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Reveal Reaction; Pokémon Generation 9

Hello, Gamers! Today I am bringing you an article that is more than a little bit overdue but given how new the blog is it almost couldn’t be helped. A lot has happened in the video game world this year already, and it’s not even halfway over! With that out of the way, today I want to discuss my reaction to the Pokémon Generation 9 reveal.

A Small Bit Of Pokémon History

Pokémon is a long-running series, the first three games released in Japan back in 1996. Now, I haven’t been playing the games quite that long but I have been watching the anime on and off since the first season. Who was my favorite pokémon? Pikachu of course but Meowth was definitely a close second. 

Now, nearly 26 years later, Generation 9 is now finally on the horizon. The game was revealed during the February 27, 2022, Pokémon Presents. If you aren’t familiar with Pokémon Presents, these broadcasts are very similar to Nintendo Directs, but they’re exclusively for upcoming Pokémon releases. If you haven’t seen it yet, the reveal trailer for Generation 9 is below.

How I Felt About The Reveal

Well to put it simply, I was honestly very surprised to see they were moving to Generation 9 so quickly. That didn’t affect my excitement, however. I am quite happy with what was shown off in the reveal trailer. There was definitely some early development footage shown off in the trailer that was still a bit rough looking, but overall it looked quite beautiful and I’m so excited for it.

There are some that are less than happy with the new trainers’ designs, they do seem quite young as you can see below, and the new starters don’t seem to match everyone’s tastes but I can honestly say that this is one of the first generations in a little bit I truly like all of the designs of the starters. I am hoping that their evolution designs don’t spoil their currently adorable looks (looking at the two of you; Incineroar and Thwackey).

What We Know So Far

First things first; we know that the titles of the new games are Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the region appears to be inspired by Spain, and that unlike any previous entries into the series, these games are going to be open world. 

This was a concept that I believe sort of started back with the Let’s Go games, having overworld encounters along the routes, and was expanded on more with Sword and Shield’s wild area. The formula it seems they stuck with, however, is the one introduced in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. If you have no played this game I so highly recommend it and I do have a review of it that I will be releasing soon.

The other bit of information we know about the games are the names of the starters; Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, their categories, heights, weights, and abilities. We also have been given small descriptions of each one, describing their personalities. If you know any Spanish, you’ll find that the names of the first two are quite clever.

An interesting tidbit of information is that the outfits of the trainers will differ depending on the version of the game you choose. The trainer will have an orange-colored outfit if Pokémon Scarlet is chosen and a purpled-colored outfit if Pokémon Violet is chosen. Any other version differences have not been disclosed at this time. 

Lastly, we know that the expected release dates of these games are sometime late 2022 and that they will be releasing worldwide. Given the series’ history, I can guess that these games will probably release in November but they may see a December release as well.

Wrapping Up

That’s all for today’s article Gamers! If you’re a pokémon I hope you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming new series entries. Once we’re given more information about these upcoming games, you can be sure to find out about it here.

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