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September Pokémon Direct Breakdown

Posted on September 4, 2013 AT 07:56pm

If you’re a human being with a pulse, that also possesses Nintendo’s 3DS console, you’re probably looking forward to the release of Pokémon X and Y on October 12th of this year. Luckily for you, Nintendo has decided to share a few bits and pieces of info about the games in a special Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct. The only trouble, is that they’re a bit long-winded during the actual video. That’s why I’m here to break down the direct and feed the details directly to you in pill form.

Pokémon Bank

This is one of those features that has been a long time coming. Pokémon Bank is an extra app that can be downloaded that allows you to store up to 3000 of your Pocket Monsters in the cloud so that you can retrieve them when you need them. It will also contain sorting so that you can easily find and retrieve the specific creates you want. Another app, called the Poké Transporter, which will allow users to send their favorite pokémon from Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 to the Pokémon Bank so they can be pulled into the new games.

All of that is the good news, the bad news is that Nintendo has announced that this service will come with some sort of yearly fee. Like many other cloud-based service, what would be nice would be for it to be free up to a certain amount with the option to expand for a fee. They have not specified on the pricing for this yet, so there’s still time for them to come up with something that’ll please customers. Either way, this will be a great system for transporting pokémon between the various games in the future.

Two Sets of Starters

You might be understandably confused at the title of this section. At the beginning of the game, you’re going to get the choice of three awesome-looking new starters as always. The twist here is that a pokémon professor isn’t letting you choose between Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie. An in-game friend gives you your first starter, but you still get a starter from a professor. In a fit of deja vu, you’ll be choosing for the second time between Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.

Now that you’re done jumping up and down clapping, there’s more good news here. In previous directs, Nintendo introduced us to Mega Evolutions. These special evolutions give certain pokémon the ability to transform beyond their most powerful form for a limited time and use various special attacks. Nintendo today announced that each of the three original starters will also have a mega evolution.

Pokémon X and Y 3DS XL

In a final bit of news, Nintendo revealed that they will be releasing the special edition Pokémon X and Y 3DS XL in both red and blue colors on September 27th. It doesn’t appear to come with the game, which I feel is a bit of a missed opportunity, but the design is definitely nice, so if you don’t have one already, this may be the time.

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