‘Pokken Tournament DX’ for the Nintendo Switch announced

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An image announcing the launch of "Pokken Tournament DX." (Facebook/NintendoSwitch)

A new “Pokemon” game will be coming to Nintendo’s flagship console, though it is not what everyone has been expecting.

Speaking through a Nintendo Direct briefing, the gaming giant announced that “Pokken Tournament DX” will launch on Sept. 22. The game is the newest version of the “Pokken Tournament” from the Wii console, said a report from Gamespot.

The game will showcase new features and five new Pokemon, namely, Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye. The new set of Pokemon will join the 16 playable characters that are present in the Wii game.

As for the gameplay, “Pokken Tournament DX” will showcase 3-on-3 team battles, as well as online ranked play. Moreover, Nintendo also revealed that the game will offer group and friendly matches. The game’s online features will become available in 2018, and will require a paid membership, the report added.

To celebrate the festivities in the upcoming E3 2017, Nintendo will have a playable demo set during the event. This will likely take place during the company’s own event on June 13. During the event, fans expect Nintendo to announce more details and release new trailers.

The announcement of ‘Pokken Tournament DX’ caught some gaming enthusiasts off guard, as they expected a different game. They initially thought “Pokemon Stars” will be Nintendo’s big reveal during the briefing. Some described the game as the latest version of “Pokemon Sun and Moon,” a major hit for the Nintendo 3DS.

In other “Pokemon” news, Niantic Labs’ upcoming big event for “Pokemon GO” in June was leaked earlier this week. A public release posted on the Pokemon GO Hub revealed details of the event featuring the Fire and Ice-type Pokemon. The event will start on June 13 and will run for a full week, according to the leak.

“With summer quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere and winter approaching in the Southern Hemisphere, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the upcoming solstices than with a Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon GO event,” said the press release.