You have to be super quick to catch this one, but on the recent Pokémon Direct, at 15:11, there is a very brief frame showing this strange Pokémon fighting against a Venusaur. While it may look like Absol at first glance, it is definitely different from either Absol or Mega Absol.
Taking a departure from previous Nintendo Updates and the Pokémon Update, President and CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, sat down with President of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, and GAME FREAK Director, Junichi Masuda, to go over some of the new details in Pokémon X & Y. You can watch the entire Pokémon Direct in the video above.
Pokémon Bank is a new cloud-based Pokémon storage system, allowing you to store up to 100 boxes of Pokémon on a remote server, accessible from your 3DS. That means you can store up to 3000 Pokémon online, vastly expanding upon the previous concepts of Pokémon Box and My Pokémon Ranch. You'll be able to search through these Pokémon very easily as well. There will be an annual fee for this service, although the cost has yet to be revealed and there will be a free trial period after the launch. UPDATE: The Japanese page lists an annual cost of 500 Yen (roughly US$5) and notes that the app will be available on December 25th, with a 30-day free trial ticket available until January 31st, 2014.
Pokémon Bank is compatible with multiple versions, too, allowing you to quickly transport Pokémon from one of your games to another. It will also maintain compatibility with future Pokémon titles, too, so it should help make the transition to, say, Generation VII much easier, haha.
Additionally, Poké Transportation is another app that works with Pokémon Bank, allowing you to transfer Pokémon from your Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 game to your Pokémon Bank. Like Pokémon Bank, this app is for the Nintendo 3DS, and it will require you to be subscribed to the Pokémon Bank service in order to use it.
Pokémon X & Y also mark the first time you do not receive your starter Pokémon directly or indirectly from a Pokémon Professor. Instead, you receive your choice of Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie from one of your friends at the start of the game. Later on, when you meet Professor Sycamore in Lumiose City, he will offer you either Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, making this the first game where you receive two starter Pokémon from different regions before beating the game.
Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise have all been confirmed as Mega Evolutions, too, and it has been revealed that you need the Mega Ring in order for your Pokémon to Mega Evolve, in addition to their Mega Stone.
Mega Venusaur gains the ability Thick Fat, protecting it from Fire- and Ice-type attacks; Mega Charizard gains the ability Drought, which creates an infinite Sunny Day effect, plus it gains additional Special Attack (although retains its Fire/Flying-type); and Mega Blastoise gains a new ability, Mega Launcher, which increases the power of any of its Pulse-based moves, such as Dark Pulse or Water Pulse.
Lastly, two special edition Nintendo 3DS XL units will be available in North America and Europe starting September 27th.
All things considered, it wasn't as revolutionary of a Pokémon Direct as a lot of us were anticipating, but it is still nice to hear some of the new features introduced such as Pokémon Bank as well as the new Mega Evolutions.
It looks like there's some big news for Pokémon X & Y to be unveiled in just a few hours! Yes, that's right, for the first time since the initial announcement of Pokémon X & Y in January, there will be a special worldwide Pokémon Direct broadcast presented by President and CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata.
You'll be able to watch the Pokémon Direct broadcast on Nintendo.com's Nintendo Direct page, live at the following times worldwide (all on September 4th):
Don't see your time zone? You can enter your location on this page to find out when it is for you! Just use the above list as a reference point.
While the contents of the announcement are unknown, it's likely to be something very large, given the fact that it is a highly coordinated announcement. It also is being made ahead of this month's usual CoroCoro leaks, suggesting that they may want to preempt whatever big news is in there.
I'll be sure to provide an update shortly after the announcement is over, but you can also follow me on Twitter, where I will be live tweeting my reactions to whatever news is revealed!
What do you think the big news will be? Is there anything specific you're hoping to hear? Let us all know in the comments!
The day has finally arrived for those of us in North America: Pokémon Rumble U is now available for download on the Wii U! Pokémon Rumble U is the successor to Pokémon Rumble for the Wii and Pokémon Rumble Blast for the 3DS, featuring all 649 Pokémon and also allowing players to use real-world NFC figures (sold separately and not required in order to play) as well.
Pokémon Rumble U is only for the Wii U and costs $17.99 before tax. You can purchase the NFC figures exclusively at Gamestop, plus if you purchase the download code for Rumble U at Gamestop, you'll receive a special Black Kyurem or White Kyurem NFC figure. Speaking of Gamestop, be sure to pick up your Shiny Dialga for Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 while you're there, as that distribution ends on September 8th in the USA!
Additionally, there are passwords that can be used to unlock certain Pokémon figures, usually with special traits or moves. Here are the passwords revealed so far for the North American version:
That being said, I will be providing video coverage of the new game soon, so keep watch for that!
The 2013 Pokémon World Championships have officially concluded in Vancouver, British Columbia, and here are the new champions and runners up!
Trading Card Game
Junior Division (TCG)
1st Place: Ondrej Kujal (Czech)
2nd Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)
Senior Division (TCG)
1st Place: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)
2nd Place: Clement Lamberton (France)
Master Division (TCG)
1st Place: Jason Klaczynski (USA)
2nd Place: Simon Narode (USA)
Junior Division (VGC)
1st Place: Brendan Zheng (USA)
2nd Place: Fuko Nakamichi (Japan)
Senior Division (VGC)
1st Place: Hayden McTavish (USA)
2nd Place: Ben Hickey (USA)
Master Division (VGC)
1st Place: Arash Ommati (Italy)
2nd Place: Ryosuke Kosuge (Japan)
Congratulations to all of these fine competitors from all across the globe!
Additionally, the Closing Ceremonies revealed that the 2014 World Championships will be returning to the United States, held in Washington, DC.
Lastly, while not quite the bombshell news as many people were hoping for, the Closing Ceremony did show some scenes of the new Mega Pokémon, including video footage of Mega Mawile, Mega Absol, and Mega Ampharos (regrettably, there was no footage of Mega Kangaskhan in this teaser). Here are some screenshots taken from the stream showing the new Pokémon (click any of them to view a larger size):
It has also confirmed that the term "Mega Stone" is used to refer to things such as the Blazikenite and Lucarionite, as there was a scene in the teaser announcing the Torchic distribution where it said it was holding a Mega Stone, and then showed it holding the Blazikenite.
The first day of the actual 2013 Pokémon World Championship Tournament(yesterday was the Last Chance Qualifier), the Opening Ceremonies of the tournament have revealed two very nice tidbits of information! The first bit of information is that the 220-track Pokémon X & Y Soundtrack will be available worldwide on iTunes in November 2013. This marks a departure from usual, where the soundtracks are released only in Japan and only in CD form. Giving everyone a chance to buy the soundtracks and listen to them is a brilliant move on Pokémon's part, so look forward to that in November!
Second, during the Opening Ceremonies, a new Mega Evolution was revealed: Mega Kangaskhan! Kangaskhan's baby comes out to fight in its Mega Evolution, which certainly proves to be a shout-out to all of the fans who have hoped Kangaskhan's baby would someday come out to fight. With the spotlight on Kangaskhan, could it be that a proper pre-evolution of Kangaskhan will be introduced in Pokémon X & Y? Well, it's certainly more of a possibility now! Thanks to our friend TheJWittz for the picture!
Well, that's all for now. There's bound to be more news coming as the fierce Worlds competitors duke it out to see who will earn the coveted title of World Champion. Pokémon will be live-streaming the event at twitch.tv/pokemon starting at approximately 5:00pm Pacific Time to 12:00am Pacific Time today, and then 9:00am Pacific Time to about 5:00pm Pacific Time tomorrow. Be sure to check the streams out for some awesome coverage!
Well, just one day after the CoroCoro leaks, we have tons more information on the newest feature of Pokémon X & Y: Mega Pokémon!
It has been confirmed that Mega Evolution lasts only for a battle and requires a specific Mega Stone item based on the Pokémon's species, such as the Blazikenite for Blaziken's Mega Evolution or the Lucarionite for Lucario's Mega Evolution. The Blazikenite will not be available during normal gameplay, meaning you'll need to receive it from the Torchic distribution that has been confirmed for online distribution on October 12th.
Here is the official artwork for Mega Blaziken and Mega Lucario, which was just revealed.
The Mega Evolutions have been confirmed to increase stats and change abilities when they Mega Evolve. The Mega Evolution lasts only for the duration of the battle.
Not only that, but the other three new Pokémon have officially been revealed, complete with their English names (and other languages as well, on the official website).
Bunnelby is able to use Dig and can have the Cheek Pouch ability, which enables the user to restore HP whenever it eats a berry in battle. Dedenne learns the new Electric-type move, Nuzzle, which both paralyzes and damages the foe. Skiddo is capable of learning Leaf Blade. You are also able to ride Skiddo in certain places to hop over ledges and fences.
Not only that, but the newest Gym Leader has been revealed, too: meet Korrina, the Shalour City Gym Leader.
Her Gym is shown to involve roller skates in order to solve the puzzles within. What type of Pokémon she uses is currently unknown, although she does hold the key to Mega Evolution. The Tower of Mastery, also featured in Shalour City, has another connection to Mega Evolution.
Details about the new Super Training have been revealed, which allows Trainers to train their Pokémon in various stats in a sort of virtual training regimen. This will affect Pokémon's Effort Values and should hopefully make the Effort Value mechanic more easily accessible to newer players, while also hopefully being much more fun, too. In addition to Super Training, there is another mechanic called Core Training that sounds as if it allows Pokémon to passively train by equipping special training bags that are earned from Super Training regimens. You'll also be able to track a Pokémon's progress with the Effort-O-Meter.
Lastly, here's a video showing some of the new Mega Evolutions in action:
I'll have the X & Y pages updated with this new information throughout the day with plenty of screenshots and the like, so be on watch for it!
Shown above is one of the new pages leaked from the September issue of CoroCoro, revealing a huge change in Pokémon and evolution in general for Pokémon X & Y: Mega Evolution. You can see Mega Blaziken, Mega Lucario, and Mega Absol featured above, although those are not at all the only Mega Evolutions available.
As shown to the right (click the image to see it zoomed in), there are a total of six new Mega Evolutions revealed, although surely with more to come. The "Awakened Mewtwo" that was featured in the recent movie is officially confirmed to be Mega Mewtwo, remaning a Psychic-type while changing its ability to Insomnia. Mega Mawile and Mega Ampharos can also be seen. Mega Mawile is confirmed as being a Steel/Fairy-type, while also confirming that Mawile has indeed changed its type to Steel/Fairy-type as previously rumored. Mega Ampharos is an Electric/Dragon-type and gains the ability Mold Breaker.
A new Gym Leader, Koruni (shown to the left), is said to have something to do with the secrets of Mega Evolution.
On top of that, three totally new Pokémon for Pokémon X & Y have been revealed:
The first Pokémon to the left is Meekuru(pronounced May-eh-kuru, like the baaing of a sheep), which is the pre-evolution of Gogoat. The middle Pokémon shown above is a Normal-type rabbit named Horubii. It has either Pickup or the new Cheek Pouch ability (which has no known effect at the moment). Lastly, there's a new electric rodent in town: Dedenne, an Electric/Fairy-type Pokémon. It, too, has either Cheek Pouch or Pickup for its ability. Keep in mind that all three of these names are their Japanese names and will almost certainly be different in English.
It has also been revealed that a Torchic with the ability Speed Boost will be given away over Wi-Fi from October 12th, 2013 until January 15th, 2014 for Pokémon X & Y. This Torchic comes with an item called "Blazikenight", which is said to have something to do with Mega Evolution. So far, this has been confirmed only for Japan, but it is likely that other regions will have a similar distribution.
All and all, it looks like some pretty darn big news for Pokémon X & Y, although with the Pokémon World Championships taking place starting tomorrow with the Last Chance Qualifier and an exciting episode of Pokémon Smash airing over the weekend, it's likely that this isn't even all the news that's going to be revealed this week, so stay tuned!
Looks like there's one heck of a Mystery Gift distribution set to wrap up the fifth Generation of Pokémon games — yes, that's right, over the coming months, you'll be able to pick up a special Shiny Dialga, Shiny Palkia, and Shiny Giratina on Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2.
Here are the details for how to get the three legendary Sinnoh Pokémon:
US: At participating Gamestop stores from August 19th through September 8th.
Canada: At participating EB Games stores from August 30th through September 12th.
Europe: At participating stores from August 30th through September 12th. (GAME in the UK.)
US: At participating Gamestop stores from September 9th through September 29th.
Canada: At participating EB Games stores from September 13th through September 26th.
Europe: At participating stores from September 13th through September 26th. (GAME in the UK.)
US: At participating Gamestop stores from September 30th through October 20th.
Canada: At participating EB Games stores from September 27th through October 11th.
Europe: At participating stores from September 27th through October 11th. (GAME in the UK.)
Definitely sounds like a great way to wrap up the fifth generation of Pokémon, so be sure to pick up your shiny legendary Pokémon when they're available, and remember that you can pre-order your copies of Pokémon X & Y starting August 19th in the US and August 30th in Europe.
Also, this week's Weekly Poll is now up, giving you the choice to pick your favorite of the Johto Starter Pokémon. We'll be moving the Weekly Polls to Tuesdays instead of Mondays, so this poll will last for an extra day. Remember, you need to be a registered member in order to vote, so go on and register if you're not already, and then have your say and tell the world what your favorite Johto Starter Pokémon is!
Poll: Poll #7: Which is your favorite Johto Starter Pokémon?