There were a wide-array of exciting announcements during the Pokémon Direct presentation today, promising new titles and expansions for the franchise. Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, and Junichi Masuda, Director of GAME FREAK, announced upcoming Pokémon titles for several Nintendo platforms.
Pokémon will be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year, the title ‘Pokkén Tournament DX’ was announced for the platform during the presentation. 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 will be available in both TV mode and handheld mode, or players can share a Joy-Con controller with another Trainer to battle one-on-one in tabletop mode anywhere. There will be a a brand-new fighter, called Decidueye, alongside all of the previous Pokémon from the Wii U and arcade versions. Litten and Popplio will also make their debut in the game, lending their support to players in battle. In Team Battle mode players can pick three Pokémon and battle it out in the game. Players can also try Group Match mode, where they find similar skilled players in battle rooms and battle online. There will also be Daily Challenges, and the ability to watch battle replays. The company did state that 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.