‘Pokemon Z’ Release Deferred Anew as Nintendo Decides to Unveil Pokemon Rainbow Instead for Franchise’s 20th Anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon series and Nintendo is going all out to celebrate the milestone over the next few months.

So far, the Pokemon Company has commemorated the game’s two-decade run by releasing an ad during the Super Bowl earlier this month.

Last February 19, Nintendo already launched “Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon.” The Japanese gaming company will also re-release the original “Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow” games on the anniversary day itself on February 27.

They are also set to launch the “Pokken Tournament” next month. However, fans are wondering whether there’s another classic Pokemon game in the works slated to be released this year.

As per NintenGen, there is but it’s not what avid gamers expect. Most fans of the franchise have been expecting that Nintendo will be releasing “Pokemon Z” as part of the 20th-anniversary celebration.

NintenGen apparently sent an internal marketing budget to employees over at Nintendo of America that reveals a new game called “Pokemon Rainbow.”

MetalDave from NintenGen recently revealed that a marketing employee of Nintendo of America has claimed that a celebratory anniversary game will be launched this year.

According to The Bit Bag, the unnamed employee shared an internal US marketing budget and scheduling overview for 2016 focusing on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS gaming consoles.

The report notes that $34.5 million will be the allotted marketing budget for the Wii U this year, of which $10 million will be set aside entirely for the next “The Legend of Zelda” title. The 3DS will have a significantly larger budget of $56.25 million.

Among the codenamed projects under the 3DS is the “Pokemon Niji.” The term Niji is Japanese and when translated, it means Rainbow.

As per International Business Times, Nintendo operates so that employees only know what they need to know to prevent the occurrence of leaks so reports as specific as this could likely bear a huge amount of truth.

The word Rainbow may be a simple working title or suffix to the game itself, but reports say that once Nintendo places a suffix to their game, they usually stick to it.

Which would mean that it still isn’t the “Pokemon Z” game most expected to follow the last true games in the series, 2013’s “Pokemon X and Y.”

There are not many details about “Pokemon Rainbow” but Nintendo is bound to release details and probably surprise fans during the video games’ anniversary this coming Saturday.

It was rumored that “Pokemon Z” will be the next main game in the Pokemon series spawning almost three years after its predecessors’ release in October 2013.

The game was initially rumored to be unveiled at the Game Developers Conference 2016 happening next month alongside Pokemon Go.

Familiar pocket monsters such as Zygarde, Volcanion, and fresh character Magiana were reported to be included in “Pokemon Z” with Zygarde long rumored as the headline character.

Meanwhile, iDigitalTimes describes Magiana as the 500-year-old Pokemon that has an intimate connection with Volcanion.

In the latest cover of CoroCoro Japanese gaming magazine, a photo of Magiana has been released but it was only in a silhouette form. However, the magazine dropped major hints about the character.

One is that Magiana and Volcanion are characters to watch out for in “Pokemon Z” as the latter is the one who holds the secrets that Magiana will gradually spill.

Another major hint about the new Pokemon game is that Magiana is a creation of human hands.

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However, Crossmap states that with no actual confirmation of “Pokemon Z,” fans have almost lost hope that it will materialize this year.

Gospel Herald already noted that “Pokemon Go” will be launched earlier than “Pokemon Z” and it will probably take about six months after the release of the “Pokemon Go” before Nintendo pushes through with the successor game of “Pokemon X and Y.”

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