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Pokémon Direct: What We Know

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Expectations were high and speculation was wild when Nintendo announced a Pokémon Direct set for June 6th. 

Most people speculated that the rumored Pokémon Stars would finally be officially announced. 

If true, Pokémon Stars would not only be a revamped version of the wildly popular Pokémon Sun and Moon versions, but the first mainline Pokémon game to have a home console iteration. 

Now that it’s over, here’s what we learned:

The first announcement is of a sequel to the mildly popular Pokkén Tournament. A fun to watch trailer showcasing the new game, Pokkén Tournament DX (Available September 22, 2017), shows a young man traveling through a country to see his brother, challenging strangers along the way. 

New playable Pokémon are shown throughout, making the following Pokémon available in the new Pokkén game: 

  • Gengar
  • Sceptile 
  • Weavile
  • Gardevoir
  • Blaziken
  • Pikachu 
  • Mewtwo
  • Suicune 
  • Garchomp 
  • Braixen 
  • Machamp 
  • Charizard 
  • Lucario 
  • Shadow 
  • Pikachu Libre 
  • Chandelure. 

The newcomers will be Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye. 3v3 battles have been added, as well as online ranked matches. A tournament for the new game was also announced for E3 on June 14.

No Pokémon Stars, friends. Instead, a new set of games, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon for the 3DS. These games will have an original story and even more Pokémon and forms for older ones.

In the trailer, you can see what looks like a heavily modified Solgaleo (with a jet pack?), and a Lunala with an alternate color scheme and edgy new mask. There’s even a hint at Mimikyu playing a larger part. The games will come out on November 17th, 2017.

The Pokémon Direct ends with a small announcement: Pokémon Gold and Silver will be released on 3DS virtual console, and will be compatible with Pokémon Bank. These two will also be released on September 22nd.

While I am a bit disappointed that there will be no Pokémon Stars, I’m always excited at the idea of new Pokémon games. I’m sure they’ll be just as good as always, and I can’t wait to hear more about them.

What are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments.

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Sasha.Kavesh
Sasha's given name is actually Aleksander. His main interests are gaming, manga, anime, cooking, and Japanese pop culture. He's a Psychology major and English minor and head of the largest Sci-Fi/Anime club at Queens College. He's been writing semi-regularly since the age of 13 and can't wait to write more.
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