Pokemon Direct Reveals Pokken on Switch, and New 3DS Titles

Pokken Tournament DX, Sun and Moon sequels, and more!

Today, The Pokemon Company released an unexpected Pokemon Direct only a week before Nintendo's own E3 Presentation is set to air. If the suddenness of the Pokemon Direct announcement caught you off guard, what was announced during the direct certainly will. Here's what you need to know about the latest in Pokemon News!

Pokken Tournament DX

Pokken Tournament is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Pokken Tournament DX -- a deluxe version of the arcade-style fighter that will be released on September 22, 2017. This new version will feature new modes such as 3v3 team battles, portable local multiplayer, as well as a slew of new Pokemon from the Japanese arcade version. It also includes a new exclusive Pokemon in the roster.

The newly included Pokemon are as follows:

Darkrai

Scizor

Empoleon

Croagunk

Decidueye

Each of these new fighters will have their own unique combat styles. Interestingly, Sceptile is missing in Pokken Tournament DX so far. Whether this was an oversight or not for the trailer is up to speculation, but would surely be a disappointment. 

Unfortunately, there was no information on whether or not there will be more fighters added in the future. If you missed out on Pokken on the Wii U, this game will be a must-have.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Coming November 17 of this year is Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These games are admittedly underwhelming, as many fans were speculating on Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes or even a sequel to Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green. According to Matsuda, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will tell alternative stories contained within the world of the original Sun and Moon titles.

While few details were released about the new titles, it is clear that they have something to do with the Prism Pokemon, Necrozma -- as the original legendaries of Sun and Moon have been redecorated with what looks to be parts of the hidden Pokemon.

More info is sure to come in the days leading up to the November 17 release. But if the comments on the Pokemon Direct's feed were anything to go on, The Pokemon Company needs to prove that this title is worth shelling out full price for, or else this was a move in bad faith for fans who were looking for something new.

Pokemon Gold and Silver Virtual Console Releases

While not entirely unexpected, Pokemon Gold and Silver's release on Virtual Console coming September 22 was much better received than the announcement of the newer titles. This port to the 3DS's Virtual Console will once again have Pokemon Bank support, and retain all of the features of the original titles. Whether or not that extends to the Time Machine is up in the air, but hopefully the games will be fully intact.

That said, Pokemon Crystal -- a version that is commonly seen as the definitive version of Generation II -- was not announced for the Virtual Console. Hopefully that will be revealed sooner rather than later.

That's all for now!

The Pokemon Direct may have lacked some of the luster fans expected for the latest for Pokemon. Thankfully, E3 is just around the corner, so maybe the main Nintendo company will be able to win its fans over on the Switch and 3DS.

In the meantime, be sure to check back with GameSkinny for all the coverage you need of Nintendo and all other things E3!

Published Jun. 6th 2017

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