Pokemon Sun and Moon Announced for 3DS

27 February 2016
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Pokemon Sun and Moon games have been announced for the Nintendo 3DS via the new Pokémon Direct digital presentation. Both games are set for a Holiday 2016 release.

Watch a sneak peek at Pokemon Sun and Moon:

For 20 years, Pokémon has delighted millions of fans of all ages and has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world. During today’s Pokémon Direct presentation, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the newest additions to a legendary series that has sold more than 275 million video games since the debut of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in 1996 for the Game Boy system in Japan. Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be launching late 2016 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and, for the first time, will offer Traditional and Simplified Chinese as language options.

Watch the full Pokémon Direct presentation about the 20th Anniversary of Pokemon:

J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International, said: “The Pokémon core series games are the centre of the Pokémon universe and provide some of the most memorable Pokémon moments for our fans. I can’t wait to see what fans think of the new adventures they’ll find in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.”

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will also have Pokémon Bank functionality. This online storage application will make it possible for fans to move Pokémon wirelessly from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow, which come to the Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS on February 27, to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon through Pokémon Bank.

Here’s a video analysis of the Pokemon Sun and Moon announcement:

I’m surprised Pokemon X and Y are not being followed up by Pokemon Z like past Pokemon generations got an ultimate version. I was also expecting any new Pokemon titles to be exclusive to the upcoming (potentially console-handheld hybrid) Nintendo NX system, but the Nintendo 3DS does obviously have a gigantic install-base of 58 million players.

Are you excited for Pokemon Sun and Moon?


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