Following last week’s big announcement of Pokemon X and Y being released for Nintendo 3DS, a few extra details have trickled out. So here’s a recap of all the new info.
Say hello to Xerneas (zurr-nee-us) and Yveltal (ee-vell-tall). The names of these two Legendary mascot Pokemon, along with their pronunciations and physical stats, were revealed this week. But even cooler was that it was revealed with the official artwork for the pocket monsters by Pokemon character designer, Ken Sugimori.
This may be the first time I can think of that we’ve actually received official pronunciations for Pokemon, and it’s long overdue. Since few Pokemon even have obvious puns in their name (especially the Legendary Pokemon) it’s gotten harder to know how to pronounce them until they show up in the anime.
More (Complex) Pokemon
There will obviously be new Pokemon in X and Y, as we’ve already seen the three new starters and two legendaries, but how many will there be in total?
In a 4Gamer interview with The Pokemon Company President and CEO, Tsunekaz Ishihara, he said the total number of Pokemon will exceed 700 after the release of this game. With 649 known Pokemon currently in existence, that means we’ll get at least 51 new faces, but I doubt it will be that few. Taking into account the fact that most Pokemon have 1 or 2 evolved forms, that would only leave us with about 20 new Pokemon to capture and raise – not very exciting for this hugely anticipated game. My guess is that we can expect about 100 new Pokemon in total.
Ishihara also said we can expect more complex kinds of Pokemon. Could that mean we’ll see new type combinations? Or perhaps new, more subtle abilities that will have an impact on competitive play?
I’m not sure this is really news, since everyone could pretty much tell their types from looking at them, and the only dual-type starter in the history of the series is Bulbasaur. The real question I have is what types they will evolve into.
We’ll probably have more news popping up every day for a while, so check back next Pokemon Monday for another rundown of X & Y news.