Posted on Jan 08, 2013 08:00AM
Through Pokemon Direct, Satoru Iwata has officially announced the new generation of Pokemon! I am proud to present to you Pokemon X & Pokemon Y. Both games will be featured on the Nintendo 3DS and be released globally in October 2013. This game appears to have quite a few updates, most notably a switch to 3D Pokemon models and environments. The trailer also showed off the three new starters (Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie) and the two new box legendaries. You can see the entire trailer for yourself on Youtube.
Currently, we don't know what this will mean in terms of Smogon's tiering process, but you can expect us to keep playing Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 competitively on our official simulator: Pokemon Showdown. Once the new generation is released, we will bravely venture forth into a new era of competitive battling. Until that point, swing on down to the Orange Islands to discuss Pokemon X & Y in this thread, where we will be consolidating all of the pre-release information as it comes.
Welcome, my friends, to Generation VI. ~Birkal