With only days left until the global release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, fans are left to wait in anticipation of what may be the greatest entry of the franchise. But for those who may have missed out on some of the many details of Generation VI, here is a summation of all the the new major features that will be introduced into Pokémon X and Y.
Pokémon X/Y introduces two new forms of Poke-battles called Hoard Mode and Sky Battles. Hoard Mode will let you face off against many wild Pokémon at once. From footage shown, most of the hoard will be weaker than your party, but the number of enemies could very well create a new kind of challenge for both newbies and veterans of the series. Sky Battles are rather self-explanatory. Using only Pokémon that can fly or levitate, you battle against a trainer who is using Pokémon under the same conditions.
The Kalos region of Generation VI is inspired by Paris, France. Using Kalos to put forth a theme of beauty, Pokémon X and Y are adding a new type of Pokémon. Created to combat Dragon types, Fairy type will not only be the new type for existing Pokémon such as Jigglypuff and Gardevoir, but it will also be used as a vehicle to introduce a new Eeveelution. Sylveon in many ways conveys the "fairy" look as its design features ribbons, bow ties, and pink colors.
Speaking of Pokémon old and new, Pokémon X and Y will be the first in the main series to let players choose from two sets of starter Pokémon. The first set of starters is Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie who are new to the series. Soon afterwards, you will choose between Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle who made their first debut in the Generation I games: Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow.
Starters aside, there will be a host of new Pokémon introduced in Pokémon X and Y. From the panda Yancham, the small robin Yayakom, the long eared lizard named Elikiteru, and the butterfly Vivillion, there are many additions to Generation VI both cute and creepy.
There will also be two fossil Pokémon that players can acquire in Pokémon X and Y. At some point in the game, players can choose between the Jaw Fossil and the Sail Fossil. The Jaw Fossil brings about Tyrunt (picture a baby T-Rex) who evolves into large and kingly Tyrantrum. With the Sail Fossil you acquire Amaura who later evolves into Aurorus. Both take the appearance of long necked dinosaurs and have colorful sails on their head as well as ice diamonds on their sides.
The next feature was actually hinted at using the famous Legendary Mewtwo. Though it wasn't explained until weeks after the video was released, Mewtwo will now have two "Mega Evolutions." However, only one of each Mega Evolution can be acquired depending on which version of the 3DS game you have. These Mega Evolutions are activated by using special stones. They trigger an evolution that will last for the battle before the Pokémon reverts back to its original self. Also to note, some of these Mega Evolutions can change the type and ability of their Pokémon. Other Pokémon that have been confirmed to have at least a single Mega Evolutions are Absol, Mawlie, Lucario, Ampharos, and Blaziken who can be acquired as a Torchik with a Mega Stone via digital distribution. It was also revealed that Charizard would have two Mega Evolutions like Mewtwo, but nothing was revealed for the other starters. However, with two Pokémon confirmed to have multiple Mega Evolutions, it is possible every Pokémon with a Mega Stone will have a version specific Mega Evolution. This would also make the choosing between two versions of a Pokémon game a much more important decision than it has been in the past.
Also new to the franchise is the Pokémon Bank, a cloud based storage system acting like the Pokémon PC systems in the games. With ten boxes in total, 3,000 Pokémon can be stored using this system. There will also be various search options to quickly find your saved Pokémon. The Generation V Pokémon games will also be able to send up their Pokémon using this system. If used with the Poke Transporter app, all Pokémon from Gen V can be sent to Pokémon X and Y. While this is great for players who do not want to re-catch old Pokémon but there are several catches. For one, the Pokémon Bank requires a $4.99 annual subscription fee. The Bank also only works with Generation V and VI and items cannot be traded using the Bank.
Several features for bonding and growing your Pokémon have been introduced; Pokémon-Amie and Super Training. Pokémon-Amie is very much like playing with your pets in the Nintendogs series or Dream Eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D. By playing and feeding them they will have temporary stat boosts. Super Training lets you play mini games to increase their base stats or you can use the feature to have the Pokémon train themselves.
To make online battles and trades less of a hassle, the Player Search System, or PSS, will let you sort your Friends from Passer-bys. Once you run into a Passer-by (someone near you with a copy of the game) you can label them as a Friend or Acquaintance.
Nintendo has done a rather great job of releasing what features will be introduced and improved on Pokémon X and Y possibly even to a fault. Though the final product can still miss the mark of our expectations, Pokémon X and Y seems to be heading in a direction that will bring a true evolution to one of the most beloved franchises ever created.
With Pokémon X/Y releasing on the 12th of October, there's still some time to pre-order the game. If you're from the UK, you can pre-order for £32.97 from Amazon.co.uk. If you're North American, Amazon.com are shipping the game for $39.96.