Nintendo Has a Surprise Pokémon Announcement Before E3

Could we see the rumored 'Pokémon Stars' on Nintendo Switch?


On Monday morning, Nintendo announced that a Pokémon-focused Nintendo Direct presentation will be streamed on the company’s website and Twitch channel on Tuesday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. Although the stream is only scheduled to last around 8 minutes, Pokémon fans are already filled with excitement courtesy of the rumored appearance of a new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon version appearing on the Nintendo Switch.

Following a report from Eurogamer in November, Pokémon fans have been digging around for any detail they can find regarding Pokémon Stars — which is said to be a new version of both Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, built with high quality assets thanks to the added power of the Nintendo Switch platform. It’s important to note that Pokémon Stars has yet to be announced or confirmed by Nintendo since the initial rumors began circulating, but with the announcement of a Pokémon Direct and the removal of a previous Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct from YouTube this May (which Nintendo usually does to avoid confusion among consumers), the idea doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

What’s also interesting is that this Nintendo Direct presentation will be the first Pokémon Direct since Nintendo held the anniversary live stream to honor Pokémon’s 20th birthday back in February of 2016. There, the company announced both Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for the 3DS, which released in November.

You can watch the Pokémon Direct on Nintendo’s Twitch and YouTube channels or the company’s website. It looks like it won’t be the only Pokémon news this month either, as The Pokémon Company has already teased the presentation will be followed by more “big Pokémon news” shortly thereafter — which we’ll likely see during Nintendo’s usual E3 streams next Tuesday.

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