In a move that will have people scratching their heads, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been announced for the Nintendo 3DS, with a global release date of 17th November 2017.
Update: In a rather extraordinary blooper, the games were accidentally listed on the Pokémon press site as coming to Switch as well. This was apparently a “clerical error”, as noted in a brief update sent out to press just now.
We would like to address rumours based on a clerical error on the Pokémon press site; Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS family of systems and are not due for release on Nintendo Switch. This listing on the Pokémon press site was made in error and is not indicative of future plans. Please refer to the Pokémon Direct for the full details of the game.
I mean, obviously, because we all know that it’s Pokémon Stars that will be coming to Switch, right? Please, Nintendo? Announce that at E3, yeah?
As Junichi Masuda explained, the game will take place in the same region as last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon, but with an alternative storyline that will feature Pokémon that weren’t seen in the original game. He also said that new features will be coming to the game, making it “truly an ultra title”.
The above trailer only gives a few short glimpses of the game alongside the Pokkén Tournament DX announced, but there were a few little clues as to what to expect, such as some new locations and buildings, as well as two new forms of Solgaleo and Lunala that have black prism shards on them, perhaps a nod to Necrozma – a legendary Pokémon found after the main quest.
No doubt some will be confused as to why Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon aren’t releasing for the Switch, but it’s nice to see that they’ve gone with the alternate story method, rather than the “updated” versions we’ve seen in the past or the sequels for Pokémon Black and White. What do you think of these announcements?
This announcement also came alongside the reveal of a Pokémon Gold and Silver Virtual Console release, coming to 3DS on 22nd September.