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Pokémon Sun and Moon announced in Pokémon Direct

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  • Friday, February 26, 2016

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The new core series Pokémon games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, have been officially revealed in a Pokémon Direct.

These games will be released exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in late 2016. The Japanese presentation specified winter 2016, the North American one specified holiday 2016, and the European one specified late 2016.

Pokémon Sun and Moon are the start of the next generation of core Pokémon games, and include new Pokémon and a "new world". Pokémon can only be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Moon from Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire via Pokémon Bank.

The games will be available in 9 languages: Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Korean, as well as the two new languages Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

The games will be compatible with Pokémon Bank. Pokémon from the Generation I Virtual Console games will be able to be sent to Pokémon Bank, then sent to Pokémon Sun and Moon.

They will be in 2D with some areas also playable in 3D, like the Generation VI core series games.

No further details have been announced.


These titles and logos were discovered by fans yesterday in a European trademark application, and many fans had speculated they would be the major announcement of this Pokémon Direct.

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Press release

NEW POKÉMON GAMES ANNOUNCED VIA POKÉMON DIRECT

Newest Generation of Pokémon Core Series Games Coming to Nintendo 3DS Holiday 2016

Bellevue, WA—February 26, 2016—For 20 years, Pokémon has delighted millions of fans of all ages and has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world. During today’s Pokémon Direct presentation, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the newest additions to a legendary series that has sold more than 275 million video games since the debut of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in 1996 for the Game Boy system in Japan. Developed by GAME FREAK inc.,Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be launching holiday 2016 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and, for the first time, will offer Traditional and Simplified Chinese as language options.

“The Pokémon core series games are the center of the Pokémon universe and provide some of the most memorable Pokémon moments for our fans,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “I can’t wait to see what fans think of the new adventures they’ll find in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.”

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will also have Pokémon Bank functionality. 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. More details about this exciting feature can be found here: www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-bank/#pokemon-sun-pokemon-moon

  -- The Pokémon Company International  

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Pokémon Direct

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By Nintendo

UK

By NintendoUKofficial

Japanese

By NintendoJPofficial

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