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New Pokémon Nintendo Direct Appearing On 8th January

Posted by Orla Madden

Pokéballs on the ready

Last weekend we reported that Game Freak had promised new Pokémon information on the 8th January.

Looks like the big announcement is set to be released, as both Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America have revealed via Twitter that a special Nintendo Direct focusing on Pokémon news will be hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata tomorrow at 6 AM EST / 3 AM PST / 12 PM CET / 11 AM UK.

Time to speculate on what will be announced tomorrow.

On your marks....go!


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User Comments (101)



Wonder_Ideal said:

Interesting. I'm going to go put on my tinfoil speculating hat, and prepare for the show.



Rapadash6 said:

I wonder if they would announce a new gen so soon after Black and White 2. A Ruby/Sapphire remake seems the most likely. Personally I'd love to see a new Wii U Pokemon Snap game, but I'd doubt it would get this kind of unveiling treatment.



SirQuincealot said:

please no ruby remake (unless its going full 3d) i would like to see pokemon (mainseries) game with actual combat, maybe in the style of zelda 2 or gargoyles quest, and im pretty sure adventuretime was like that as well



SirQuincealot said:

@Zach777 those games dont really hold up, they are way to easy, beat garys team of sixties wth a bunch of forties and 30s, all you need is type advanteage and even that is super easy with no double types



SirQuincealot said:

@Jamouse you mean BW3D? i would like to see that (as long as their are new grapics or combat) maybe two modes, a new combat mode and classic mode which is just turned based



2Sang said:

Or maybe AR cards. Imagine having pop-up pokemon in your pocket! Re-defining pocket monsters.



Drawdler said:

I'm happy as long as the next mainstream game is on the 3DS, but regarding this announcement, for all we know it could be anything. Sure they're making a big deal about it, but it's not nessecarily a new game because of that.
Anyway, I'll watch this fr the heck of it, nothing else to do...



Arcamenel said:

Why is it too early for Gen VI? Announcement =/= Release. Gen II came out about 3 years after Gen I. Gen III came out 3 years after Gen II. Assuming they announce it now and it's released in September of 2013 that would mean Gen V got 3 years before Gen 6 came out.



NinFreak said:

Its gonna have to be a new generation or something to do with the main series. I can't see them going through all this trouble to announce a spinoff or releasing the Gameboy games on Virtual console.



C-Olimar said:

Gen 6 is somewhat likely, although I think it could be a RS remake, and, just to annoy people, it is for DS. The most likely explanation, however, is something disappointing or perhaps even soul-crushing.



sillygostly said:

Australian air times... (yes, I'm bored =P)

7.00pm Western Australia
8.30pm Northern Territory
9.00pm Queensland
9.30pm South Australia
10.00pm New South Wales, A.C.T., Victoria, Tasmania



Silver_August said:

my money is on RSE Remakes, - because fans keep asking for it and it would go nicely with the 10th anniversary

a 3D Wii U RPG, because wii u needs games that will lift consoles + its better to show it off through a big announcement then magazine scans in CoroCoro.

or Gen 6 - though this is my least likely bet just because the Genesect movie comes out in the summer and generally those announcements are for games coming out within 6 months....moving that movie meant to promote the games completely pointless. putting most of my chips on option B, but some in the others because its all I can imagine they would do witht he trouble they're going through.



AgentAPE said:

too much hype for me, get ready to be disappointed.

I really dont want to see another 100 or so pokemon ,650 is enough, just open up /connect the maps already, thats my favorite part about G/S/C,just do it for all 5 gens and make a billion dollars.



DonnaxNL said:

They have to make something different, not a remake.. Something new, but what feels classic. I would like to see that cross-play with Wii U and 3DS, like Monster Hunter, that would be awesome.

Not really a Pokemon fan, but I hope for you guys it's something big.



Yee said:

I think is going to be something Wii U related, we haven't seen our 5th gen pokémon in a big screen yet.



Marakuto said:

A Pokemon game for the Wii U, people saying 6th gen I don't believe anymore lol. It's time a home-console 3D Pokemon game was made after 6/5 years!



Armyboy1994 said:

Pokemon on 3DS as a mainstream game in 3D, 3D graphics and fully animated moves and attacks. Think about it. They didnt just convert more than 649 pokemon to 3D models just for Pokedex 3D pro and they did say Pokemon would evolve this year. So maybe its evolving from 2D sprite games to full 3D game



ScreamoPichu said:

I'd assume third generation 3DS remake. But they seem to be making a huge deal out of this announcement.... so I wonder if there's more........



Hokori said:

If its a ND I'm guessing RYB on VC since I doubt they would have a ND just to announce a game they could just name, the ND would talk about an update for VC wireless link cables



DerpSandwich said:

I think it's a little too soon for Ruby and Sapphire remakes. They'll probably come a little before or a little after the next gen. It's also most certainly too soon for the announcement of the next gen. I can't think of any other news that would be as "big" as they're promising though, so I really have no idea.



SuperCharlie78 said:

A Pokemon game for the Wii U based on the NFC technology.
Lots of Pokemon figures in the stores just like the Skylanders ones, and the Amazon sales charts invaded by them.



Armyboy1994 said:

R/S remakes wont come till Nintendo stop supporting the DS Lite. Anyone can buy a DS Lite then Ruby and Sapphire.



McGruber said:

If GameFreak is making this announcement, then it's definitely for 3DS. They need to use those 3D models and integrate Pokedex3D in with the game.



Phle said:

I would like Pokémon 3DS. Generation VI sounds good to me, or even a version of Black and White 2 made for 3DS. I have a feeling this might be about Pokémon Mystery Dungeon though. Isn't there a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game coming to 3DS? But that could be good too, all though I would prefer a main series game. It doesn't have to be all new, a remake of Ruby and Sapphire could work.



datamonkey said:

Judging by the apparent lack of Wii U titles on the horizon, I hope that this is a title for Wii U.



DreamyViridi said:

Not expecting anything, so whatever it is will be a surprise for me. Just hope it's not Gen 6.



Bulbousaur said:

This is somewhat unusual, seeing that most major Pokemon main series news is announced on Pokemon Sunday/Smash (a Japanese TV show). Oh well, whatever it is, I'm hyped as hell

Pokemon MMO?



Bulbousaur said:

I think the 3DS Mystery Dungeon game is already out in Japan, so I don't think NOJ would dedicate an entire Nintendo Direct to a game already out.



Megumi said:

...Bleh, 6 AM...will be sleeping, ah well. Can't wait to see what the next generations is gonna be about. :3



Dizzard said:

I would love if they announced Pokemon Snap for the 3DS.

Even though the third generation was my favourite, I kinda hope they announce something else. A remake feels a little anti-climactic.



AyeHaley said:

Waking up to Pokemon news always makes my day! It must be something big for them to use 3 ND's worldwide to announce it. 3D Pokemon seems obvious. But gen 6 already? I don't know...
Edit: Pokemon Creepy Black version in 3D!



Arcamenel said:

I'm hoping for Gen VI announcement for the 3DS. I want my Pokemon with 3D models!



MasterWario said:

Kind of like LuigiMan200, I don't want to expect much so it can actually be a surprise. If I expect something big and it's not that big I'll be disappointed. Just bring on the (a) surprise!



gavn64 said:

3d classics and wireless enabled versions of red/blue and gen 6 a double pronged attack on our collective wallet.



MarkDaBeast said:

i would like a 3ds pokemon game since most of them are ds. i want gen vi as i will not buy a wii u just for a pokemon game



eirikr said:

Waiting for the 6th generation, I am tired of spinoffs. I don't want a remake.



BakaKnight said:

A new Nintendo Direct... and all about Pokemon?!?!?!

If I'm dreaming not wake me before the 1 PM of tomorrow!!!



Mr_3DS said:

If it is a Ruby/Sapphire remake...I will cry tears of joy! But I won't be awake enough to enjoy the broadcast at yeah I'll wait lol



DarkKirby said:

"Big News" I expect. Gen 3 remake... on the DS. Black and White 2... Gray Version... on the DS.

I sincerely hope I'm wrong.



WreckItRyan said:

To sum up some of the comments I read and my own thoughts...
Least Exciting: Any release on the DS, new Mystery Dungeon game (that we already know about)
Exciting: Ruby/Sapphire 3DS remake, VC Pokemon releases
Most Exciting: Pokemon Snap for Wii U, Pokemon MMO for Wii U



HammerBr0 said:

Game freak said the Pokemon world is going to evolve Jan 8th so we probably know that Pokemon is going from 2D to 3D so get your body's ready because I want a R/S/E remake in 3D the 6th Gen or an MMO for Pokemon!



AJWolfTill said:

I believe the reason the main series never reached the home consoles was due to their emphasis on portable play. However if the link between 3ds and WiiU that has been demonstrated with MH3 is possible then I think it may well be the time for pokemon to follow suit + nintendo network. If they are moving to an HD console + the 3ds it would be insulting to hold off from going to 3d any longer.



Denkou said:

Everyone keeps saying that there will be a RS remake, but I doubt thats going to happen. The reason gamefreak even remade GS was because it would have been impossible to complete the national pokedex if someone only had a dsi (which was incapable of migrating pokemon from RSE and fire red/leaf green). The release of HGSS made it possible to catch all 493 pokemon at the time, and since pokemon can be transferred from the gen 4 games into the gen 5 games, RS does not NEED to be remade. Contrary to popular belief, game freak did not remake GS to appease the fans; that was just a side effect.

tl;dr: there is no "reason" for game freak to remake RS, and there won't be until the DS games become obsolete. In other words, there will never be a RS remake on the 3DS

Dear gamefreak,
Please prove me horribly wrong. I want a RS remake so bad...



Instinct12 said:

I think as long as it is either a RS remake, 6th generation announcement, or any of the gameboy games on VC then I will be happy. I think that if it is indeed the RS remake, which i think is most likely, it will again be for the ds and not the 3ds. Black and White 2 literally just came out not even a couple month ago, and having a new game on a brand new console would be astonishing to me. Plus as the track record shows, whenever gamefreak makes a game on a new console, it takes them 2 years to come up with a main series game. If it is a 6th generation announcement, it will for sure be on the 3ds, but it will probably be a weak announcement, showing the "lucario Zoroark" type pokemon (maybe the starters if we are lucky). The fact that it is a 10 minute long conference (as seen on implies that they will have a lot of content to talk about, which would imply that they have some sort of gameplay footage. I am hoping that because it is such a long conference, that they will maybe announce two of the three things I mentioned above, but I would be happy with any one of them.



HandheldGuru97 said:

Ruby and Sapphire 3D. That is all I want. I have been waiting for this for a long time a long time if it isn't a RS3D...well then it better Gen. 6 although I think it is still a bit early.



2Sang said:

@Marioman64 yeah but they're not cards. What they SHOULD do is make the wizards of the coast cards AR compatible, giving a reason for people who don't play the game to collect the cards.



Geonjaha said:

Pokémon isn't important enough for its own Nintendo Direct - especially given the news it generally comes with.

'We've decided to make a new game for the 3DS, we wont change any fundamentals of the series or make any important changes - but you can expect new Pokémon sure to make some of the older ones redundant. Also this was all obvious and by no means needed a presentation. We're also planning on ruining Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and making a remake.'



mamp said:

Hmm... trying not to get too hyped since it's pokemon and well they consider any small change the biggest change in the world (OMG moving trainer sprites), XD but it is fun to read about the rumors going around, project rainbow was pretty meh sounding, but project trinity sounded just plain crazy (a digital type and space colonies WTF). we'll see what it turns out to be but I doubt it will be as great as these 2 rumors. I also bet that if they use 3D models and move away from sprites they'll probably make a huge deal out of that too.



TheKingOfTown said:

@Geonjaha um, Pokemon is one of the world's best-selling francheses and has one of the latgest fanbases ever. you really think it doesn't deserve its own Ninty Direct?



soracloud28 said:

Reggie said in an interview last month that we shouldn't think we know every title in the launch window for the wii u. I'd like to specualate that it is indeed a Pokemon title for the wii u. It would be the perfect thing to drive sales through the roof.



Emaan said:

Hype! 6 AM announcement for me in my designated timezone. I'll be up that early anyways getting ready for school, so this works out pretty good for me. I'm really excited for whatever news we get on Pokemon in 2013.



mamp said:

But the creator of Pokemon said that the main series will always stay on handhelds because pokemon games are more suited to be on handhelds. Unless they make some spin-off title which are ok but not good.



Arianabtd said:

Yawn ill be asleep at 5 AM, but all I'm hoping for is a new Pokemon snap. And then ill be happy.



ultraraichu said:

Any news relating to a 3DS game, WiiU game (maybe app), or that pokemon typing game coming to the US is good news to me.

A main stream pokemon VC game is like using a typewriter instead of your computer to write a report Imo (spoiled by current Gens. features) and a Ios news will most likely disappoint me.



randomlypikachu said:

.-. i might be alone here but im kinda hoping this anouncement isnt about taking pokemon from 2D to 3D. also (and looking at a few of the comments i think im gona be alone on this one too) hoping this isnt a pokemon snap 2. really hoping its just an anouncement for a generation 6, or an Ruby/Saphire remake. with that said i still feel like its kinda soon for either of these to happen. then again i doubt myself, or anyone will feel that its too soon by the time it comes out.



WindWakerLink said:

If Mr. Iwata is making the announcement and not Junichi Masuda, then OH THIS GOTTA BE BIG!!! ^__^ SO BIG THAT IT'S ITS own Nintendo Direct!! Hahaha! SO BIG that it's the global president doing the announcement! So big that this being shown worldwide simultaneously to everyone's time zone! This is too exciting!!!! DDD
What I think it would be is pretty much what most of us think here, I think:
Remake of 3rd gene; Gene VI coming out next year exclusive on the 3DS; Wii U pokemon game. Either way, this is EXCITING!



MrMario02 said:

i hope for a change in the pokemon main series. Maybe ruby and sapphire II using new ideas



MrMario02 said:

Me: If they don't make a significant change to pokemon, i'm gonna make Game Freak take the game back! get mad! I DON'T WANT YOUR REPEDITIVE GAMES! WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THESE? DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I'M THE MAN WHO'S GONNA BURN GAME FREAK DOWN! with the games! in fact I'm gonna turn my old pokemon games into explosives and BURN DOWN GAME FREAK!!!!!!

GLaDOS: Burning game freak! he says what we're all thinking!




Azaris said:

@ #1 i would give every thing i own for a realliving breathing jirachi ^_^



mamp said:

I wish they would add more story to the game they were going in the right direction with Black and White, I really liked Bianca's story about how she wanted to travel the world to find out what to do with her life and how she had to lie to her parents and run away from home in order to do it. I even felt bad when her dad showed up in that one city in order to take her back home. This is kind of a more mature story that Pokemon needs (Mature doesn't necessarily mean blood, sex and foul language)



Dandalfa00 said:

Make a remake that's more than a remake?... Ruby and Sapphire with full 3D and 3D models. A guarantee sell that allows them to experiment with a new design. With Blue and Red VC releases as bonuses! Or... more likely, a Wii U game like Pokemon Colosseum and Revolution or whatever.



kyuubikid213 said:

Game Freak will make one last main series Pokemon game.
It tells the story of one boy/girl who travels from Kanto to Unova.
Available on 3DS.



Drobotic said:

Shoot,why does Nintendo schedule these Nintendo Directs at strange times?I'll be at school around 12!
EDIT:Oops,that's a different timezone.I'll probably be waking up by the time it starts broadcasting,though.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

I doubt it'll be a mainline title for the Wii U because GameFreak simply does not want to work on a home console Pokemon game. Chances are it wouldn't be a spin off title by another developer if GameFreak is chiming in as well.

We're most likely going to see a 3DS title along the lines of a remake or new Pokemon games (Gray is unlikely since B/W 2 are technically the Gray version). Perhaps some VC support for older Pokemon games (personally I'd hope for Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2).

Judging by the timing anyone think it's to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Pokemon (in North America)?



matrixcross said:

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned pokemon mystery dungeon: gates to infinity that came out in japan in november. We get it in march so I assume it's just going to be hype about that...



Ketchupcat said:

Why does everyone want it on Virtual Console? They need to make 3D Classics, that way they could definitely include wireless trading.



Bucho said:

I hope is gen 6, since all the pokemon in gen 3 can already be found in all gen 4 games (D,P,PL,SS,HG)



Marks said:

Should I stay up until 3 or wake up early and watch it on Youtube later... hmm...



Epicnessofme99 said:

Hopefully something major, maybe a Wii U Pokemon game? A new generation game? Remakes of old ones? Regardless i'll be happy to find out.



DarkNinja9 said:

wow well this could so go many ways and many ideas i would assume my top list would be generation 6 pkm but at the same time that sounds a bit to soon another would be a ruby/sapphire remakes... im guessing it has something to do with a wii u and 3ds connection like a new pokemon Colosseum though but im sure we all getting to hyped up =/

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