It’s been 20 years since Pokemon Red and Green first came out in Japan, and since that day, the phenomenon has taken the world by storm. Today, to celebrate its anniversary, the Pokemon Direct announced the next generation of Pokemon games.
As previously rumored following Nintendo’s trademark and domain name purchases, the next games will be Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. These games will be available for the Nintendo 3DS, and are slated for a release date in the 2016 holiday season.
Additionally, when the games are made available, new language options will be added, bringing the total up to nine with the addition of traditional and simplified Chinese.
No other information is known yet, but some brief shots of game artwork could be glimpsed in the video shown during the Pokemon Direct, showcasing the game’s evolution over the last 20 years and all the people around the world who are enjoying it.
Additionally, the game reiterated that Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow versions are coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. While Pokemon from the original Game Boy games could not be transferred beyond the 2nd generation of games, the eShop releases will be made compatible with the Pokemon Bank, allowing players to transfer Pokemon between games and to Sun and Moon versions (although whether or not they’re compatible with Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire was not confirmed).
Happy 20th anniversary to Pokemon! Here’s to another few decades of catching them all.
You can watch the Pokemon Direct online at http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/02-26-2016/#/video-ndirect
And watch the announcement video for Pokemon Sun and Moon here: