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Nintendo Direct (Japanese: ニソテンドーダイレクト Nintendo Direct) is an online video service provided by Nintendo. Currently, six episodes have aired internationally, while twelve have aired in Japan. It is billed as "A new online home for exclusive Nintendo news-broadcast directly to you, the player." It provides a video service similar to the Nintendo Channel that is available for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Video that is available for the Nintendo 3DS.
On December 29th, 2012, a teaser was added to the end of a Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 commercial that revealed there would be a special announcement on January 8th, 2013. On January 3rd, 2013, international Pokémon websites posted a message to return to the site on January 8th for a special announcement.
On January 7th, it was revealed that the announcement would be a special edition of Nintendo Direct, which would be named Pokémon Direct. It was also foretold that the announcement would be broadcast simultaneously around the world. The following day, Pokémon Direct was streamed, commencing at eight in the evening for Japan, eleven in the morning in the United Kingdom, and six in the morning for the east coast of the United States. It was presented by Satoru Iwata who began with the history of the franchise and was concluded with the reveal of Generation VI with two new games for the Nintendo 3DS called Pokémon X and Y. A trailer was shown, introducing the three starters, Chespin, Froakie and Fennekin, snippets of both overworld and battle gameplay, and ending with the reveal of two legendary Pokémon, later revealed to be named Xerneas and Yveltal respectively. In addition, Iwata also stated that, for the first time in the franchise's history, the games would be released simultaneously worldwide in October 2013.
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