Pokémon X and Y (ポケットモンスター Ｘ・Ｙ) were announced during a special Nintendo Direct which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata simultaneously broadcasted worldwide. The games were released worldwide in October of 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. The names mark the end of the color naming scheme that have been used on all the main handheld games since the series was first released. This also marks the first time that Pokémon games have launched worldwide but it appears that Korea will not be part of the worldwide release as Mr. Iwata did not list it and the on screen caption indicated some countries would not be part of the worldwide release.
Mr. Iwata noted that a significant number of resources were required to localize the games to each countries language and their challenge has always been how to distribute the Pokémon games around the world at the same time while ensuring that the quality remains high. With the release of Pokémon X and Y, they have been able to overcome this challenge.
The official Japanese Pokémon website has revealed that there would be a major announcement on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013. A Black 2 White 2 ad airing on Kids Station and other television stations in Japan has been broadcasting a notice at the end of the commercial indicating the same announcement date. The webpage tells people to bookmark it and not to forget to check out the page on that day.
Official Pokémon Twitter
Pokémon fans, mark your calendars! Check http://Pokemon.com on January 8th for some big news!
The official Nintendo of Japan
and Nintendo UK
sites and the Nintendo of America twitter
posted further details on the January 8th announcement. A special version of the Nintendo Direct presentation, called Pokémon Direct
, was hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata
and simultaneously broadcast worldwide at 8pm JST
, 6am EST
and 11am GMT
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y marks the start of the 6th Generation and a lot of new Pokémon were announced. The new starters were announced during the Nintendo Direct and the 2 new legendary Pokémon were also revealed. The starters are as follows: Water-type Froakkie, Grass-type Chespin and the Fire-type Fennekin.
New Legendary Pokémon - Xerneas and Yveltal
On January 9th, 2013, the official Pokémon X and Pokémon Y website revealed the names of Xerneas and Yveltal.
BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan 08, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Pokemon Company and Nintendo announced today that the next generation of Pokemon video games, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, will launch worldwide in October exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. New Pokemon, a new storyline set in a spectacular 3D world, and dynamic battles instantly make Pokemon X and Pokemon Y two of the most highly anticipated video game titles of 2013.
"The worldwide launch of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y this October allows players to begin their adventures at the same time," said Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokemon Company. "Now, Pokemon fans across the globe can discover the secrets of Pokemon games and can collect, battle, and trade with each other immediately."
"We brought Pokemon into an entirely new dimension and we're incredibly excited to bring Pokemon X and Pokemon Y to fans," said Junichi Masuda, video game director at GAME FREAK inc. "The stunning visuals, a completely redesigned environment, game scenario, music, and communication features will bring smiles to the faces of video game players around the world."
Want an early sneak peek at Pokemon X and Pokemon Y? Visit Pokemon.com to watch a video introducing this new Pokemon adventure, including an exciting first look at the new starter Pokemon in battle! Fans can also catch a glimpse of the newest Legendary Pokemon and gameplay footage from the upcoming titles.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will be the blueprint for an exciting array of new animation, Pokemon TCG, and toys debuting around the world.
- New Pokemon, a new storyline set in a spectacular 3D world, and dynamic battles
- First Pokémon Games of the 6th Generation and first games on the Nintendo 3DS
- Completely new 3D game engine that takes advantage of all the unique features of the Nintendo 3DS
- Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will be the blueprint for an exciting array of new animation, Pokemon TCG, and toys debuting around the world.
- Simultaneous worldwide launch of the games
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