The special edition of Nintendo Direct, aptly named Pokemon Direct, finished broadcasting just moments ago. While there was no news of the rumoured Pokemon Stars, there were three titles announced to be coming to Nintendo’s biggest consoles.
First off a new Pokemon game was announced for the Nintendo Switch, the very first game of this franchise to be announced for the console. This game was Pokken Tournament DX (pronounced ‘deluxe’). Some Pokemon fans may remember the original Pokken Tournament that is available on Wii U, yes it is still out there. Essentially this game pits some of Pokemon’s most well-known and toughest characters against each other in gruelling fighting matches. Players get access to a few of their abilities as well as the standard punching, kicking, leg sweeps and headbutting.
The original Pokken Tournament had a roster of 16 characters, which included Pokemon such as Sceptile, Weavile, Blaziken, Pikachu and Mewtwo. With the announcement of Pokken Tournament DX, we are getting five new playable Pokemon including Darkrai, Empoleon, Scizor, Croagunk and Decidueye that will join the previous 16.
Pokken Tournament DX will be making an appearance at E3 2017, where there will be a playable demo for fans to test out. This game will also bring 3v3 team matches as well as online ranked matches for those Trainers who have a big competitive streak. Pokken Tournament DX will be released for the Switch on September 22nd, 2017.
Next up, is the exciting announcement that there will be a new version of Pokemon Sun and Moon being released this year for 3DS. Called Pokemon UltraSun and Pokemon UltraMoon, these games are still set in the Alola Region but follow different stories and have Pokemon that were not able to be caught in the original games. These Pokemon will have new forms and hopefully some new abilities. The title legendaries, Solgaleo and Lunala have followed in the fashion of Black and White 2 and merged with another legendary, being the Prism Pokemon Necrozma. Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon will be available on November 17th, 2017.
The last thing that was given to the hungry viewers was a remake of the popular Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver which was released in 1999. The remastered versions of these games will be a virtual download available from the Nintendo Shop on the 3DS, similar to the remake of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. The Gold and Silver remakes will be released the very same day as Pokken Tournament DX, and if you are too lazy to scroll up it is September 22nd.
Stay tuned for more news fellow Pokemon Trainers and good luck!