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Hey there Pokéfans! Nintendo’s brief but exciting Pokémon Direct took place at 7 am Pacific time on Friday February 26th.

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Image for the Nintendo Direct. Source: Nintendo News

Viewers were introduced with a familiar start up screen as Pokémon Gengar and Nidorino engaged in battle just like in the original Pokémon Red, Pokémon Green and Pokémon Blue games. The title screen was cleverly remade to feature “Pokémon Direct” along with a sprite based on Tsunekazu Ishihara, the CEO and President of The Pokémon Company with a trusty Charmander and Ditto.

Ishihara goes on to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the original Pokémon games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, which were released on the original GameBoy in Japan on February 27th, 1996. A video is played that showcases Pokémon throughout the generations and around the globe in a spectacular celebration of adventure, friendship, and family.

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Logos for the new Pokemon Games. Source: Kotaku

The video then announces the brand new Pokémon games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, which will be released around the world winter 2016. The game will be available in nine different languages no matter where you buy the game.

“We hope that through Pokémon, players can overcome language barriers and interact with other players from around the world,” said Ishihara.

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Image of Virtual Console Releases. Source: Nintendo News

The Direct reminds players that the GameBoy Pokémon games will be available tomorrow on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Ishihara then discusses how the trading technology in Pokémon games has advanced over time, making it possible to bring Pokémon from earlier games to newer generations. Ishihara reflects upon the difficulty of transferring Pokémon from the GameBoy to the GameBoy Advance. The Pokémon Company has solved this issue by creating compatibility for the Pokémon Bank for Pokémon Red, Pokémon Green, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow. This will allow players to bring their beloved creatures over to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon to battle in a whole new style.

Stay tuned for more Pokémon games and announcements as Nintendo and The Pokémon Company celebrate 20 years of catching, battling, and trading within the wonderful world of Pokémon.

 

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Written by Austyn Roney

Austyn James Roney is a broadcast journalism student at the University of North Texas. He has had a passion for video games ever since he was five-years-old. His first video game console was the Nintendo 64 bundled with the original Super Smash Bros. The game that really opened his eyes to the wonderful world of gaming was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The idea of amiibo instantly fascinated him whenever they were first introduced during E3 in 2014. His first amiibo was Link, and thus began his journey to collect them all!

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