Today, after over a week of teasing a major announcement, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata used the first Nintendo Direct broadcast of the year to unveil Pokémon X & Y, the first main-series entries on the company's latest handheld. Brief footage shown demonstrated a 3D environment rather than a fixed overhead view, while it was promised that the evolution in the series would make full use of the various functions and capabilities of the 3DS.
Not only is this title a break from the usual strategy of colour-based names, but it's clear that Nintendo and Game Freak have put a huge amount of effort into localisation. Unlike previous entries, there'll be no wait for Western territories, with a worldwide release set to take place in October this year; Iwata-san stated that North America, Europe and PAL regions would all see release in that month.
We'll keep an eye out for more officially released details or footage of new 'mon that were briefly shown — Froakie, Chespin and Fennekin — and bring it all to you here on Nintendo Life. You can also check out our live blog and stream of the event for screengrabs, as well as the full 11 minute broadcast for you to watch again. If you don't have 11 minutes to spare, you can check out the 90 second trailer below.
In the meantime, just how excited are you for two brand new entries in the main Pokémon series on 3DS?