Pokkén Tournament DX Ships for Nintendo Switch on September 22

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon 3DS games ship on November 17

Nintendo announced during its streamed Pokémon Direct presentation on Tuesday that Pokkén Tournament DX will be the franchise's first game for the Nintendo Switch. The presentation debuted a trailer for the game (below) and revealed that it will ship on September 22.

In addition to the Wii U version's 16 playable characters, the Nintendo Switch version of the game will add Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye. The game will feature Ranked Matches, Friendly Matches, and Group Matches. A playable demo of the game will debut at E3 in Los Angeles on June 13. The game will feature in the Nintendo Treehouse Live presentation and have its own invitational tournament on June 14 at E3.

The trailer revealed that the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games will ship for the Nintendo 3DS worldwide on November 17. The games will have an alternate story set in the world of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and feature Pokémon that did not appear in the original games. The video teased new features for the games.

Additionally, Nintendo will release Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version for the Virtual Console service on Nintendo 3DS on September 22. The games will be compatible with the Pokémon Bank application. The games debuted Game Boy Color in Japan in 1999, in North America and Australia in 2000, and in Europe in 2001.

Bandai Namco Entertainment and Nintendo released the Pokkén Tournament fighting game on the Wii U in North America, Europe, and Japan in March 2016. The game's arcade version added Scizor in October and Empoleon in December.

The game debuted in Japanese arcades in July 2015. The eight playable Pokémon available at launch were Charizard, Weavile, Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir, Suicune, Gengar, and Pikachu. Blazikin, Masked Pikachu, Darkrai, Croagunk, Scizor, and Sceptile were added later. Support Pokémon, which can be called to assist in battle with the "L" button, include Emolga, Lapras, Snivy, Frogadier, Eevee, Fennekin, and others.

Battles have two phases. During regular play, a Pokémon fills its gauge to activate "resonance burst," where the Pokémon is powered-up for a limited time and can perform a special attack.

The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games debuted in Japan, North America, and Europe in November. The games are available for the Nintendo 3DS worldwide in Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, and — unlike in the previous generation — Chinese (Traditional and Simplified). Players can choose their preferred language when they launch each game. The games have sold 14.69 million units worldwide since their launch.

Update: Trailers added for Pokkén and Gold/Silver. The full presentation is below:

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