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During this morning's Pokemon-focused Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that a director's cut of the popular Wii U and arcade fighting game, Pokken Tournament, will soon be heading to the Nintendo Switch. Now we have word that the game will also play host to its own tournament next week, during E3.
It has been a very busy day for Pokemon fans, with Nintendo revealing that an updated version of Pokemon Sun and Moon is on the way, as well as an eShop launch of Pokemon Gold and Silver. That's all on the 3DS, though. For you Switch fans, you'll have to settle for the Pokemon fighting game, Pokken Tournament, which will be out in full force during next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo.
While Mario Odyssey will be bringing some single player goodness to the E3 proceedings, Nintendo's focus this year is shaping up to be surprisingly competitive; and I'm not talking "competitive with the other major publishers." I'm talking tournaments. In fact, Nintendo is hosting tournaments for ARMS and Splatoon 2 during next week's show, along with the recently announced Pokken Tournament DX.
A popular game for the Wii U and arcades, Pokken Tournament turns everybody's favorite lighthearted RPG series into an actual fighting game. The Switch version will boast an expanded roster, as well as a few extra bells and whistles to encourage folks to pick up this latest version of the game when it arrives later this year on Nintendo's latest piece of hardware.
The E3 tournament is an invitational event set to take place at 10:30 a.m. PT in the Nintendo booth on Wednesday, June 14. Nintendo will be streaming the event in all of the usual places, so it shouldn't be too hard to tune in and enjoy the action. The competitors are listed as "eight YouTube and Twitch stars," but nothing more specific has been revealed.
In case you're interested, the ARMS tournament will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. PT, with Splatoon 2 crews set to square off at 2:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 13. Like the Pokken tournament, these showdowns will be livestreamed and posted all over the place, so no worries if you can't catch it live.
Again, this is kind of a surprising turn for Nintendo, as the bulk of their focus for both E3 and the Switch right now seems to be on making this the go-to console for fun, competitive showdowns.