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New Features in Pokemon X & Y

Battle Mechanics

Sky Battles
A new type of battle is introduced within Pokémon X & Y, the Sky Battle. These battles can only be participated in with Pokémon of the Flying-type, or those who have the ability Levitate and allow for battles completely in the air.
Horde Encounters
Horde Encounters are a new kind of Wild Encounter where a horde of Pokémon appear and challenge you. These can be all of the same Pokémon, or multiple species. Targetin the right Pokémon is key here, as moves like Rock Slide hit all

Overworld Mechanics

Riding Pokémon
One of the first new mechanics for people to notice is that you can ride Pokémon in certain areas. At the moment, it’s only known that you can ride Gogoat within Lumiose City.
Another thing seen previous is the inclusion of Rollerblades. These items seem to allow for faster travel in areas, and are attached to the shoes of the trainer. It’s not known if they replace running/bikes or are an accessory.
Trainer Customisation
When you first select your character, and select a gender, you have the ability to choose between three different presets. These alter the character’s hair and skin tone to be more personalised to your own appearance.

That’s not all, however, as you have the ability to later get various bits of clothing and accessories throughout the Kalos region. You can then return home and change your appearance at any time. We’ll be providing a list of all the items of clothing as the game is released.

Language Selection
Unlike previous games, these games will allow you to select the language on the cartridge rather than based upon where you purchased the game. Languages are English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean.
Player Search System
The Player Search System is the evolution of the C-Gear and allows for you to interact with various players through local wireless or over the Nintendo WiFi Connection.
There are three levels of interactivity, Pass By which is for those you just walk by, Acquaintances which are those you interact with and Friends. Friends are determined from your 3DS friend list, and you’re prompted after multiple interactions with the same acquaintance. You can have 100 friends.

In addition to that, you can battle and trade with people using the PSS. Trades run as normal, being able to pull Pokémon from the party and/or the box whereas battles allow you to have multiple rulesets and even select music as you start

Pokemon X & Y Details Revealed

At a special Pokemon press conference at E3 2013, the Pokemon Company revealed a bunch of new details regarding this fall’s Pokemon X & Y for the 3DS.

If keeping your critters locked up in a ball wasn’t enough for you, now you can ride certain larger Pokemon. A clip shown featured the player’s trainer mounting a Rhyhorn and galloping through the wilds of Kalos. Those who want to look dapper atop their Pokemon are in luck — you can now customize your character’s hairstyle and clothing.

Pokemon X & Y features something called the Player Search System which they are hoping will act as the core of game’s community functions. X & Y allow you to tracks friends, acquaintances, and passersby. Playing near another gamer will make the two of you passersby, and the relationship can then be upgraded to acquaintances by interacting with each other. You can then choose to add a person as a true friend, which solidifies your relationship with them.

The Pokemon Company also spoke a bit about Horde Encounters. In the interest of adding some challenge to game’s random encounters in the wild, it’s now possible to find yourself in a situation where you have to face multiple Pokemon at once. Think of it as a standard RPG: For every one attack your Pokemon gets, each member of the enemy party gets to retaliate. Another new type of encounter includes Sky Battles, which limit the participants of the skirmish to specific aerial types. In accordance with this skyward theme, a new flying Pokemon named Talonflame was confirmed for X & Y.

When asked why the game is set in a stylized version of France, a Pokemon Company representative explained how the whole team admires the beauty of the country and wanted to express their admiration in a video game.

Pokemon X & Y launches worldwide on October 12 in seven different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, and Japanese.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Gameplay Trailer 2

Pokémon X & Y – Roundtable Video

Following on from the content last night, Nintendo has posted a video containing highlights and new Direct Feed footage of the games. This video sowcases various parts of the game including the PSS, Trading, Sky Battles and Horde Encounters

The special Nintendo Developer Roundtable for Pokémon X & Y has begun at E3 and is providing a large amount of Pokémon X & Y information. This information will be continually updated so keep checking back, and be sure to check the lower update segment for the previous news of the day
Players able to choose between languages in the game itself, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean. PSS (Player Search System) will allow players to search for others locally or globally (via Wi-Fi) to battle and trade. Split into Friends, Acquaintances and those you Pass By. They can then be promoted all the way up to friends as you interact and can hold up to 100 friends.
Multiple rulesets for battles return. Two new Pokémon: Skrelp is a Poison and Water-type Pokémon. Clauncher is a Water-type Pokémon. You can battle people you Passby and that’s what promotes them to acquaintences. Trading remains much the same as before. Interact with an acquaintance more than once and it’ll automatically ask you to be your friend. Rhyhorn is a rideable Pokémon. Pokémon-Amie is said to have an additional, but currently unclear affect on Pokémon. Horde Encounters are a new type of wild battle. 5 on 1 battle. May include Pokémon of multiple species rather than just one. Sky Battles confirmed, only Flying-types and Levitators can participate. Talonflame, a new Fire and Flying-type Pokémon has just been revealed. Talonflame focuses on Speed.
A single save file is in the game still. Backwards compatibility “being worked on”. X & Y will make IVs and EVs more visible. PSS syncs with 3DS Friend List. Multiple methods of transportation and different movement types in gyms. You can select specific music tracks before battle with a friend. Riding different Pokémon helps in different areas. Rhyhorn in rocky areas, for example. Pokémon are borrowed for the task
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Talonflame, the evolution of Fletchling, can learn Brave Bird, Clauncher can learn Crabhammer and Skrelp can learn Sludge Bomb.











Horde Battles






Pokemon Ruby and Sahppire

3d models of kyogre and groudon
3d Models by sukhoiaero
As expected, the games that were announced were not Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Remakes. But, I think there’s a good chance that we’ll be seeing those two games on the 3DS. We can be pretty certain that those games will use the same engine from Pokemon X and Y. If that’s true (let’s assume it is), then Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are going to be in full on, spectacular, 3D. Game Freak has made a habit of remaking past generations in between new entry titles. And, they have always added the current generation’s coat of paint to them with some new features. They still feel like the classic versions, but Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire on Nintendo 3DS are going to be way different.

pokemon ruby and sapphire on nintendo 3ds
Fake box arts by Cid-Ventalto
I’ve seen a few bloggers speculating that the next remakes will be Diamond and Pearl, but where’s the logic in that? I understand that they haven’t released two GENs on the same console since GEN I and II, but they haven’t broken the pattern with their remakes yet (yes, Game Boy and Game Boy Color are the same console). 4th and 5th GEN were on Nintendo DS.

3d kyogre and groudon from super smash bros brawl
So get ready for Hoenn in 3D! These are probably going to be the coolest remakes so far because we’ll be able to see one of the past regions with all 3 dimensions rendered. In some ways it will feel like a whole new experience. But, I think there will be enough nostalgia to remind us of the old days too. Just to get everybody’ salivary glands churning, I’ll sprinkle some 3D renderings of Groundon and Kyogre in the post.

raging ruby and summon sapphire nintendo 3ds Games
Now, we don’t know all of the new features that are going to be in Pokemon X and Y. But, there good reasons to believe that there will be new online features (due to a recent Press Release). I’m pretty sure that most, if not all, of those features will be in the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes on Nintendo 3DS as well.

groudon and kyogre in 3d
3D Groudon by SureinDragon
I know that all of this is pure speculation, but it does seem very plausible with the history of Pokemon titles in the past. So this isn’t actually an analysis, but more of a theory. I’m still filing this under Cakenalysis though, because I think it’s a worthy speculative piece. I’m curious to know what others are speculating about for future remakes too, so please share your opinions in the comment section below.

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blazing ruby and frozen sapphire nintendo 3ds games
Fake box arts by Mukar

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3D Groudon by oreolol1

groudon and kyogre 3d

pokemon sapphire and ruby on nintendo 3ds

Official Character Art for Pokémon X and Y

The first bit of official character art for Pokémon X and Y has been released, showing off the game’s new starters and legendaries.

We’ll begin by taking a look at the concept art for Fire starter Fennekin (with a couple of screenshots for good measure)…




Up next we have Water starter Froakie…



Here we have our Grass starter, Chespin…


And just in case Xerneas (the deer-like legendary) and Yveltal (the bird legendary) were getting jealous, we have some fresh concept art for them as well…


And finally, just in case you’ve been confused about whether Water beats Fire or vice versa all these 15 years, the Pokémon Company International has also released this, ehem, helpful chart.



If you missed the announcement (in which case, you’re probably very confused right now), be sure to check out our feature on everything we know about Pokémon X and Y – and once you’re done ogling the above art, be sure to cast your vote on which Pokémon starter reigns supreme.