With today’s Pokemon Direct many fans were eagerly awaiting the announcement of a new main Pokémon title. They will have to keep waiting.

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced Pokken Tournament DX for the Nintendo Switch. The majority of the eight minute Pokemon Direct was spent on a live-action trailer that focused more on people enjoying the game than the game itself (Note for above video: first 30 minutes is dead air).

Similar to Mario Kart Deluxe, Pokken Tournament was originally released for the Wii U (and arcade machines in Japan). It’s coming over to the Nintendo Switch this fall on September 22.

Pokken Tournament DX will include five bonus fighters compared to the original Wii U title: Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye. This brings the total number of Pokémon fighters to 21. The Switch version also adds Ranked Matches, Friendly Matches, Group Matches, and three on three team battles.

Pokken Tournament DX will be playable on the show floor during next week’s E3 convention. A tournament will be live streamed on June 14 starting at 10:30 am Pacific/1:30 pm Eastern.

A very brief teaser trailer revealed Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, coming to Nintendo 3DS on November 17. While that’s not the third version that hopeful rumors lead us to believe, the end result seems like a similar concept. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are remixed versions of last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon, featuring “an alternate story.” They will contain Pokémon who were not found in the original versions as well as some new features. It sounds like the same thing as a third version but with a much sillier name.

The final announcement was Pokémon Gold and Silver coming to the Virtual Console, also on September 22. Gold and Silver originally launched in 2000 in North America as the second generation of Pokémon titles. They are often considered among the best of all Pokémon games. They were previously remastered as HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS in 2010.

Pokken Tournament DX launches on September 22 for Nintendo Switch. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon arrive November 17 for 3DS.


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