Everything We Learnt From Pokémon Direct

Nintendo have treated us with an insight into their upcoming plans at Pokémon Direct today. There were a couple of announcements made in their bitesize stream dedicated to our favourite pocket monsters which will surely please Pokémon fans.

The incredibly popular Pokken Tournament didn’t quite find the right home on the Wii U when it was released back in 2015. Now it gets a well-deserved second chance on the much more successful Nintendo Switch in Pokken Tournament DX, Pokémon’s first appearance on Nintendo’s new console. The revamped version, due for release on September 22, gets some very welcome additions. The update will feature 5 new Pokemon – Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk and Pokemon Sun and Moon’s owl archer, Decidueye.


The game will use the Switch’s more unique features to allow for local multiplayer, as well as single-JoyCon play. Player’s will also be getting 3v3 team battles, online ranked play, and friend-only group matches. This announcement came as a disappointment to some fans who were hoping for a Pokémon RPG on the Switch, instead they get something else, kind of.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were also unveiled for the 3DS, instead of the prospective Pokémon Stars. Each will offer an alternative story set in the same world as Sun and Moon, and will feature new Pokemon that didn’t appear in those games. Why they couldn’t just do it as a DLC for the original game may upset some players who will have to buy a new game entirely to experience it.


The new games, scheduled for release on November 17, also include new versions Sun and Moon’s two headline legendary Pokemon, Solgaleo and Lunala, which have seemingly been melded with a third Legendary, Necrozma. The game was briefly listed on the Pokémon press site as a Nintendo Switch release, but this has since been amended.


The most well-received reveal had to be that Pokémon Gold and Silver are being released for 3DS Virtual Console on September 22, same day as the new Pokken Tournament. The games, which were first released back in 1999 on the Gameboy, will see Johto make a welcome return to our Nintendo consoles.

Bringing these announcements right before E3 was an interesting decision, but will more than likely mean that Nintendo will have a lot of other stuff going on at their conference for the event.


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