Posted by Andrew Hayward January 08, 2013

After stretching the lifespan of its previous-generation handheld with last fall's release of Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2, Nintendo will finally push the beloved "Collect 'Em All" series ahead with this October's release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo revealed the complementary titles overnight in a streaming web presentation, wherein the first trailer and information were divulged. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be the first core entries in the long-running franchise to feature 3D visuals, which have a cartoonish cel-shaded look to them, and will expectedly include brand new Pokémon species. Newcomers Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie were shown as the starter monsters, though old standby Pikachu also made an appearance in the video.

It's a welcome step forward for a series that has been famously slow to evolve from its original framework, though it seems fair to say that the games will still revolve around traveling from town to town, collecting and battling Pokémon along the way. Nintendo says the games will be released worldwide around the same time to allow for online interactions for all, with a target release time of October 2013.


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