At this morning’s Nintendo Direct video press release, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a brand new handheld game for the 3DS, along with a new Pokémon generation and starters.

The three starter Pokémon are the grass type Chespin, the fire starter Fennekin, and the water starter Froakie.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released in Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Australia in October of 2013, marking the first time that the series was simultaneously released worldwide.

The news was announced via Nintendo’s official streaming channel. A trailer was shown for the new Pokémon games, and can be viewed here along with the entire announcement on the official Nintendo Direct website, or just the trailer below.

Other notable parts of the trailer include a new male and female protagonist, a Pokémon Stadium esque camera, a new bird and forest legendary Pokémon, and full 3D graphics. This marks the first time a 3D camera for the main handheld game series is to be implemented.

According to the following tweet from Pokémon authority BulbapediaPokémon X and Y will take place in France.

The announcer in the trailer states the following:

Discover a breathtaking 3D world. Encounter new Pokémon. The more you battle together, the stronger your bond will become. Your new Pokémon 3D adventure is about to begin. Introducing, ‘Pokémon X’ and ‘Pokémon Y.’ Coming worldwide October 2013.

What do you think?

Are you excited for the new generation of Pokémon to be announced? This marks about two and a half years since the release of Pokémon Black and White. Did this announcement come too soon?

More Poke fun

View screenshots from the trailer below.

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Our Pokémon podcast, Poké Chat, will be recording a special breaking news episode tonight. In the mean time, listen to the latest episode here.

UPDATE: Listen to Hypable.com’s Pokémon podcast episode about this news here.