Phew, last week sure was a busy week! If you were overwhelmed by the flurry of news during E3, Jess will bring you up to speed on some of the new things revealed for Pokémon X & Y. Curious about some of the other happenings at E3? Well, be sure to check out Curse's YouTube channel for even more E3 coverage!
On top of that, there are a few updates to the site going on. Most importantly, I've gone ahead and added a New Features section under the Pokémon X & Y hub of Marriland. This breaks down some of the newly revealed features in Pokémon X & Y. I'll be adding sections for new moves and new characters this week as well, but I did also go ahead and put up a page about the newly-revealed Fairy-type.
We've also got a new weekly poll going on this week! This week's poll is Who is your Favorite Johto Gym Leader? You need to be a registered member of Marriland in order to cast your vote, so be sure to register today if you aren't already, then vote below! Also, if these get really popular, we may consider upping it to a DAILY (or maybe every weekday) poll instead, so be sure to vote to keep the fun going!
Well, looks like Pokémon was quick to act, revealing the English names and additional details for the previously revealed Pokémon, characters, and locations in the recent CoroCoro leak. Here's a look at the new details!
Litleo is a hot-blooded little lion cub whose fiery mane blazes more intensely as it fights stronger foes. It's a Normal/Fire-type and knows a new move, Noble Roar, which lowers the foe's Attack stat.
Flabébé is a new pure Fairy-type Pokémon that lives atop a flower that it chooses shortly after it is born, then cares for the flower throughout its entire life. Flabébé can be seen with a variety of colorful flowers. It knows the move Fairy Wind.
Finally, we have the two lower evolutionary forms of Vivillon: Scatterbug and Spewpa. Scatterbug has been confirmed to learn String Shot while Spewpa has been confirmed to learn Protect. Other than that, not much new information about these two have been revealed.
The starting town is known as Vaniville Town. You as the player have just moved into town and meet four new friends after moving in.
Tierno (left) is the dancer of the group and wants to create a dance team with his Pokémon. He gets easily distracted watching opposing Pokémon to see about incorporating their moves into his dances.
Trevor (middle) has a stunning amount of curiosity, is very competitive, an excellent student, and is determined to be the first in the group to complete the Pokédex.
Shauna (right) is a very energetic girl who is looking to find a dream of her own while traveling. She's very friendly and outgoing.
There's also a fourth friend character, who will serve more as your rival than the other three. That character will be either Serena if you play as a boy or Calem if you play as a girl. They live next door to you and each has a passion to become a powerful Pokémon Trainer.
The city where the first Gym is located, previously nicknamed here as "Bench Town" due to its benches, has been revealed to be Santalune City, a city known for its large fountain and, of course, its benches. The Gym Leader in Santalune City is Viola, and the Gym is constructed out of spiderweb-like threads. Viola is a professional photographer specializing in, of course, Pokémon photography.
Alexa, Viola's older sister, is the one who first tells the player about Viola. She's a journalist working for a publishing house in Lumiose City.
As you can see, quite a lot has been revealed this morning! That's excellent! I'll be working on getting all of this new information compiled into the Pokémon X & Y section throughout the day, so be sure to check back.
While there weren't any cameras or video coverage during last night's Pokémon X & Y Developer's Roundtable, Pokémon's YouTube channel has released an official video showing some of the going-ons during the roundtable.
It showcases some previously unseen gameplay footage, as well as the 3D modeling process, the correct pronunciation of Noivern, and quite a bit more. Be sure to check it out!
After several Pokémon were just revealed yesterday, it appears that even more new Pokémon new to Pokémon X & Y are shown in this month's CoroCoro, which has leaked this morning.
But we're finally getting more information than just new Pokémon: shown above are two new characters from Pokémon X & Y. Who are they? The one to the left is called Pansy while the one to the right is the first Gym Leader in the game, Viola, who specializes in Bug-type Pokémon and is found in Hakudan City.
Over to the left, you can see three new Trainers, whose Japanese names are Tieruno, Toroba, and Sana (in that order). You all start off in Asame Town.
There's also a rival character briefly revealed in the top-most screenshot whose gender changes based on yours. You'll run into Serena if you're playing as the boy, or Callum if you're playing as the girl.
As far as new Pokémon go, there are several new ones revealed as well! To the right you can find Shishiko, the lion cub Pokémon. It's a Fire/Normal-type that stands 2'00" (0.6m) and weighs 30.0 lbs. (13.6kg). It is also shown using a new move called War Cry.
Over to the left, another new Pokémon has been revealed. This one is Furabebe. It is a pure Fairy-type Pokémon and a very tiny one at that, standing just 0'04" (0.1m) tall and weighing only 0.2 lbs. (0.1kg). It's classified as a "One Flower" Pokémon, because it apparently finds just one flower that it bonds with for its whole life. It is shown using Fairy Wind.
Finally, we get a look at Vivillon's full evolution line. Vivillon is confirmed to be the top of a three Pokémon evolution line. Its lowest form is Kofukimushi, a pure Bug-type Pokémon that stands 1'00" (0.3m) tall and weighs 5.5 lbs. (2.5kg). It is classified as a "blowing powder" Pokémon (translation). It evolves into Spewpa, or Kofuurai in Japanese. It, too, is considered a "blowing powder" Pokémon, standing 0.3m tall and weighing 18.5 lbs. (8.4kg).
Well, that certainly is quite the way to start the day! I'll be sure to get all of this information added to the Pokémon X & Y section of the site throughout the day, so be sure to check back!
Phew, that sure was quite a trip, tweeting and providing rapid updates regarding the Pokémon X & Y roundtable! Thankfully, we've learned a whole bunch over the past hour and a half or so, plus even have some new screenshots, so let's start with what we know.
First and foremost, here's a look at the three new Pokémon revealed tonight:
Here's a video showing some of the new Pokémon in action:
Here's a wrap-up of some of the neat new details revealed in the roundtable:
Pokémon X & Y will be available in seven languages simultaneously at start, and you can choose your language from the get-go. This is particularly challenging from a technical standpoint, as there are over 1.4 million words in English after being translated from over 800,000 Japanese characters.
New feature: PSS (Player Search System). Allows players to search for others locally or over Wi-Fi for battles and trades.
Interacting with Pokémon in Pokémon-Amie will provide additional benefit in battle.
Pokémon cries sound more advanced. Some sound similar as before, but Pikachu finally cries "Pikachu" when it enters the fight.
Three new Pokémon have been revealed: Skrelp (Water/Poison-type), Clauncher (Water-type), and Talonflame (Fire/Flying-type), with Talonflame being the evolution of Fletchling.
Two new battle styles: Sky Battles and Horde Battles!
Sky Battles can only be fought by certain Flying-type Pokémon and Pokémon with Levitate. They take place solely in the air, probably rendering certain attacks and possibly abilities useless or more effective (not elaborated on, just speculation here).
Horde Battles are 5-on-1 battles against wild Pokémon, where you have to fight against five wild Pokémon at a time. Yikes!
EV training will be made more transparent, so it is easier to understand and keep track of. Thank goodness!
There won't be just one rival, but several, although the overall theme of the game is more rooted in friendship than rivalry.
Riding Pokémon makes it easier to cross certain areas. For instance, riding Rhyhorn (which has been confirmed that you can Rhydon — I mean ride on allows you to cross rocky areas.
You can choose the battle music in multiplayer battles. Nice!
Are you ready for some screenshots? Well there's a whole bunch of them after the break (behind the "Read More" button if you're viewing this on the front page), as well as a resourceful press release, so go ahead and check 'em out!
UPDATE: Now with a video showing scenes from the conference! Check it out!
Starting at 6:00pm Pacific Time, the Pokémon X & Y Developer's Roundtable will be taking place at E3. Apparently this event will not be broadcast live, but the official Pokémon Twitter account will be live-tweeting the event, so plenty more Pokémon news is expected to be revealed tonight!
I'll be updating this news update along with the @Marriland Twitter account during the event to keep you updated on anything new and exciting happening. So be sure to check back every few minutes on the site or stay tuned on Twitter to stay in the loop!
UPDATE: The event is mostly wrapped up, with only a few stray questions flowing in. All of the tweets and coverage of the event is now hidden behind the "Read More" button if you're viewing this on the front page, just to keep things tidy.
In this morning's Nintendo Direct livestream at E3, there have been several new tidbits of information revealed.
First and foremost, Pokémon X & Y will be released internationally on October 12th, 2013!
But then, finally getting official confirmation, a new type has been introduced: Fairy-type! Not only will this type be added to new Pokémon, but existing Pokémon such as Gardevoir and even Marill will be reclassified as Fairy-type Pokémon. Fairy-type attacks are super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon.
Two new Pokémon have been revealed, too: Vivillon and Noivern!
There's also a new feature in Pokémon X & Y called Pokémon-Amie, which appears to be a little mini-game you can play with your Pokémon where you're able to interact with them with the stylus, copy their poses, and feed them, all to improve their bond with you.
With the Pokémon X & Y roundtable at E3 right around the corner, there's bound to be a bunch of big news coming this week, but in the meanwhile, here's a look at a few of the other stories of the week in this week's Pokémon Update!
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Lastly, we're starting up a new weekly poll over here at Marriland! This week's weekly poll is Who is your favorite Kanto Gym Leader? Go ahead and let us know in the comments after you've voted!
Over the past several weeks, I've been working away on getting a nice section on the site set up for everything pertaining to Pokémon X & Y. Well, it's finally polished enough to go live, so I'd like to introduce you to the new Pokémon X & Y section of Marriland!
Not only does this section show you all of the new Pokémon that have been revealed, along with any screenshots and pictures of them, as well as their other basic stats, but it also breaks down a lot of the locations throughout the Kalos region, including some that don't even have names yet. I've gone through and tried to match things up to where they appear on the Kalos map to hopefully decipher some of the clues Pokémon has given.
While there is some speculation on these pages, the speculation should hopefully be clearly marked so you don't confuse it with the facts. A lot of the speculation is pretty neat, though, and is stuff that is based on as much observation and analysis as possible. Because of that, I've given a few silly nicknames to places shown that haven't been given names yet, such as "Bench Town" for the town shown in the recent trailer where the player sits on a bench. These are, of course, only nicknames and are just meant to relate things to you easier, but they should hopefully be a little fun as well. After all, it's easier to call something by a nickname rather than constantly referring to something as "the town with the walls around it by Route 3."
I'd love to get as much feedback as possible, because thorough Pokémon X & Y coverage is a top priority for Marriland.com in the coming months! Feel free to leave any feedback you have — both positive and negative — in the comments. Thanks everyone!
It's been a bit of a slow news week, which isn't surprising, given most of the big news will likely be happening in just over a week at E3. However, Jess gives you the run down on some of the other going-ons of the past week, as well as some community features from the talent of the interwebs, including the best prom proposal ever, a sweet trailer for Pokémon Snap: The Movie (well, we wish!), and some Weird Pokémon Facts and Trivia.
Plus we're going to soon be offering official Marriland T-Shirts within the next couple of weeks!
Sounds fun, right? Well, the full videos can be found ahead (behind the "Read More" button if you're on the front page). Enjoy!