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With the release of “Pokémon Ultra Sun” and “Ultra Moon,” the end of an era has arrived. Nintendo announced during the promotional details from the seventh generation remakes that these will be the last games released for the Nintendo 3DS. Subsequent releases will be done on the Nintendo Switch. This marks the end of an 11-year, main game run on the DS handheld system which started on Sept. 28, 2006 with release of the fifth generation, “Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.”

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Similar to how the DS platform was introduced using side games — namely “Pokémon Dash,” released in Japan in December 2004, and “Pokémon Rumble Blast” in August 2011 on the 3DS — on Sept. 22, 2017 Nintendo released “Pokkén Tournament DX” for the Nintendo Switch, with an anticipated 2018 or 2019 launch date for “Pokémon RPG.”

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With the pattern of releases in the Pokémon Universe, only time will tell what wonders await all Pokémon trainers who are looking toward the announcement of “Generation VIII” on the Nintendo Switch.

(All images via Pokemon.com.)

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