This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Pokemon way back on Nintendo’s Game Boy, and Nintendo is taking the opportunity to celebrate the best way it knows how: with more Pokemon.
Nintendo officially announced two new games on its Nintendo Direct feed: Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. We don’t know too much about the two versions, but if they follow the the template of past games, they’ll be about searching the world to capture animals and then making them fight in tournaments. The usual difference between versions is that they include slightly different sets of Pokemon, encouraging players to get together and trade for the ones they can’t get on their own, plus a few different story elements.
Just an update: Across the previous 25 games, there are 721 distinct Pokemon species. Let that sink in as you sing about how you “gotta catch ’em all” in your head. The good news is, there’s an online Pokemon cloud storage service that’ll let you import your old Pokemon from other games—so at least you won’t have to waste time hunting down a new Pikachu.
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