The Pokémon Direct has passed, and it brought us three announcements: Pokkén Tournament DX for the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Gold and Silver for the Virtual Console and – the most notable one of the trio – the new main series Pokémon arrivals, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon on 3DS.

So, what do we know about these upcoming ‘Ultra’ games? There’s not much out yet, but here’s all we can discern from the small amount of footage we’ve got.

It’s on the Nintendo 3DS, not Switch

This may seem like an obvious point, but yes, the new Pokémon games – after many rumblings and rumours of a Pokémon Switch version – are in fact coming to the Nintendo 3DS ‘exclusively’ this year. We can only assume the reasons why this is, but regardless they are on the 3DS so you don’t have to worry about getting a Switch for them if you haven’t jumped onto the new hardware yet.

An Alternate Story

The question is, is this a sequel akin to Pokémon Black 2 & White 2, or an enhanced version like Pokémon Platinum? The answer is not quite clear, but it seems closer to the latter than the former. Series director Junichi Masuda describes it as an “alternate story”, so there will probably be some familiar and some unfamiliar elements to this game. This is matched by the new looks for the playable characters.

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