In addition to the announcement of the somehow evolved Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon episodes for 3DS, yesterday’s Pokemon Direct held the reveal of the first Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch: Pokken Tournament DX, a revamped version of the crossover between Bandai Namco’s Tekken series and Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise.
Including all the content from both the Wii U and arcade versions, Pokken Tournament DX introduces a whole range of new features:
- TV Mode, Handheld Mode and one-on-one Tabletop Mode (with shared Joy-Con)
- 16 original fighters + 5 new fighters: Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk & Decidueye
- New support Pokémon: Litten and Popplio
- Tag Team Battle Mode: Battle it out on 3 VS 3 action. First to defeat all the opponent’s Pokémon wins
- Group Match Mode: Online battles with matchmaking
- Daily Challenges
- Battle Replays: Watch other players’ replays and share your best matches online
- All fighters & Support Pokémon are now available right from the start
- The amiibo compatibility is included
- Pokken Tournament Pro Pad controller is compatible
Pokken Tournament DX will also join ARMS and Splatoon 2 with its own invitational tournament at E3 2017 (June 14th – 10:30 am PT).
While we have no doubt that Pokken Tournament DX will be hugely fun to play during game nights with friends, this announcement comes as a little deception for fans who were, and are still, expecting to see an original MMO-like Pokemon title to come one day on a Nintendo console. All eyes are now turned to next week’s Nintendo Spotlight at E3 for more news, and maybe a surprise for Trainers.