Nintendo aims to boost 3DS business with revamped Pokemon

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."

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Latest comments (11)

Benn Achilleas CEO and Founder, Playabl5 years ago
nintendo launching new Pokemon game is that really news? ;)
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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd5 years ago
New just in, there's a black mouse pointer on that new Pokemon's face!
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus5 years ago
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.
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3ds will hit it's third Christmas...about time
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 5 years ago
I think they should have made three versions, if only so they could call them Pokemon X, Y, X.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange5 years ago
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!
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Dirk van Wijk Student - Computer Science (Master) 5 years ago
Well, they always announce the third version a bit later. So Z may still happen.
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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 5 years ago
You never know, we thought Grey was going to be a thing but look what happened with that
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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.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
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...
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games5 years ago
Pokemon is among the best selling games ever. We can laugh all we want. This version is radically different from the previous ones.
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