The Pokémon Direct may now be over, but its reveal will continue shock us for the rest of this day (at least!) We went into this expecting only one game would be announced and instead 3 were, with another 2 announced for the 3DS’ Virtual Console, but instead of getting carried away, let’s start at the beginning. Pokkén Tournament has been announced for the Nintendo Switch. It supports local multiplayer and single Joy-Con. It features all fighters from the arcade version of the game, plus the 4 available only available for the arcade version and one Gen 7 Pokémon.


Personally I would have preferred Incineroar as he to me, feels as if he would have been a better fit, but instead Rowlet’s final form Decidueye is joining the roster and that’s not the only thing that makes this the definitive experience. So here’s a quick look at what else is different as well as what we just mentioned: (Features taken from official press release)

  • Play Pokkén anytime, anywhere on Nintendo Switch – Play Pokkén Tournament DX in TV mode, handheld mode, or share a Joy-Con controller with another Trainer to battle one-on-one in tabletop mode anywhere!

  • A brand-new fighter — Decidueye enters the battle, alongside all previous Pokémon from the Wii U and arcade versions.

  • New Support Pokémon – Litten and Popplio make their debut to lend their support in battle.

  • Team Battle mode – Pick three Pokémon and battle it out to be the first to defeat all your opponent’s Pokémon to win in the new Team Battle mode.

  • Group Match mode – Find similar skilled players in battle rooms for intense and fun battles online.

  • Daily Challenges – Complete a variety of different daily challenges.

  • Watch battle replays – Hone your skills by watching other players’ replays and share your best matches online with the new replay feature.

  • Jump straight into battle – All characters and Support Pokémon will be available right from the start of the game.

And for anyone looking to see more of Pokkén Tournmanet in action before it releases on the 22nd of January, it will be at this year’s E3, as it like ARMS and Splatoon 2 will have its own Invitational Tournament.

Nintendo have chosen to share a few words about Pokkén Tournament DX’s E3 presence, which you can read for yourself here:

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Nintendo Adds Pokkén Tournament DX to the E3 Lineup:

Pokkén Tournament DX joins the ARMS and Splatoon 2 games with its own invitational tournament at E3 2017. This third Nintendo Switch game will complete the triad of social, competitive games in action at Nintendo’s booth next week at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. Fans around the world can watch all the tournament action, as well as Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3, by visiting, or by watching on Nintendo’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

  • Name: 2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational

  • Date: Wednesday, June 14

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. PT*

  • Competitors: Eight YouTube and Twitch stars

  • Format: Crew battle with four teams and two players per team. Random draft order. The first person in each crew must choose one of the new characters; the other person can choose one of the original characters.

  • Prize: Winners will each receive a Pokkén Tournament DX art piece signed by Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, and members of the development team.

  • Casters: Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

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Next up, get ready to revisit the Alola region this November as Pokémon Stars may not be coming to the Nintendo Switch, but Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is coming to the 3DS. I know it is not the Gen 7 game a few of us want, but things are a lot different this time around as there is an alternate story, better Z-Move animations and certain Pokémon such as Solgaleo and Lunala feature an alternate look to the one we first saw last year. Yes it probably is too soon to remake Gen 7 as that’s pretty much what it looks like has happened, but Sun and Moon were great games, so we do at least owe Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to wow us and if you agree, they release globally on the 17th of November, 2017. (Would have made more sense to bring to both Switch and 3DS, as opposed to just the 3DS, but that’s just me.)

Ultra Sun & Moon

Lastly it has been confirmed that the iconic Pokémon Gold and Silver games will also be making a comeback as they will release on the Nintendo 3DS on the 22nd of February, via Virtual Console. Furthermore they will support the Pokémon Bank, so anyone looking to trade certain Gen 2 Pokémon straight to the Gen 7 games, will be able to do so later this year. There is also a special trailer prepared for Gold and Silver that you can see for yourself below, which is then followed by a video for Pokkén Tournament DX and Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Just as soon as more details come on either one of these reveals, you can expect to read all about them here at! and if you missed the Pokémon Direct today, you can catch it again here.

Source: The Pokémon Company PR

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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