Published on January 11th, 2013 | by Mark Gibson, Editor/Community Manager
Introducing Pokémon X and Y on the 3DS
The highly anticipated announcement of the next Pokémon game was revealed earlier this week as Nintendo announced Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS. The announcement benchmarks the franchise’s first appearance on Nintendo’s 3-D device and a full transformation to a 3-D platform.
Another important first for Pokémon is the October release date where the game will be available worldwide. Typically, Pokémon games are released in Japan first with some localized releases in the U.S. This change is significant for the face that U.S. gamers will no longer need to rely on translated walkthroughs and guides which was a trend for new releases.
Not much game detail was given as far as storyline goes, however, the three starter Pokémon were revealed. It appears that X and Y will follow the traditional trend of Fire, Water, and Grass as the starters.
GRASS – Meet Chespin: A creature that looks like a beaver wearing a weird skull cap. He is a grass type Pokémon, which means the level of difficulty starting with Chespin will most likely be “easy” mode if X and Y continues the same trend as past games.
WATER – Frokie is literally a frog. A water type Pokémon frog to be exact. Judging from the picture, it looks like Frokie has hearing problem, or is just doing a “can you dig it, I can’t hear you” wrestling move.
FIRE– Fennekin is the infamous fire type starter. This is typically the “hard” mode to start with, and Fennekin looks like it could evolve into a pretty regal looking Pokémon.
While some many find that not releasing a console version of Pokémon is disappointing, keep in mind that transforming the Pokémon universe to a 3D platform is a big step and could possibly lay the path to a console release.
We will keep you updated with more information on Pokémon X and Y as the months roll out. Until then, feast your eyes on the gameplay trailer.