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Pokémon Direct: It’s Not Very Effective


The highly anticipated Pokémon Direct finally streamed across the Internet in the U.S. this morning. For those in the U.K., it’s due this afternoon, so if you’re set on seeing it yourself, be warned. A wild spoiler appears!

The Direct lasted for six minutes and 32 seconds, hardly enough time to present more than a few news items. On top of that, the first three-and-a-half minutes were taken up by a commercial, of all things. When the announcements finally arrive, viewers were treated to the logos of Pokémon Sun and Moon, featuring the silhouettes of Solrock and Lunatone, respetively. The new Pokémon titles, which look to be the ultimate culmination of 20 years of Pokémon greatness, will release Holiday 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS.

The video then moved on to reveal that Pokémon Sun and Moon is to be available in nine different languages, and that the upcoming Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow will allow players to use Pokémon Bank to transfer their teams to the newest generation of games.

Sun and Moon aside, the digital remakes' functionality was probably the highlight of the Direct.
Sun and Moon aside, the digital re-releases’ functionality was probably the highlight of the Direct.

The wild spoiler fainted (end of spoiler).

Aside from a small tease that The Pokémon Company will be finding ways to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary all year long, that was the entirety of the Direct. For those of you that intend to watch it and/or skipped the previous paragraph (and are for some reason still reading this article which is about that very Direct), keep your expectations low. And until more details on the new games emerge, never stop training.

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