New Pokemon, new X and Y gameplay features... here's what's new from Pokemon.com!
First off, there've been some newly discovered Pokemon!
- Pancham (Fighting) ~ With its trademark leaf always sticking out of its mouth, Pancham tries to intimidate its opponents by glaring at them intensely (although this is rarely successful).
- Inkay (Dark/Psychic) ~ Transmitters above Inkay's eyes have the ability to drain the will to fight from other Pokémon. It uses this skill to run and hide when attacked by stronger enemies.
- Swirlix (Fairy) ~ Exclusive to Pokémon X, Swirlix loves sweets and eats nothing else, making its body as sweet and sticky as cotton candy.
- Also, each of these newly announced Pokemon has an evolved form as well. Pancham evolves into Pangoro (Fighting/Dark), Inkay evolves into Malamar (Dark/Psychic) and Swirlix evolves into Spritzee (Fairy).
On the technical side of things we've been given information on the PSS, otherwise known as the Player Search System, as well as X and Y's inclusion of O-Powers.
- PSS: Connect and play with other Trainers at any time with the new Player Search System (PSS), which allows you to find other people playing Pokémon X and Pokémon Y! You'll connect to other players nearby or around the world through the Internet. You can even communicate with players you've never had any contact with before. All you need to do to communicate with other players on the PSS is to tap their icons. Then you can easily choose to trade or battle with them. That's not all the PSS can do, so look forward to more info on this exciting feature in the future!
- O-Powers: Special powers that will help you progress through your adventure. These O-Powers come in many forms. Some powers may temporarily increase your stats, while others may make it easier to catch wild Pokémon. Still others may increase the Exp. Points or prize money you get from battle." Additionally, players can trade O-Powers with one another through the PSS!
Besides the slew of information regarding the PSS and O-Powers, Pokemon.com also highlights some of X and Y's Street and SpotPass functionality.
New to Pokemon X and Y are the Holo Caster and Shout-Outs. The Holo Caster allows players to get messages from people far away, such as your four friends or the professor. Players using StreetPass on can also get reports about the people they've passed by using StreetPass on their Holo Caster. Plus, they can receive news bulletins about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, such as information on upcoming competitions. One of the best parts is, just like with Street and SpotPass functionality with other titles, players can get the most up-to-date information using their Internet connection, even when they aren't playing the game or when they have their system in Sleep Mode.
As if all this information wasn't enough, Pokemon.com also highlights X and Y's version of Global Trade Station, as well as Wonder Trade, Battle Spot and Photo Spots!
Ultimately, the more that's showcased and shared about this upcoming set of Pokemon games, the more I can't help but feel like Nintendo and Game Freak are truly using the 3DS hardware and its social capabilities to make this version of Pokemon the most feature-rich sequel to date. However, what's left to be seen, and undoubtedly what we won't know until we get our hands on the title, is if X and Y's storyline structure and components and rehashes of the same formula we've experienced time and time again. I suspect that even if the story drama is more of the same, between sky battles, anime-inspired graphics, new abilities, new Pokemon, new moves, new and vastly improved social features, and every other reason people like myself come back to this series time and time again, it'll still be a fantastically heartwarming experience that warrants as much attention as ever.
That being said, who's looking forward to Pokemon X Y?! I know I am! What's the last Pokemon game you've played? Are you ever too old to play Pokemon? Let us know in the comments below.
A love child born of 80's horror films, the 90's arcade scene, and today's underground pop culture; Matt resides in sunny/smoggy L.A., where he's been since graduating from Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in film, audio, and creative writing. When he's not producing content for Thirty & Nerdy, Matt enjoys traveling and adventuring with his fiancé Gina and their dog, Data!