After giving a brief history of the Pokémon series, Satoru Iwata announced this morning that a new generation of Pokémon games will be released worldwide this October. This announcement came via a Nintendo Direct, which was broadcast with a global audience in mind. The simultaneous release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y in North America, Europe, and Japan will be the first worldwide launch in the series’ history.
The trailer revealed the new 3D landscapes, which serve as a huge departure from the series’ usual top-down look. The playable character was shown swinging from vines in a rotating environment, and rollerblading towards the camera. Rollerblading is most likely a replacement for the bicycle, which has appeared as a faster mode of travel in every main series installment.
The starter Pokémon include; Chespin, a grass type who appears to be a mole that wears a hat made of leaves, Fennekin, a fox-like fire type, and Froakie, a water type based on a frog. No further information has been given as to what their evolutions or possible second typing could be. Along with the new starter Pokémon, others that can be assumed to be “legendary” Pokémon were also shown. A red bird-like creature and a bright blue deer appear to be the mascots for Pokémon Y and Pokémon X respectively.
While this is a big announcement, there is still a lot of information that has yet to be revealed. Within the next several months, we can expect to see more about the games’ setting, plot, and new Pokémon. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will see a global release on the 3DS this October.