Nintendo has announced that a 5 minute long Pokémon Direct will be held on Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 10:00EST / 15:00 UTC.

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Source: http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/02-26-2016/

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Logos

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Trailer - Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Arrive in Late 2016!




Pokémon Direct 2.26.2016


Pokémon Direct Announcements

  • Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will arrive on the Nintendo 3DS worldwide in Late/Holiday 2016
  • It was announced in this Pokémon Direct that Pokémon Red, Blue, Green and Yellow Digital eShop versions support Pokémon Bank and that an update would be able in the future for the Nintendo 3DS app to enable the functionality. Players will be able to transfer their Pokémon to Pokémon Sun and Moon via Pokémon Bank.
  • The games support 9 languages now which includes: Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. The languages can be selected right when players begin playing the game. The hope is that with more languages, players will be able to overcome language barriers by playing Pokémon.

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Planned Functionality with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

Major updates are planned for Pokémon Bank to work with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

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Once Pokémon Bank has been updated, players will be able to use it to transfer Pokémon you've caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow into your copy of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be brought into Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon in the same way.

Players will be able to use your existing Pokémon Bank account to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Due to certain limitations, it is recommended that you install Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow on the same Nintendo 3DS system as Pokémon Bank.

Note that Pokémon cannot be moved directly from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow to Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y via Pokémon Bank.

Sources: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-bank/#pokemon-sun-pokemon-moon and http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-sun-and-pokemon-moon/#

Press Release - NEW POKÉMON GAMES ANNOUNCED VIA POKÉMON DIRECT

Newest Generation of Pokémon Core Series Games coming to Nintendo 3DS Late 2016

For 20 years, Pokémon has delighted millions of fans of all ages and has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world. During today’s Pokémon Direct presentation, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the newest additions to a legendary series that has sold more than 275 million video games since the debut of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in 1996 for the Game Boy system in Japan. Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be launching late 2016 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and, for the first time, will offer Traditional and Simplified Chinese as language options.

“The Pokémon core series games are the centre of the Pokémon universe and provide some of the most memorable Pokémon moments for our fans,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “I can’t wait to see what fans think of the new adventures they’ll find in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.”

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will also have Pokémon Bank functionality. This online storage application will make it possible for fans to move Pokémon wirelessly from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow, which come to the Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS on February 27, to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon through Pokémon Bank.