Three months after the launch of the Nintendo Switch, The Pokémon franchise has made an announcement about the first Pokémon game for the fairly new console. In a live-streamed Pokémon Direct on Tuesday morning, the developers revealed that Pokken Tournament DX, an improved version of the Wii U game, is set to release for the Switch on September 22nd 2017.
The game will use Switch’s exclusive features to allow for local wireless multiplayer game play between Switch consoles, as well as single Joy-Con play. The latest version also introduces 3v3 team battles, online ranked play, and friend-only group matches. The Deluxe version of Pokken Tournament DX will feature enhanced graphics, new modes and new characters, including Croagunk, Scizor and Decidueye, Darkrai and Empoleon. The addition of these five characters will bring the roster up to a grand total of 21. Nintendo will have a playable demo of the game at E3 2017 and will also host a tournament on June 13th.
Though many Pokémon and Switch fans were delighted, the announcement did receive some backlash from fans who were expecting a mainline Pokémon RPG for Switch. The fans are, however, hopeful that they might see a traditional Pokémon game unveiled at E3 2017.
Nintendo, along with the Pokken Tournament DX, has also announced Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon for the 3DS. What we have learned since their announcement is that the game will be set in the same region as the original Sun and Moon, however, they will tell a new story. For now that is all what we know about these two games and hopefully we will learn more before their launch date, which is November 17th.
While some fans a little disappointed with the announcement are looking forward to a mainline Pokémon RPG, others are happy with the direction the Pokémon franchise is taking and are excited to see the future of the Pokémon series.