Update: 10 a.m. EST (02/26) — Nintendo officially announced "Pokemon Moon" and "Pokemon Sun" for a holiday 2016 during the Friday's "Pokemon Direct."
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 26, 2016
A new Nintendo Direct airs Friday, a day before the 20th anniversary of Pokemon. The news event could include the reveal of two new "Pokemon" after a trademark listing with logos and titles for two new games surfaced on the Internet Thursday. The "Pokemon" Direct live stream begins at 10 a.m. EST.
Nintendo announced Friday's event will focus on its hit franchise, but offered no further details. It's likely the broadcast could include updates for all of the planned anniversary events for "Pokemon" with a few new details for "Pokken," but there could also be the reveal of "Pokemon Moon" and "Pokemon Sun."
A NeoGAF forum user discovered logos for "Pokemon Moon" and "Pokemon Sun" in the European Union's Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) database. The logos and trademarks are owned by Nintendo Co., Ltd., with two related websites redirecting to the official Pokemon website. Nintendo has previously registered "Pokemon" trademarks for games that have never been released, gaming site Kotaku reported.
To commemorate the release of "Pokemon Red" and "Pokemon Green" in Japan 20 years ago, Nintendo declared Feb. 27 "Pokemon Day." As part of the "Pokemon" anniversary celebration, Nintendo will release the original trio of games in the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS. "Pokemon: Red Version," "Pokemon: Blue Version" and "Pokemon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition" will be available as digital downloads Feb. 27. A special edition Nintendo 3DS bundle will also be on sale Saturday. The handheld includes two cover plates, a menu theme and "Pokemon Red" and "Pokemon Blue." Themed releases for the "Pokemon Trading Card Game," anime and film series along with merchandise are also scheduled for release throughout 2016.
Fans won't have to settle for a nostalgic trip with Pikachu, Charizard or Squirtle in 2016. "Pokken" will be released March 18. This will be the first fighting game for the franchise. "Pokemon" characters have appeared in "Super Smash Bros.," but Nintendo's game features a full roster of pocket monsters that players can control.
The "Pokemon Direct" live stream can be viewed below.