New Pokémon games? What happened in the Pokémon Direct?

To many, Nintendo’s Pokémon Direct that happened early on Tuesday morning was disappointing.

Being heavily involved in the Pokémon community on YouTube, Twitter and pretty much anywhere else I got to see the reactions to those announcements even while I was unable to watch the actual event.

My man CrimsonCBAD reacting live to the Pokémon Direct.

I will talk about the reactions and my thoughts after I get each piece of information out of the way.

No more Pokémon Stars?

The biggest new to come out of the event is the rumored and fan-named Pokémon Stars game, which would have been the Crystal version equivalent for the most recent entries in the franchise Sun and Moon will remain just that, a rumor.

Instead of a single game acting as the definitive edition of the first games of Generation Seven, Game Freak is taking a page from 2012 and releasing two sequels in a similar fashion to Black 2 and White 2.

On November 17, 2017 Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be released across the world.

Just the 20 second teaser for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

The actual trailer was only a 20 second teaser at the end of the bigger announcement and I am sure this was just to get everyone hyped for the bigger reveals that will be shown at the upcoming E3 conference.

From what was shown, it appears that the legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala have been fused with the mysterious Necrozma, who many believe is the third member of this generations legendary trio. This looks similar to some of the events in Black 2 and White 2 and it will be interesting to see what other news comes out in the future about these games.

I enjoyed the story of Sun and Moon quite a bit, but I was disappointed in how quick it seemed to end. The beginning is rather slow, but it picks up steam pretty fast.

My main concern is how easy the last few entries in the game have been. Starting with X and Y in 2013 the series has been opening itself up to newer and younger audiences, but doing so has made the developers tone down the difficulty of their game.

I am hoping that this newer game will allow for more of a challenge to veteran players like myself and many of my friends.

Gold and Silver Era

On the flip side of the many predictions the internet made before the Direct was streamed, Generation Two Games Gold and Silver will both be released on the Nintendo 3DS e-shop on September 22, 2017.

The announcement trailer for Gold and Silver on the 3DS e-shop.

This follows the trends of finally releasing older games from the franchise digitally, since last February the original trio of games Red, Blue and Yellow were all put on the 3DS. It will be fun to see if next year Generation Three will receive the same treatment despite having remakes out.

Personally, I love being able to take the older games with me digitally on one system since as a kid I used to carry around my DS, Gameboy and any other portable systems I had so that I could have options. I will be getting Silver when they drop and relive my first Pokémon game again.

One more fighting chance?

Lastly, the main news of the event was the Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament will be re-released on the Nintendo Switch console, also on September 22.

The Pokkén Tournament DX announcement trailer.

The game launched to a lot of hype from both the Pokémon and Fighting Game community, however, the hype soon fell off and the game dropped into a limbo of not being popular enough to flourish, while retaining enough of a player base to stay somewhat relevant.

The DX edition of the game looks to revitalize the competitive scene by adding new content, bringing new players into the game and adding a portable aspect to it. The results are likely to be better seeing as the Switch has received much more love than the Wii U during the first months of release.

All-in-all it wasn’t the best news for people looking to jump back into or hype themselves for the next game in the main series or one of the newer spinoff games.

The Johto games will be a nice distraction until Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon drop and Pokkén is a nice surprise for some, but nothing major for many.

I am not going to touch on why this was a bad business move in this article, but this weekend I will be talking about how Nintendo should approach the Switch versus 3DS argument.


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