A playable demo for HarmoKnight, the upcoming rhythm platformer by Pokemon developer, Game Freak, is now available to download on the North American Nintendo 3DS eShop. The full game will be available as a downloadable title and will see a release in North America on March 28th. The game was released on the Nintendo eShop in Japan on September 5th 2012.
Details on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS-exclusives Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are scarce, as both of them were announced just last month. Nevertheless, there are plenty of rumors floating around the web suggesting that, when the two games arrive, they will bring significant changes to the series. For example, they are said to introduce a new key item called the ‘Whistle,’ which can supposedly be used once per battle to wake up a Pokémon or snap it out of confusion. Feel free to read numerous rumors on the two games in the list below. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released worldwide in October.
- Main characters are Jean and Jane; names are non-customizable
- Trainer now appears in the bottom screen during battle, with a speech bubble interface holding the trainer commands inside
- Trainers now have their own leveling system that affects how in-game NPCs react to you and grants various bonuses such as increasing capture rate and the rarity of Pokémon encountered
- A new key item called the Whistle can be used once per battle with differing effects, such as waking up a Pokémon or snapping it out of confusion.
- A bond level replaces the happiness meter from past games; higher bond levels grant bonuses such as experience or stat gain for Pokémon
- Bond level bonuses and the whistle feature can be turned off in PvP matches for the benefit of competitive play
- A new item called the Bond-EYE that resembles a pair of sunglasses allows players to view the nature of wild Pokémon and their capture rate
- The Bond-EYE also allows players to see visual avatars of other players and send them messages or trade and battle requests; this feature, akin to the Miiverse function in Nintendo Land, will be the first of its kind on the 3DS
- Wireless co-op is now possible, with one player being the leader and the other aiding in battle
- Players not able to play cooperatively will be allowed to request aid from NPC trainers in their adventures via a juice bar located in every town
- The PokéDex resembles a tablet with a 3D display that allows players to view Pokémon models, read full paragraph descriptions of them, hear their cries, view their locations, compare their sizes and weights with others, and read comments made by other trainers around the world about them
- Excess money can be stored in banks that grant interest and special gifts upon depositing certain amounts
- Using a special wristwatch device, players can travel 30 years into the past which features different characters, younger versions of current characters, different layouts, and different wild Pokémon
- The rival faction is Team Gear whose members wear purple bodysuits with black clock hands on them; they mess with events in the past that affect the present
- In one part of the game, you must catch a Munchlax in the past to clear the road of a Snorlax in the future, suggesting that past generations of Pokémon will be available from the start
- The professor is Professor Bristle and the rival is Ricki, a magazine writer who documents the strange events occurring in the past
- The new generation consists of 99 new Pokémon, many of them baby Pokémon (something Leviathyn writer Ray G. doesn’t want to see) and new evolutions of current Pokémon
- Sylveon is a Normal Pokémon that evolves based on the new bond level; it is the only new Eeveelution
- There will be a total of six legendary Pokémon that include Xerneas (Psychic/Rock) and Yveltal (Ghost/Flying) along with four black and white Pokémon based on card suits: a cobra with a heart-shaped hood and tail, a tiger with diamond patterns, a t-rex with spade-shaped eyes, and a peacock with a club-shaped tail
- Most of the brand new Pokémon will be new type combinations such as Fire/Ice and Dark/Electric (something Leviathyn writer Ray G. does want to see)
- The types of the final evolutions of the starter Pokémon will be Grass/Flying, Fire/Psychic, and Water
Game Informer recently got the chance to speak to J.C. Smith, the director of consumer marketing for the Pokémon company international, and ask him a few questions regarding today’s announcement of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. They asked Smith why the game isn’t coming to both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. Smith said that Game Freak has always loved the game to be on a portable device because of the communication, trading, and the experience of taking this adventure with you. Here’s his thoughts.
Pokémon X and Y looks like it could be a good fit for console as well. Why not make a Wii U version?
I can’t speak to the specifics, but traditionally Game Freak has always loved the game to be on a portable device because of the communication, trading, and the experience of taking this adventure with you. That’s why they’ve always prioritized a portable version of the game first. They’ve always liked what you can do in the real world with that.
Why haven’t we seen a console Pokémon?
It comes down to what the creators want to do. Every time I’ve heard them talk about it, it’s been about the portable experience, taking the adventure with you, being able to share it with friends, communicate, trade, battle – really encouraging that interaction
Japanese publication Nintendo Dream has received a Christmas greetings card from the developers behind Pokemon, GameFreak. The greeting card doesn’t really contain any exciting information, except that the development team says it’s looking to evolve the Pokemon franchise during 2013.
Last week, Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 were released in Japan and, according to Famitsu, 1.69 million units were sold on the 23rd and 24th of June. Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 are Nintendo DS games but can be played on any Nintendo 3DS console, including the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS XL. The games will be released in Europe and North America this year.
This video is taken recently from the Nintendo Channel in Japan. It shows new footage from the upcoming Pokemon games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. In Pokemon Black and White 2, players can create their own shops and visit shops created by their friends – this new feature is called Join Avenue. Missions are back from Pokemon Black and White but are now called Fez Missions.There is some sort of medal system within the game, which is also a new addition from Pokemon Black and White.