|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...
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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...
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.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Feb 05, 2014 02.05.14
The Pokemon Bank app for Pokemon X/Y is now available in North America's Nintendo 3DS eShop, following delays and launches in other regions. Pokemon Bank allows users to deposit, store and manage up to 3,000 Pokemon, including those from previous games. When used in combination with the Poke Transporter, players can move Pokemon from previous generations into Pokemon X/Y. Pokemon Bank was delayed from its Dec. 27 launch date after experiencing "service disruptions" on the Wii U and 3DS eShops. The application was pulled in Japan for similar problems. Pokemon Bank was released in Australia, Europe and New Zealand yesterday. Although the app is a free download, it does require a subscription. Once the 30-day trial ends, users must pay $4.99 as an annual fee. Nintendo released a d...
By Jenna Pitcher on Feb 04, 2014 02.04.14
Nintendo relaunched the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps for Pokémon X/Pokémon Y today in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Nintendo announced, with a free trail of the services running until March 14. Released as version 1.1, the apps require a £4.49/€4.99/$4.99 per year subscription to use once the 30-day trial expires. The recent regional releases follow the apps' relaunch in Japan and "certain Asian countries" late last month. The apps were initially released in Japan on Dec. 25 and were taken down from the Nintendo 3DS eShop a day later after excessive traffic overloaded the servers for both the 3DS and Wii U eShops. During the same period, the Nintendo Network suffered global outages attributed to linking of account balances for the two eShops. The Dec. 27 N...
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 30, 2014 01.30.14
Pokémon, the anime series based on Game Freak's phenomenally popular video game franchise of the same name, is now available to watch on Hulu in the U.S., The Pokémon Co. International and Hulu announced today. A few pieces of Pokémon content can be streamed for free on Hulu Kids: the four-part Pokémon Origins animated special (image above), and five episodes from season 10 of the television series (the first season of the Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl story arc). The lion's share of the Pokémon media is restricted to Hulu Plus subscribers. The arrangement between The Pokémon Co. International and Hulu covers the animated series, special episodes and full-length films. Hulu Plus subscribers now have access to season 10 in its entirety and the feature-length movie Pokémon: The...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jan 29, 2014 01.29.14
The first online tournament permitting the use of Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y will begin in mid-February, The Pokemon Company announced. The Pokemon X and Pokemon Y Beta Competition will utilize the Pokemon Global Link feature to connect battling trainers and allow the use of Pokemon from Kalos region — featured in the latest two Pokemon games — in combat. The tournament will begin on Thurday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET (midnight Feb. 21 UTC) and is open to Pokemon trainers worldwide. Players who have registered their copies of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y to their Pokemon Global Link accounts already qualify to participate in the Beta Competition, while others have secured spots in the tournament by earning high rankings in online Global Showdown events. Those who still have not registered...
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 22, 2014 01.22.14
Nintendo relaunched the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps for Pokémon X/Pokémon Y today in "certain Asian countries," with release dates in other regions still forthcoming, according to Nintendo of America's Twitter account. One day after the apps' original release in Japan on Dec. 25, Nintendo took them down from the Nintendo 3DS eShop after excessive traffic overloaded the servers for both the 3DS and Wii U eShops. The Nintendo Network also suffered severe outages worldwide during the same period, problems that Nintendo later attributed to the linking of account balances for the two eShops. The issues caused the company to delay the North American release of the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps, which was originally planned for Dec. 27. "Pokémon Bank has launched...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jan 08, 2014 01.08.14
The Pokemon Video Game and Trading Card Game Winter Regional Championships will include the most recent entries to the gaming franchise, Pokemon X and Y, for the first time ever, organizers announced today. The event, taking place across the states, is open to the public. To compete, players need only bring a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS and a copy of either game. The competition will also feature trading card game matches. The schedule is as follows: Doswell, VA - January 11-12 - (TCG both days, Video Game Jan. 12 only) Long Beach, CA - January 18-19 - (TCG both days, Video Game Jan. 19 only) Salem, OR - January 18-19 - (TCG both days, Video Game Jan. 19 only) St. Charles, MO - January 18-19 - (TCG both days, Video Game Jan. 18 only) Orlando, FL - January 25-26 - (TCG both days, Video...
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 06, 2014 01.06.14
Nintendo is running maintenance today on the Nintendo Network that will affect the online aspects of Pokémon X/Pokémon Y, according to Nintendo of America's network status page. The two-hour maintenance window will run from 7-9 p.m. ET tonight, Jan. 6. Online play, rankings and more in Pokémon X and Y may be unavailable during that time. This period is separate from Nintendo's regularly scheduled maintenance windows, which run on Mondays from 3-7 p.m. ET for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and on Tuesdays from 2-6 a.m. ET for Wii and Nintendo DS.
By Michael McWhertor on Dec 26, 2013 12.26.13
Nintendo and The Pokemon Company officially delayed the launch of the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter apps for Nintendo 3DS, citing "a large volume of traffic" affecting the stability of the Nintendo Network, in a support message today. Originally, the applications were expected to launch on Friday, Dec. 27, but Nintendo has been experiencing "service disruptions" with its Wii U and 3DS eShop and during the creation of Nintendo Network IDs. A previous statement from Nintendo explained that "the number of users creating a Nintendo Network ID on their Nintendo 3DS and accessing the Nintendo eShop has been greater than anticipated." The company pulled the applications from its eShop in Japan over similar issues. Nintendo has not announced a new release date for the Pokemon X and P...