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'Pokemon Art Academy' sketches up a fall release for Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo announced Monday that is mixing together Pokémon with “Art Academy” for a Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS release. “Pokémon Art Academy” will help fans learn how to paint, sketch and draw their favorite characters from the popular TV series and games.

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“Pokémon Art Academy” will be released this fall in North America and July 4 in Europe. The instructional game will come with 40 unique lessons for users to try out with the combination of their Nintendo handheld and a stylus to draw favorites such as Pikachu, Oshawott, Charizard, Torchic, Fletchling and Fennekin.

“A friendly tutor takes students of all ages through these lessons, each of which breaks down complex-looking images into simple steps,” the official press release from Nintendo states. “Gradually, players pick up more new techniques that allow anyone to create artwork they can be proud of.”

Some of the screenshots revealed for “Pokémon Art Academy” show instructions on everything from how to create basic characters to using layers and different pens. This builds on the foundation established for Nintendo’s “Art Academy” that was original released for the Nintendo DS in 2009, the 3DS in 2012 and Wii U in August 2013. There’s no word yet on whether “Pokémon Art Academy” will eventually make its way to the Wii U.

“The Pokémon characters themselves are among the most endearing and enduring aspects of the Pokémon video games, with everyone having their own favorite,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “’Pokémon Art Academy’ lets fans deepen their connection with these iconic characters by providing detailed lessons teaching how to draw them on their Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS in a straightforward and enjoyable way.”

This will be the second “Pokémon” themed game to be released to the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS this fall. “’Pokémon Omega Ruby” and “’Pokémon Alpha Sapphire” are both scheduled for a November launch.

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