Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon announced today
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon announced today

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon announced by Nintendo

Earlier today, Nintendo held a brief, but wonderful video event today that made Pokemon fans across the world extremely excited. Nintendo has unveiled the next games in the franchise’s main series, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, and it will be released in nine different languages. CEO of The Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, said during the presentation: “We hope that, through Pokemon, players can overcome language barriers and interact with other players from around the world.”

New Pokemon Center Design
New Pokemon Center Design!

This comes a day after a leak confirmed that Nintendo had registered a trademark with new logos for the games. Although not many details were released, fans of the series can look forward to these games in a holiday 2016 release time on the Nintendo 3DS. This is especially good news to the fans, many of whom have been waiting since Pokemon X and Pokemon Y’s release back in late 2013. One can only speculate what does “Sun” and “Moon” correlate to in the actual games, although one can assume that it relates to this generation’s legendary Pokemon.

Also coming from the announcement celebrating Pokemon’s 20th anniversary, the original Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition will be released on the Nintendo eShop as a virtual download for fans to play. There will also be an updated version of Pokemon Bank that Nintendo also announced as follows:

“This online storage application will make it possible for fans to move Pokémon wirelessly from Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, which come to the Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS on February 27, to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon through Pokémon Bank”

Pokemon Blue Cover
Pokemon Blue (also Admin Cerulean’s first Pokemon game)!

This brings some interesting questions about the re-releases of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow and if there has been a massive overhaul in how the gameplay mechanics work. In the original games, the IV’s (Individual Values) only went from 0-15 as opposed to 0-31 in later games, the split between Sp. Atk and Sp. Def did not happen until Generation 2, Pokemon did not have gender in the original games, there was no Nature or Ability in the original games, and attacks were considered physical or special based upon the attack’s type rather than by the individual attacks themselves (ie: all fire-type attacks were special, even attacks like Fire Punch). I am rather confident the Pokemon Company thought this through; in the meantime, many fans can simply speculate on how the developers will deal with these discrepencies.

This news is only the tip of the iceberg for the many events happening in a busy year for the franchise. Next month is the release of Pokken Tournament, a fighting game featuring Pokemon created by some of the key developers for Tekken and Soul Calibur. Later this year, Pokemon Go will release on iOS and Android.

What are your thoughts on a Generation 7 release for Pokemon? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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