It's pretty difficulty to avoid Pokémon X & Y right now, as its release creeps ever closer and fans worldwide contemplate which version to buy, and whether they simply have to play the new entries on a limited edition 3DS XL. Nintendo revealed a lot in its recent Pokémon Direct, too, including the cloud-saving Bank and Transporter services, as well as news that the three original starters will also be available in addition to Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie. We do fear that some fans may spontaneously combust if this carries on for much longer.

Pokémon is about more than just the games of course, with its cultural reach spreading to trading card games and plenty of movies and TV shows. To build hype further its now been announced that there'll be a special TV event on Cartoon Network on 19th October in the U.S., the week after the games arrive, that will include the debut of Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened and a sneak peak at the new XY series. Check out the full details in the press release extract below.

In celebration of the October 12th worldwide release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, Cartoon Network will host a special Pokémon animation event on Saturday, October 19th. Pokémon fans in the U.S. can catch the debut of Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, starring the extremely powerful Red Genesect and Mega Mewtwo, followed by a sneak peek of the newest season of the Pokémon animated series, Pokémon the Series: XY. The brand-new season is set in the world introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and features Pokémon making their animation debut like Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie. The event begins with an encore presentation of Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice on Cartoon Network.

Tune in to Cartoon Network on October 19th to watch the debut of Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened. Five Genesect have invaded the big city and threaten its power supply, attracting the attention of the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo, whose motives are unknown. Ash, Pikachu, and friends must come to the rescue when the Genesect’s powerful leader, Red Genesect, confronts Mewtwo! The movie features the Mega-Evolved form of Mewtwo, Mega Mewtwo, which appears for the first time in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Fans can also battle with Red Genesect when the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Red Genesect Collection arrives at retail stores nationwide on September 25th. This new Pokémon TCG collection includes a Red Genesect theme deck, a limited edition collector’s pin, and more.

Beginning October 12th, the same day Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games launch worldwide, some exciting new Pokémon and characters from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be introduced in the current season of the Pokémon animated series on Cartoon Network, Pokémon: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond. Alexa, Gogoat, Helioptile, and Noivern join Ash and friends as they continue to explore the Decolore Islands on their way back to the Kanto region.

Will you be tuning in, U.S. gamers?