Pokemon fans, get excited. Earlier today, Nintendo announced the arrival of two new games for the 3DS, Pokemon X and Y. These games herald a number of firsts for the popular videogame franchise, most prominently being the first 3D entries in the series with an all-new graphics system.
Previously, all prior installments to the Pokemon series have been from a sprite-based graphically-flat bird's eye view, something Pokemon X and Y eschews in favor of fully rendered 3D environments and the 3D visual effects of the 3DS. Another major change that the games bring to the table is a worldwide release in October 2013. Traditionally, Pokemon games have had localized debuts, starting with Japan before rolling out to North American and Europe.
Per tradition, three all-new starter Pokemon were unveiled with the announcement, the grass-type Chespin, resembling a chipmunk, fire-type Fennekin, a fox, and Froakie, a water-type frog. At the announcement, Series Director Junichi Masuda remarked, "We brought Pokémon into an entirely new dimension and we’re incredibly excited to bring Pokémon X and Pokémon Y to fans. The stunning visuals, a completely redesigned environment, game scenario, music, and communication features will bring smiles to the faces of video game players around the world."
Check out the full announcement here.