Pokémon Scarlet and Violet revealed for Generation 9
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet have been revealed for Generation 9
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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet revealed for Generation 9

A surprise reveal, including the starters

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have been revealed as Generation 9 main-line games. They are set to release worldwide in late 2022 on Nintendo Switch.

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During the Pokémon presentation on Sunday, Nintendo spoke of various events throughout its Pokémon games. Then, at the end, a brief trailer revealed Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, including its starters, a plant kitty, a fiery dino-thing, and a water duckling. According to Serebii, their English names are Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly.

The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet reveal also showed the starters
The starter Pokémon of Scarlet and Violet. | Provided by Nintendo

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, set in southern Europe?

While not much has been shown beside a few locations and a drawn image of the starters, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet look to be located in a Spanish setting. The live-action segment before it also saw a guard officer find a Mediterranean-styled room with maps of Spain before the in-game trailer began. Twitter user @Gen3Champ showcased various parallels in a thread.

The trailer itself showed various known Pokémon roaming around the world. None of the new Pokémon were shown, of course.

The presentation also came with various other announcements, such as a new Pokémon UNITE mode and the addition of Duraludon, as well as an update to Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Shaymins addition to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Fans react enthusiastically

From the hyped reaction on social media, it was obvious fans weren’t expecting a new main-line Pokémon entry. Various fans immediately responded with the hope that the grass cat remains on four legs after Incineroar’s bipedal evolution. Others simply indulge in the idea of receiving three main-line Pokémon games in a year. However, others are worried that Game Freak might be rushing them too much and that they should take more time to develop them.

Either way, the reception to the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet reveal and their starters is positive. And Pokémon fans don’t even have to wait that long, as the game is planned to be released before the end of the year.

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