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Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y Provide a Timely Boost for 3DS in the West

The biggest release on DS in 2012, and surely the runaway winner of practically every Game of the Year award that acknowledged the older handheld, were the Pokémon Black & White 2 titles, tied together for the purposes of simplicity. Yet its announcement and release on the platform surprised a number of gamers who wondered why a sequel was being released on Nintendo's last-generation handheld. The answer was simple, because it would make a bundle of cash, but its release also reinforced the continuing legacy of the original DS family that was clinging on and, arguably, being a bit of a nuisance and distracting some consumers towards older systems above the shinier alternative — let's not forget that DS models outsold 3DS equivalents in the recent US Black Friday sales. Today's announcement of Pokémon X & Y will leave no such doubt, with 3DS now picking up the mantle for the main series.

Nintendo Life considers whether Pokémon X & Y could lead a resurgence in 3DS sales outside of Japan.

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