Mr. Masuda said in an interview this week that the upcoming Pokemon X & Pokemon Y games will not be using the 3DS’s 3D feature while in the overworld. Masuda said that without having to worry about the 3D rendering of all the objects, they can make the Kalos region really beautiful – beauty being one of the main themes in the new games.
This is actually a big disappointment to me. I guess I’m unique in that I really enjoy the 3D in all of my 3DS games. Animal Crossing: New Leaf wouldn’t have been half as beautiful without it. I just love how the 3D immerses you in the world of the game, and I was really excited for the Pokemon world to have this effect. Oh well, at least the battles will still have that stereoscopic look to them, and the overworld should look very pretty with all the extra attention they’re going to get.
BALANCING MEGA EVOLUTIONS
He also revealed some details about Mega Evolutions. One of the biggest surprises is that no generation six Pokemon are going to be getting one of these boosted forms. This is probably because the new Pokemon are already…well, new.
Mega Evolutions add more strategic depth to the game, but they also seem to be there to help bring older Pokemon that haven’t been featured in recent games (like Kangaskhan and Blaziken) back into the spotlight. Masuda said the reason the Mega forms are not just new permanent evolutions is to add that extra edge to competitive play. This makes you wonder if someone has something up their sleeve every time you see a Lucario or Blaziken in battle. But since the Pokemon need a Mega Stone to mega evolve, it limits their ability to also take advantage of held items.
Another announcement was a revamp of the story game formula. We all know the obligatory, “Are you a boy or a girl?” talk from a professor, followed by getting a Pokemon, setting off for badges while facing childhood rivals periodically? Well Pokemon X & Y should change all that.
You start the game going to a café to meet with some new friends. That’s right, new. Your character only knows these people as well as you do. This is a concept that hasn’t been in the games since Ruby and Sapphire, but it wasn’t expanded upon like this.
Your new friends talk about what they want to do, and one actually gives you a Pokemon and a Pokedex. Professor Sycamore does give you one of the Gen 1 starters, but that wasn’t even the designers’ original intention. Then, your new friends travel along with you, as you explore the Pokemon world together. This is a big change from previous games where everyone toughs it out on their own and you happen to meet up with each other a few times along the way. This is to emphasize another of the game’s main themes (which the game seems to have quite a few of), which is bonds: both between people and their Pokemon.
While I’ve always preferred the feeling of hating your rival’s guts, which we got in Pokemon Red and Blue and Gold and Silver, I think this new idea could be pretty interesting, especially if Nintendo can build a good dynamic within your little clique. By emphasizing your bonds, I feel like the game is going to try hard to make them interesting characters. They did this with N, Ghetsis, and Cheren to some degree in Black and White, which has, in my opinion, the best story in any Pokemon game to date. I would absolutely love to see that taken to new heights in gen 6, and this new “posse” aspect of the game is keeping my hopes up.
For my last piece of news former Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi died last Thursday after complications from pneumonia, at the age of 85.
Mr. Yamauchi was the great-grandson of the man who founded the Nintendo Company, which had primarily made Japanese hanafuda playing cards back in 1889. This was the man who turned this small card company into the video game giant that it is today, helping to pioneer the creations of the Nintendo Family Computer Entertainment System, and the Nintendo Game Boy, the success of which arguably lead to the success of every Nintendo game in the future.
He snagged Shigeru Miyamoto straight out of college, and oversaw the creation of the Super Mario franchise and other huge names like Donkey Kong and Pokemon. He was also the first foreigner to own a US Major League baseball team, which earns him extra respect.
Just think of what the world would have been like without this man. The gaming industry as we know it would be drastically different. He kick started a revolution. I mean, he captained the creation of the Game Boy for Arceus’ sake! You can’t get more relevant to the world of handheld games than Hiroshi Yamauchi. I’m honestly sad that he didn’t make it to the 124th anniversary of his family’s company, which is coincidentally the day that this article should be posted. He is definitely someone who will be missed.
Just so I don’t end on a completely gloomy note, here’s the newest trailer for the anime I’m most excited to watch, Pokemon: The Origin: