Pokémon Ultra | Junichi

Today was a big day for Pokémon fans. I think I speak for everyone when I say I was surprised by the Direct happening this morning, and I certainly didn’t know what to expect. There’s been a lot of talk about a upgraded Pokémon Sun / Moon coming to the Switch, but those expectations got turned on their heads, as Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon is actually coming to the Nintendo 3DS! But there was more than that to announce. First up, let’s see what is headed to the Nintendo Switch.

Pokkén Tournament DX | Boxart

I admit I didn’t expect to hear that Pokkén Tournament was getting a remake for the Switch. Yes, Pokkén Tournament DX is coming, and it brings the joy of pokémon street brawling action to the portable screen. Best of all, you can split the Joy-Con from one system to play against friends locally.

Pokkén Tournament DX | Cheesy
God this commercial was cheestastic…
Pokkén Tournament DX | Competition
Such drama!!!

And for those of you concerned by the admittedly small roster available initially in the Wii U version, Pokkén Tournament DX is adding 5 additional pokémon to the roster of 16, including Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk (obviously the best one) and Decidueye!

Pokkén Tournament DX | Roster

Pokkén Tournament DX | Croagunk
Best frog ever

Additionally, the gameplay variations include 3 vs 3 team battles, Rank Matches and playing with friends in groups.

Pokkén Tournament DX | Matchmaking

I actually find myself quite excited for this one, as I didn’t try out Pokkén Tournament on my Wii U, though I was constantly tempted to pick it up. Pokkén Tournament DX is headed to the Switch on September 22nd 2017, though gamers at E3 will be able to demo it on June 14th.

Pokémon Ultra | New story

That wasn’t all the Pokémon Direct had to say, as they brought in Junichi Masuda to talk about Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon, which releases November 17th, 2017. This game will feature an alternate story set in the same universe as the original Sun/Moon, as well as new pokémon and features. It also sported Solgaleo and Lunala with sweet new armor, it would appear.

Pokémon Ultra | Upgrade

To my surprise, this one is actually coming to the 3DS, so those (myself included) who have written that system off should wait a little bit. Any excuse to head back to Alola is a good one!

Pokémon Gold and Silver

And last but not least, the Direct ended talking about how Pokémon Gold/Silver will be releasing on the 3DS Virtual Console in Autumn, on the same day as Pokkén Tournament DX. Best of all, it will be compatible with the Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Ultra | Lunala Upgrade

That’s a lot of great games to look forward to! While it’s true none of them are 100% new, it’s still nice to get updated versions of fantastic games. Chime in below on which of these games you are most looking forward to playing early next year!

Josh Speer
Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.