Pokémon Art Academy a new Nintendo 3DS title that was originally only confirmed for a release in Japan will now arrive on North American shores sometime this fall. The game will be bringing two of Nintendo’s popular handheld franchises together — the monster-collecting Pokémon series and the instructional Art Academy game.
Forty lessons will instruct players on how to bring their favorite pocket monster to life using a stylus on the 3DS screen. Lessons feature step-by-step guides on how to draw a number of Pokémon including: Pikachu, Oshawott, Charizard, Torchic, Fletchling, Fennekin and others yet revealed. Additionally the game will feature tips and tricks for translating players’ 3DS drawing skills into real-world 2D illustrations.
Pokémon Art Academy will feature Free Paint and Quick Sketch modes where players can use more than 100 references pictures of Pokémon to draw them however they choose. Photos taken with the Nintendo 3DS camera can also be imported into the game and used as a reference. Completed artwork can then be shared locally with other Pokémon Art Academy players or uploaded to the Miiverse to share with the greater community. Players will be able to collect their completed projects within personal albums along with their own signature.
The new game will feature the range of pencils, pastels and paints from the original Art Academy franchise but several tools new to the series will be introduced. Markers that create clean blocks of color, Outline Pens that make lines that can’t be colored over and an Undo feature to undo mistakes.
The Art Academy series made its debut on the Nintendo DS in 2009 as a downloadable title. The game offerered a comprehensive virtual art studio with a variety of artistic tools, and taught players how to draw classical art pieces with their 3DS stylus. The current entry into the franchise, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! was released in October of 2012 for the 3DS.
Pokémon Art Academy is slated to launch this fall in North America, according to Nintendo, while Nintendo UK reports Europe will get the game on July 4.
You can see the Japanese trailer here: