Usually, we see a ton of leaks right before E3. Instead, Nintendo dropped a direct about one of their most popular series, the Pokemon franchise. This short, eight minute video talked about three future games we can look forward to playing this year. It feels as if Nintendo decided to give us a little appetizer of information right before we get a full meal at E3. Let’s dive in and check out what they had to talk about.
Switch Pokemon Battles!
Right off the bat, they announced that Pokken Tournament Deluxe will be the first Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. The scene switches to a young adult who is traveling. We see the Switch and Pokken Tournament being played in every different way, such as handheld mode, tabletop mode, and even on the TV. Then, they explain what makes this game the “Deluxe” edition. On top of the sixteen playable characters from the Wii U version of the game, there will be five more additional characters. Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye are the newly added characters. So, we get legendary Pokemon, popular anime Pokemon, and even a Pokemon from the newest Sun and Moon games. That’s a great variety of Pokemon!
Also, two new modes were added to the game: Ranked matches, which are pretty self-explanatory, and Group Matches, which allow you to play with only friends. Three-on-three matches were also added to the game to give it a bit more variety. Pokken Tournament Deluxe has a few extra features to give it a fresh feel. Plus, it will be a good Pokemon game for fans of the series who did not have a chance to play it on the Wii U. This feels like a great way to get the franchise on the Switch. Pokken Tournament Deluxe will launch on the Nintendo Switch on September 22, 2017.
Catch ’em All… on the 3DS
The rest of the news focused on the Nintendo 3DS. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon were announced as sequels to the original versions of the game. They stated that new Pokemon will be present in the Ultra versions of these games that were not present in the original versions. Also, new features were mentioned, yet no specifics were given. Hopefully they will give us more information on these features soon. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will release on November 17, 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds.
Finally, we learned that Pokemon Gold and Silver will appear on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console service. These games will be compatible with the Pokemon Bank. This means that the Pokemon from the second generation will be able to make their way onto the different Sun and Moon versions of the game. Pokemon Gold and Silver will appear on the Virtual Console on September 22, 2017 alongside Pokken Tournament.
Personally, the two 3DS game announcements didn’t get me as excited as I wanted. I believe most Nintendo fans want to move on to the Switch as their only console. Obviously, there are more 3DS consoles out there than Switches, so it makes sense that Nintendo will want to try and make the most money off of this franchise. Deep down though, I think we all want to see a mainline Pokemon title on the Nintendo Switch.
Are you excited about these Pokemon games? Are you expecting more from Nintendo at E3? Let me know in the comments below! Pokemon has always been one of my favorite franchises, and I can’t wait to see what they will do with the Switch.