Nintendo Announces Pokémon Sun and Moon to Release in 2016

Leaping ahead of the release of the Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow remakes for the 3DS, Nintendo announced the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon yesterday. Just a day before the original Pokémon games were re-released, Nintendo jumpstarted the gaming community with a teaser trailer celebrating its 20th anniversary and the declaration that a new Pokémon duo would see the light of day by the end of the year. No details have been released about the gameplay for Pokémon Sun and Moon. However, a brief glimpse of concept art is shown at the end of Nintendo’s “Pokémon Direct” video, giving Pokémon enthusiasts all they needed to be electrified with excitement.


A Promising Start

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are the most recent editions of Pokémon, and were initially released in 2014 to much critical acclaim. Given the surge in handheld console technology, many Pokémon-gamers wondered whether Nintendo would ruin the series by introducing too many gimmicks or new concepts. Much to the global delight of all, the 2013 Pokémon X and Y and 2014 Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby were executed equally well, seamlessly combing the 3DS software with the original gameplay of the beloved first editions. Nintendo’s previous success only promises good things for the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon.


Clear Your Fall Schedule

Given that the “remakes” of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow were quite literally only re-releases, the news about Sun and Moon is refreshing to everyone who expected Nintendo to remake the originals like they did Ruby and Sapphire. Slated to release in the fourth quarter of 2016, Pokémon Sun and Moon can easily be expected to pick up the slack and offer satisfying new and visually-stunning gameplay for Pokémon fanatics everywhere.