2016 marks the 20 year anniversary of the original releases of Pokémon Red and Green versions – the spark that started the Pokéfire that engulfed the world. It would have been a surprise not to hear about a new Pokémon game this year but fans can rest easy now – the best possible news has finally come. At 3pm today, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed that the seventh generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon Sun and Moon versions, would be coming later this year and I am over the moon happy about it! Pun intended.
Rumours of the possible sequels circulated yesterday when a leak discovered that Nintendo had trademarked Pokémon Sun and Moon and their logos. Many were unsure if this was a hoax but the Pokémon Direct that aired today proved the leak to be true.
Pokémon X and Y were the latest original games, released back in 2013, they were followed by Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire the following year, so it’s been a while since a major release for the franchise hit the shelves.
The good news is that this year is shaping up to be full of awesome Pokémon releases. The Virtual Console on the 3DS will be adding the original Pokémon Red and Blue games, as well as the fan favourite Pokémon Yellow, to its library tomorrow. This isn’t just fantastic for the nostalgia reasons, but it was also announced today that any Pokémon caught in these games can be transferred to the Pokémon Bank and then on to Pokémon Sun and Moon when they release!
There is also the much-anticipated release of Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game for smartphones that will allow trainers to hunt for Pokémon in the real world. Not much else is known about this game at the moment, and Pokémon doesn’t tend to have much presence at E3, so it’s hard to say when more news will break on any of the upcoming games.
However, what we do know is that Pokémon Sun and Moon will be releasing on the 3DS later this year and I can’t wait! Let the speculation begin!