Nintendo Direct Announces New Pokémon Games On The Horizon

Pokémon Nintendo Direct Posts Amazing Reveal Trailer

As you all may know, Nintendo Direct was set to make an announcement today involving the Pokémon franchise and they did not disappoint. Many were speculating what the news would bring and if it involved bringing Pokémon to the Nintendo Switch. Turns out those rumors were true after all.

The video shows a man traveling the country with his Nintendo Switch, meeting Pokémon trainers along the way. Every time his eyes lock with another trainers eyes, the battle is on. He takes everyone down, one by one, while traveling to see his family. When he gets to his home, he gives his two nephews Pokémon games of their own and they immediately start their own adventure.

This trailer reveals some stunning game play shots of epic battles between Charizard and his various opponents. It’s pretty clear from the first peek, that the game strongly resembles Pokkén Tournament for the Wii U. Once you get to the end of the trailer you realize that the similarities are intended.

Pokkén Tournament DX will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 22, 2017. It will be similar to the Wii U version, but it will include new Pokémon found in Pokémon Sun and Moon. I’m sure there will be other new features as well, but this is all we can tell from the trailer. This will be the first Pokémon game to be released on the Switch. It’s not a main story line Pokémon game, like many had hoped, but it is exciting all the same.

Pokkén Tournament didn’t do all too well on the Nintendo Wii U, which may be due to the fact that the Wii U didn’t do well itself. I never purchased a Wii U myself, because I didn’t care for the hardware of the interface, but I always wanted to play Pokkén Tournament.  I guess I am old school since I prefer an actual controller instead of a tablet like one. I thought it would be kind of awkward to play and would take away from the game. I feel that Pokkén Tournament DX will do much better, since the Nintendo Switch has a way better layout. You don’t have to use the tablet part if you don’t want to, so that’s a plus. Besides, the Nintendo Switch has way more capabilities than the Wii U does, so the game should run a lot more smoothly and be more enjoyable overall.

Now let’s talk about what the two little boys were playing at the end of the video. They weren’t playing Pokkén Tournament DX like their uncle was, that’s for sure. At first it just looks like they are playing Pokémon Sun and Moon. If you look closer you can tell that although they do look similar, there are definitely some visual differences. The graphics seem to be brighter and sharper and the camera angle seems to be different as well.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Then there are the two legendaries. They look like Solgaleo and Lunala, but the coloring is off and their design is strange. Seems to me that these two legendary Pokémon will have a new way to evolve to reach a different and stronger final form. It may involve something similar to mega evolution, but not exactly the same. It may even be something close to the primal evolution forms from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS on November 17, 2017. These games will most likely be sequels to Pokémon Sun and Moon. This is probably a bit of a let down for those who were hoping for the release of a third installment of the series, like the rumored Pokémon Stars. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be like Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, where the story picks up where the previous game left off. This means it isn’t a completely new generation, but it does have a different story line as well as some additional Pokémon and features.

There isn’t all too much you can tell from that short clip of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It seemed like an after thought following the Pokkén Tournament DX trailer. It was like “Hey! Look how awesome Pokkén Tournament DX looks! It’s going to be crazy and it will bring Pokémon to the Nintendo Switch!” and then they are like “Oh yeah. By the way Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is also a thing.” It just felt a bit funny that’s all, but maybe it was just meant to be a teaser for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon or to just keep us on our toes and wanting more. Well played Game Freak and Nintendo.

Pokemon Gold and Silver eShop

The final Pokémon announcement made by Nintendo Direct was a bit more of a blast from the past. Pokémon Gold and Silver will be available for download by virtual console on September 22, 2017. The virtual console is part of the Nintendo eShop, where you can download games from previous systems to play on your current system. In this case Pokémon Gold and Silver were originally released on the Game Boy Color, and will be available to download and play on either the 3DS or the 2DS.

This is exciting since the old Pokémon Gold and Silver cartridges had a battery in them that would die after a while. When this happened, it prevented you from saving the game or using the time sensitive features, such as catching certain Pokémon in the morning or at night time. Also playing these games on the Game Boy color required a light source so you could actually see the screen and lots of AA batteries. Playing Pokémon Gold and Silver on the 3DS is going to be so much better!

Hearing all this exciting Pokémon news has got me itching to go and play Pokémon Moon since I haven’t beaten the game yet. I definitely need to get on that before Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon come out or I will be so behind. I’m not even sure which game I am looking forward to most. All I know is that I am going to mark my calendar right now and anxiously await the arrival of the future of Pokémon!


Until next time……Pokémon till you drop!                   Pokemon


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