Nintendo celebrates the worldwide launch of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

8:01 AM, Oct 12, 2013   |    comments
'Pokémon X' and 'Pokémon Y' for the Nintendo 3DS.
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Pokémon fans from around the globe can now partake in the newest Pokémon adventure as Nintendo releases Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the 3DS (also compatible with the new 2DS).

"More than 15 years after its initial debut, Pokémon remains one of the strongest franchises in video games," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "With Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the series has evolved in a breathtaking way. It's time to once again catch 'em all!" 

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y feature a wide array of new and returning Pokémon to catch, battle and trade.  Players will be introduced to a new generation of Pokémon, including three new Pokémon to choose from at the beginning of the game - the Grass-type Chespin, Fire-type Fennekin and Water-type Froakie - and epic Legendary Pokémon.  Pokémon X presents the majestic and mysterious Xerneas, while Pokémon Y features the strong and powerful Yveltal.  In addition to the new Pokémon, hundreds of past favorites from previous generations are brought to life with detailed graphics and animations.  Players will also be given the choice to receive Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle - classic Pokémon from the very first games in the series, Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version.  These newest Pokémon games also introduce the Fairy type, the first new Pokémon type since Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, adding a whole new layer of strategy to battles. 

The battle system in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y has also experienced a major evolution, with new awe-inspiring Mega Evolutions and powerful new moves that certain Pokémon can use.  In the two new games, a dynamic camera rotates around the battle, showing off the games' exquisite animations and detailed graphics.  New Horde Encounters take battling in the wild to a new, intense level that pits the player and a single Pokémon against multiple wild Pokémon. 

The new games also introduce a host of new features that have never been seen before in the series.  Pokémon-Amie is a new mode in which players can pet, feed and play games with individual Pokémon using the touch screen on the Nintendo 3DS system.  By interacting with their Pokémon, players can bond with them, which will result in higher performance in battles. Players can also engage in Super Training with Pokémon to help them grow stronger when not in battle.  The new Player Search System (PSS) makes it easy for players to connect, battle and trade with others nearby and around the world. 

Additionally, two striking red or blue Nintendo 3DS XL systems themed after Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and featuring art of the two new legendary Pokémon, Xerneas and Yveltal, launched on Sept. 27 and are still available in stores nationwide.

Both Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.


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