Nintendo provides Australia with a solid release date for the latest addition to the Pokémon series of games.
AUSTRALIA, Melbourne, January 15th 2003 - With more than 100 million video games sold to date, Nintendo's top-selling Pokémon® series is making the jump to the world's favourite hand-held video game system, Game Boy Advance* and the upcoming Game Boy Advance* SP. Pokémon® RUBY and Pokémon® SAPPHIRE will be available in Australia on April 3rd, 2003.
The new Pokémon adventure on the Game Boy Advance systems will be the biggest Pokémon experience so far! In the next quest to become the greatest Pokémon master, players will be able to experience a brand new world.
The new games also feature a brand new setting, new boy and girl trainers, plus they will introduce an inventive new game play experience allowing two-Pokémon vs. two-Pokémon battles. Never before has a player been allowed to challenge his or her Pokémon with more than one character. Now, battling rivals will require new strategies and deeper skills.
"Pokémon debuted on Game Boy seven years ago in Japan and has become a worldwide gaming and marketing phenomenon. Millions of Australian Poke-fans have been eagerly awaiting its arrival on Game Boy Advance," says David Yarnton, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nintendo Australia. "In Australia, over 1.6 million Pokémon video games have been sold since their launch on Game Boy in 1998. Inform figures show that the Top Five selling games across all platforms from 1999 to 2002 have been Pokémon titles".
The latest Pokémon cartoon series 5 will be debuting on Network Ten's Cheez TV around March with a fourth Pokémon movie, titled "Pokémon 4 Ever," expected to arrive in Australia this year. The film stars the winged green Celebi, whose time-travelling skills bring new adventures to Ash, Pikachu and friends.
With over 31,000 individual licenses worldwide, Pokémon has become the biggest video games franchise EVER since its release six years ago in Japan.