Pokemon X & Y Nintendo Direct Round-Up


In a surprising twist announced this morning during a special Nintendo Direct presentation, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players do not receive Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie from Professor Sycamore but are in fact given the choice of a classic partner Pokémon—Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle—from the very first Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue! Adding to the excitement, once a player has evolved this Pokémon into Venusaur, Charizard, or Blastoise and obtained its unique Mega Stone, the Pokémon will be able to Mega Evolve while in battle. Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise will possess overwhelming powers never before seen in a Pokémon game. Players can choose fan favourite Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle when Pokémon X and Pokémon Y launch worldwide October 12, 2013, for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

More secrets about Mega Evolution were also revealed today. It was previously announced that certain Pokémon needed to hold a unique Mega Stone in order to Mega Evolve, but now it’s known that there is a second requirement players must fulfill for Mega Evolution to occur. Trainers must also obtain a bracelet called the Mega Ring that holds a mysterious stone called a Key Stone. The Trainer’s Key Stone resonates with the Mega Stone held by his or her Pokémon, and together they trigger the Evolution that is normally impossible—Mega Evolution.

Director from GAME FREAK inc., Mr. Junichi Masuda, also announced Pokémon Bank—a new Nintendo 3DS application and service that allows Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players to conveniently store up to 3,000 of their beloved Pokémon on the Internet.  Pokémon Bank gives players the flexibility to store and deposit 100 Boxes worth of Pokémon. This is in addition to the Boxes found within Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, just like in previous Pokémon titles.

Additional features of Pokémon Bank include the ability to deposit and withdraw Pokémon from multiple copies of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Once a Pokémon X or Pokémon Y Game Card is inserted into a Nintendo 3DS system or the downloadable version of the game is opened, the Pokémon Bank software can be turned on for use. Players can then transfer Pokémon from multiple copies of the game via Pokémon Bank to one copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank software is activated upon payment of an annual service fee. This charge will support maintenance of the online server that allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon conveniently, and will provide the application’s support for future Pokémon titles.

Players who activate Pokémon Bank, will be able to use its linked application, Poké Transporter, which makes transferring many Pokémon caught in other Pokémon games easy. What used to be a lengthy process to transfer Pokémon from a previous Pokémon game to the latest titles is now a breeze with Poké Transporter—just insert Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, or Pokémon White 2 into your Nintendo 3DS system and use Poké Transporter to transfer Pokémon from those games into Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Bank will be available in North America and Europe on Nintendo eShop. More details about this software, including a free trial period, will be added to in the near future.

Also announced in this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation were details for the North American release of two special Nintendo 3DS XL hardware designs featuring imagery from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. These systems come in Red or Blue and feature brand new Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal. The systems will launch on September 27 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 each.


  1. Still starting with Chespin. As cool as the gen 1 starters are, kinda pointless to buy a new gen pokemon game and use gen 1’s.

      1. Okay. I didn’t see the actual Direct. The article here just says “…players do not receive Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie from Professor Sycamore but are in fact given the choice of a classic partner Pokémon—Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle…”

          1. Kk.
            Soft resetting till I get a nature I want on the Gen 1 starter, then putting it straight in the PC till I finish the game so I can EV Train myself a MegaStarter.

        1. Yes. The professor gives you a Gen 1 starter. Your in-game friend gives you a Gen 6 starter.

          News sites are your friend.

  2. Apparently Pokémon Bank will be released in Japan on Christmas Day, with worldwide releases on the 27th of December. Prices will vary, but if 500 yen, that’ll be $5/€4/£3 etc a year, which is more than reasonable.

    My only gripe with Poké Transporter is the lack of Gen 4 game support. Having said that, most people would’ve have moved all their Pokémon from their Gen 4 games to their Gen 5 games, so while just a nitpick of mine, it’s a negligible one.

    1. You’d be a fool to support Pokebank. Those double-standard hypocrites who talked shit about XboxOne ruining gaming have no room to talk. They could’ve easily added those features to the game instead of charging their loyal fans for it.

      1. Incorrect. You pay for a service that you use. It’s no different than paying for a subscription for anything else (be it for general cloud storage, the internet, your Satellite TV subscription etc etc). It’s people like you who are upholding the double-standards. Any other company can do it and people don’t bat an eyelid. The moment Nintendo do, people overreact stupidly. That’s called double-standards.

        I would not be a fool to support a service I know I’d be using, and one that will last the entire lifetime of the series, including all future generations/games, and one that costs a little under 1.4p a day. Pokémon Bank is a separate service, after all.

        1. Gamefreak’s doing this, not Nintendo. And many eyelashes were batted with XboxOne. The entire series’ lifetime? You mean about two yrs. or less until ‘Z’ ? The internet is an actual requirement, this child’s play thing is not.

          1. Pokebank will be patched to work with upcoming games. the sub fee is to keep the cloud servers online and for maintenance, Imagin.. If it was free then one day the don’t have the funds to keep the cloud server up and all your pokemon are still in there, BOOM they’re now all gone.

          2. Again, incorrect.
            Game Freak is pretty much a Nintendo second-party company. They develop games exclusively for Nintendo platforms. Also, by lifetime, that’s not just for the duration of the 6th Gen, that includes all future Gens too.

            If it’s not for you, then it’s not for you. However, it is for me, and I can choose whatever I want to invest in. If you don’t like it, you can quit.

            1. Then I expect supporters of this, like you, not to trash talk companies like Microsoft or their Xbox, you lost that right.

              1. Once again, incorrect.
                Just leave. Until you can get your head around the concept of paying for a subscription, one which really isn’t that bad all things considered, you have no permission to chirp.

                1. Isn’t XboxLive a subscription constantly ill-mouthed on this site? And even that serves more purpose than PokeBank which could’ve easily been added to the game for free. There was no need to add more box space on cloud servers.

                  1. As opposed to both Nintendo’s and Sony’s offerings, which are and were free respectively for online multiplayer games and services? I might be wrong in my understanding but I think PSN will now be a subscription service with the PS4. Nintendo Network is still a free service. Certain games/services will require a separate subscription/fee of course regardless of what platform they’re on (e.g. Netflix, some MMO’s).

                    The point with Pokémon Bank is that it’s separate from Pokémon X and Y, yet both games can access data from the Bank. This doesn’t take away the features within the two games that already exist, and are free to use. Having a separate app that will be the rubric for further Pokémon games in the future just to make transferring from generation to generation, and from platform to platform, much easier. The subscription you pay is to use the cloud service. We expect that Pokémon Bank as an app will be available on future platforms once games that utilise the app are made for them, including Wii U, and any future Nintendo hardware. Any gripes you have to people chirping about the Xbox Live subscription on this site should be made at them. The fact is, Pokémon Bank is a yearly subscription, and if you consider the price (on top of a free trial period), it really isn’t all that bad.

      2. Honestly, it’s pretty good value. It’s not like it’s an essential feature anyway, if you don’t want to support then don’t. As it stands (as an Internet service that requires upkeep) it’s fine and it’s perfectly reasonable that they receive something for their efforts.
        Having said, would’ve been better if it was just an app you download for a one off payment and store the Pokes on your DS using the SD card memory.

      3. Nobody cares about what you think Adam. If you don’t like the idea, then that’s your loss. Take a hike.

        1. The problem w/that’s when more PPL like me don’t stand by the BS being dished out & do “take a hike”, like w/the 3DS or even the WiiU in its current state, crybabies like you start complaining & wondering why it is PPL stoped buying their crap.

          1. The only crybaby is you, and the reflection of you in whatever screen you’re looking into. Sour grapes and all that jazz? That’s you in a nutshell.

              1. Sure that isn’t you?
                Your argument is paying for a trade service (Bank) VS paying for a full on-line subscription (Live). Preaching to what we can and can’t do is not your place. smh

                FTR, I’m fine with paying for my Live subscription. This PokeBank is no different. Subscription services are subscription services, unless you demand that Xbox Live should be free. Your argument is invalid. Go cry elsewhere, hypocrite.

                1. My argument’s abt. charging for things that should be free. Again, more space to store Pokemon could’ve easily been added to the game/SD card for free, & transferring Pokemon which used to be free.

                2. I understand that upkeeping Cloud services isn’t free & that’s not what I’m arguing. There was no need for it, since you could’ve add those features to the game for free. Transferring Pokemon from previous games shouldn’t cost a thing either.

                3. Posting my take on this is what the comment section was built for, & what better place to talk abt. the PokeBank than on an article related to it. It’d make less sense for me to post this on an Xbox/Sony site or an article abt. Luigi U.

                4. If I mentioned XboxLive’s BC they also charge for something that should be free & U can get for free on Sony or Nintendo. Most people aren’t fine w/paying for that BC of that reason, & are completely fine w/
                  this that should be free implemented features.

                5. And if I mentioned XboxOne’s BC that gets all the blame on here for ruining gaming, when charging for things that should be free like these features or DLC, etc. are also ruining future gaming. Myb. someday, you’ll be charged for a National Pokedex, too.

                6. I wouldn’t be surprised given the course they’re taking.

                  I can’t tell PPL what to do w/their money, unless my taxes are providing their paycheck, but I do have a right to post my thoughts on the matter, just like you have the right to argue them.

    2. Or they could’ve also given out a free downloadable app for those who buy the game to obtain through a pass code.

    3. The only thing I really hate about the Pokemon Bank is that it’s required if you want to transfer Pokemon from the B/W/B2/W2. I get that $5 a year is reasonable but I’m not going to store anywhere near 3000 Pokemon and I plan on using the Poketransfer once. I don’t think I need to pay $5 for something that should be a standard feature when sending over a few Pokemon.

      1. Paying to transfer Pokemon from 1 game to another shouldn’t require ANY form of payment, no matter how small. Even 5 cents a yr’s setting up a common practice of charging for more absurd features. Next thing U know, U’ll be paying to nickname UR Pokemon.

  3. oh and can my 3dsxl also be a single colour & not a mix of the colours least sold either or the cheapest 2 manufacture thnx?!!

  4. Basically… “Nintendo’s stock goes up” could summarize everything that was just said above. ;) 💋

        1. You can’t tell me their quality has gone up or even compares to the SNES or even the N64. Of course what I say has little effect, I’m already aware that my message is being brodcasted to thick heads.

  5. Yeah I’d surely be disappointed if it were gen 1 only. I didn’t like how d/p/pt had gen 1 in it and was glad b/w was reasonable with gen 5 distribution. Gen 1 is still my absolute favorite, but it feels refreshing to have a brand new game with the new pokemon showcased throughout.

  6. Mega Charizard. And just like that, it got harder for me to avoid this game. Damn it Nintendo, I quit Pokemon years ago. I don’t want to be sucked back in to catching’em all.

    1. Does mega evolution really sound exciting? I like the extra ability, but with stat increases and lack of physical alteration it sounds like a bad idea. I hope it doesn’t ruin competitive play or make the game too easy.

      1. Mega evolution seems really fun but I don’t see people using them competitively since the Pokemon needs the mega stone to perform the evolution, giving up the item slot. (Unless the Pokemon’s mega evo makes them OP as fuck)

  7. Just as usual, not a word for the old loyal players of the series, just speaking about money, money and Pok… money.

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