ENTERTAINMENT: Pokemon X And Y Release Excites Series Fans Everywhere
Nintendo’s popular Pokemon series has come a long way from the first generation of development with the release of Pokemon X and Y on October 12.
The release of the games have sold over four million units in the first two days and helped the 3DS’s troubled sale history. The sale increase was mainly due to the different generations of Pokemon fans who have long awaited the new generation game release since the announcement on January 8.
“The early response to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokemon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are part of the sixth generation in the Pokemon series and is available strictly for the Nintendo 3DS. The three dimensional style of gameplay provides a more realistic view of the Pokemon and more lively attacks and reactions.
The game has new features that differentiate it from the other generations, as well as the recently added Kalos region. Players now have the ability to roller skate throughout the region with the new eight directional grid, as opposed to the four directional grid of previous games.
With the 3DS, players can overcome obstacles and interact with their environment more by using the control stick instead of the control pad to move around in the game. The control stick is mainly used with the roller-skating ability, while the control pad directs the walking and running abilities from the previous games.
A new feature of the game now allows players to customize their appearance by changing the hair color, eye color, and clothes worn by their avatars. Instead of simply dressing up ones Pokemon for contests, players can also enter the boutiques to purchase new apparel for their character to wear.
Gamers can even interact more with their Pokemon to create stronger bonds with them by using Pokemon-Amie. They can now use the touch screen or the camera to pet, feed, and play with their Pokemon.
Nintendo has expanded upon the many different ways of which players can interact with each other as well. With the Player Search System (PSS), players can connect both globally and locally to battle and trade with other players via internet.
With all the new features Nintendo and Game Freak have added, one major expansion in the game development is with the battles that occur in game.
There are now sky battles in which Flying Pokemon and select Pokemon with Levitate can enter. The now airborne battles take place with the opposing trainer standing far away, unlike the normal battle sequence of previous games.
Also, players can encounter hordes of Pokemon instead of the normal one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, and rotation battles. Up to five Pokemon can launch attacks, of which one of the trainer’s Pokemon has to endure; this offers a lot of experience gain for the defending Pokemon.
Players can also use Super Training to quickly increase a Pokemon’s EVs with ease. Previously, trainers would level up in certain areas to increase the Effort Values and Base Stats of their Pokemon.
The newly added Effect-O-Meter allows players to view the Effort Value Points assigned to each stat. Also, the Super Training Regimens enable players to take part in mini games; they would begin with two mini games to boost their defense stats, and from there, six mini games become available to train the Pokemon’s base stats: HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed.
Fans of the Pokemon series have especially been looking forward to the new Fairy type, which was added to balance against Dragon types.
The Fairy type attacks are strong against Dragon, Dark, and Fighting types, and resisted by Fire, Poison, and Steel types. Fairy type Pokemon are unaffected by Dragon type attacks, weak to Poison and Steel type attacks, and resist Bug, Fighting, and Dark type attacks.
The exclusive legendary Pokemon in Pokemon X, Xerneas, is the first Fairy type legendary in the entire game series. It has the Fairy Aura Ability to power up the Fairy type moves within the Pokemon party.
As with each Pokemon series, there are at least two versions of each game: Red and Blue, Diamond and Pearl, Gold and Silver, etc. The games always feature exclusive Pokemon in which players would need to acquire another game device and both games or trade with friends in order to catch them all.
Pokemon Y’s exclusive legendary Pokemon is Yveltal. It is a Dark and Flying type and has the Dark Aura Ability to power up the party’s Dark type moves.
The main Pokemon exclusives are no longer the different legendaries that trainers catch in game but the Mega Evolution exclusives.
Mega Evolutions are different from the normal forms of the Pokemon and are only available during battle for a temporary boost in stats. They can change the Abilities and types of the Pokemon on the battle field, but they will not be available to all Pokemon.
Certain types of Pokemon can transform while holding a Mega Stone, like Charizardite X, in battle, as well as meeting another condition for Mega Evolutions.
Pokemon X gets Mega Charizard X, changing from Fire and Flying type to Dragon and Flying type, while Pokemon Y gets Mega Charizard Y, who has a special attack increase and the Drought ability to increase Fire attacks. X also gets Mega Mewtwo X, who receives an increase in attack, gets the Steadfast ability to increase speed when flinching in combat, and turns into a Psychic and Fighting type while Y receives Mega Mewtwo Y, who acquires the Insomnia ability, making it immune to sleep, and a boost to special attack.
So far, there have been 69 confirmed new Pokemon for the X and Y series but no confirmation as to the total number of Pokemon in the entire series. Xerneas and Yveltal were among the first Pokemon to be revealed, along with Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie as the new starters for the Kalos region.
Players now need to catch all of the Pokemon featured in the three National Pokedex. The Central Kalos Pokedex is given to the trainer at the beginning of the journey, while the Coastal Kalos Pokedex is received on Route 8 and the Mountain Kalos Pokedex is received on Route 13.
There has only been one downside reported within the game series thus far. A saving glitch has prevented some players from continuing the game if they saved within Lumiose City and the outskirts of Lumiose City.
Users have reported the bug on gamefaqs.com, in which the game freezes and forces the user to delete the save file in order to progress. Restarting the game file would only cause it to freeze again, as found through a video of the glitch on YouTube.
The glitch affects both physical and digital versions of the game. Nintendo has not released their official comment or plans to update the game to fix the glitch, but players are advised to avoid saving in Lumiose City until further notice.
Despite the glitch, the game’s new features and content continues to prove that Pokemon and Nintendo will develop even further with the support of its avid players. It is a no-brainer than devoted fans will persist to play the loved game series, but there remains one major question; can one person ever truly catch them all?
(Some information courtesy escapistmagazine.com, geek.com, forbes.com, bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net, ign.com, and gaming.stackexchange.com)
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