It’s not Pokémon Stars, folks. No instead we get the game no one was really excited about in the first place, Pokken Tournament for the Nintendo Switch. They also announced Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon for the 3DS family, and Pokémon Gold and Silver for the Virtual Console store.
Along with Pokken Tournament Nintendo announced three different modes for the game, including Ranked Match, Friendly Match, and Group Match. Ranked Match is described as “a serious mode in which you fight others to improve your rank.” Friendly Match is a battle mode that will not affect your rank, a good mode for the unpracticed. Group Match is “a friends-only battle mode,” which presumably means online friends.
Pokken Tournament will be released September 22, 2017. It will be demoed at E3, both on the showroom floor and streamed live for the Treehouse press conference.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon will feature brand new Pokémon, as enticement for the truly diehard fans out there. These will release November 17, 2017. They will not be getting a demo at E3.
Pokémon Gold and Silver comes the Virtual Console on September 22, 2017.
It is certainly a major disappointment not to see Pokémon Stars, but despite Nintendo’s blaisé attitude towards E3, it seems they too want to save the best for the main event in a few days. Get all the other Pokémon related stuff out of the way so that they can focus on a new Pokémon for the Switch, Mario Odyssey, ARMS, and Splatoon 2.
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