No matter how you look at it, Pokemon is a game for the ages. This morning Nintendo celebrated that fact with a new trailer that not only looks back at the storied history of the series, but also reveals the latest generation of games that will carry fans into the future, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
In case you haven’t heard (which would be hard to believe considering how frequently we’re being reminded of it), this year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved Pokemon series. To celebrate, Nintendo has put together a year’s worth of promotions, including monthly releases of special Pokemon for the rest of 2016, the impending launch of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, a revival of the card game’s first lineup, a new mobile game and more.
Possibly the biggest piece of the puzzle fell into place this morning, however, as Nintendo hosted a special Direct dedicated to everybody’s favorite pocket-sized monsters. While some trademarks for the new games leaked online 24 hours early, it was not confirmed until today’s Direct that a brand new generation of Pokemon would be launching this holiday season. According to the new trailer, the games are called Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon or, as the community has already started calling it, *sigh*, Pokemon S&M.
We have very few details for the new game, as the trailer only announces that they exist, they’re coming this year, and fans of the series should be excited for it. We catch a few glimpse of the game in production in the trailer, but that’s about it. The majority of the trailer is spent reminding us just how far the Pokemon series has come over the years and why it still holds a special place in the hearts of youngsters and adults alike.
Anyone who grew up with the OG Game Boy likely remembers connecting their console to a friend’s with a cord in order to battle or trade Pokemon. For you youngsters in the audience, a cord is that thing that you use to charge your various tech devices and, back in the day, they were needed for two devices to communicate with one another. Phones had them, too. It was a crazy, tethered world back in the day.
Not many series have had as drastic an impact on the world of gaming as the Pokemon series. Few games, for instance, can claim to have helped provide the bedrock for an entire generation. And the series has staying power, too, as we’ve seen through the hugely successful iterations that continue to arrive on a regular basis.
To be a part of that next step forward for the series, get ready to play Pokemon Sun and Moon later this year.