At the close of E3 on Tuesday, Nintendo held an exclusive Pokemon X and Y event at which Tsunekazu Ishihara, President & CEO of The Pokémon Company, and Junichi Masuda, X & Y’s Director, hosted a 60 minute presentation surrounding this year’s biggest 3DS game, and followed by taking audience questions.
In the interest of time and getting straight to the facts, here’s what we learnt.
Pokemon Horde battles
To make battling wild Pokemon more interesting, X and Y introduces horde battles where you will face off against five wild Pokemon. They are not always the same type of Pokemon. Hordes have been designed to present a challenge, without giving players access to a strong Pokemon they could potentially catch and use to dominate too soon.
8-directional grid movement
As seen in the gameplay footage, X and Y features gird movement in eight directions, rather than the four in previous games. It’s open enough to feel like free movement, but the grid control makes it easier for less skilled players.
Select your own battle music
Nuff said. You’ll have a selection of battle tunes.
Is the new form of Mewtwo in Smash Bros?
This is a big maybe. When asked about the new form of Mewtwo, Mr. Ishihara jokingly laughed off not being able to talk about that mysterious shadow we saw. He also said he absolutely could not mention if it was going to appear in any other games while looking over at Super Smash Bros’ director, who shouted out “we’ll think about it”.
PSS overrides Friend Codes
The PSS, or Player Search System, is at the core of Pokemon battles. It allows you to find players anywhere in the world and connect with them. Players available are labelled as Passersby. Players you’ve interacted with are moved to acquaintances.
Here’s the best bit: Once you’ve interacted with a player twice, you will have the option to add them as a friend, without needing to exchange Friend Codes. They will be added to your 3DS Friends List.
Fairy type designed to balance the dragon type
The new Fairy type of Pokemon has been designed retroactively to help balance the overpowered dragon type. Players would hate to see the dragon type change, so fairy has been introduced to give it a serious challenge.
Design your character’s appearance
Since your face is displayed on the PSS, you can design your character’s appearance.
Still only one save file
There is only one file, despite the 3DS having the ability for more. Apparently Pokemon will always have one save file.
No Red or Blue on Virtual Console
When asked about the possibility of Pokemon Red and Blue on Virtual Console, both men side stepped the issue by pointing out how it wouldn’t work on a home console, but failed to talk about it in regards to the 3DS Virtual Console -- which would solve all their issues.
There’s no one rival character
The one specific rival character will not return in X and Y. There will be several characters taking the rival attributes, but as this generation of Pokemon is all about connecting with more Pokemon masters, it hasn’t been limited to just one character.
Based on France
This has been talked about for a few months, but Mr Masuda confirmed that Pokemon X and Y’s design was inspired by France. Mr Ishihara promptly reminded him he wasn’t meant to do that.