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Nintendo Announce New Pokémon Titles for 3DS

X and Y.

Nintendo have just announced the sixth generation of Pokémon games for the 3DS on their latest Nintendo Direct broadcast. Following on from the last generation -which included Black and White and their sequels – these new titles are dubbed Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

The games are rendered with full 3D environments and characters, rather than the pseudo-3D style of the recent Pokémon games, with a more third person camera rather than the almost top-down style we’ve seen before.. It looks like a true evolution of the series and different to anything we’ve seen from Pokémon before, but the core features should, hopefully, not be too different from the previous instalments.


There are no details on where it’s set yet, nor how many new Pokémon there are – although we did catch a glimpse of the new starter Pokémon and some forest and town environments, which is the norm for Pokémon worlds, along with a brand new legendary Pokémon.

Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata also heavily hinted that it should carry on the series staple of offering different Pokémon and features across the two different versions, so that you can trade between the games.

The games will release worldwide this October, which is the same time as Japan, rather than having a delay as per usual due to localisation.

It’s great to finally see some fully-fledged Pokémon games on Nintendo’s current handheld rather than just companion apps and poor spin-offs and it should provide a great boost for the system – Pokémon’s still massively popular across the world. Pokémon X and Y look like the greatest evolutions of the series ever – even more so than Diamond and Pearl were.

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15 Comments
  1. parryman
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    Dammit! I now have a valid reason for buying a 3DsXL
    Will Parrywife see it that way though…

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 11:29.
  2. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    I don’t like the new visual style, much preferred the top-down sprites of old. Managed to get around the recent pseudo-3D stuff in B&W, but this is a bit too far for me.

    Still, YAY!

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 11:31.
  3. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Doesn’t look as pretty as it could (see how Resi looks on 3DS for example) but now I NEED a 3DS XL. Or whatever revision Nintendo reveal next.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:08.
    • aerobes
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      My wife got me one for christmas and it made me wonder why I waited so long. Final Fantasy Theatrhythm is amazing and there’s a list of games as long as my arm that I want.

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 22:10.
  4. Muskyy
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    Froakie looks like an absolute boss, with his moustache and cravat.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:33.
  5. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Felt this needed 3D for the last 5-6 years, really… Kind of disappoited by how this is turning out, though.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:51.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Oh! OH!

      The sequels to this release can be XX and XY.

      Boom!

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:54.
      • Blair Inglis
        hisnameisblair
        Since: May 2009

        I think it’ll be Z, and there’ll be a silly Z-shaped Pokémon.

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 13:24.
      • teflon
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        Are they going to do that thing spreadsheets do, and roll over from X,Y,Z to AA, AB, AC?

        Pokemon Z and AA?

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 14:31.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        Black 2 and White 2 were the first numbered Pokemon sequels- clearly they couldn’t think of a good name and the name Black and White 2 was just A Rush of Blood to the Head.

        The next release after that is to be X & Y? I think I’ll what for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 16:07.
  6. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Apparently it’s set in all the regions from first to fifth generation, and contains Pokemon from all of them too.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 13:38.
  7. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Can’t wait! Looks awesome. :)

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 15:00.
  8. fs
    Member
    Since: May 2012

    Finally. Finally Nintendo have cut the BS and taken a gamble, they’ve been playing it safe since the days of Gameboy Color when it comes to Pokemon.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 19:52.

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