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E3 2013 Preview: Pokemon X and Y

Pokemon X and Y are the latest titles to grace the Pokemon franchise and they made an appearance at E3 2013. In a way, we all know what this means. You are a kid who has just come of age, which means it’s time to start catching Pokemon! You’ll be given a few Pokeballs, a starter Pokemon of either a Water, Grass, or Fire type, and a pat on the back and then you will be sent on your way.

The question is, how will Pokemon X and Y differ from past Pokemon titles? Well, there are a few new features to talk about. For example, Pokemon X and Y features brand new battle types. Wild Pokemon battles can now put you against up to five different enemy Pokemon at once. Every turn you will have to eat the attacks of all opposing Pokemon at once. Thus, AOE attacks are going to play a much bigger role in the games this time around.

There are also brand new trainer battles called, “sky battles” to participate in. Sky battles take place far above the clouds and only flying Pokemon or Pokemon with the hover ability will be able to participate in them. Otherwise, they are basically standard Pokemon battles with a nifty backdrop.

Pokemon X and Y will introduce a brand new Pokemon type into the mix as well. This new Pokemon type is called the “fairy” type, and Sylveon, the newest Eeveeloution, will be of that type. Fairy type Pokemon are strong against Dragon type Pokemon and are being introduced as a balancing measure for that type. Many other Pokemon will be retroactively changed to fairy type, including Clefairy, Chansey, Togepi, Jigglypuff, Gardevoir, Marill, and more.

Finally, Pokemon X and Y will be introducing a new friends list system into the game as well. You will be able to greatly customize your trainers appearance in Pokemon X and Y, including their skin tone, hat, and clothing. When you meet another Pokemon player online, an icon representing their trainer shows up on your “nearby” list. Interacting with a player once in any way (battle or trade), puts them on a higher priority “acquaintance” list, and interacting with the same trainer repeatedly eventually puts them on your “friends” list. Currently, it is unclear what these different lists do, though they do make it convenient to search out other trainers that you enjoy battling and trading with.

There are still many unrevealed surprises that Pokemon X and Y has left to show us, so keep your eyes peeled for more info as we get closer to the game’s October 12 3DS launch.

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