Pokémon Sun and Moon on Nintendo 3DS confirmed for holiday 2016

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Update (2/26 1:15pm): Pre-orders for the new titles are starting to pop-up on Amazo for both the Sun and Moon version. The 20% off for Prime members is in effect and brings both down to $31.99 shipped (Reg. $40). And the same deal applies for GCU members on Best Buy for both the Sun and Moon version.

Eager Pokémon trainers have been awaiting the first news of the next title in the main series for a while now. After images of what appeared to be the next entry’s logos surfaced yesterday, we now have official word on the new titles. During the 20th anniversary Pokémon Direct event this morning, the new Pokémon Sun and Moon for Nintendo 3DS were officially announced with a holiday 2016 release date.

At this point, details on the game are sparse. We caught a few seconds of concept footage in the trailer during the event which showed newly designed Pokécenters along with some vehicles and a couple mainstay Pokémon. The game will release in 9 languages, including Chinese for the first time. You can catch the complete Direct event below (the new Pokémon starts just past the halfway mark).

Outside of the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire re-releases for 3DS, fans of the series have been waiting since 2013 when Pokémon X and Y initially dropped. The new Pokémon title(s) will be accompanied by a re-release of Pokémon Red, Yellow and Blue. Those apps will now make use of the Pokémon Bank app and will be available on the 3DS e-Shop for $9.99 each starting February 27th.

And remember, this Saturday February 27th is Pokémon Day at GameStop. You can find all the details right here.

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