Over the past couple years, Nintendo has actively avoided going to E3 but instead held multiple Nintendo Directs to cover all their first party titles and announcements. Today was the day for Pokemon’s Nintendo Direct. Although it was only 8 minutes in length, it came loaded with a ton of upcoming news about the franchise. Some of which was actually a tad disappointing.
The direct begins with the announcement of the first Pokemon game coming to Nintendo Switch, Pokken Tournament DX. The game is basically an updated console edition with the Pokken Tournament Arcade Edition characters( Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Crogunk) added in as well as Gen VII’s Decidueye. The update will also allow console players to now enjoy local 3v3 battles and other new game modes. Pokken Tournament DX is set to launch for Switch on September 22nd, 2017.
As the Pokken Tournament info drop ended Nintendo took a brief moment to announce the hotly awaited Pokemon Sun and Moon Sequel title, Pokemon UltraMoon, and UltraSun for 3DS. That’s right, the rumored Nintendo Switch Stars game is nowhere to be seen. In its stead, we’re getting this duo of games which promises to release with brand new ultra Pokemon, an alternative story, as well as a plethora of normal Pokemon that weren’t seen in the original release. The pair of follow-up games will launch for 3DS on November 17th, 2017.
The final announcement was perhaps the most exciting. Beginning on September 22nd, you’ll be able to purchase Virtual Console editions of Pokemon Gold and Silver on 3DS. Similar to last years releases of Virtual Console editions of Red, Blue, and Yellow, both games will be compatible with Pokemon Bank. I’m sure this will be a major boon to any living dex collectors out there who didn’t pick up HeartGold or Soul Silver.
Hopefully, the rumored Stars game isn’t just a rumor. Maybe we’ll hear something about it once we get closer to UltraSun and UltraMoon.