According to Nintendo, Pokemon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon will further expand on the lore and the background of the first Sun and Moon while being pretty similar in gameplay and graphics (or maybe slightly better on both counts). Which is not at all a bad thing, for example, Black 2 and White 2 which did a good job of expanding on Pokemon Black and White and that did pretty well. Pokemon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon will be releasing this November 17 (almost a year after Sun and Moon), for the Nintendo 3DS. Apparently, the feeling at Nintendo is that the magic of Pokemon is best experienced via a handheld so no Switch port in order (even though technically the Switch doubles up as a handheld). There still isn’t much information released except mysterious new forms of the legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala which admittedly, look pretty awesome.
To perhaps smoothed the ruffled feathers of disgruntled Switch owners who don’t own a 3DS, Pokken Tournament DX is coming to the Switch! A whole month earlier than Pokemon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon too, releasing on September 22. This time around, the game is pure eye candy and seems to have a lot of interesting mechanics and effects as well. The Pokemon Direct video announcing it was also pretty well done, in our opinion. If you just want to watch the good stuff, here’s the no-frills video. The original Pokken Tournament was basically built for the Wii U and was just a port to the Switch so we’re expecting DX to be much better, including optimisations for the Switch’s hardware and greater emphasis on handheld and gaming on the go.
Now only if we could squeeze out a little more battery life from the Switch… Honestly, though, Nintendo didn’t make any tall claims and 3 hours of playing Breath of the Wild is damned impressive. Plus, powerbanks are getting cheaper 😉