Pokémon Direct Recap

Well that didn’t go as expected. Not only did they announce 3 releases in 8 minutes instead of one, none of them was what people were hoping for.

First we got our first Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch; Pokken Tournament DX. The Pokémon fighting game by the Tekken team at Namco Bandai for Wii U is coming to the Switch with extra characters and modes, including a new splitscreen. That’s cool, I guess, I didn’t buy the original on Wii U, so I might pick it up on Switch. Scissors is a cool addition and this game proves once and for all that Rowlet/Decidueye was the correct choice of starter in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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Speaking of Pokémon Sun and Moon, the second announcement was the updated re-releases Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. We don’t know much about it yet, but we know it is a alternate story to Sun and Moon, featuring Pokémon not featured in the original releases. It appears also that Necromza will serve a similar purpose to Kyurem from Black 2 and White 2, fusing with Solgaleo and Lunala and giving them armor. We can expect more features to be announced the closer we get to the release of this one.

On that note, some people are still holding hope for a mainline Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, though it seems GameFreak/The Pokémon Company is gonna wait before jumping on that train. Which they have done before in the past. The Pokémon games Black 2 and White 2 I mentioned earlier were released on DS only and by that point the 3DS was over a year old.

The Switch WAS mentioned briefly on the announcement page for Ultra Sun and Moon, but was quickly erased with The Pokémon Company releasing a statement claiming the mention of the Switch was a mistake.

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And for the final announcement, it was revealed that Pokémon Gold and Silver versions, originally released for the GameBoy Color, will be re-released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop Virtual Console in September, the same day as Pokken DX. The VC releases of version Blue, Red and Yellow were massive successes so it’s no surprise they are now doing the same for the 2nd Generation, though the lack of Crystal version re-release is odd.

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Pokken Tournament DX and the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Gold and Silver will release September 22nd.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will release worldwide on November 17th.

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