A new world, new Pokemon, and new adventures will be coming our way as The Pokemon Company’s president and CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, announced the newest addition to the Pokemon series – Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
Ishihara made the 6-minute announcement through Nintendo Direct in celebration of 20th anniversary of Pokemon. It was somewhat pre-empted by the disclosure of the trademark filings for the titles last Thursday. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will come later part of 2016 on the Nintendo 3DS line of handheld devices. However, the specific date is not yet revealed
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will be offered in nine languages such as Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Korean, and traditional and simplified Chinese – the first in the history of Pokemon. By doing so, players from all over the world can conquer language barriers and communicate with each other through Pokemon. It will also launch into a “potentially massive new market” and help boost sales for Nintendo hardware, wrote Wired.
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Game Freak, the studio that made the original games back in 1996, are now developing Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon which will also make use of Pokemon Bank System.
According to the Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon site, with Pokemon Bank, the player will be able to transfer captured Pokemon in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow into their copy of Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon. The same can be done to Pokemon from Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y.
February 27th this year marks the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, which is the day that Pokemon Green and Pokemon Red were released in Japan. Ishihara said to expect more new and fun ways to enjoy Pokemon this 2016.
PC Advisor reported that the original Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow can be purchased directly on February 27th through Nintendo eShop for £8.99 as well as the special edition Nintendo 2DS consoles with the games already installed.
We will keep you posted of the updates as the Pokemon 20th anniversary unfolds today.
Here's the official trailer for Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
Updated: February 28 – 7:30 am
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