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Five Things I Liked While Playing Pokémon X & Y

The Pokémon series has stuck closely to its core formula since its ‘90s inception on the original Game Boy. Those basics are still in place for the upcoming 3DS title Pokémon X and Y, but the newest entry benefits from some fun tweaks. From riding creatures to Mega Evolutions, here are five cool things I liked in my brief hands-on time with the game.

Speedy Movement: Some past Pokémon games gate your ability to dash, or make you feel sluggish when not riding a bicycle. Pokémon X and Y allow you to break into an ice skating-like dash right away, and it feels liberating.

Riding Pokémon: During my brief time with a game a small, dog-like Pokémon critter wandered a courtyard. I hopped on the critter and took him for a few laps. Not only is this an effective mode of transportation, it’s also adorable. 

Gorgeous Visuals: This 3DS (and 2DS) title has a colorful, cartoonish, cel-shaded look. During battles the camera zooms in close on Pokémon’s faces for a great view of your favorites. These cute creatures now finally move and look like they would in an animated show.

Pokémon Playtime:  Any of the creatures in your collection can be played with. Feed them snacks using the touchscreen. Tilt your head back and forth and watch them mimic you. They even request you to wink or smile, and the handheld’s camera will recognize whether you did it or not. 

Mega Evolution: My hands-on time concluded with a battle against Professor Sycamore, in which he demonstrated Mewtwo’s ability to Mega Evolve using a specific type of Mega Stone. Mega Mewtwo benefits from a temporary power-up, but still uses familiar psychic and shade abilities. However, with Mega Evolution these abilities are way stronger and he takes on a different appearance. 

My time with Pokémon X and Y was very short, but rest assured that this is the same familiar RPG formula fans have come to know and love. Thankfully, the visuals have received a much needed visual update and the new features like Mega Evolve and Pokémon play sessions inject something fresh into the mix. The games launch on October 12 alongside the Nintendo 2DS.

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  • Lucky ***.

    Edit: Are megavolutions temporary?
  • Cannot wait for October 12th. Gonna get this and the 2DS. (I need a handheld...)
  • I'm still hoping for mega magikarp.
  • That awkward moment when that dog-like creature is a goat.
  • GAH I hate Mewtwo's mega. But being able to dash right away and ride Pokemon sounds pretty awesome. Better graphics in such a gameplay-stable series is always a good thing, though playtime sounds like something I'd never get into without cool or unique rewards for doing so.

  • i seriously hoped that this series would have died out in 2002 along with power rangers. oh well.
  • oct 12 i just about...41 days left. I think.

  • I AM SOOOOO EXCITED FOR POKEMON X/Y!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The worldwide sales for these games are gonna be freaking huge!!!
  • I've managed to scrounge out around $210 in store credit; I'm hoping that will be enough for the launch bundle. This is the only game I'll ever play on the 3DS, but I'll easily spend over 200 hours in it, so it's a fair deal.
  • this pokemon game is making me want to get a 2ds and pokemon X. looks like im selling my wii (netflix box) to buy a 2ds!

  • I might just buy a Pokemon game.

  • How can you confuse Skiddo to be a dog?...
  • I can't wait. I haven't played a Pokemon game since Pokemon Blue (seriously haha), I just drifted away from it entirely but after playing Blue recently I've gotten back into it. I'm going to pick up a 3DS XL just to play Y. It looks great so far from what I've seen of the game.
  • This seems to me like the most revolutionary entry since Gen 3. Can't wait!

  • From what I've seen online so far, the sprites are still a bit stiff and static, but I do hope this is everything I've wanted since gen 4. Now we wait till Oct. 12th

  • I like that there's more evolutions, even if just temporary. Used to draw evolutions of pokemon like Charizard, Lapris and so many others when i was a kid.

    But this saddens me that so many other pokemon are easily overlooked. Mewtew is a legendary, who was wickedly powerful(not anymore it seems) but why does he get an evolution when there's pokemon like Farfetch'd, corsola, Luvdisc and omg... Shuckle who need it so much more :(

  • Nothing against Tim or Pokemon fans, but this seems like a paid advertisement. :S
  • uptil I looked at the receipt for $5880, I did not believe ...that...my friends brother could actualey making money part-time on there computar.. there uncles cousin has been doing this for only 9 months and just now cleared the dept on their appartment and purchased a new GMC. Visit Website,  http://www.jobs76.com

  • uptil I looked at the receipt for $5880, I did not believe ...that...my friends brother could actualey making money part-time on there computar.. there uncles cousin has been doing this for only 9 months and just now cleared the dept on their appartment and purchased a new GMC. Visit Website, http://www.jobs76.com
  • Am I the only one who's preety mad that over 10 years and they still only have 1 save slot?
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