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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.

  • Gary65

    My excitement over this is only tempered by the continued use of that stupid battle system. When are they gonna stop using that turn-based mechanic? It’s so annoying.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716134358 Ben Hacker Hughes

      If you get rid of it you ruin what Pokemon is to be honest.

    • Meur123

      Whut. That’s what makes Pokémon Pokémon.

      That’s like saying, I really like the Mario games, but when are they going to get rid of that jumping mechanic. >.>

  • Not R/S Remakes?

    That Chespin thing is more of an abomination than Oshawott.
    Needless to say, I’m crying right now.
    The games look good, actually, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are literally EVERYTHING I DIDN’T want. They’re for 3DS, it’s a New Generation, the only starter that even looks good is Froakkie or however you spell it, and IT ISN’T A HOENN REMAKE.

    • ravenclaw1991

      Oshawott is not an abomination. I love Oshawott. Chespin is cool looking! Don’t lose hope for RSE remakes though. We could still get them one day. I really want them. Mostly because Gen III is my least favourite, but it has nothing to do with the games. I despised the GBA. I don’t know why, but I never liked it so I never was able to fully enjoy RSE or FRLG.

  • Guest

    I can’t wait for this! I am so excited for this long overdue update in graphics. This is going to make huge strides with battling – exactly what they need to do without changing what it is by taking away the turn based style. The new starters look great. I’m already looking for a used 3DS to buy so that I can play this.

  • ravenclaw1991

    I’m gonna admit, I woke up this morning excited about whatever the announcement was going to be and almost pissed myself with excitement when I found out. THIS IS AWESOME! I love Fennekin! I’m a sucker for fire-types and with Gen V I had to go grass and use Snivy because I didn’t like Tepig’s evolutions. So I’m hoping Fennekin has awesome evolutions.

    I was slightly hoping the Pokemon Rainbow version rumours would be true, or at least near true, but that would seem too much like the end. I’m glad its this instead. It seems a little soon, but who cares? Its awesome! Looks like I’ll have to get a 3DS between now and then.

  • Yasmin Kelsey

    This is amazing! Pokemon was falling behind in my opinion staying in 2D when three other well known games already were on the 3DS. It is soon but so what? They did a good job. I love the graphics, I love the scenery. I love the starters, the legendaries are amazing. The female protagonist looks good. (From what I can see.) I hope they’re teenagers again. I’m really pleased. I want R/S re-makes in the future but they needed a step forward. Done a great job. Fire is my favourite and perfect – hope it stays amazing. Then grass and then water. I loved Snivy and Oshawott. PIkachu’s opening was lovely; I always loved Pikachu and Raichu. GOD I AM HAPPY! All over other websites basically everyone is happy. I really hope Nintendo are proud they’re doing awesome thus far. REALLY shocked me.

  • ihatedanewpokemons


    • Sterling Aceto

      You must be a nostalgia faggot or something…
      Fennekin is 100x better than charmander.
      Also caps lock much?

      • http://Hypable.com/ James Bean

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        • http://www.facebook.com/richard.mcdevitt Richard McDevitt

          Fairly sure this guy was trolling or pointing out the general reaction we’re going to get from this over the next few days.

    • ravenclaw1991

      Calling them “retarded” was completely inappropriate. The original starters are not the best, so get over yourself. And I guess they are trying to change it up and get away from colours and call them X and Y.. or maybe they are trying to set up a third version called Z because of the X, Y, and Z axes on a graph.

    • Meur123

      Yeah, I agree. The starters could have been better. We shouldn’t have the original starters back though, it’s still better to keep it fresh. If you want them back then you’ll have to trade it from one of the DS games.

      But hey, 3D sprites? How can you even complain that much, it’s a huge step forward.

    • Glaciusx

      Grow up.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone


  • http://twitter.com/Jakkpf Jack F

    I think they should wait a bit longer for a gen 6. Not very happy, I was looking forward to a gen 3 remake!

  • http://twitter.com/Lyndseybug19 Lyndsey Salisbury

    I’ll probably get a lot of flack for this but I have to say it would make no sense for them to do the RSE remakes right now. You have to keep in mind that they’re trying to move away from the DS into more 3DS stuff. It would have been a horrible idea to present a super new style of pokemon games in the remakes because everyone would frickin’ hate on it twice as much as they are now.

  • Alex Anderlik

    Guys, the X and Y (and soon Z) are referring to the axes of a 3-dimensional plane. I think it’s kind of clever actually.

  • mattai

    how is it supposed to take place in france if junichi masuda said in an issue of game informer that pokemon takes place on a different planet than earth

    • Anonymous

      Although the pokemon universe is obviously separate from the real world, a lot of the locations are heavily “inspired by” places on Earth. Kanto and Johto are named after regions in Japan, Unova is some sort of US hybrid (UNited states OV America… get it?), etc. This new region seems to be connected with France. It’s not something to be upset over, just interesting side information. c:

  • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

    Us italians may have lots and lots of faults but one of those is NOT changing Pokemon names!



  • Caroline Taylor

    I’m only 7 hours into Pokemon White 2 and this gets announced, this looks radically different and I think thats probably a good thing, it might feel stale if it was the same, will be nervous seeing how the reviewers take this new style!

  • Avery Jackson

    Fynx/Fennekin is the coolest starter pokemon ever! And yes I know some people love the originals, nothing can replace them etc etc. But please don’t hate on me just because I like to give new ones a chance. All kay here? :)

    • Marie

      Fennekin is adorable. I want it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

      He’s cute! But I’m a sucker for water pokemon and I’m really displeased with Froakie. I think that, after Squirtle and Totodile, they never got another water starter right.

      • popoK

        I feel like they always go for really weird looking water pokemon inspiration, I mean really? A frog? No thank you

        • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

          yeah totally! They are infinite cute possibilites for water starters Pokemon: I would like to see a hippo-inspired starter, or maybe a polar bear one (that can evolve into a water-ice type). Also a dolphin looking or swan looking would be quite nice (Nintendo should hire me really).

      • blah

        I love water pokemon but get disappointed when they just look like frogs, I mean, it’s pretty crappy

  • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

    BTW I do think it’s France. If you notice in the beginning, when Pikachu does his thundershock and the camera zooms out you can very clearly see the Eiffel tower.

    • Glaciusx

      Yes, like how Black & White’s scenery was influenced by New York. I think this game will definitely have a more European feel to it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

        So basically we can expect Psyduck fois gras.

  • Marie

    OMG, the starters are REALLY cute. I love them. I hope their evolved forms are good. Although I loved Black, I gotta say, most of the new pokemon were kinda ugly. These look good though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peggy.ruiz1 Peggy Ruiz

    That’s Awesome!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ebony-Leopard/573100483 Ebony Leopard

    Another series and still no “brown skinned” pokemon lead character or character option for all those ‘other’ kids in the world. Sigh.

    • Feeney

      Dude it’s not like they’re ACTUALLY white, they’re Japanese, because even though we get these games all over the world it’s a Japanese country that makes it.

      • Ebony Leopard

        That’s not really the point. If they finally gave players a male/female option, and now they have progressed to having brown skinned characters both in the game as random people, but also trainers, it’s not out of bounds to wonder if they’ll ever give players a brown skinned option of the character that represents ‘you’ in the game, is it? I can’t imagine having 2 more character options for player select would be that difficult to do.

  • Marie

    Also, is it only for the 3DS? I only have a DS, and I really, really don’t want to have to get a new one. :-(

  • Glaciusx

    I’m so happy about this!! All of the starters are extremely adorable and it’s about time we get a real Pokemon game for the 3DS. Making another one for the DS when you can do SO much more with the 3DS just doesn’t make sense.

  • Grace

    As exciting as this news is, I was hoping the news would be of Ruby/Sapphire remakes.

  • Jake

    Discover a breathtaking new world…. Me: “Europe?”

    But seriously, though, I miss playing Pokemon. But I don’t have a 3DS, so…meh.

  • Matt Potter (on my phone lol)

    Did anyone else notice that the Japanese name for the fire starter is read basically as a romaji version of ‘fuck’? Lol. Fu-o-tsu-ku (or maybe ko, I forget) The ‘fu’ with a little ‘o’ make a ‘fo’ sound, then the little ‘Tsu’ denotes a brief silent pause. The vowel sound of the ‘ku’ is not stressed since its at the end so it’s pronounced basically like a hard k. I understand that they’re trying to make it sound like ‘fox’ (of which a fennec is that little cute one with big ears), but the best way I can think to describe how that would be pronounced is saying ‘fork’ with some sort of British accent.

    • Matt P

      If you’ve seen Misfits, it’s basically Kelly saying ‘fuck’, haha.

    • Samiya

      That’s a “ko” at the end. The small “tsu” does not denote a silent period, but doubles the following consonant. In this case, “kk.” The romaji translates roughly to Fokko.

      • Matt

        Right, when you write it in romaji, but the half-pause does apply.

  • umbreonfreak94

    the news was yesturday and i got the info today yes i agree with marie fennekin is sooo cute!!!! :) i got a 3ds and i cant wait for the north american realse! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamanis.myers Jamanis Myers

    I’m waiting for them to reach the 1000 mark in Pokemon

  • TylenolAnalSpout

    You are all fucking retarded.That is all.

  • Kirsten Dowd

    Iv always preferred the water or grass type starters to the fire type starter but fennenkin actually looks pretty cool compared to the other starters.To be honest chespin is pretty much a grass type oshawott and froakie isn’t really up to standard for a Pokemon like seriously it looks like he is wearing white gloves,white glasses and has white hair?You would wonder what the people at Pokemon had in there heads when they designed him.Very disappointed since I have nearly always picked a water type starter.The new legendary Pokemon don’t look to bad either,finally decided not to make them a dragon type,well at least I hope.

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