There's always a bit of decision making when it comes to picking up a new Pokemon game. Eevee or Pikachu. Red or Blue. But now, there's another element to consider: what gym leaders you want to fight.
New footage from the official Pokemon YouTube channel has revealed an extra element: Sword and Shield will have exclusive gym leaders. Bea, one of the most ripped leaders to appear in a Pokemon game, is a fighting-type expert who will only appear in Pokemon Sword, while the ghost-type specialise Allister and their creepy Mimikyu will be a part of Pokemon Shield. Other gym leaders, like Chairman Rose, will appear in both games.
Also, Gigantamax is now a thing, which changes the appearance and size of your Pokemon. It's absolutely not a return of the Mega Evolution mechanic that Game Freak abandoned in previous games. Really.
The Japanese YouTube channel has a separate video showing off much of the same information and gym leaders, but there's also more footage of what Galar looks like, that adorable corgi Pokemon, and a few more environments. It's worth a quick watch.
Personally, I'd be down with Bea any day of the week. Mimikyu is adorable, but still a creep, and Fighting-type gyms are usually easier to deal with. Also, the Japanese trailer was miles better than the English one.