One property that’s managed to bypass its initial fad label and continue to remain relevant in an ever-evolving industry is Pokemon. The RPG series’ popularity has not wavered in the slightest in its nearly 20 years of existence, and its name is big enough to support countless spin-off titles as a result.
The next video game arriving with the Pokemon brand attached to it is Pokemon Art Academy for the Nintendo 3DS, but up until this point the game was without a release date for North America. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have finally rectified that issue, however, announcing that the portable portrait game will be arriving on store shelves on October 24, 2014.
While the premise of drawing Pikachu may not be as enticing as the arrival of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire later this November, the new Art Academy spin-off is designed to appeal to the inner artists of longtime fans. It’s arrival is roughly a month ahead of the arrival of the aforementioned core installments in the series though, so it should act as a fun little distraction.
Meanwhile, aspiring Pokemon Trainers also have a massive announcement to look forward to on August 26, so it’s looking like a good second half of 2014 for fans. The contents of that announcement may still be unknown (and widely speculated upon as a result), but Pokemon Art Academy is a little more straight forward in regards to what awaits gamers.
For a game based on drawing ’em all rather than catching ’em all, Pokemon Art Academy could actually teach dedicated fans how to sketch some of their favorite Pocket Monsters. Admittedly, that’s kind of a cool trait to learn for longtime followers of the franchise, and even though it won’t be the most practical party trick, there’s no telling when doodling up an immersive and artistic version of Geodude may come in handy.
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Pokemon Art Academy can be caught on the Nintendo 3DS on October 24, 2014.
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