Nintendo have just announced the sixth generation of Pokémon games for the 3DS on their latest Nintendo Direct broadcast. Following on from the last generation -which included Black and White and their sequels – these new titles are dubbed Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
The games are rendered with full 3D environments and characters, rather than the pseudo-3D style of the recent Pokémon games, with a more third person camera rather than the almost top-down style we’ve seen before.. It looks like a true evolution of the series and different to anything we’ve seen from Pokémon before, but the core features should, hopefully, not be too different from the previous instalments.
Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata also heavily hinted that it should carry on the series staple of offering different Pokémon and features across the two different versions, so that you can trade between the games.
The games will release worldwide this October, which is the same time as Japan, rather than having a delay as per usual due to localisation.
It’s great to finally see some fully-fledged Pokémon games on Nintendo’s current handheld rather than just companion apps and poor spin-offs and it should provide a great boost for the system – Pokémon’s still massively popular across the world. Pokémon X and Y look like the greatest evolutions of the series ever – even more so than Diamond and Pearl were.