Pokemon Direct Pokken Tournament DX

Pokémon Direct announces games, but not what you hoped.

At the Pokémon Direct today, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company announced 3 new games for release in 2017 this year, breaking the internet in the process, but not in the way they wanted…

Pokken Tournament DX, a port of the Wii U version, was the first announcement of the day. It was followed by Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, alternate versions of the 3DS Sun and Moon entries. Finally there was the announcement of Pokemon Gold and Silver (GBC originals) to be released on the 3DS’ virtual console.


Pokken Tournament DX will be a deluxe version released for Nintendo Switch, very much identical to the Mario Kart Deluxe released earlier this year. The new version of Pokken Tournament will include new modes and new Pokémon. The new modes listed in the presentation include 3v3 team battles, Ranked battles, and Friend only group battles. The new Pokémon included on the switch version include Scizor, Darkrai, Croagunk, Empoleon and Sun and Moon’s Decidueye.

A September 22, 2017 release date was announced for Pokken Tournament DX on Nintendo Switch.

The Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon titles will follow a secondary story on the region of Alola. While not giving too much information during the presentation, it was confirmed that they would have the aforementioned alternate story and players will be able to meet new and different Pokémon when compared to their previous journey around Alola in last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon.


More information will be released in the future, but these games will release on November 17, 2017.

Finally, not looking to leave Nintendo 3DS owners without a Pokémon game this fall, it was announced that they will also be receiving the original Pokémon Gold and Silver on the Virtual console on the same day as the Pokken Tournament DX release, September 22, 2017. These games will work with the Pokémon bank on 3DS consoles.

At the time of writing, over 20k tweets and countless posts have sprung up across the internet, mostly negative. One of the main issues arising from this presentation was the lack of a proper Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch, like the rumored Pokemon Stars.

Are you looking forward to playing these games? Wish there would have been a console mainline Pokémon game announced? Let us know in the comments below.

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