Game Review: Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon X, along with Pokémon Y, is the most newly released Pokémon game in the Pokémon series, with the release date of October 12, 2013. Currently, both games cost $39.99 each. This is the first Pokémon game for the 3DS.

Obviously, this game is in 3D. Kalos’ three new starters are Fenniken the Fire-Type, Froakie the Water-Type, and Chespin the Grass-Type. Pokémon X and Y have Pokémon all the way from the 1st Generation up to the current 6th generation. But in this series, there’s a catch.

A new term is starting to become world-renowned: Mega-Evolution. This is a new form of in-battle evolution where old Pokémon can evolve further than their final form. The downside of this is that they can only mega-evolve within a battle. Not only that, only one of your Pokémon are allowed to mega-evolve per battle.

Though there may be a couple of disadvantages, there are more advantages. One of those advantages is that the Pokémon that is battling gets its base stats raised. Also, the Pokémon’s original base type may be changed, like when Gyarados mega-evolves, it changes from water-flying type to water-dark type. Not just that, but they also take on a new look similar to its original form.

Not every Pokémon can mega-evolve though. Only Absol, Abomasnow, Houndoom, Kangaskahn, Tyranitar, Aggron, Blaziken, Venasaur, Blastoise, Charizard (X form and Y form), Banette, Garchomp, Mewtwo (X form and Y form), Mawile, Gyarados, Alakazam, Lucario, Ampharos, Gardevoir, Herracross, Pinsir, Scizor, Manectric, Aerodactyl, Medicham, and Gengar. That Makes 28 Mega-Evolutions, including both of Charizard’s forms and both of Mewtwo’s forms.

One innovation  that none of the previous games have is the opportunity to buy clothing and changing clothes. There are clothing shops in many towns around Kalos. Hats, shirts, pants, dresses (for girls only), socks, shoes, and the trainer bag can all be changed. There is also a stylist that can change the player’s hair style, length, and color. One very expensive clothe shop is in Luminous city, but the only way to get into it is by visiting almost every other shop in Luminous city.

Also three  new special applications that can make Pokémon stronger. Pokémon Amie, Super-Training, and the Global Link all are helpful. Pokémon Amie works on friendliness of Pokémon, and friendliness improves a Pokémon’s strength. Super-Training is a special training session for Pokémon where they can improve their Speed, Attack (Att), Defense (Def), Special Attack (SpA), Special Defense (SpDef), and Health (HP).

The last In-Game application is the Global Link, which can allow you to make friends, acquaintances, and passerbies. Their player profiles can be seen, their character’s picture, and Trainer videos.

Overall, Pokemon X and Y have taken Nintendo to the next level.