin Pedersen:

Pikmin Bloom Should Add These Decor Locations After ‘Hamburger Shops’

Don’t Starve is Seeing a Resurgence, and That’s Great

Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ Special Bonuses May Hinder Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Fire Emblem Heroes’ Ongoing Story Could Set a Template for Three Houses’ Successor

End of Year: 10 Best Co-Op Games of 2021

  • Monday, 6 – Sunday, 12

All the Confirmed Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai Event Return Dates for 2022

Minecraft Needs More Uses for Copper After Caves and Cliffs Part 2

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Epic Games Store Exclusivity Could be Huge for Fortnite

Shantae and the Seven Sirens’ Spectacular Superstar Accessibility Options Should Have Come Earlier

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Is Smart to Give Rondine a Bigger Role

Pikmin 4 Should Adapt the Customization Practices of Niantic’s Bloom

Interview with G4 Hosts Fiona Nova, Will Neff, and Kassem G:

  • Wednesday, 1 – Sunday, 5

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Should Have Picked an Aesthetic Lane

Paper Mario’s Standalone Switch Online Expansion Pack Release is a Double-Edged Sword

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Kapp’n Tours Should Give Players More Control

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Successor Should Have Personalized ‘Break the Targets’ Stages


  • Monday, 29 – Tuesday, 30

Everything in Minecraft’s Caves and Cliffs Part 2 Update

Halo Infinite: Fiesta Playlists Should be Permanent Chaotic Learning Tools

  • Monday, 22 – Sunday, 28

Interview with Paper Castle Games Lead Writer and 2D Artist Andrea “Andie” Gallo:

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s Poketch Should Include Field Moves like Flash

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Needs Something Clever For the Great Plateau

The LEGO Dimensions Concept is Worth Revisiting as a Traditional Game

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ DIY Cooking Leaves a Lot on The Table

Hollow Knight’s Dead Cells Crossover May Be a Good Sign for Silksong

Stardew Valley: Why Players Should Consider Marrying Sam

Interview with Spaceflux Creator Calin Ardelean:

Pokemon Masters EX Needs to Work On Its Promotional Events

Pikmin Bloom Should Add Better Uses for Coins

  • Monday, 18 – Sunday, 21

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Could Include Exclusive Game Demos

Halo Infinite: Everything You Need to Know About the Battle Pass Changes

Stardew Valley: Why Players Should Consider Marrying Maru

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Family Drama is Just as Powerful After Five Years

Metroid Dread: Samus Aran’s Awakened Abilities Set the Foundation for Sequels

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise’s Steady Progression is Really Smart Design

It Takes Two is a Perfect Game of the Year Nominee for The COVID-19 Era

Fire Emblem Would Make a Great Competitive Niantic Game After Pikmin Bloom

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Include Outside Nintendo Enemies, References

  • Monday, 8 – Sunday, 17

Stardew Valley: Why Players Should Consider Marrying Penny

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Should Get the Link’s Awakening Treatment

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Most Undersung New Addition May be Customizable Fences

Paper Mario Should Finally Give The Thousand-Year Door’s Luigi His Due

Pikmin Bloom’s Co-Op Challenge Mushrooms Should Open Up Earlier

How Among Us’ Cosmicubes Shake Up the Battle Pass Model Well

Unity Acquiring Weta Digital Could Mean Big Things for the Games Industry

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Which Starter Makes the Game Easier?

Xbox Game Pass Game One Step from Eden Explained

  • Monday, 1 – Sunday, 7

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Who is Cornimer?

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Should Bring Meta Knightmare Mode into 3D

Pikmin Bloom’s Community Days Need Better Rewards Going Forward

Pokemon: The Lore Behind Vullaby Explained

Interview with BlueGooGames Project Lead Niclas Marie and Art/Creative Director Tobias Tranell:

Monster Hunter Rise Should Release Nintendo Collabs After Sonic the Hedgehog

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’s Floating Islands Could Evolve A Link Between Worlds’ Partitioned Lorule

What Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’s Shut Down Says For Pikmin Bloom

Metroid’s Chozo Could Be Perfect Subjects for a New Spin-Off Game


  • Monday, 25 – Sunday, 31

LEGO Luigi’s Mansion Could Inspire More Spooky Halloween Mario Sets

Pikmin Bloom is More Exercise Tool Than Game, and That’s Great

Future Pokemon Games Should Lean More Into Referential Cosmetics

Deep Rock Galactic’s Seasonal Content Seems Like a Great Example of the Practice

Mario Party Superstars’ Tug o’ War Warning Should Include Accessibility Options

  • Monday, 18 – Sunday, 24

Cris Tales’ Regression Skill Makes a Great Case for Time-Based Combat

Why It’s Not Too Late for Pokemon Z

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Bring Back a Unique Gallery of Bosses

ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier Looks Like Stardew Valley with Shop Manager Mechanics

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Would Be an Interesting Addition to NSO’s Expansion Pack

The Hamtaro Game Boy Trilogy Deserves a Remastered Collection

  • Monday, 11 – Sunday, 17

Pokemon Games Should Further Consolidate Their Technology Sources

Minecraft Live 2021: What is The Allay?

Pikmin 4 on Switch Feels More Likely After Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Minecraft: The Wild Update’s New Swamp Mobs Have a Lot of Potential

Interview with TOMO CAMP founder Willem Rosenthal:

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Sora’s Taunts Should Be His Primary Magic

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Needs Something Clever For the Negative Spaces in its Map

Mario Party Superstars’ Online Game Saves Suggests Nintendo is Learning

Metroid Dread, Hollow Knight Share a Great Way for Players to Impact Game Worlds

Guardians of the Galaxy Should Follow Marvel’s Avengers to Game Pass

  • Monday, 4 – Sunday, 10

Metroid Dread’s First E.M.M.I. Encounter Drops the Ball on a Great Mechanic

Paper Mario Developers Should Try Paper-Themed RPGs for More Nintendo Franchises

What We Hope to See From Prince Zuko in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Pokemon: All of Slowpoke’s Evolutions Explained

Where Splatoon 3: Return of the Mammalians Can Go After Octo Expansion

Monster Hunter Rise’s Sonic the Hedgehog Collab Could Take a Few Different Routes

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Needs a New Master Cycle Upgrade

  • Friday, 1 – Sunday, 3

Kingdom Hearts’ Castle Oblivion and Its Role in the Franchise Explained

New Pokemon Stadium Games Would Have a Lot to Work With

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Should Bring Back The Crystal Shards’ Ability Mixing

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: Prince Zuko Would Perfect Round Out the Avatar Cast

Revita’s Risk vs. Reward Health Mechanic is Worth Watching

Interview with Dreams Uncorporated CEO and SYCK co-founder Carlos Andres Rocha Silva:


  • Monday, 27 – Thursday, 30

Nintendo Switch Online Adding Paper Mario is Hopefully Just the Beginning

Monster Hunter Rise: Shogun Ceanataur is a Perfect Addition for Sunbreak

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Amity Square’s Upgrades Should Include Co-Op

All the Rare-Developed Nintendo 64 Games That Could Come to Switch Online

The Case for Save Data Transfer in Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

  • Monday, 20 – Sunday, 26

Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Whispy Woods Needs a Radical Redesign

Should Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Give Link a Clean Slate?

Everything Confirmed for Monster Hunter Rise’s Sunbreak DLC So Far

Hollow Knight: Silksong Should Take Steel Soul Mode to the Next Level With Silk Soul

The Pokemon Stadium Games Are Must-Haves for Future Switch Online Updates

Kirby Should Attempt Another Metroidvania-Style Game Like Amazing Mirror

The Case for New Pokemon Games to Revisit Older Regions

Breath of the Wild 2 Should Add Zelda’s Loftwing With Amiibo Support

  • Monday, 13 – Sunday, 19

Fire Emblem Could Lean Into the Sci-Fi Fantasy Void Left by Final Fantasy 16

How Festivals Work in Stardew Valley

Pokemon is Going All-In on Its Villain Legacy

The Nickelodeon Video Game Resurgence is Relying on Fans’ Nostalgia

Alan Wake Remastered Will Be a Completely Different Experience After Control

Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Audio Pairing Comes at The Perfect Time for Switch OLED

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: What Is the Worldmind?

  • Monday, 6 – Sunday, 12

Deep Rock Galactic’s Terrain Scanner Should Set a Standard for 3D Maps

Metroid Dread Could Finally Provide the Origins of Fusion’s Yakuza Boss

What Marvel’s Midnight Suns’ Social System Can Learn From Fire Emblem

Interview with Happy Broccoli Games’ Founder Annika Maar and Marketing Manager Irene Preuss:

A ‘Metroid Maker’ Game Has As Much Potential as Super Mario Maker

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Add More Ways to Traverse Hyrule

  • Wednesday, 1 – Sunday, 5

Pokemon Legends: Arceus Could Make Use of Black and White’s Seasons

Warner Bros. Could be Priming Mortal Kombat 12 for a Scooby-Doo Crossover


  • Monday, 30 – Tuesday, 31

Super Mario Odyssey 2 Should Explore the Fourth Dimension

  • Monday, 23 – Sunday, 29

How Niantic’s Pikmin Mobile Game Could Handle Seasonal Celebrations

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Should Explore One of the Series’ Greatest Bromances

  • Monday, 16 – Sunday, 22

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Give Paya The Chance to Shine

Gotham Knights Can’t Come Back from Batman’s Death

Metroid Dread Needs to Live Up To Fusion’s Iconic SA-X

  • Monday, 9 – Sunday, 15

Fortnite’s Street Fighter Collabs Are Great, but More Fighting Games Deserve a Chance

Pokemon Masters’ Eternatus Event Suggests Mega Evolution Isn’t Dead

The Legend of Zelda: How Link’s Breath of the Wild Incarnation Differs From Past Ones

A Kingdom Hearts Star Wars Crossover Could Help Redeem the Sequel Trilogy

A Cris Tales Sequel Should Learn From Classic Pokemon Encounters

Why Hollow Knight: Silksong Fans May Want to Keep an Eye on August 11

  • Monday, 2 – Sunday, 8

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Needs to Address the Champions’ Descendants

Why The Next Fire Emblem Game Should Be Pirate-Themed

Interview with Stormrite Creator Kelechi Apakama:

  • Sunday, 1

Hollow Knight: Silksong Can Take a Lesson From Pikmin

Halo Infinite Has Obvious Path for Its Seasonal Content


  • Monday, 26 – Saturday, 31

Monster Hunter Rise: Palamute Crossovers That Should Happen After Okami

Metroid Dread: Will Nightmare Appear?

  • Monday, 19 – Sunday, 25

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Could be a Game-Changer for Online Communities

The Yoshi’s Island Series Should Get Its Own ‘Metroid Dread’

A Fire Emblem Remake on Switch Should Build Upon Three Houses’ Monastery

Zelda: Skyward Sword – Everything You Need to Know About Groose

Remedy Entertainment’s Control Sequel Could Follow Loki’s Lead

Dying Light 2 Needs to Thread the Needle With Stealth Sections

Explaining The Role of the Metroid in the Series So Far

  • Monday, 12 – Sunday, 18

Nintendo Consoles That Deserve LEGO Sets Like the NES

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s Most Exciting Update Might Not be Graphical

Sucker Punch Should Return to Sly Cooper After Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Pikmin 4 Would Really Shine on Switch OLED

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Should Go All-In On Character Customization

Interview with Konitama Founder Christopher Gottron:

Returnal Still Needs This Big Feature

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Should Give More Attention to Ally NPCs

  • Monday, 5 – Sunday, 11

Kingdom Hearts 4 Should Expand Upon This KH2 Mechanic

Now Is The Perfect Time For Loki Content in Marvel’s Avengers

Mario Golf: Super Rush Shows Nintendo Should Use Mario’s Cast in 3D Sandbox Games

Metroid Dread Offers the Perfect Excuse to Re-Release Metroid Prime Trilogy

Every Game Featured at Sony’s July 2021 State of Play

Nintendo Switch OLED is a Great Step Forward for Accessibility

Hollow Knight: Silksong and Metroid Dread Showcase a Similar Lesson

  • Thursday, 1 – Sunday, 4

Fire Emblem Games That Deserve to be Remade

Interview with G4 Hosts Jirard Khalil and Gina Darling:


Interview with Splashteam Creative Directors Romain Claude and Marie Marquet:


Interview with Behaviour Interactive Creative Director Dave Richard and CMO David Reid:

Hardware Review: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD esports Gaming Monitor Review

Interview with Pixile Studios CEO Michael Silverwood:

Interview with Breath of the Wild Voice Actor Patricia Summersett:

Pokemon Gen 9 Should Steal This Feature from Pokemon Masters

Interview with Kabam Development Director Ethan Young and Creative Director Gabriel Frizzera:


Super Mario Odyssey 2 Would Be the Perfect Follow-Up to Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Can’t Replicate This DS Feature, and That’s a Shame

Interview with Team Ninja Producer Fumihiko Yasuda:


Interview with GungHo Online Entertainment Directors Yuki Okano and Satoshi Ogihara:

Niantic’s Pikmin Game Could Take the Franchise to New Heights

Interview with The Completionist Jirard Khalil:

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Should Have Their Own Delta Episode


How Shantae Could Work in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Game Preview: Knockout City

New Pokemon Snap Skipped February’s Nintendo Direct, but May Reappear Soon

Fire Emblem Fates’ Ambitions Set the Stage for Three Houses’ Success

The Various Fire Emblems Across the Franchise Explained


Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Remakes Should Embrace This Aesthetic Feature from Sword and Shield

Monster Hunter Should Borrow This Weapon Type from Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Case for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Add Perfect Dark’s Joanna Dark as DLC

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is Proof an Odyssey 2 Could Still Happen

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Should Include One Major DLC

One Hades Mechanic Perfectly Sets Up a Spiritual Successor



Zelda: Breath of the Wild Areas That Would Be Great for Age of Calamity DLC

End of Year: The 10 Best In-Game Events of 2020

The King of Hyrule is the True Villain of Breath of the Wild

End of Year: 10 Best Video Game Villains of 2020

How Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s Big Twist Could Affect Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Game Review: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity


Gen 9 Needs to Fix Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Villain Problem

Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Calyrex May Be a Test for Gen 9

Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Dynamax Adventures Evoke an Updated Battle Frontier

Hardware Review: Razer 2020 Wireless Flagship Peripherals Suite

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s Mini Guardian Could Change Everything


Game Review: ScourgeBringer

Interview with CCP Games; MMOS Scientists:

Interview with Flying Oak Games Co-Founder Thomas Altenburger:

Ikenfell Shows How Thousand-Year Door Sequel Could Innovate

Game Review: Ikenfell

Pokemon Sword and Shield Kalos Rumors Are Connected to One Long-Running Fan Desire

Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC Spells Good News Beyond Diamond and Pearl Remakes


The Defenders Need the Marvel’s Avengers Treatment

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Has a Zelda Problem

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Remakes Seem More Likely Than Ever

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Stands Out From Other Zelda Games In Interesting Way

Harry Potter RPG Hogwarts legacy Should Follow Jedi: Fallen Order’s Lead in One Big Way

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Has Big Breath of the Wild Problem

Other Nintendo Franchises that Should Get the Warriors Treatment

Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra May Be Setting Up a Big Pattern

Sonic the Hedgehog Games That Deserve the Mario 35th Anniversary Treatment


Interview with Codemasters Lead Designer Michael Moreton:

Most Wanted MW2 Map Remakes for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Pokemon Sword and Shield Could Take a Lesson From Pokemon GO

How Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Could Utilize Dark Link

Interview with Gunfire Games Design Director John Pearl:

Harry Potter RPG on PS5, Xbox Series X Has Huge Opportunity No Other HP Game Has Had Before

Nintendo’s Pikmin and Paper Mario Announcements Are Parties to Two Different Camps

Paper Mario: The Origami King Opens a Really Big Door


Paper Mario: The Origami King Has a Princess Peach Problem

Interview with Jagex – Lead Designer David Osborne, Senior Games Designer Tim Fletcher, Lead Content Developer James Crowther:

Game Preview: Skully

Paper Mario: The Origami King Spells Good News for Other Subfranchises

Interview with Finish Line Games Lead Designer Jason Canam:

Game Preview: Among Trees (Early Access)


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor DLC Sets Precedent for Next Gen

Game Review: Command and Conquer Remastered Collection

New Pokemon Snap Sets High Expectations for Next ‘Pokemon Presents’ Announcement

10 Animals That Should Get the Horizon Treatment in Forbidden West

Interview with Petroglyph Games Audio Director Frank Klepacki:


Super Mario Odyssey 2 Should Leave Princess Peach to Paper Mario

Interview with Behaviour Interactive – Game Director Mathieu Cote, Creative Director Dave Richard, Head of Public Relations Marie Claude Bernard:

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Address the Rito in the Room

One Thing Paper Mario: The Origami King Could Do Better than The Thousand-Year Door

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 May Have a Master Sword Problem

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Who is Rover?


Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Should Let Link Form Relationships, Date

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Could Follow in Ocarina of Time’s Footsteps

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Needs More Robust Local Co-Op


Interview with Robot Entertainment Design Director Jerome K. Jones:

This Pokemon Spin-Off Needs a Remake like Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Breath of the Wild 2 Could Start a Brand New Legend of Zelda Timeline

Pokemon Sword and Shield Should Distribute Zarude like a Gen 4 Mythical Pokemon