Just when you thought the people at Nintendo and Game Freak ran out of colors and precious gems, they did it again. Nintendo has introduced WORLDWIDE today the next generation of the popular franchise: Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
Since the beginning, they’ve used Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl, Black, and White. Now they’ve taken a bold step by naming their latest titles after English letters, or perhaps it’s the chromosomes that determine gender if you go that deep thinking about it. But with a new title in a new generation, there will of course be new and interesting things to expect. So what do we know so far?
The new titles will now be on the Nintendo 3DS, meaning it can handle new and dynamic 3D graphics and gameplay. And this is a huge step considering their steady advancements after each game and each generation. And by dynamic gameplay, I mean that everything, even the movements, are more third-dimensional, as well as an even more dynamic battle system. When you see the gameplay, it feels a lot more like the later Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games the way Pokemon should feel. So say goodbye to that same style of feeling like you’re playing off a map, much like the earlier Zelda games.
Ah, and of course the new Pokemon! I wonder what they’re like. Let’s see, so far the starting Pokemon consist of a fire fox (ha-ha), a water frog, and a grass… I want to say it’s a badger, or some kind of muskrat. I certainly hope their evolved forms look badass, because I miss the days of a badass fire-breathing dragon. And then there are the new “legendary” types, the uber strong and hard to obtain Pokemon, that act as the mascots to the game. In the past, there have been legendaries that shape the weather, created land and ocean, control time and space, super-charged dragons representing ideals and truths, and even a “God.” So how does a giant bird and a stag, like something majestic off of a Miyazaki film, top the others in terms of being “legendary?” Hard to say so soon, but I sure hope there will be better looking ones. Because with Pokemon that look like ice cream cones, chandeliers, and a buffalo with an afro, it shows that they are running out of neater ideas. (In my opinion though, afros are cool)
So look forward to over 800 creatures to catch and collect later this year in October. Why so soon? Because for the first time, Nintendo will be releasing localized copies EVERYWHERE in roughly the same time, with Europe and Australia likely getting theirs last. That means everyone will get their copy and not have Japan spoil everything to us and rubbing in our faces.
And PETA, if you’re reading this, you can make your complaints by posting a comment. With that said, I’m going to think about how that fire fox would look ravishing wrapped around my neck…
-"Demon" Matt Little