→Intro: It's arguable whether English counts as a European language (it's definitely not part of Continental Europe), but either way, I think it's best to mention it out front so we don't have people trying to add the US to the sentence.
Both games were revealed during a worldwide announcement by [[Satoru Iwata]] through [[Nintendo Direct]] at 8 pm JST, on January 8, 2013. The paired versions were released worldwide (except for select countries) on October 12, 2013 and are available for both retail sale and download.<ref>[http://www.famitsu.com/news/201301/08026993.html 『ポケットモンスター Ｘ・Ｙ』ニンテンドー3DSで2013年10月、世界同時発売【画像追加】] (Japanese)</ref> All copies of the game are playable in all seven of the languages that the Pokémon games are released in: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Korean.
These games mark the first time that
European language versions of [[core series]] games have not had ''Version'' or its equivalent in their names.