Pokémon Direct features new games, but overall disappoints

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The Pokémon Direct has come and gone and with it a lasting effect of disappointment. Why would we be disappointed? After all, three new games have been announced, two for the 3DS and one for the Nintendo Switch.

But its those games, and for which system specifically that contradicts what everyone believed would be the official announcement (and what Eurogamer had stated would be the first official Pokémon game coming to Switch).

The Pokémon Direct started with a trailer announcing Pokkén Tournament for the Nintendo Switch (courtesy of Santosx07):

Pokkén Tournament DX will feature the following on Switch:

  • Coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 22nd, 2017
  • Will include all 16 fighters from Wii U version
  • Will feature additional characters like: Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye
  • 3 vs 3 team battles
  • Ranked, Friendly, and Group matches
  • There will be a tournament at E3 on June 14th starting at 10:30 AM PT
  • Playable demo starting on June 13th


Not bad for the first announcement, although the trailer itself took almost half as long as the entire Pokémon Direct. Then, as soon as the trailer was over we got a flash of two new titles, called Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The reveal itself came and went in the blink of an eye, as if trying to save people from their eventual disappointment.

Perhaps it was the leaks and rumors swirling since last year, but what should have been a pleasant surprise stung like a Beedrill poisonous sting. The promise of finally having a mainline Pokémon game in glorious HD on the TV screen will have to wait.



  • Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon available November 17th
  • Nintendo 3DS game only
  • Offer alternate story in the world of Sun and Moon, featuring Pokemon that did not appear in original version

And as a last warning that GameFreaks does as they want, they announced that Pokémon Gold and Silver will be coming to the 3DS Virtual Console on September 22nd.

But there are some things to consider. During the Pokkén Tournament announcement, it was announced as the “first Pokémon game on Switch”, which all but guarantees that going forward we should start seeing the games move exclusively to the system. I personally feel that the 3DS served its purpose and enjoyed its 6-plus years of life, but it is time to move on to the system which will carry Nintendo’s fate for the next five-plus years.


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