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Nintendo Direct: Pokémon Direct Scheduled For Wednesday September 4th

Posted by Damien McFerran

More details on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y coming our way

Nintendo has confirmed that a special Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct will be broadcast tomorrow.

Hosted by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata himself, the video will offer more details on Pokémon X & Y, which launches worldwide in October.

The broadcast will go live at 1PM in Central Europe, which is 12PM UK time and 7AM Eastern. As always, we'll be providing live and follow-up coverage on this very site.

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Gioku said:

Yep... first day of school, so I can't watch it live...
But that's great news anyway!



Blast said:

Pokemon X/Y = will be the highest selling handheld game of all time. The worldwide sales for this game will be incredibly huge. Pokemon X/Y has "must buy" written all over it.



icerazor said:

Nothin for Wii U? I know people are gonna hate me for saying this but, im not getting another Nintendo home console agajn unless it has the regular pokemon games not spin offs. Would have been more happier than a 3ds…. >.>

With the wii u they had TWO screens [tv and gamepad] better graphics than 3ds,etc. and they haven’t thought of a Wii U pokemon game like X and Y? Makes perfect sense -.- w/e im sticking to nintendo handhelds next time.

ugh w/e, i guess



WiiLovePeace said:

I hope Iwata throws a Pokeball at the screen & unleashes Pikachu at us or a new Pokemon aka I look forward to some funnies



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

Very nice! I'll be at work but I'll definitely watch it when I get home. Might as well check in with Nintendo Life while I'm at work as well



TreesenHauser said:

Even though all I've got is a Wii U (for now anyways, may get a 2DS or 3DS just for Pokemon X and Y) I look forward to tomorrow's presentation!

On that note, it would be nice if Iwata announced the Rumble U figures expanding to retail outlets outside of GameStop. Haven't been able to get a single figure yet.



Cloud-San-VII said:

THANK GOD SCHOOL STARTS ON 9/10 (which is good since I will be entering high school as a freshman)!!!



Jese_1 said:

Well, it wouldn't be a Pokemon-related discussion without it, so here we go:

To keep us busy until X & Y are released, you're going to release Red and Blue on the 3DS VC, aren't you Nintendo? Well, aren't you!?

A guy can dream



Blast said:

@Jese_1 Lol I was thinking that too.... If Nintendo really wanted to take advantage of Pokemon X/Y... they should do something like: "Pokemon X/Y released today on October 12th! ALSO... Enjoy some classic Pokemon games on Virtual Console. Oh and if you bought Pokemon X/Y then you will get a discount of a Pokemon VC game!" That's what I'm hoping Nintendo does. I also hope Pokemon VC games don't cost over 7 bucks.



bizcuthammer said:

@icerazor A console pokemon game in the main series goes against the core of what pokemon is: A portable, monster collecting/trading/battling game. Its name is short for Pocket Monsters for crying out loud. WiiU doesnt fit in your pocket, and isnt an on-the-go system, meaning it is unsuitable for the Pokemon concept of trading/battling on the go. Pokemon will never be on a home console, and graphics have nothing to do with their decision, so throw that argument out. Pokemon is designed at its core for handhelds, and it wouldnt be itself on a console.



Bulbousaur said:

I'll try to watch it, but my laptop died a couple of days ago and I don't know if my tablet will be able to play it live. I'm hoping to find out the evolutions of the starters and their types.

Please no fire/fighting...



Arcamenel said:

Maybe my wish is coming true and they will be announcing an earlier release? !

Probably not but a guy can dream, right?



ShikabaneHime13 said:

Yes! I shall be awake and ready at 7 am! Or I'll just never go to sleep during the night and sleep after the ND is over. Give us some good news! Announce a demo for the eShop! The wait is having me foam at the mouth (so far the only thing that will help alleviate my anxiety for X and Y will be my importing MH4 this month or, if it were to come out this month, playing Ace Attorney Dual Destinies)



Teaqq2 said:

I think maybe they will announce a character for Super Smash Bros., like Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Pokémon Trainer, or a new Generation VI Pokémon.



DarkKirby said:


I don't know if you thought I was being sarcastic, but I'm not. There isn't enough information on what the differences between the games are other than the legendaries and 2 Pokemon for each game. It is because of this lack of information I have not made a reserve yet.



WingedSnagret said:

Why do I get the feeling that another Pokemon will be announced for Smash Bros. during the Direct? Hoping it's Mewtwo at least...

Also hope for an XL bundle!



ShikabaneHime13 said:

Maybe that's why they said image subject to change? I don't condone the taking of someone's work but I suppose it was meant to be a simple placeholder until the official images are out, especially considering neither Yveltal nor Xerneas are pictured on the handhelds.



Azooooz said:

I believe that Nintendo is planning for two Directs for this month, one is for pokemon, the other for general stuff about 3ds and Wii U.
crosses fingers



Gioku said:

@nintendogamerz Um, why would they announce the third one before the main ones have even come out yet? Wouldn't that, um, destroy their sales?
Just sayin'...



ikki5 said:

I hope there is Wii U news..... I want some new news... not stuff we know about.



Mytoemytoe said:

Gonna be up watching this, LOL. I was already sold and then I watched Totilo play through the demo @ Kotaku, the new engine is amazing.



LeVideoGamer said:

A Wii U Pokémon game would be amazing but X and Y news would be just as good. Show me the second stage evolutions of the starter pokémon and a Mega Sableye evolution and I'll be good.



Shambo said:

@Sony_70 I still hope for a Pkmn rpg with real-time tag-team fighting like in TTT2, with combo's, grapples, specials,... On Wii U maybe? It would make all sales problems vanish. Like a bubble on a needle, to quote an inscription in LoZ: Link's Awakening.



Pokefanmum82 said:

I hope they will announce the bundles. I want a Pokemon XL already. I missed out on the Pikachu one. My son will be waking up at that time to go to school.



rjejr said:

Does Pokemon need any more ND? How much more coverage does one/two game(s) need?

No ND for $50 Wii U price cut, 2DeeS, SM3DW and DKCTF releases dates. Zelda game bundle w/ Ganandorf stature. Zelda Wii U Gamepad bundle w/ Gamepad art, but X+Y needs another ND?

If this isnt for X+Y but for something else instead - like that mystery fight photo at the end of the last trailer, then I'm OK w/ it. Did Pokemon Rumble U and it's little $4 toys get a ND? Maybe a Pkemon X+Y Wara wara plaza like Animal Crossing? (Why don't Wii U games have their own Wara wars plazas but a 2/3DS game does?)



Emblem said:

@rjejr As the most successful videogame franchise in history you can't fault Nintendo for focusing this much attention on it.

I'm with you on hoping its also about more than just X/Y and Rumble .

Edit: in terms of gross profit made from the overall IP (toys,games,movies etc), not just game sales.



Obito_Sigma said:

Seven in the morning? Close, but not close enough. If only it was an hour or two earlier. I have an education to get to at seven.



B_BIackNinja_N said:

Can't wait for Pokémon X and Y! I'm going to be in school when this starts so only if at high school they gave you the wi-fi code. But I get out early tomorrow, you know what'll be looking up first thing. POKÉMON X AND Y DIRECT!!!!!



LetsGoRetro said:

first, details on x and y

Second,x/y 3ds bundle announcements

Third, announcement/teaser on the Pokemon fighting game seen recently

These Directs always have a surprise at the end! And the x/y bundle isn't a surprise!



Cloud-San-VII said:

I think that they will:

  • reveal more about X/Y (duh)
  • reveal more about the starters and legendaries (good chance)
  • reveal more Pokemon (I don't see why this wouldn't be true)
  • reveal the types for the starters (perhaps. But please, no Fire/Fighting, and please have Water/Electric. PLEASE! Also, Grass/Dark or Grass/Steel is good)
  • reveal more about Team Flare and/or the story and/or more characters/gyms (good chance, but I might be overdoing it)
  • reveal if or not they have backward compatibility (I don't see why it can't, especially if you have things like Dream Radar)
  • reveal a new character or 2 for Smash Bros (over-wishing, but possible. Please be Mewtwo! I don't care if I need to use his new form, I just want my precious Mewtwo back!)
  • reveal that Pokemon game/new Wii U title (okay, now I'm really over-wishing)

I might be overdoing it, but a man can dream.
But let's just hope for the best (and I'm assuming it's about 10 minutes, like the last one)!



LetsGoRetro said:


ND's would be incredibly boring if they were just for release dates.

They do them when a game is coming out soon because they show gameplay, release details, etc. Sm3dW and DKC are too far away to start releasing many details. They'll almost certainly have their own info-releasing nd's around launch time.

Why would they have a ND for Windwaker? It's not a new game, so showing teaserfootage is pointless. It'd be a 3 minute long direct tops saying there's going to be a bundle and showing a design on the controller.



ShikabaneHime13 said:

Now that I think about it, it was pretty smart of GF/Nintendo to host the direct so early. They know people are back in school, so they're hoping to catch the kids, teens and college crowd while they're up and getting ready (or in the case of those in Japan, when the target audience has finished dinner and homework)



Megumi said:

I'm hoping we'll be able to see some more new evolutions for past monsters. The Megas don't really...count. xD (I mean, is the evolution permanent? Or only last for the battle?)
Anyways aside from those the only evolution for past monsters we know of is the Eevee one.



Brother_Jolteon said:

Pokemon Z, when X Y and Z versions are saved on the memory card, a portal in game will open up, and then the strongest Xyz Pokemon will be summoned, Number 39: MegaUtopiachu



Skeet102 said:

for me that's at 6 am and I have school tomorrow. guess whos getting up early.



Retro_on_theGo said:

The last time they did this they revealed a whole generation! I can't wait!!! I will watch it live, or at least try.

@Erica_Hartmann it was already confirmed they only last for the duration of the battle.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@icerazor GameFreak doesn't want to develop Pokemon games on a home console so we'll only see main entries on Nintendo's portable systems.

@Cloud-San-VII The fire one is pretty much confirmed to be Fire/Psychic. From what I've been reading, it learns Confusion, Psybeam, and Psychic (based on trailers it has appeared in). Very few Pokemon learn all 3 without being at least part Psychic or Bug type. Now it doesn't look like it'll evolve into a bug (which seems very unlikely) so it'll most likely be part Psychic.



GamerZack87 said:

For those in Australia and New Zealand, it'll air at 11PM (NZ); 9PM (AEST); 8:30PM (SA and NT); and 7PM (WA). I'll actually be awake to watch one of these Nintendo Directs for once! I'm so excited!



antonvaltaz said:

Have been saving up for a 3DS, and am wondering if I should get this. I've never played a Pokemon game before...



Nabbit101 said:

What I think they could possibly announce:
-What that mysterious Pokemon Fight Clip was
-How you'll be able to transfer your Pokemon or dlc for each region (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova)
-New Pokemon



JuanitoShet said:

Pokemon X & Y Bundles are coming to North America.

I've been calling it since the original trailer was shared. :B




AyeHaley said:

Why are people complaining they are for 3DS and not Wii U? Pokemon games are made for handhelds and the graphics are fancy enough. We are getting 2 amazing games and people still complain. Figures..



ShikabaneHime13 said:


This! This is what I'm hoping for! A demo will reach the eager rabbid fans (speaking for myself) that don't have the chance to attend the expos or the tour coming up that have the demo available



AlexSora89 said:

Backwards compatibility for trainers who want to keep their Reshirams and Zekroms and whatnot.

That's all I need at this point.



zeldafoursword said:

OMG! OMG! please please hoenn confirmed or travel to 2 regions, especial xerneas and yveltal 3ds for north america or battle frontier!



Klunk23 said:

As this has not been announced as being completely aimed at X and Y (as it's just called a pokemon direct) I wonder if we'll get any info on that little bit of footage we saw a couple weeks ago that looked like it could of been from a pokemon fighting game. Of course there will probably be info on mostly X and Y, but still.



LoveSugoi said:

I don't have school but I am a night owl that tends to stay up until 5 or 6am anyway so I guess I'll be catching this. X-D



Wanderhope said:

Iwata: "We are happy to announce that the only way you can access Pokemon X/Y is by purchasing the Wii U Deluxe bundle that comes with a copy of the game." WUT



Lalivero said:

@Nabbit101 An eshop demo available after the Direct would definitely be welcome because sadly none of the tour's(?) events are near me.

Sucks for you kids who have school though, definitely going to be watching this in the morning.

1 month left til they hit stores! It seems like yesterday they were announced in January and we had 9 months to go.



Big_Boy_Chubs said:

I've a feeling pokemon x and y will be delayed..
I feel like when pokemon B/W 2 came out there was way more information released...



rjejr said:

@LetsGoRetro - I personally thought the last regular ND was incredibly boring. No new info at all, just a lot of game trailers they could have put on the Nintendo YouTube Channel. The W101 ND a few days after that actually convinced me to buy a Wii U. Well the ND coupled w/ the demo after it. I'm a sucker for game demos.

And you're right, any single thing from that long list of commas I had would make an incredibly short ND, but if you put it all together - as it was all announced on the same day - then I'm sure they could have got a good 1/2 hr. out of it. Just the 2Dees alone was worth a good 3 minutes.

Guess we have different opinions on what the ND should contain.



JaxonH said:

It's not that they haven't thought of it, it's that Pokémon is a handheld exclusive. Always has been. They'll never bring a mainline Pokémon game to a home console. Spinoffs only.

There's so much more to gaming than Pokémon. I love my Wii U- so many amazing games! Just released in the last month ALONE there's been Pikmin 3, Splinter Cell Blacklist, New Super Luigi U, and Rayman Legends. With Wonderful 101 AND Zelda Windwaker HD both 2 weeks away, and a whole SLEW of amazing games in October. Pokémon's great, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the Wii U!



JaxonH said:

There was no Wii U Pokémon game teased. That's a rumor taken too far, and has since been debunked. The clip was just some CG cut scene The Pokémon Co thought would look cool. There is no game. They came out and stated that when everyone started flipping out over it thinking it meant a Wii U game was coming. Pokémon Rumble U just released with NFC figures, that's it for Wii U... for now anyways.



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@Big_Boy_Chubs But that ruins the sense of immersion and mystery. I don't want to them to reveal everything, that's why I had a hard time getting into Black and White. Teams can be planned out once the games are out anyway.



Discipledoctor said:

Listening to my usual ND anthem, found here:

Can't wait! Although I have to admit, I hope there's more to this Direct than just Pokemon. As in, this whole Capcom thing (It's confirmed to be revealed in a direct before the 14th, right?) and maybe some Wii U update info. Also, PW:AA DD release date plz



Big_Boy_Chubs said:

@BlatantlyHeroic well, we're all different. I prefer to know when and where i'm going to catch my pokemon. I guess the mystery can add a new experience to the game, but i don't work like that. I NEED to know what's going to happen.



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@Big_Boy_Chubs I understand completely. I'm just afraid that I won't be able to have any self control and I'll look up all information available because I just happen to suck up any knowledge available for anything. XD



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@Big_Boy_Chubs I'm sure everything will be fine. The one thing I really want to know about are the starter evolutions. I don't want to end up getting the horribly overrated one with terrible stats.



SphericalCrusher said:

Good thing I wake up at 7AM anyway to get my son ready to take to school! (I'm off this week). Hopefully it falls into the 30 minute category, otherwise he'll be late! (JK) Excited to see what kind of info we get.



Kyloctopus said:

@Big_Boy_Chubs What's the fun in that? Thats like Playing Mario, or Kirby, already knowing the level design behind it. I understand if you want to desperately find a Yanma or something similar, but the entire game?



Interneto said:

@Big_Boy_Chubs Where did I freak what? I'm sorry you fail to understand how things work then...

WHY would they delay X&Y just because you feel you should have been really spoiled by know? It makes ZERO sense as a reason to delay a Pokémon game when no one has ever suffered that. They have already finished the testing process so it's pretty much done! If you want a source check out the latest ND...

Also, can't I point out MY opinion about what you just said without you "freaking out"? Just discussing different points of view, that's all you have to deal...

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