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Pokémon X and Y Should Bring Positive Changes to the Series

/ Feb 11th, 2013 No Comments

Pokemon X and Y
Pokemon X and Y

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The next generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Y, were announced last month. The two Nintendo 3DS games will be released in October of this year. The news got gamers buzzing because Pokémon X and Y will be the first of the handheld Pokémon games to be entirely in 3D graphics. However, as fans praised this new development, others decried the overall lack of change over the years and pointed out the series’ waning popularity.

The biggest change that is currently known is the change in graphics. Prior to the upcoming Pokémon X and Y, the player’s Pokémon trainer character was confined to a two-dimensional world. The new 3D graphics will be much more visually appealing. Not only will battles be more dynamic, but a 3D world opens up the opportunity for variety in camera movement and potential new forms of gameplay. Screenshots of the games reveal three-dimensional scenery reminiscent of Paris, implying that gamers will get to explore a French-influenced world. Not only are the graphics and framing much more interesting, but the game’s potential new setting also demonstrates that the series is going in a more inspired direction.

However, Pokémon also seems to be sticking to the status quo. Once again, there will be a cute trio of starter Pokémon. Fennekin is a pretty fox-looking fire Pokémon, Froakie is the goofy frog-looking water Pokémon, and Chespin is the adorable grass Pokémon that resembles some type of mammal-plant hybrid. These starters are cuter than some of those featured in the past. In addition, there are two mysterious legendary Pokémon: Xerneas, a scrawny deer with rainbow-colored antlers, and Yveltal, a red bird-creature. The two certainly look strong and cool while also appearing appropriately strange. Of course, there will more new Pokémon added to the ever-growing roster. Some of the character design has become more and more derivative over the years, but a few new interesting Pokémon always pop up. As for the rest of the game, it is safe to assume that there will still be the elements of having to catch all of the Pokémon and defeating other trainers to become a champion. No other news released has stated anything to the contrary.

Pokemon X and Y

Pokemon X and Y

Some gamers have been critical towards Pokémon X and Y. They say that the updated graphics have come too late; why weren’t previous generations in 3D? Others mention that there are too many Pokémon now, and that the game has not improved enough over the years. Pokémon still has the same type of starters, legendaries, and gameplay. However, is that lack of change such a bad thing? The people who have spoken out against Pokémon are probably not the target demographic anyway. The games are first and foremost for kids who might not have played Pokémon before, so they will not care about the repetitive nature. As for the adults, many fans and even less enthusiastic gamers will appreciate the alterations that are being made with this sixth generation of games.

As THQ can probably attest, the video game market is a rapidly changing environment. Pokémon has a formula that works. Sure, Pokémon reached its peak a long time ago. Kids these days are not watching the series, playing the video games, or collecting the cards like they used to do. However, there will always be children enthralled by the competitive and collectible nature of the game, and they will want to catch ‘em all and be the very best that no one ever was. Pokémon still remains a strong presence in the video game world; in fact, it is likely the most popular handheld game out there. Even if gamers are not falling in love with the series as generations have in the past, fans will continue purchasing the new iterations because Pokémon is a nostalgic experience. The games are the ultimate comfort food of gaming; nearly every gamer out there is familiar with them, and even if one hasn’t played them in years, it’s possible to pick up a new copy and know exactly how to play. Pokémon might not be the flashiest toy out there, but it is a solid, reliable friend who just got a makeover.

Kathrine Bryan
Kathrine is a contributor to the editorial team at Gaming Illustrated. She is an avid video gamer who has been playing video games for the majority of her life, starting with "Sonic the Hedgehog 3" (GEN) in1994. Currently, she mostly plays Xbox 360 and PC games, though she does own almost every major console or portable device out there.
Kathrine Bryan

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