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Pokémon Direct, June 2017: Everything announced for Nintendo 3DS and Switch

Nintendo just wrapped up its latest Pokémon Direct livestream and in case you missed it, we put together a rundown of the key Pocket Monster-related announcements and launches scheduled for later this year.

Pokkén Tournament DX (Switch)

After a round of arcade exclusivity in Japan back in 2015, the original Pokkén Tournament made it to Nintendo’s last-generation console, the Wii U, early the following year.

Now, a revamped deluxe version of the game is set to hit the Nintendo Switch on September 22nd. Pokkén Tournament DX features the existing roster of 16 monsters from the original game in addition to six new fighters in the form or Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk and Decidueye.

Players will be able to play in 3 vs 3 team battles with ranked matches, friendly matches and group matches all on offer.

Nintendo is also holding a Pokkén Tournament Invitational (14th June, 18:30 BST)  during E3 next week alongside its ARMS (14th June, 23:30 BST)  and Splatoon 2 (13th June, 22:30 BST) competitions.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS)

Alongside Nintendo’s Pokkén Tournament DX announcement trailer the company also tacked on a tease of the next 3DS titles to be set in the same universe as Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (as original as ever Nintendo).

Details were slim during the latest Direct livestream, however, we know that the game(s) will arrive on November 17th and detail a new, alternative story placing you back into the Alola region.

Both titles will feature some different and new Pokémon compared to the previous games and “new features will allow you to enjoy your adventure even more”, although that last point seems so wildly ambiguous that we’ll have to wait for the games’ formal launch in order to decipher what Nintendo really means on that front.

Pokémon Gold and Silver (Virtual Console)

More than a year on from the original Pokémon GameBoy games arriving on Virtual Console, now Pokémon Gold and Silver are receiving the same treatment. Launching on the same day as Pokkén Tournament DX, both generation 2 titles will offer Pokémon Bank compatibility letting you store and transfer monsters into newer games in the series like Sun and Moon.

Nintendo hasn’t yet announced local pricing for any of these upcoming Pokémon titles.

Rewatch Nintendo’s June 6th Pokémon Direct live stream here:

 

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