Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released for the Nintendo Switch in a few months, and the pre-order bonuses for specific retailers have started to be revealed. In the past, Pokémon has generally had lackluster pre-order bonuses, and the latest retailer bonus from UK-based electronics retailer ShopTo is no exception.
The official Pokémon Sword & Shield pages on the ShopTo website have listed the pre-order bonuses for the games. They include a limited edition steelbook (seen above) and a bright orange tracksuit for the player's avatar to wear as they explore the Galar Region (Thanks, GameXplain!).
The tracksuit is an orange and brown affair that resembles the iconic costume worn by Naruto. It also resembles one of the cheap tracksuits that the mafia members in The Sopranos were often seen wearing. The people who would want to make Naruto or The Sopranos-themed Let's Plays of Pokémon Sword & Shield will likely be happy with the pre-order bonus, but it's hardly an attractive outfit on its own.
It's strange that Game Freak would offer such a generic outfit as a pre-order bonus, as an orange tracksuit is the kind of clothing that a player would never wear out of choice. It would have made far more sense to offer an actually interesting outfit as a pre-order bonus, such as something worn by one of the previous protagonists from the series, or an outfit from one of the villainous teams. The latter is something that fans have been asking for since the days of Pokémon Red & Blue.
Character customization was one of the most popular new additions in Pokémon X & Y, yet Game Freak removed it in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. The fan demand brought character customization and costumes back to the series with Sun & Moon, and it's good to see that Pokémon Sword & Shield will be embracing the concept. It's just a shame that one of the first confirmed outfits for the games is so ugly.
Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.