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Pokemon X/Y News!

Max Linskey September 4, 2013 3


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Hello again reader(s)!

Today, a few bits of Pokemon news for you. As you probably already know (and if you don’t, what the hell is wrong with you) Pokemon X and Y hit shelves in October, bringing about Gen 6 of our favorite adorable little creatures beating the ever-loving crap out of each other for our enjoyment. What you probably didn’t know is there will be a new way to have every pokemon, the new online Pokemon Bank.

This is pretty awesome. Now you can store every pokemon you catch onto the internet from your 3ds. And you can do that Poke-transfer thing from previous games onto this online storage (the one that removes it from the old game and forces you to play a weird game to catch them again), and they’ll be available to your X and Y games. Never before has there been a way to save all your favorite ‘mon, except for buying both games and treating one as the storage after beating it and then playing the other one.

The one downside to this is it costs money. A measly $5 a year isn’t much, but other online sources are debating whether the pokemon will be safe on the site from hackers, and whether you’ll be able to keep the pokemon if the subscription expires. These problems are most likely going to be resolved, making the site super safe and making the storage a cloud or cloud-like system where the pokemon stay and you pay to access them.

Honestly, this will save gamers $35 from buying both games and doing what was mentioned earlier, forcing one game to be a bank. Another problem with that is you are forced to play the game before you can transfer any pokemon, and it takes away the mysticism and mystery of a new adventure. The downside is that players can’t do the “trade all the starter to one game” trick if they don’t buy both, but they can manage. I know I can, only seeing Froakie’s evolutions 🙂
(note: I still haven’t chosen which starter I want)

The storage also doesn’t actually have a western release date yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long before Americans are storing their pokemon online.

Another tidbit is the release of brand new Nintendo 3DS XL’s to commemorate the X and Y release. On September 29th, gamers can grab one of these massive systems, in red or blue, emblazoned with an enormous image of Xerneas and Yveltal. These systems will likely be the same price as a regular 3DS, and because they come out before the games, has no extra goodies aside from looking awesome.

Not too big a surprise there. Extremely popular series with a new game release, let’s get all the money from gamers we can by releasing a themed system. Nintendo has pretty much written the book on this tactic for handhelds, so if they get money, good for them.

Finally, a last bit of news that is probably the best, hence why I saved it until this very moment.

I won’t keep you waiting any longer.

The best part of this post.

Pokemon has been around since the mid 90’s for Americans. We fell in love with Gen 1 and it has been a long and wonder filled ride to the gen 6 coming in October. Players have seen a multitude of pokemon, but only ever had a choice of starting with one of 3, only able to get a different gen starter in later games.
Pokemon X and Y have the new starters: Grass-type Chespin, Water-type Froakie, and Fire-type Fennekin. And while they are cute, there is something about the first starters that brings back all the memories of the original 151 on the GameBoy.

Well folks, GameFreak thought that too, and in Pokemon X and Y, besides the gen 6 starters, players will be able to choose from Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur (in no particular order) as an alternative, AND each of those three will have a Mega-Evolution, which you can acquire later in the game.

(For those that don’t know, Mega Evolution is a new, alternate form of evolution done with a (drumroll…) mega stone. The pokemon changes as long as they are holding the stone.)

This is the biggest and most exciting news about this game for me personally, although now the decision of a starter multiplies and I will have to think for a damn long time before I choose my partner.

That’s it for this Pokemon News installment. Hope you enjoyed it!

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