|Platform 3DS, 3DS||Publisher Nintendo||Developer Game Freak||Release Date 2013-10-12|
By Griffin McElroy on Oct 04, 2013 10.04.13
With Pokemon X and Y, Game Freak hasn't just buffed out long-standing blemishes with the core series; they've also added new, welcome features at every turn. The developer is finally starting to get proactive, rather than reactive, about how they change the Pokemon experience. Game Freak's improvements with Pokemon X and Y are so comprehensive, so far-reaching that they make previous generations — and their respective improvements — seem insubstantial in hindsight. The result is not only the best Pokemon game I've ever played, but one of the best portable role-playing games ever created. Pokemon X and Y's cosmetic, three-dimensional overhaul is the series' most obvious change. The animated sprites of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 came close to making that leap, but the difference here...
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By Samit Sarkar on Aug 06, 2014 08.06.14
The Pokémon Center, the web-based store for Pokémon fans in the U.S., launched in full today with a wide variety of Pokémon merchandise. Today's opening follows the Pokémon Center's soft launch on July 2. The website appears to be suffering from high traffic at the moment; we're seeing plenty of "the site is closed temporarily" notices. But if you can get in, you can purchase items such as Pikachu plushies ($12.99), Chespin T-shirts ($24.95) and Charizard mugs ($14.95). The Pokémon games themselves, both video and card, are also available. And the store is marking its launch with a Grand Opening Collection featuring note cards, binders, notebooks, pins and more branded with Special Delivery Pikachu and other Pokémon. Check out the Pokémon Center for the full array of Pokémon goods. U...
By Samit Sarkar on Jul 25, 2014 07.25.14
Twitch Plays Pokémon, the gaming phenomenon that took the internet by storm earlier this year, is moving to the most recent generation of Pokémon titles this weekend with a playthrough of Pokémon X. The Twitch channel and its viewers are set to begin playing Pokémon X at midnight ET on Sunday, July 27. In the meantime, the channel is streaming Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Once Pokémon X is completed, Twitch Plays Pokémon will return to Pokémon Stadium 2 as the main interstitial game between other specific titles, according to the channel's description. Twitch Plays Pokémon essentially works as a massively multiplayer co-op playthrough of a Pokémon title. Viewers type into the chat, and the channel parses certain commands into game inputs. It only works through an emulator for the...
By Michael McWhertor on Jul 15, 2014 07.15.14
Pokémon fans will have the opportunity to eat Pikachu's likeness in hamburger, beef curry and mango pudding parfait form starting this weekend with the opening of Tokyo's Pikachu Cafe. The Pikachu-themed cafe is part of the Pokémon the Movie XY exhibition, which will serve Pikachu food and sell other Pokemon limited edition goods, like postcards, t-shirts and tote bags. But the real, perishable draw is the Pikachu food. In addition to a teriyaki burger with Pikachu ear-shaped tortilla chips — which costs 1,080 yen (about $10) — the cafe offers Pikachu pancakes, curry buns and two types of Poké Balls: one made out of rice, the other made of mousse. The Pokémon the Movie XY exhibition will be open from July 19 to Aug. 31 in Roppongi Hills. Here's a sampling of the Pikachu-themed menu...
By Samit Sarkar on Jul 01, 2014 07.01.14
The world of Pokémon is one that starts to fall apart, or at least appear unsettling, if you think about it too hard: The entire series of games and anime is built upon humans capturing animals and keeping them cooped up in tiny plastic balls until they're ready to force the creatures to fight each other. And it turns out that the humans' exploitation of Pokémon likely goes further, according to Modern Farmer. "Simply put, it is a fact that people eat Pokémon," says Modern Farmer. Evidence includes the hunting of Farfetch'd to near-extinction. There's also the fact that the tail of the dim-witted Slowpoke is a rare, highly valued commodity because it is "tasty" and "nutritious." In Pokémon Gold/Pokémon Silver, Team Rocket's practice of cutting off the tails and selling them is frowned...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jun 05, 2014 06.05.14
The 2014 Pokemon US National Championships will be streamed for the first time ever via Twitch when the competition takes place from July 4 - 6, The Pokemon Company International announced today. The competition is set to take place in Indianapolis, Ind., and will feature a livestream of Pokemon X and Y and Pokemon Trading Card game matches. The schedule is as follows: Saturday, July 5, noon-5 p.m. ET: Pokemon Video Game Swiss Rounds Saturday, July 5, 5-9 p.m. ET: Pokemon TCG Swiss Rounds Sunday, July 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET: Pokemon TCG Top Cut and Finals Sunday, July 6, 2-5 p.m. ET: Pokemon Video Game Top Cut and Finals Attendees with a copy of Pokemon X or Y will be able to snag a special Shiny Mamoswine — similar to the one used by 2013 Pokemon World Champion Arash Omatti —...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jun 02, 2014 06.02.14
Play Nintendo Tour 2014, which begins June 6 in LA, will allow visitors to play titles such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Yoshi's New Island and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo announced today. The Play Nintendo Tour will feature competitions, different themed areas, costumed characters and more. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City. On June 8, the event will be open from 12 - 6 p.m. The event is intended to highlight the Nintendo 2DS, announced last August, that plays both 3DS and DS games in 2D. The following games will be available: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Yoshi's New Island Pokémon X/Pokémon Y The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Super Mario 3D Land Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D M...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on May 23, 2014 05.23.14
Pokemon X and Y players have traded worldwide via the Global Trade System about 90 million times and will be able to hunt down a special Pokemon once that number tops 100 million, The Pokemon Company announced today. The addition is a Vivillon, a bug and flying-type Pokemon that can display more than 15 different patterns on its wings. The design, pictured above, that will be available to all players is known as the "Fancy Pattern." Although patterns are usually available to players based on their region, the Fancy Pattern Vivillon will be an exception. "Because of this characteristic, players around the world have been exchanging Vivillon via the GTS to collect all of the regional patterns," the announcement reads. "This newly discovered Vivillon breaks with that tradition: it will...
By Colin Campbell on Mar 10, 2014 03.10.14
Master swordsmith Man at Arms is back, and this time he has turned his talents to creating a real life Honedge from Pokémon X / Y. Unlike many of his previous efforts, including League of Legends' Zenith Blade and Halo's Energy Sword, much of the work that went into Honedge concerns its distinctive hilt and pommel, rather than the blade. Honedge looks like a medieval sword, with an eye-like hilt centerpiece and a leather attachment.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 25, 2014 02.25.14
Players who register a Nintendo 3DS and one of six games at Club Nintendo during the month of March will get a free copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y, Nintendo announced this morning. Users must register a Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS handheld between March 1 and 31 along with one of six games: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and upcoming title Yoshi's New Island. After registering these items on the Club Nintendo website, players will receive a free download code for Pokemon X or Y. The code must be redeemed before May 31, 2014. Pokemon X and Y launched last fall for the 3DS, and is currently available at retail and in the 3DS eShop for $39.99. Check out Polygon's review as well as our t...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Feb 15, 2014 02.15.14
The Pokemon Company has revealed a new rock-and-fairy-type mythical Pokemon in Pokemon X and Y called Diancie. Diancie, which you can get a look at in the trailer below, is an "extremely rare" Pokemon that cannot be obtained during normal gameplay. The Pokemon is said to "produce a great volume of diamonds instantaneously by compressing air between its hands," and boasts "the greatest beauty in all the world." Code for Diancie was discovered by hackers last year, along with Volcanion and Hoopa. Details on how to capture the mysterious Pokemon will be released at a later date. For more on Pokemon X and Y, read our review.