Game Freak and Nintendo have confirmed that the Pokemon X & Y Trump Card sets will go on sale in the middle of December in Japan. The Pokemon X & Y Trump Cards sets are priced up at 525 Yen. The size of the playing cards will be 58 x 89mm, and the Jokers will be based on the Legendary Pokemon. The Trump Cards have only been confirmed for Japan.
The Pokémon Company International has today released the classic soundtracks from the Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen video games on iTunes. The Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection features beautifully adapted and orchestrated versions of the original in-game music, composed by Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose and Morikazu Aoki. The game originally launched in 2004, and the original soundtrack accompanied Pokémon Trainers on their journey across the Kanto region.
The release follows on the heels of the Pokémon X & Pokémon Y: Super Music Collection release which featured enhanced versions of the game’s soundtrack.
Fans can expect more to come in 2014 from the Pokémon musical archives, including the soundtracks of:
- Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver
- Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire
- Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
- Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
- Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2
The Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection can be downloaded on iTunes here.
Popular retailer Toys R Us will be selling the well-received Pokemon Y for the bargain price of $19.99 from December 6th till December 7th. It should also be mentioned that if you purchase two games in their sale then you’re eligible for a $10 gift card. So if you’ve yet to pick up Pokemon Y, tomorrow is the perfect time to do so.
Update: Several readers are reporting that Toys R Us are now saying that this was a misprint and they are selling the game at full price.
Nintendo of America has celebrated today as it has announced that the highly regarded Pokemon X & Y has reached the one million mark faster than any other Nintendo 3DS game to date. The company has also provided the infographic that you can see above which shows just how much Nintendo 3DS sales jumped with the release of the title. This is clearly good news for Nintendo’s latest handheld which has battled against tablets and smartphones.
A member of popular social news network Reddit has rather kindly posted the location of every single Pokemon in every region in the recently released Pokemon X & Y. If you’re struggling to catch a certain Pokemon, and are unsure where to look to find it, then this map should certainly come in handy. To view the full size map, just click on the image.
Game Freak director Junichi Masuda has reiterated the company stance on keeping mainline Pokemon titles on Nintendo portables, rather than home consoles. Masuda points towards the Player Search System in Pokemon X & Y as one of the reasons why Pokemon should remain on the Nintendo 3DS. Masuda also addressed calls for the franchise to appear on smartphones, but he admitted that he finds other mobile platforms a little bit frightening. However, Masuda conceded that he doesn’t know what the future holds for the Pokemon series.
“With the bottom screen there’s a feature called the Player Search System. It’s enabled one to look for and find other players in the same area, so if you’re out and about and there are other people playing Pokémon X and Y, you can see the icons of those trainers on the bottom screen. Just by touching the icon of that trainer you can immediately propose to battle or trade with that person. It’s one of the key features of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y which is possible because it is portable.”
“But by the same token if you take the game home and you connect it through the internet, then you can do the same thing with other people who are also playing online at the same time. You can trade and battle with people you’ve not met before. We think this mode of play is bets possible with the Nintendo 3DS. If, for example, the Wii U were to be portable in its own right we’d probably reconsider. But for the moment we think the 3DS is the best device for Pokémon RPGs.”
“One of the considerations we have for Pokémon games is that it can be safely and securely played in a fun environment. Are you happy to give the game to your own child or lend it to another child? Personally, I’m a little bit nervous. I find some of the other mobile platforms a little bit frightening – so to speak – in this respect. Who knows what the future will hold, but definitely the best choice for Pokémon is the Nintendo 3DS.”
A number of video game stores in Brazil who sold Pokemon X & Y to customers early will be penalised, says Nintendo. The pamphlet states that if a store begins selling the games prior to October 12th Nintendo will withhold future product shipments until after their intended release date. This means that those stores will no longer receive games before release date. A lot of people who pre-ordered Pokemon X & Y online have already started to receive their copy of the game. The game officially launches tomorrow.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told attendees at this year’s B Dash Camp in Osaka that the company had reservations about bringing Pokemon and Brain Training to the west. Iwata said that people feared that the Pokemon franchise was too cute and therefore they should make characters such as Pikachu more muscular for the American market.
“Will America accept cute monsters?” he asked, “No, they said. Some people even recommended to make Pikachu more muscular. If we followed their advice Pokemon would never have been the success that it was. Brain Training software (Brain Age) became a hit in Japan, and I proposed that we sell it globally. And even as I said that as the president, no one listened.”
Pokemon X & Y director Junichi Masuda has explained in the latest Iwata Asks segment that they named the game’s after the world’s axis, as a way to convey the idea that all players exist on the same plan despite our difference. Masuda says that the X and Y represent the x horizontal axis and the y vertical axis. These two axis always meet somewhere so it’s where people who have different views meet regardless of languages, cultures and mindsets.
“The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions. But if you think of them as people who think on the x axis and people who think on the y axis — horizontal and vertical axes — then they intersect somewhere. We may think differently, but we all live on the same planet, so everyone eats, sleeps and goes about their business day after day just like everyone else.
“So we consulted a lot of people, like [character designer] (Ken) Sugimori-san, and eventually decided this route was simple and easy to understand,” Masuda said. “And while the pronunciation of the letter may change by country, the shape of the letter is the same the world over-for example, we say ‘ekkusu’ for the letter X in Japanese, but in French they say ‘ix’-so in that way too, it was an appropriate way to name these games.”
Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president of the Pokémon Company, will apparently showcase an unprecedented Pokemon game which apparently begun development this summer. The game is said to change Pikachu, and Ishihara is ultimately worried that this change will affect Pikachu’s popularity. Japanese fans have already begun speculating that the change may be Mega Pikachu. Speculation is also rife that the game in question will be compatible with Pokemon X & Y, and Pikachu’s change could be carried over to these games.