Nintendo officially announces Pokémon Sun and Moon Versions

Pokemon DirectIn a move that has surprised precisely zero people, Nintendo has announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon versions in a short six-minute Pokémon Direct that aired this morning.

The names and logos for the game leaked Wednesday evening courtesy of the European Trademark body, the awkwardly named Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market.


In the Direct presentation, we’ve found out that the games, launching on Nintendo 3DS, will indeed be coming to market this holiday, likely in the October timeframe as in years past. It will be three years since the franchise’s last major launch with Pokémon X and Y versions in October 2013.

The games will be available in a worldwide launch in nine languages, including English, German, Italian, French, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

The Pokémon Bank will also be able to be used as a conduit to transfer creatures from the Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow versions into Pokémon Sun and Moon, which virtually confirms that the new games will feature all Pokémon, starting from the original 151.

Nintendo has not provided too many additional details about the games themselves, as they were announced at the tail end of a celebration mainly dedicated to celebrating 20 years of Pokémon so far, but we expect to know much, much more come E3 2016 in just a few short months.

Until that happens, check out the (unapologetically short) announcement trailer for the games below.