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.