The Pokemon Company introduces the latest addition to the popular Pokemon franchise. First revealed through a leak, “Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon” are now official Pokemon games.
The official announcement was made during the Pokemon Direct that was held on Friday, Feb. 26. “Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon” will be available for the Nintendo 3DS on “holiday 2016.” They are the first major entries since 2013’s “Pokemon X” and “Pokemon Y.”
“As we celebrate 20 years since the launch of Pokmon Red and Pokmon Green in Japan, the next era of Pokmon games is being announced!” The Pokemon Company said in a post at its official website. “Pokmon Sun and Pokmon Moon are coming out for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family in holiday 2016, with a new world, new Pokmon, and new adventures to discover!”
The two games also allow players to choose from nine languages, the first games in the series to do so. The games will be available in English, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
The duo will also allow players to use the Pokemon Bank. The paid service facilitates the transfer of Pokemons from one game to the other. In the case of the latest duo, players will be able to move their Pokemons to “Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon” from “Pokemon Red,” “Pokemon Blue,” “Pokemon Yellow,” “Pokemon Omega Ruby,” “Pokemon Alpha Sapphire,” “Pokemon X,” and “Pokemon Y.”
Those are the only details shared so far. However, The Pokemon Company did say that more information is “on the way,” so fans should continue to stay tuned.
The announcement confirms the leak which surfaced just a day earlier. NerdLeaks spotted two new registrations from Nintendo for the trademarks “Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon,” both of which featured a logo.
In addition to the trademark leak, the recent introduction of the new Mythical Pokemon Magearna also reportedly hinted at new games coming to the series. Magearna will star in an upcoming Pokemon movie with Ash and another Mythical Pokemon Volcanion.
“Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon” are among the several games that will be launched as part of Pokemon’s 20th anniversary celebration. Next month, the Pokemon fighting game “Pokken Tournament” will be released to the Wii U. Meanwhile, “Pokemon GO” will hit mobiles later this year. The original Pokemon games have also been ported to the 3DS.