After Nintendo’s Pokémon Direct that was showcased last night, fans are excited for the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon scheduled later this year on the 17th November 2017.
There was an announcement on The Pokémon’s Company’s official press website listing that stated “Switch: TBA” which led many fans to believe that there was indeed Switch versions for the game slated for release on a later date. Almost immediately after the reveal, the removed the listing stating that it was a clerical error and also dashed the hopes of fans everywhere by refuting the idea that the game would see life on the Switch console.
Nintendo seems to not have learned from past mistakes with the Wii U, where a dedicated Pokémon game failed to materialize and was rewarded with Pokken instead (admittedly very fun and addictive, but short lived). What fans (especially we here at TMR) is that the Switch gets Pokémon Stars instead of the 3DS (which turns 6 years old this year) while introducing more title ports from the 3DS.
We can only hope that Nintendo has big announcements lined up for E3 which happens next week, though chances are slim due to the fact they decided an early reveal for these new Pokémon offerings.
While the Ultra versions will be featuring new Pokémon, new content and even new Pokémon forms (Solgaleo and Lunaala both have black armored forms), the overall setting does not seem to have changed. Hopefully the storyline and gameplay is enhanced significantly so that fans would not feel that the content is rehashed just for the sake of cashing in on the franchise’s popularity.