PokéNews @ E3 2017: new mainline Pokémon game “announced” for Switch / Pokkén Tournament DX

Pokémon on Nintendo Switch

Last week, during the Pokémon Direct, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were announced… for the Nintendo 3DS. There wasn’t any announcement regarding a (mainline) game on the Nintendo Switch, which did upset a certain portion of the fanbase, who were expecting something for the platform (especially following certain rumours we chose not to report on).

But today, during the Nintendo Spotlight at E3 2017, Tsunekazu Ishihara himself announced that Game Freak had begun development on a brand new mainline Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch. However, he warned fan that this game would not be released for at least another year, so definitely not before Holiday 2018.

Naturally, we don’t know what game it will be, though it’s safe to assume we’re talking about Gen. 8. Unfortunately, we’re not going to get any answer in the near future! One thing’s for sure, though: that announcement is most definitely not unrelated to the backlash following the Nintendo Direct last week, forcing that premature announcement.

Pokkén Tournament

Pokkén Tournament was also showcased during the Nintendo Spotlight at E3 2017, but nothing really new was shown. Therefore, we’re just going to post the tidbit from the press release, and some screenshots!

Pokémon Battles that anyone can enjoy!

The popular Pokémon fighting game comes to the Nintendo Switch™ console with added Pokémon fighters and new ways to battle other players. Take direct control of one of over 20 prized Pokémon fighters to defeat other Pokémon in action-packed arena fights. With Nintendo Switch, you can battle at home or on the go to become the Ferrum League champion!

Master the new fighting styles of Croagunk, Scizor, Empoleon, Darkrai, and the newly added Decidueye. New modes give you the ability to challenge your friends* in intense competition. Duke it out with your favorite Pokémon Fighters in Team Battle. Then record and upload your favorite fights with the new replay feature**. Take the battle on the road with the portable Nintendo Switch system or find competition online in the new Group Match Mode. Do you have what it takes to claim the title of Pokkén Tournament DX champion? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by stepping into the battle arena!


  • Fight as Decidueye, Darkrai , Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and more
  • Execute powerful moves with simple button combinations
  • Enjoy an intuitive fighting system for all skill levels

And here’s the video from E3 2017, including the Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational tournament:

Pokkén Tournament (Switch) comes out on September 22nd worldwide.


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