Pokemon Direct – January 8th, 2013: Pokemon X and Pokemon Y Announced for 3DS

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

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I’ll be honest, ladies and gentlemen. We’re not usually inclined to report on Pokemon-related news here at oprainfall. Goodness knows we have a handful of die-hard fans both among the staff and among regular readers of this site, but…the Pokemon-centric websites out there are vast, so breaking news would be wasted on a place like this, except in two circumstances:

– Localization news, like with Pokemon Conquest, or the new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game, because our community loves to hear the good news, or…

– A global Nintendo Direct that takes place at 6AM, suddenly turned into “Pokemon Direct”, that promises to deliver on Game Freak’s allusion to evolution in the Pokemon franchise in 2013.

Here I am, folks. I’ll get to hear what games my girlfriend and I get to play next before I’ve even downed my morning coffee. Anyone reading this is no doubt one of many “Pokemon fans around the world” that this Nintendo Direct calls upon. So, without ado, here’s another round of coverage, courtesy of my half-asleep hands:

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Iwata begins by looking back at the Pokemon series, to what ends? The first part of this Pokemon Direct is a history lesson, focused on starter Pokemon and different versions. “Since its release, there has always been a delay for bringing Pokemon games outside of Japan.” More history, more focus on delays. I imagine whatever game is about to be announced will be released globally.

Pokemon Direct

These new games, which look exceptionally polished, will indeed be released globally in October 2013! Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are being developed exclusively for 3DS. The game will feature new Pokemon (starters and possible legendaries shown below), old Pokemon (trailer shows Gollurk, Pikachu, Psyduck, Patrat and more), and various features built with 3DS in mind.

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That’s all Iwata had to share this morning, folks. This post will be updated live with more news, trailers and assets as I can grab them. You can view the entire ten minute Nintendo Direct for yourself below.

UPDATE: The official Pokemon XY Website has appeared! There, you can view gameplay footage and screens found below!

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