Finally, it’s almost here. After months of great anticipation, Pokemon X & Pokemon Y will be released worldwide this Saturday!
The excitement in the air is almost tangible as the fateful day approaches. With all the new things this generation will add to the series it’s hard to know what’s got me most hyped about the game, but here’s my best attempt to pick a top 5.
5) THE 3D
Finally, I’m excited for the way Game Freak is going to implement the main feature of the 3DS. I am a lover of the 3D feature in all the games that I have, and I’m gonna love to see it implemented as my Pokemon is wreaking havoc on some unsuspecting wild Bunnelby.
Every battle scene is going to be so pretty, completely leaving the static feel that all the series’ battles have had so far.
4) THE NEW POKEMON
Gen I will always be my favorite. Unlike a lot of long-time fans, I respect the Pokemon of every region. Gen IV made me second guess where the series was headed, Gen V started to restore my faith in Game Freak’s character design (Emboar, Conkeldurr, and Scrafty are good examples), and with Gen VI, I’m again confident in their ability to pump out cool Pokemon.
This is the first time since Gen III that just about every single Pokemon revealed pre-release has impressed me. The Kalos region seems like it’s going have lots of great personality.
While I’m trying hard not to pre-plan my team, Pancham and Clauncher have already claimed their territory. It’s going to have a hard time topping my love of Gen V, but I’m always hopeful.
Yes, I had to include this. All you other trainers can have fun with your Grass and Water types, but my love of Pokemon would not be the same today if it weren’t for Charizard. Not gonna say much, I’m just so stoked to have him in on my team in the Kalos region. Putting the Kanto starters in there was an overall solid move in my opinion.
2) THE NEW STORY
I am usually against change, but this new approach Game Freak is trying with Pokemon X & Y is really getting me excited. I’m curious to see what it’s like to travel around with a little posse of trainers. Experiencing the world and growing as trainers together sounds like a cool concept that the series could roll with.
Most of Game Freak’s characters tend to be flat (Brendan, Lyra, etc.), but those it puts time into developing, such as Cheren, N, or Ghetsis, turn out great. So I hope they will hit a grand slam with this new main cast.
1) SUPER TRAINING
This one seems to have been overshadowed by the recent, flashier reveals. I’m both super excited and kind of worried about it though. Super Training is going to make EV training unbelievably easier.
The good side is that it will take a big burden off the shoulders of competitive battlers (although there’s still IV breeding to worry about). It will also open the field of competitive battling to those who could never enter it before because they weren’t willing to put in the effort. Of course that second part is also the bad side. I’m not entirely sure that having the competitive battling scene surge with greenhorns that think they’re big-shots with their new EV trained teams is a good thing. Only time will tell.
I just have to say, if this almost effortless EV training is available from the beginning of the game, the Elite 4 of the Kalos region better be seriously good.
With all the new features these games are going to have, the Pokemon world waits with bated breath for Saturday to arrive. Game Freak failed to deliver on more than one occasion, and though nothing is certain, I think it’d be pretty hard for them to muck this one up.
What features are you most excited to get your hands on? Tell us in the comments below!