It came and went – the seemingly out of left field Pokemon Direct, a mere week before E3, failed to deliver anything significant to the Switch. Well, I shouldn’t say that, as Pokken Tournament is being ported. Ported, that is.With the addition of 5 new Pokemon and a presumed minor graphics improvement. By significant, I should clarify that I mean what most of us Pokemon playing human beings wanted to see: some sort of main line Pokemon game playable on the Switch. Sigh, pass.
Game Freak has been known to take ages to adopt the new Nintendo console,, and it looks like Switch won’t be any different. And that’s okay – the console really did just launch, but you’d think a company that Nintendo has so much of an investment in would have something prepared in the form of a mainline game?
It was revealed that Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon would be released come November, featuring the same Alohan continent with an alternate storyline. Sounds pretty cool, I suppose, but it’s only on the 3DS. We’re slowly rolling into frustrating territory that while Nintendo obviously wants to keep their 3DS money printer running, it’s a little antiquated at this point and they need to show that they’re committed to the Switch, not that they’re committed to keep aging hardware alive.
Heck, even Capcom is dual-releasing Monster Hunter XX that will feature cross-play between the Switch and 3DS, and they’re a third-party developer! Come on, Nintendo!
The last quick announcement was that Pokemon Gold/Silver will be coming to the 3DS eShop – at the end of the year. Part of me was really hoping for a new remake, or even a re-release of a remake, perhaps HeartGold/SoulSilver on the Switch? Alas, that is not the case.
At the beginning of the stream, it was really made to sound like “this is all the cool Pokemon stuff that will be coming to the Switch!” Then it quickly became about the 3DS. It stings a little bit, and I definitely had my sights set a little too high, however, let us not forget that E3 is right around the corner. While I don’t expect anything huge, I do think that Virtual Console may have a mention. I didn’t think they would reveal something as huge as the VC in an 8-minute Pokemon Direct, but it’d be great to get some details next week. Perhaps we may see some of the older Pokemon games in a VC “Switch”-uation? Who knows!
Are you excited for Ultra Sun/Moon? Pokken Tournament Deluxe on the Switch? Gold/Silver on the 3DS!? Let me hear about it in the comments!