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Pokémon Sun and Moon Announced for 3DS

"Generation seven!"

This morning, Nintendo hosted a short, six-minute Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct starring Tsunekazu Ishihara. During the Direct, it was mostly retrospective on the games as a whole instead of a bunch of announcements, but they did unveil the seventh generation of Pokémon.

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This holiday season, Nintendo, Game Freak and the Pokémon Company will release Pokémon Sun and Moon for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. While all we saw were concept drawings and raw renders of various things, the game has been confirmed to add Traditional and Simplified Chinese to the games’ language options, literally crumbling the entry barriers for another billion people.

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The game, like the four generation six games (X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), will have limited 3D capabilities as stated in some of the fine print.

Ishihara also elaborated the technology barrier that made trading Pokémon between the second (Gold, Silver, Crystal) and third generation (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen) games impossible, and wanted to reflect that with Sun and Moon. Owners of the eShop versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, which releases tomorrow, may transfer Pokémon to the cloud-based Pokémon Bank and upload them to Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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