Those of you in North America waiting to get your hands on Pokémon Art Academy finally have a date to put on your calendars, as Nintendo has dated the Pokémon-themed art instruction and sketching program for 24 October. Our own devastatingly handsome Conor McMahon gave the title an 8/10 in his review on its European launch this past June:

Whether this is your first foray into the series or you're a long-time fan, Pokémon Art Academy is an extremely accessible experience to jump into. You and your fellow novice student work through a series of classes under the guidance of Professor Andy, a famed Pokémon card illustrator and brother to Vince from previous entries in the series. Where one has dedicated their life to working as a mentor in the fine arts, the other is an expert at drawing Charizard — we think we know who made the right choice there.

If you aren't the Pokémon portrait artist you imagined right away, fear not:

This title's brilliance stems from the moment where it all comes together, when you take a step back and feel a genuine sense of pride in what you've drawn. The outline or sketch may look messy at first, the paint comes out in unpredictable patterns and streaks, but step by step you begin to learn exactly what the effect of each small change adds to the overall picture.

"The swirling background represents my existential angst."

Pokémon Art Academy will be available at retail and from the eShop beginning 24th October in North America.

Have you been waiting for this one in the land of to-go coffee? Think you can draw a better Lopunny? Just think that a posing Pinsir is more fun to draw than fruit in bowls? Let us know in the comments!