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Here’s All The Details About Today’s Pokémon Nintendo Direct

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During today’s Pokémon Direct presentation, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, and Junichi Masuda, Director of GAME FREAK, announced upcoming Pokémon titles for Nintendo consoles.

Pokémon is making its way to Nintendo Switch later this year with Pokkén Tournament DX. Along with all the content from both the Wii U and arcade versions of Pokkén Tournament, the Pokémon fighting game where Pokémon in battle move in direct response to the player’s actions, Pokkén Tournament DX also introduces an array of exciting new features to create the ultimate Pokkén experience. Pokkén Tournament DX features include:

  • Play Pokkén anytime, anywhere on Nintendo Switch – Play Pokkén Tournament DX in TV mode, handheld mode, or share a Joy-Con controller with another Trainer to battle one-on-one in tabletop mode anywhere!
  • A brand-new fighter – Decidueye enters the battle, alongside all previous Pokémon from the Wii U and arcade versions.
  • New Support Pokémon – Litten and Popplio make their debut to lend their support in battle.
  • Team Battle mode – Pick three Pokémon and battle it out to be the first to defeat all your opponent’s Pokémon to win in the new Team Battle mode.
  • Group Match mode – Find similar skilled players in battle rooms for intense and fun battles online.
  • Daily Challenges – Complete a variety of different daily challenges.
  • Watch battle replays – Hone your skills by watching other players’ replays and share your best matches online with the new replay feature.
  • Jump straight into battle – All characters and Support Pokémon will be available right from the start of the game.

Pokkén Tournament DX will launch on Nintendo Switch September 22, 2017.

During Pokémon Direct, viewers also saw the first footage from the newest titles in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. Two new Pokémon forms were shown resembling that of the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon have been powered up with new additions to the story and features from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are scheduled to release worldwide on November 17, 2017—more information about the games will be revealed later this year.

Also announced, the second titles in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, will be making their way to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were released in Japan on November 21, 1999, as the second set of titles in the Pokémon series. These games, which debuted as Game Boy Color-titles in Japan, are being recreated into Virtual Console versions such that their screens appear just as they did on the Game Boy Color. Both titles will be compatible with the wireless communication features of the Nintendo 3DS and Trainers can look forward to Link Trades and Link Battles between Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. In addition, these titles will be compatible with the Time Capsule function, which allows players to Link Trade Pokémon between the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Gold or Pokémon Silver and the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, or Pokémon Yellow in Pokémon Centers within the games. Both titles will be compatible with Pokémon Bank and will also launch on September 22, 2017.

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58 thoughts on “Here’s All The Details About Today’s Pokémon Nintendo Direct”

    1. They know what we want and they want us to wait for it all the while they’ll continue dangling the carrot. Ultra Sun/Moon will be the last hurrah of the 3DS and then the series moves to Switch.

      1. I have a gut feeling you are right Mike.
        It just makes sense. Now watch the haters take a hike while labor workers ask for more pay or threaten for a strike.

        Why continue with the 3DS when the Switch is the Best!

        1. Anyone who thought that was an idiot. There’s only ever one set of remakes per console and it’s after a new gen as well.

    2. “I have PRESENTS for my nephews” Hmm, must be two games. “When I see my big brother, it will be a Pokemon battle just like the old days” KANTO REMAKES?! WHAAA- *Pokken Tournament shows up on the screen* I was about ready to close the direct at that very moment.

    1. I don’t know, I really liked Omega Ruby even though is was literally Ruby with updated 3DS graphics and some added story details (basically what Ultra Sun is gonna be minus the graphic upgrades).

  1. I generally feel pretty satisfied about this direct. I never did expect a main Pokémon game on Switch this soon, so I’m obviously not disappointed by that, but I am a bit surprised that UltraSun/Moon are coming out so soon after their original versions. I definitely don’t think that these will be quite as amazing as Black/White 2, but I might be happily proven wrong.

    I would be excited for Pokken Tournament DX if I hadn’t already bought it last year on Wii U (and it’s not quite as “Deluxe” as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was, basically just giving the arcade-only characters that should’ve already been updated into the Wii U version).

    Also, I’m a bit bummed that Crystal isn’t coming to the 3DS Virtual Console, but as far as I know that’s because of the Japanese version’s defunct cellphone features (which were omitted in worldwide releases, which confuses me as to why they can’t just use the worldwide release then).

    1. I agree with the Switch statement. It wasn’t that long ago when Gamefreak started hiring devs for better 3D models. Masuda even said that they were CONSIDERING on making a Switch game if it produced enough sales, which means a Switch game wasn’t even in the works yet. To think we’d get a Switch game so soon is silly, it won’t be until gen 8.

  2. I didn’t want another 3DS main series Pokémon game. The system is too weak for Sun and Moon, so why are they making even bigger versions for it? They should have dropped the 3DS at the end of this year and given Sun and Moon another year while they develop a Pokémon engine for Switch.
    Pokken Tournament DX is fine. The Switch needs more games and if they can’t be bothered to do a main series game, at least Namco can step in to fill the Pokémon void.
    Annoyed that there’s no option for Pokémon Crystal on the Virtual Console but I’ll probably ignore GS anyway. I’d be interested if they decided to port HGSS to Switch, turning the console vertically to support the two screens.

  3. Grunty is so happy, I need some chapstick my lips are chappy.

    I know that rhyme was rather corny but it is better than getting snappy.
    Now if you excuse me, I have to investigate on what that other Pokemonr tittle for the Switch is.

  4. Anyone know if there is a Switch Survey to see which is more popular handheld or TV mode?
    Nintendo needs one if they don’t have that survey yet.

  5. “Pokémon is making its way to Nintendo Switch later this year with Pokkén Tournament DX”

    Ok the word “with” can be taken as if their are two Pokemon tittles coming to Switch or just Pokken Tournament.

  6. So, nothing but alternates. Ho Hum.
    So, to address the standard replies:
    No, I was not getting excited for Sinnoh remakes. I have no desire for remakes. I’d probably enter a contest to win a download, but definitely not spend money on it.
    No, I did not expect a full blown Pokemon Switch game. I was expecting “Stars” to be a throwaway game that’s cute for a while, but soon forgotten, like Pokemon Channel. Remember that?
    No, the added features of Pokemon Tokken DX are not worth the price. While new fighters are always welcome, it’s just an expensive DLC in the end. Just like MK8Deluxe was. Since I was one of the few who bought the WiiU DLC. Most of the added features for DX also aren’t getting me excited. had I not gotten this on WiiU, then I’d be excited.

    1. That is why I am excited, I never bought the Wii U version. Now I get to play with Pokemon Persian while I play on the plane hoping to finally become thin.
      Then I’ll practice to fight and win.

  7. I’m so sad that I’ve held off buying a switch now these great Pokemon games are out and I can’t get hold of one oh dear what am I going to do!!

  8. I’m still a little bummed that a mainline Pokémon game wasn’t announced for the Switch at this mini Direct but maybe they’re saving it for next year or for E3 or at least I hope they are. I’m still a little hopeful for Pokkén Tournament DX to be a much better game than original Wii U title. Hopefully more features, new characters and more stages will be added within the coming months. A native 1080p resolution and a stable 60fps will more than likely make me want to double dip

  9. Kek. People seem so salty about a thing the Pokemon company does with just about every console release.

    I remember every single one of these kinds of complaints back when Black 2 and White 2 were announced. The 3DS had come out and we were getting another DS game. It was a sequel set in the same region with the same pokemon, but with a fusion twist.

    Black 2 and White 2 are still considered one of the best entries in the series. :^)

      1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at PS4 while Awaiting Greatness on Switch!}

        Actually, we only know of Hau & our character being 11, so not 10. Lillie could actually be a lot older.

        1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at PS4 while Awaiting Greatness on Switch!}

          As long as she’s within 5 years of their age, whatever. I’d be more worried about an 11 & 18 year old hooking up. Besides, it’s Pokemon. Even if Lillie did hook up with the male protagonist or Hau, it’s not like GameFreak would show anything that’s not family friendly so Lillie & the other guy will both be over 18, anyway.

  10. Jesus Sickr what has happened to the adverts on this site? I try to scroll down with my thumb and I get scams popping up treating me like I’ve just visited a porn site rather than just a Nintendo one!

  11. Don’t fight and scrach my little bear. You’ll soon need bigger underwear.

    Tooty thinks she is orettier than me? I’ll steal her looks and ugly she’ll be.

  12. This is all good news for me, because I never got Sun or Moon and I also never got Pokken Tournament (even though I planned on getting all three of those games, I just never found the time).

    Now I can just get these new releases of Sun and Moon and I can get Pokken Tourney for the Switch. :D

  13. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at PS4 while Awaiting Greatness on Switch!}

    That direct did punk people. Starts talking about the Switch which probably caused a lot of people to think they were gonna announce some mainline Pokemon game or games for Switch only to simply reveal Pokken Tournament DX. lol *claps* Nice one, guys!

    I hope Ultra Sun/Moon are sequels & not remakes as the direct seems to be giving a strong impression of. I do like the fusion of Necrozma with Solgaleo & Lunala, though. They could have been saved for actual sequels though if that’s not what these games are. If they are & since I got every single Pokemon from this gen, I might not bother with these games as I’m sure the next mainline Pokemon games will have a way to get those fusions since they are most likely tied to a key item anyway.

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