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Nintendo aims to boost 3DS business with revamped Pokemon

Nintendo aims to boost 3DS business with revamped Pokemon

Tue 08 Jan 2013 3:52pm GMT / 10:52am EST / 7:52am PST
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Pokemon X and Pokemon Y slated to release next October

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have unveiled the "next generation" of Pokemon games, a pair of titles exclusively for the 3DS called Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, which will represent the first fully-featured Pokemon titles coming to Nintendo's 3D handheld. The games will launch worldwide next October, which should provide Nintendo a nice lift for the Christmas period.

The new Pokemon games will offer a new storyline, a 3D world, and dynamic battles, while also providing for additional merchandising opportunities. Nintendo said that "Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will be the blueprint for an exciting array of new animation, Pokemon TCG, and toys debuting around the world."

"The worldwide launch of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y this October allows players to begin their adventures at the same time," said Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokemon Company. "Now, Pokemon fans across the globe can discover the secrets of Pokemon games and can collect, battle, and trade with each other immediately."

"We brought Pokemon into an entirely new dimension and we're incredibly excited to bring Pokemon X and Pokemon Y to fans," added Junichi Masuda, video game director at GAME FREAK inc. "The stunning visuals, a completely redesigned environment, game scenario, music, and communication features will bring smiles to the faces of video game players around the world."

11 Comments

nintendo launching new Pokemon game is that really news? ;)

Posted:A year ago

#1

Jamie Read
Junior 3D Artist

125 64 0.5
New just in, there's a black mouse pointer on that new Pokemon's face!

Posted:A year ago

#2

Christopher Bowen
Editor in Chief

400 523 1.3
I have to admit, this is the first Pokemon that I've been excited for in years, other than Conquest. I like where this is going.

Posted:A year ago

#3
3ds will hit it's third Christmas...about time

Posted:A year ago

#4

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

868 1,269 1.5
I think they should have made three versions, if only so they could call them Pokemon X, Y, X.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

225 170 0.8
X goes to the left, Y up to the sky and Z is coming right at you! It's Nintendo emphasizing "3D space" with Pokémon A-XYZ Powa!

Posted:A year ago

#6

Dirk van Wijk
Student - Computer Science (Master)

28 13 0.5
Well, they always announce the third version a bit later. So Z may still happen.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Andrew Watson
Programmer

92 199 2.2
@Dirk
You never know, we thought Grey was going to be a thing but look what happened with that

Posted:A year ago

#8
I'm fairly certain a "Z" will come later. Also, if you look at the promo - the "X" is Red, and the "Y" is Blue ... i.e. its the next Pokemon Red/Blue.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,128 1,038 0.5
I think there's the slight fear that some will call it "Pokemon Zzzzzz" if the other two games don't so as well. Har-hyuck!

Granted, Nintendo is smarter about this stuff than some give them credit for. Those evergreen titles they produce sell long after the games analyst-appointed shelf lives, that's for damn sure...

Posted:A year ago

#10

Yiannis Koumoutzelis
Founder & Creative Director

358 187 0.5
Pokemon is among the best selling games ever. We can laugh all we want. This version is radically different from the previous ones.

Posted:A year ago

#11

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