During a clever spin on Nintendo Direct known as ‘Pokemon Direct’, Satoru Iwata announced the new Pokemon entries for the Nintendo 3DS. Iwata goes through a history lesson of the entire handheld Pokemon franchise, in three separate conferences. When I say history lesson, I mean he goes into detail the progression of the Pokemon franchise, focusing on connecting with other players. But, Iwata didn’t teach us history for nothing, as it all culminated in the big announcement – Pokemon X and Y.
Pokemon’s gone completely 3D for Nintendo 3DS, opting for various platforming environments, with new starters Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie. There don’t seem to be very many new Pokemon outside these starters, as the video shows mainly Pokemon from older generations. There’s a pretty baller pair of legendaries shown, and after the trailer, Iwata reveals the title, Pokemon X and Y.
Clearly, the work will be focusing on the social aspect of Pokemon, but take the 3DS’ killer local multiplayer infrastructure, and I’m sure that this will be the evolution of Pokemon that we’ve been looking for. It appears to be a retelling of the first four games as was speculated by some, but Pokemon X and Y, as far as titles go, was a complete shock. Big details on the general setup of the games are still yet to be unveiled, but they’ll be here in less than eight months, so count on some killer coverage coming soon.
Pokemon X and Y are releasing in October 2013, worldwide, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Check the whole deal below.