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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Gen 9 starters announced

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February 27th’s Pokémon Presents ended with a mysterious video showcasing two brand-new games. The clip also exclusively revealed three new Gen 9 starter Pokémon, officially launching Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s new generation.

Today, February 27th, is Pokémon Day, and with the announcement of a new Pokémon Presents (formally Pokémon Direct), rumors were coming through thick and fast of a huge announcement. And it didn’t disappoint. The broadcast revealed that Alolan Pokémon are coming to Pokémon GO, new events are live in Pokémon Cafe Remix and Masters EX, and there’s a new update for Legends Arceus. However, the biggest reveal of all was a sneak peak of two brand new Pokémon titles, Scarlet and Violet.

Gen 9 Starter Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet

As with every generation before it, Scarlet and Violet’s Gen 9 starter Pokémon will be a Fire-type, a Grass-type and a Water-type. We don’t have names for the three new Pokémon yet, but we do have the exclusive reveal image from the Pokémon Presents stream.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet new Gen 9 starters

Adorable or what?! This might be the hardest three starters of all time to choose from. The Fire-type Pokémon is the least like anything we can relate to real life (If you know otherwise, please don’t hesitate to comment!). But whatever it is, it’s cute. On the other hand, the gorgeous Grass-type starter strongly resembles a kitten, while a duckling clearly inspired the Water-type Gen 9 starter Pokémon.

New Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games

Alongside the starter Pokémon, some footage of the new games, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, was released as part of the Pokémon Presents stream as well. The video showcased new locations in what looks to be a stunning new Pokémon open-world game similar to Arceus. We also were shown a number of existing Pokémon who will appear in Scarlet and Violet, including Psyduck, Drifloon and Stonjourner. This suggests that the Gen 9 Pokédex will be similar to that of Sword and Shield’s Gen 8, with some all-new Pokémon – like the already revealed Gen 9 starters – and some from previous gens.

We’ll reveal more details of the new Pokémon games as they come, but in the meantime, check out the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet reveal trailer below.

Announcement from the official Pokémon Twitter account

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date

Incredibly, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are due to be released at the end of 2022. Including Pokémon Legends Arceus, this makes a total of three brand-new mainline Pokémon titles in just one year. Hopefully, this won’t lead to the games being sub-par, as Game Freak have come under fire before for rushing games out.

Which of the new starter Pokémon do you think you’ll choose when Pokémon Violet and Scarlet are released later this year? Let us know down in the comments below!

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