Pokemon Sun and Moon Coming for the Holidays

As we sit here on the day before the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Pokemon franchise, Nintendo has some new Pokemon related announcements. The big one is, of course, the next new Pokemon games in the series, Pokemon Sun & Moon. You can see the brief statement about the new games here1.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Coming For The Holidays

Coming in Q4 2016

While the setting and new features slated for Pokemon Sun & Moon are yet to be announced, we do know that they will link into the Pokemon Bank application2 available for the Nintendo 3DS series, which will allow players to move their Pokemon from Pokemon X & Y and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire to the new title. In addition, the revised versions of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow3, the original generation which started it all back in 1996, and which should be available in the 3DS store tomorrow, will also connect into Pokemon Bank.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Coming For The Holidays

A diagram from the presentation, so it must be true! This will allow you to catch the original 151 Pokemon well, not Mew, but the other ones in the initial setting and then bring them into the current generation of games.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Coming For The Holidays

Coming to the Virtual Console February 27, 2016

It will be a one way trip from Pokemon Red, Blue, or Yellow, but you might as well catch them there, as we still have most of the year left to wait until Pokemon Sun & Moon come our way. I have been waiting for this announcement for a while now, as we seemed due for a new Pokemon release announcement. I guess waiting for the anniversary makes sense.

The questions that remain for me include, which of the original three should I grab, will I be able to endure a 20 year old version of Pokemon, and will I finally finish up Pokemon Alpha Sapphire before the Discount Holidays © holiday launch of the new titles?

And, if you re dying for more Pokemon history, Polygon has a Pokemon timeline posted4 covering the last 20 years.

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