On January 8th, Nintendo released information regarding the next generation of Pokémon, and this time it looks like things are going to be a little different.
Monikered Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, it is clear that it has changed. Why? Look back over the last 5 generations released – these are not colours. Small difference? Perhaps, but with this minor change comes a few bigger ones. The most notable is that the game has moved into a new dimension, and is now wholly 3D. Characters, environments and even Pokémon battles are now gloriously animated.
For a series with such a lengthy reputation for sales, it’s no surprise that it has now officially moved onto the 3DS. It will most likely also be compatible with the Wii U, as I suspect that there will be a game released, much like Stadium and Colosseum previously.
For fans of the older generations, my tip is to grab a copy of Diamond/Pearl/Platinum – these are compatible with Fire Red/Leaf Green/Heart Gold/Soul Silver/Ruby/Sapphire… Basically all titles released prior to Black and White. You can use the Pal Park feature unlocked at the end of the game to transfer Pokémon across to Diamond or Pearl, where they can be traded to Black or White, 1 or 2.
Remember, the original games are getting older, and it’s getting close to a point that it will be impossible to get the original 150 outside of Promo events. There may be another re-release or two, but a third version of the original seems unlikely, with the exception of an anniversary edition. But with no word from Nintendo, this is just speculation.
But, back to point.
The new versions of Pokémon are due to be released in October, and they look fantastic. If you are a fan, or if you have a tingle of nostalgia and a 3DS, I recommend placing a preorder – amazing things were done with Black and White, and it’s clear that Pokémon lives on and is getting bigger and better.
- Pokemon X And Pokemon Y Aren’t Reboots Of The Franchise; They’re An Evolution (mynintendonews.com)
- Pokemon X and Y for the 3DS Finally Revealed (vr-zone.com)
- Here’s the Newest Pokémon. It’s Out Worldwide This October. (kotaku.com)