Nintendo Announces ‘Pokémon X’ And ‘Pokémon Y’ For The 3DS

You can look for two new 3DS-exclusive “Pokémon” titles this October with a simultaneous release across all territories.

Sure, deep in our hearts we hoped that Nintendo would be talking up something Pokémon-related for the Wii U, but alas dreams of some kind of next-level “Pokémon Snap” will have to remain just that. Instead, we’ll have to content ourselves with a pair of “Pokémon” games getting a simultaneous release across all major territories when “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y” are released for the 3DS in October.

Opening with a look back at “Pokémon Red” and “Green” for the original Gameboy, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata talked about the concept of evolution early in the series as well as Pokémon trading across handhelds via link cable. Continuing with the series’ history, he discussed some of the legendary characters features in later iterations of the series, from Gameboy, to GBA, and onward along with the rise in popularity for the series. One point he touched on repeatedly was the gap in between the initial Japanese releases and later localization/programming for other territories.

It was overall a look at the progress of the series, the technical advancements across Nintendo’s handheld platforms, before diving into a quick trailer for “Pokémon X” and “Y.” Of course, we’ll be seeing some new Pokémon, with three featured newbies–Chespin, the fox-like Fennekin, and the frog-like Froakie–taking the spotlight. You can check out screens and the first video from the new titles below.

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