We knew this morning’s Direct video wouldn’t be long (coming in at only six minutes), and was mostly to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original games. The majority of today’s presentation was an homage video showing the various titles throughout the year and how it’s grown, with the biggest reveal coming at the tail end: the announcement of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
The titles actually leaked out yesterday, but today brought the official confirmation. Sadly, there was no real footage of the upcoming game, but there were some teasing looks at concept art for what could be going on in the title. A lot of what we see are trucks and vehicles with Pokemon riding in them. I’m not sure how that will come into gameplay, but I’m really loving the idea of seeing the WORLD of the game expand into something more complex and “real” (rather than people standing on routes waiting for you to walk by).
I’m especially intrigued by the ambulance looking vehicle, that looks an awful lot like a mobile PokeCenter. How neat an addition would that be?! A way to heal your Pokemon in emergency situations on a route, or even having one pick you up when all your fighters have feinted, rather than blacking out and waking up in the last PokeCenter. While it’s not much to go on, this glimpes at concept art has certainly piqued my interest in the new titles.
But let’s move on from the new for a second, and talk about the old. Tomorrow will see the release of the original games, Red, Blue, and Yellow, on the Nintendo eShop for fans to download. While we’ve known that for quite some time, today revealed that these new digital versions of the game WILL connect to the Pokemon Bank! This means, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to transfer the original Pokemon characters into the new games, even Sun & Moon:
This online storage application will make it possible for fans to move Pokémon wirelessly from Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, 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
While your Pokemon on the original Gameboy cartridges will still be trapped, it’s still very neat that we can replay them and transfer them for use in this year’s upcoming Pokemon titles (which are supposed to launch this “Holiday”). I, for one, can’t wait to recapture my favorite pocket monsters and then use them when Sun/Moon hits.
What do you guys think of today’s announcements? Are you ready for the next-generation of Pokemon?