Nintendo has confirmed that Pokemon X sold better than Pokemon Y in 2013. In the U.S. last year, Pokemon X sold 1.63 million copies, while Pokemon Y shifted 1.54 million units. Both games were released worldwide on October 12, 2013, and they are available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. It was recently revealed that Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures Inc. have filed a new Pokemon-related trademark called “Poketouch.”
The latest Pokemon adventure, Pokemon X and Y, features a number of firsts for the series. One of the biggest additions is fairy type Pokemon, with Xerneas filling the role of the legendary Pokemon in Pokemon X, and a couple other great additions to the Trainer’s team, like Swirlix, rounding out the type. Their attributes help to balance out the other existing types, with their defense weaknesses being poison and steel, while they are immune to dragon and resistant to bug and dark. The new fairy types are a welcome addition to Pokemon X that add a distinct flare of majesty and fantasy to the kinds of Pokemon that can be collected, as some of the other types can frequently come across as mere animals.
Perhaps even more exciting than the new fairy type Pokemon is the introduction of Mega Evolutions. This is essentially an extra step of evolution that can be obtained through the acquisition of appropriate Mega Stones for certain types of Pokemon. Attempting to evolve a number of Pokemon to this stage is even more addicting than the task of collecting a wide variety of different Pokemon, as both the process of the evolution itself, as well as the resulting Pokemon, prove to be magical experiences and some of the most intriguing, satisfying visuals in the game.
And the graphics are another area where Pokemon X moves a step ahead of its predecessors, as the title is rendered in 3D polygons for the first time. Nowhere is this more apparent than when the Trainer is traversing Lumiose City, as the city’s treasure trove of beautiful sites and landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, are all lovingly detailed, taking full advantage of the processing power of the 3DS. The near-disorienting scrolling effects in the city are almost reminiscent of old SNES titles like Super Mario Kart and Star Fox. In addition to the graphical content, a player’s experience in Pokemon X can be almost endlessly customized, as the Trainer’s entire appearance can be altered, and fun mini-games can be played like creating a commercial video featuring a Pokemon on the Trainer’s team.
While the game does feature the most up-to-date graphics in the series, its extremely rare use of the 3DS console’s 3D effect throughout the majority of the game was a significant disappointment. Many of the battles and a few other sequences are enhanced by Pokemon X’s minimal employment of the 3D, however, much is lost in places like the corridors leading into Lumiose City, where an added 3D effect would make the already rich content of the visuals truly striking.
But making up for the lack of 3D is the game’s music, which is altered in tandem with the action of the game in a way that perfectly captures the sometimes abrupt stylistic gameplay changes from RPG-style exploration to intense, eye-popping battle sequences. Speaking of the RPG elements, this is an area where Pokemon X’s developers may have been able to take greater risks. While the emphasis in a Pokemon game is, of course, collecting the various Pokemon and engaging in some thrilling battles, and the badge collecting that allows for command of higher level Pokemon makes for a decent objective, the narrative in the game can at times feel tacked on.
But ultimately the thin narrative and lack of 3D amount to minor complaints in a game that more than lives up to the Pokemon brand. The new features and overall design of Pokemon X advance the series in ways that will sustain the interest of old and new players alike.
Game Freak has announced a new type of Pokémon battle debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Sky Battles will be featured in the upcoming games. Select Pokémon Trainers that players encounter will challenge them to battles that take place above ground. Players can only participate in Sky Battles if they have certain Pokémon in their party that can fly. According to Game Freak, the “Sky Battle is a visually stunning battle scenario and an exciting new addition to Pokémon video games.”
Game Freak has also announced Horde Encounters, where the player wields only a single Pokémon while battling against multiple wild Pokémon that attack simultaneously. Game Freak says, “Players will need to ensure their Pokémon has moves that can attack multiple Pokémon at once or they may quickly find themselves on the losing end of the battle.”
Watch the above trailer to witness the new type of battle and encounter. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will launch worldwide on October 12th, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.
During Nintendo’s Developer Roundtable at E3 on Tuesday, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda revealed a new communication feature debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The Player Sear System or PSS allows players to connect, battle and trade with other players locally or globally. Also debuting in the upcoming games is the Pokémon-Amie, which is a new way for players to bond with their Pokémon and is demonstrated in the above trailer. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released worldwide on October 12th, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Read more information on the PSS below:
The PSS allows players to connect, battle, and trade with other players nearby and around the world. The PSS makes it easy to find other people playing Pokémon X or Pokémon Y near you or even on the other side of the world. When the new communication feature is on, the PSS alerts players when someone nearby is playing Pokémon X or Pokémon Y and gives you the option to battle or trade with them wirelessly. Players with a wireless Internet connection can also connect with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players anywhere in the world via the PSS, making it easy to battle or trade with others close by or thousands of miles away.
An anonymous, supposedly ‘genuine’ source claims that the rumored “Fairy-type” is a new type of Pokémon that will be introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. According to the source, the newly discovered Eevee evolution, Sylveon, is “Fairy-type,” and is weak against Poison and Steel-type Pokémon, immune to Dragon-types, super-effective against Dragon, Dark and Fire-types. Below you can read more rumors on “Fairy-type” Pokémon, along with some unconfirmed details on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
- Fairy will be a new type. It is weak to Poison and Steel, immune to Dragon, super effective against Dragon, Dark, and Fighting, and Fire and Psychic-type Pokemon take half damage from it.
- Sylveon is Fairy-type. Some older Pokemon will be reclassified to Fairy, such as Mawile (Steel/Fairy).
- Mewtwo has two new formes, not just one. Both are activated via items.
- The professor’s English name is Patrice.
- The Starter final evolutions are Fire/Psychic, Grass/Fighting, and Water/Dark.
- The first Gym is Bug, the second is Fairy, and the fourth is Fighting.
- A few attacks will be dual-typed.
- There will be a new type of battling style that Flying-type Pokemon and Pokemon with Levitate can participate in.
- You will be able to see a Pokemon’s EVs at a certain in-game facility. You will be able to boost the EVs through mini-games. It will take about two hours to get one stat to max EVs.
In a recently aired “Pokémon Smash” episode, participants were trying to figure out Eevee evolution Sylveon’s type. During a segment in the episode, it was implied that Sylveon is strong against Ice-type Pokemon, and weak against Poison and Fighting types. If by now you’re thinking it is a Steel-type, think again, as it was revealed that Sylveon lacks the Poison immunity of Steel types. Apparently, if all these implications are true, Sylveon is not a “Fairy-type,” which, as of now, is a rumored Pokémon type.
There will be brand-new Pokémon in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Among the new Pokémon are Eevee evolution Sylveon and Legendaries Xerneas, Yveltal and an unnamed form of Mewtwo. The Pokémon Company hasn’t yet revealed which types they are, but, according to a rumor, both Sylveon and Xerneas will be ‘Fairy-type.’ Furthermore, Normal-type Pokémon Clefairy and Togetic are said to be ‘Fairy-type’ in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS games. What do you think of this rumor? Do want ‘Fairy-type’ Pokémon to be introduced? Let us know in the comments.