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Case Background

There are a lot of expectations on the line for tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct and with good reason. Pokémon fans haven’t heard much about the highly anticipated Pokémon Sun & Moon for awhile now and they’re hungry for more. Will their appetites be satisfied with tomorrow’s Direct? Might it even reveal the evolutions of Rowlet, Litten and Popplio? To the good gentlemen and gentlewomen of the PokéJury, I would ask you to consider the following:

Exhibit A: No Information Scheduled

Pokémon Sun & Moon information has been held at regular intervals with advanced notice; until now. Why? Perhaps Pokémon International decided to share the love and give Nintendo something to hype fans with. Something that would fit nicely within a 3DS-focused Nintendo Direct, perhaps? Seems very convenient.

Exhibit B: Suspicious Timing

Think back to September 2013; fans were eagerly anticipating news from another set of Pokémon games… X & Y. With their release drawing closer, it was the month the second evolutions for the games’ starting Pokémon were revealed. Now return with me to 2016: would it not, in fact, make sense that a similar timeline be followed for Pokémon Sun & Moon? Not out the range of possibilities, certainly.

Exhibit C: Foreshadowing from Nintendo

Nintendo’s social media accounts have also been active, gently teasing Pokémon fans online. Take, for instance, this tweet from Nintendo France:

Roughly translated it reads “In your opinion, what will the evolutions of Rowlet, Litten and Popplio look like in Pokémon Sun & Moon?” A meaningless tweet? BALONEY!! More a calculated marketing tactic to place seeds of hype in the minds of impressionable followers.

How Do You Rule?

What say you Jurors!? I await your decision in the comments below. Share with your friends and ask them to weigh in as well!

<3 PJ

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Paul studied journalism just to write better articles about Pokémon. He still resides in Tokyo, Japan.