On the morning of Jan. 8, Nintendo announced the next wave of ‘Pokemon’ games. Titled ‘Pokemon X’ and ‘Pokemon Y’, these games will also be the first ‘Pokemon’ games for the 3DS—thus, the first ‘Pokemon’ games to be in 3D.
This is the first Pokemon game built with the 3DS technology in mind. According to IGN’s article, ‘A short video of the game was shown in a Nintendo Direct broadcast today, showing off three new starter Pokemon, colourful 3D environments and some old favourite monsters rendered in 3D.’
The three new starter Pokemon—the creatures that are given to the player as an option right at the beginning of the game—are the grass-type Chespin (looks like a chipmunk), the fire-type Fennekin, and water-type Froakie (which looks like a ‘frog with a beard and ping-pong balls stuck up his nose’, according to IGN’s Luke Karmali).
It was also announced that both games will be released worldwide simultaneously in October 2013: they will appear in America at the same time as Japan, Europe, and all other parts of the world. This is a very welcome idea, since it can take months for games to port from one country to another--also called localization.
For the original IGN video, which includes footage of the new 3D ‘Pokemon’ games, look above or click here.