Nintendo just revealed the release date for the next installation in the Pokemon franchise during this morning's E3 Nintendo Direct.

In addition to the release date Nintendo also showed off new features such as a Pokemon touch element and a new Pokemon type. The Pokemon touch element, Pokemon-Aime, allows players to interact with their Pokemon via the touch screen on the 3DS. Think Nintendogs but with Pokemon! Players can even use the 3DS camera to "mime" their Pokemon's motions. It's like the Pokemon can see you through the 3DS' camera.

The new Pokemon type announced, Fairy, will be particularly strong against Dragon type Pokemon. No word on what its weaknesses will be but Nintendo did reveal four Fairy type Pokemon. Jigglypuff, Marill and Gardevoir are all now part of the Fairy type. Nintendo also revealed a Sylveon, a new Eevee evolution, as a Fairy type.
Update: It's interesting that Clefairy and Clefable aren't also part of the Fairy type reveal. Thanks for reminding me TRT-X!

Pokemon X and Y will be out this year on October 12.
Here is the trailer: