Pokemon Reveals Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch; Added to E3 Tournaments

And the crowd went mild…

That’s the general feeling most had when the Pokemon Direct opened showing Pokken Tournament DX going to the Nintendo Switch.  It didn’t get any better when they announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on 3DS.  While all these titles are fine in their own right, the idea that we’d get a fully fledged Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch (Pokemon Stars) caused expectations to soar to new heights and fall to new lows, after the reveal.

Nevertheless, Pokken Tournament DX will now join the ranks of Nintendo Switch games and will likely find a bigger following than it had on the Wii U.  On the flip side of the coin, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will add more story, pokemon, and areas to the original 3DS game but the details are still pretty vague, at the moment.

In honor of its big reveal, Nintendo announced that Pokken Tournament DX will be at E3 2017 and part of their giant tournament lineup, which also consist of Splatoon 2 and ARMS.

With Pokken Tournament DX now in the fold, here is what the schedule looks like:

2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational
Date: Tuesday, June 13
Time: 2:30 p.m. PT*
Details: For the first time ever, competitors from four different global regions will compete for world dominance in Splatoon 2. The four-person teams – from the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia/New Zealand – defeated their local rivals and gained the chance to take on competitors at E3.
Format: Teams will battle in a round-robin Turf War tournament that will decide seeding for the next round. All teams will play one another and get a chance to scope out their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. In the next round, teams will battle in the game’s Ranked Battle modes, in addition to Turf War. The semifinal stage will be a best-of-five battle, while the championship will be best-of-seven.
Prize: The winning team will win global bragging rights and its members will have their names engraved on a sweet Splatoon 2 trophy.
Casters: Jordan Kent, Ashley Esqueda and Nintendo of America’s Eric Smith

Name: 2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational
Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. PT*
Competitors: Eight YouTube and Twitch stars
Format: Crew battle with four teams and two players per team. Random draft order. The first person in each crew must choose one of the new characters; the other person can choose one of the original characters.
Prize: Winners will each receive aPokkén Tournament DXart piece signed by Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, and members of the development team.
Casters: Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

Name: 2017 ARMS Open Invitational
Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 3:30 p.m. PT*
Competitors: Four professional competitive fighting game players (Alex “CaliPower” Valle, Kelsy “SuperGirlKels” Medeiros, Daniel “Tafokints” Lee and Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr) will take on four E3 attendees who rise to the top by competing in Nintendo’s booth.
Format: Single-elimination
Prize: The coveted 2017 ARMS Open Invitational Belt
Casters: Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

Pokken Tournament DX releases on the Nintendo Switch September 22, 2017!

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon arrive on 3DS November 17, 2017!