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The Pokemon Nintendo Direct Underwhelms With 3 Announcements

09 June 2017
The Pokemon Nintendo Direct Underwhelms With 3 Announcements

Last up for 2017 (assuming no new Pokemon announcements come at Nintendo's E3 2017 presentation) are Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon for 3DS.

The third version of each mainline Pokemon game have always been released on the same system as its sister titles, so it'd be unprecedented if Pokemon Stars were to be released only on the Nintendo Switch. But at least you'll have a good opportunity to catch up on existing Pokemon games this fall if you missed any.

Nintendo Switch owners, or prospective Switch owners lucky enough to find the consoles in stock this summer, can prepare to battle Pokemon with the new Pokken Tournament DX.

Pokemon GO also made an appearance Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, as the tech company showed off what the game looks like using its new augmented reality toolkit, called the ARKit. Instead, Switch owners will be getting a Pokken Tournament Deluxe Edition. These would be for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo's Virtual Console for the Nintendo 3DS respectively. This revamped version of the Wii U fighting game is set to release on September 22nd for the Nintendo Switch. Although, it's not clear how, if at all, these releases will differ from the 2010 remakes of Gold and Silver - HeartGold and SoulSilver, which are playable on the 3DS.

Now those characters, such as Scizor, Empoleon and brand-new entrant Decidueye (which brings the total roster up to 21) are all coming in this new version due out September 22.

The titles, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, unveiled Tuesday during a special Pokemon-focused Nintendo Direct press conference.

KitGuru Says: While I was underwhelmed by the announcements made today, I don't think it is really Nintendo's fault. Yes, it seems the rumors of a so-called Pokemon Stars for the Nintendo Switch didn't amount to anything, at least for the time being.