Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon were both released last year for the Nintendo 3DS. Both were very well received by both Pokemon fans and gamers. Those of you who enjoyed the game, or are planning on trying them out, will be pleased to learn that Nintendo has today announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon for the 3DS.

Release date for both games

These enhanced versions of the original games are set to be released later this year on November 17 and were announced today at a special Pokemon-themed Nintendo Direct. Developer Game Freak's Junichi Masuda has revealed Ultra Sun And Moon will feature an "alternate story" and include Pokemon that weren't featured in the original Sun and Moon.

New features

Masuda stated, "New features will allow you to enjoy your adventure even more," though he didn't go into specific details. No doubt we'll learn more about Ultra Sun and Moon as their release date draws closer.

It seems safe to say that new players will be eager to jump on board with these enhanced versions, but will the changes be enough to draw in veteran players who have already experienced the games released last year? Only time will tell, but surely Nintendo has aimed to draw the interest of such players.

Nintendo's future

Pokemon has seen a massive boost in popularity over the past year thanks to games like Sun and Moon, as well as the popular mobile game Pokemon GO, which was released last summer and became hugely popular.

According to The Direct, the Pokken Tournament is set to be released on the Nintendo Switch. Gamespot reports that the tournament will be featured at Nintendo's Treehouse Live events during E3.

In other news, Pokemon Gold and Silver are being released for the Virtual Console on the 3DS. And speaking of consoles, Nintendo has also seen a rise in popularity this year thanks to the successful launch of the Nintendo Switch.

The console has been well received by fans who are using it with popular games such as "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," and "1-2 Switch."

There are also several other big games on the horizon including "Splatoon 2," "Steamworld Dig 2," and "Super Mario Odyssey."

It's definitely a great time to be a Nintendo gamer, whether you love Pokemon, Mario, Zelda, or all three! There is no doubt Nintendo will be pleased at how well their new Switch console is doing given how poorly the Wii U performed during its life cycle. Needless to say, it looks like the Switch has managed to avoid sharing a similar fate.