With Pokémon’s 20th Anniversary just around the corner, rumors are catching amidst the wildfires of excitement. Recent registrations of two trademarks by Nintendo under the names Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have been leaked online, implying that two new Pokémon games could be making it to stores in the near future.
The rumor was begun by Nerd Leaks have found two trademark registrations filed by Nintendo Co. Ltd. at the Office for Harmonization in the International Market. The trademarks for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have been reported to cover a range of video games and merchandise, and include two logos.
After only an hour of leakage, a Nintendo parody account known as @NinlendoofAmerica appeared to ‘verify’ the existence of Pokémon Sun and Moon, leading to much confusion surrounding the authenticity of these two mysterious titles. The parody account has since been suspended, however, after the rumor erupted.
Whilst Sun and Moon ‘confirmations’ seem to have been debunked, this does not automatically render the games a hoax, as no official statement has been offered by Nintendo yet, and the trademarks still exist on the OHIM eSearch.
Catch a new #PokemonDirect on 26/02 at 3pm GMT!
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) February 24, 2016
The real Nintendo announced on Twitter that a new, Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct will celebrate the franchise’s forthcoming anniversary. The stream will take place today on February 26 at 3PM UK time. Other than that, no mentions have been made of a new Pokémon game.