Gotta Catch Some More: Nintendo Announces Pokemon X and Y

On a special, Pokemon-themed Nintendo Direct this morning, two new Pokemon games were revealed. Have you wondered, as we all have, why Black and White, and Black 2 and White 2, were on the DS? Have you pined for something more? Well fret no longer, because now Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are here. 

The trailer shown for these new titles, viewable here, marks the initiation of Pokemon’s 6th generation. (not too long after the 5th, as it happens) We see the male and female trainers for the new games exploring the new region, unnamed as of yet. The new titles feature a dynamic camera that (finally) casts the world of Pokemon into true 3D. With this change comes a more cell-shaded graphical style, a lovely and welcome change in the series’ presentation. This change shows extremely well in the battle scenes shown, which make full use of the 3DS’ graphics to create more action-packed battle scenes.

But new visuals aren’t all we’re left to chew on. Nintendo has also shown us five new Pokemon to usher us into the series’ next evolution. First, we have three new starter Pokemon. Chespin, a sort of squirell-like grass-type, Fennekin, an adorable fire-fox, and Froakie, a big-eyed water-type frog. Next, we have the two as-of-yet unnamed legendary Pokemon, from which the names X and Y are derived. One is a giant red bird with wings and a tail that form a Y-shape, and the other is a regal-looking deer with enormous, tree-like horns forming the top half of an X-shape, completed by the Pokemon’s torso and front legs. All of these Pokemon, the legendaries in particular, sport some new ideas in design, and all look unique. Let’s hope they can keep it up.

So, what’s the dirt on these new games, huh? There are two major points I noticed. First, what we’ve seen of this new region includes a city that looks quite specifically designed after Paris, Eiffel Tower and all. Could the new region be based on France? Black and White were the first games to not be set in a region based on part of Japan, instead finding their setting in a place derived from New York City and surrounding areas, so another change like this is interesting. There has been speculation that the new legendary Pokemon are based on Norse mythology, fitting with a European theme.

Secondly, take a look at the Japanese logos, pictured below. You may notice what looks like a small strand of multicolored DNA in between letters. What does this indicate? Well, the X and Y chromosomes in human DNA are what determine gender. While Pokemon: Gender Wars seems unlikely, this could indicate that the two are connected in some way, such as having a common origin or perhaps having once come from one single organism. In addition, these are the first main series Pokemon titles to not have a “version” in their names. This is probably just me over-analyzing, but even this could indicate something. Perhaps the strand of DNA is a clue that these creatures are of artificial origin, and are being referred to as “Pokemon X” and “Pokemon Y” by their creators. This is all speculation, of course, so take it with a grain of salt.

What are your thoughts? Will you be picking up one (or both) of these new titles? Which one? (HELP ME DECIDE, THEY’RE BOTH SO BEAUTIFUL) Am I completely off the mark with my speculation? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jay Petrequin started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but first got his start writing for It's Super Effective, a Pokemon podcast that happened to be a reflection of two of his biggest interests: pocket monsters, and making people listen to him say things.

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