Pokken Tournament Deluxe, Ultra Sun and Moon are Coming, but No Pokémon Stars [Update]

Pokken Tournament Deluxe, Ultra Sun and Moon are Coming, but No Pokémon Stars [Update]

Pokken Tournament Deluxe is getting the Mario Kart 8 treatment.

Today Nintendo held a Pokemon themed Nintendo Direct, and unfortunately none of the Pokémon games shown off today were completely new. Instead, players will get an updated Pokken Tournament Deluxe on the Switch, an expanded Pokemon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun on the 3DS, and a re-release of Pokemon Gold and Silver on the Virtual Console with added functionalities.

Pokken Tournament Deluxe (or DX as it's stylized) is a Switch update to the Wii U Pokemon-themed fighting game, much in the same way Mario Kart 8 Deluxe exists (they even share the same naming convention). Pokken Tournament Deluxe will bring five new fighting Pokemon, Darkrai, Scizor, Croagunk, Empoleon, and Decidueye. There will also be new Switch functionalities added the title like allowing two players play on a single screen using a single Joy-Con. Pokken Tournament Deluxe is set to release on September 22.

Much of the presentation was dedicated to Pokken Tournament Deluxe, but Pokémon director Junichi Masuda was on hand to talk very briefly about Pokemon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun which sound like updates over last year's 3DS Pokemon games.

They will include new storylines and Pokémon while traveling an expanded Alola Region. A brief teaser was added at the end of the Pokken Tournament Deluxe trailer, and Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun are set to release November 17 worldwide.

Pikachu Island in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Lastly, the original Gameboy Color versions of Pokémon Gold and Silver are coming out the Nintendo Virtual Console. Both games will include added support for the Pokemon Bank and will come out the same day as Pokken Tournament Deluxe on September 22.

Many people were expecting a new Pokémon entry (the rumored Stars) to appear on the Switch, but alas that was not meant to be today. Instead, players will have to wait and see at E3 if the rumors of a proper Switch Pokemon entry comes true.

It should be noted that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were briefly listed for the Nintendo Switch under "TBA" on the Pokémon Company's official press site. That listing was taken down however, leaving only the 3DS release date. We reached out to The Pokemon Company for clarification and will update the story accordingly if more details arise.

[Update]: In a statement to USgamer, The Pokémon Company clarified that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are coming exclusively to the 3DS.

“We would like to address rumours based on a clerical error on the Pokémon press site; Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS family of systems and are not due for release on Nintendo Switch. This listing on the Pokémon press site was made in error and is not indicative of future plans."

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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