Nintendo Teases The Next Generation Of Pokémon

Nintendo has announced a Nintendo Direct with "roughly seven minutes of new information", and it looks like a new generation of Pokémon are on the way.

The #PokémonDirect announcement -- set for February 27th at 6am Pacific Time, which is 1am AEST the following morning for Australians -- was teased from the official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

"Set your alarms, Trainers --- you don't want to miss this Pokémon Day!" it said.

The presence of three new Pokémon balls strongly implies that we'll be meeting three new starter Pokémon , which would be the first look at the eighth generation.

Nintendo has a "core" Pokémon game coming to the Switch in the second half of this year, likely in the lead-up to Christmas. Unlike the Switch games Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee released last year, which were an updated version of the Pokémon Yellow game, this is a brand new game: new Pokémon, new characters, and possibly a new map.

To say Pokémon fans are excited is an understatement. If it is a new generation -- and look, we've been burned before -- then it would be the first major game since Pokémon Sun and Moon were released in 2016, and the first on the Switch.

In other Pokemon-related news, a new trailer for the Ryan Reynolds-starring Detective Pikachu was released on Wednesday, and we get a wider glimpse of the live-action world and a teasing glimpse at Mewtwo.

Warner Bros also released a poster chock full of Pokémon -- if you know where to look.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Detective Pikachu hits theatres in Australia on May 9, and as for this Pokémon announcement... we'll have more details tomorrow.

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