Pokemon X and Y

Released worldwide on October 12, 2013 for Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are the most recent entries in the Pokemon series, introducing the sixth generation of Pokemon. The game takes place in the Kalos region, based off of modern France, where Team Flare schemes to control the region's Legendary Pokemon, Xerneas (X) or Yveltal (Y), and obtain Mega Stones in order to power a destructive weapon to wipe out the entire population to return the planet to its natural state.

The games introduce a lot of new features to the series, the most obvious being a 3D environment. These allow way more dynamic battles and environment interaction. For the first time, the main protagonist can also be customized deeper than the sex. You are able to change skin tone, hair color, eye color, and even outfits. Three new starter Pokemon were revealed alongside the legendaries: Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, and the new Fairy-Type was introduced, changing the types of many beloved old Pokemon such as Jigglypuff.

Another major feature added in these games is Mega Evolution. With the useage of a catalyst in stone form known as Mega Stones, lots of old generation Pokemon, such as Venusaur and Ampharos, were granted this ability, and some even have more than one Mega form such as Charizard and Mewtwo. Two new battle types were introduced: sky battles which require use of flying Pokemon and Horde Encounters which are encounters with multiple wild Pokemon at once.

One of my favorite features was also introduced in these games: Pokemon-Amie. This allows you to interact with your Pokemon by petting them, feeding them, and playing games with them. This strengthens your bond with your Pokemon which can enhance their abilities in battle.

The regional design is based off of France, and they drew inspiration from the fashion and the Eiffel Tower. Lumiose City's Pokemon gym is in a structure that resembles the famous landmark. Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokemon Company stated:

"France is one of the many countries that has a focus on the beauty, and beauty was one of the themes that we had with Pokémon X and Y, so we wanted to see how we could express that beauty in the games."

Overall, these games introduce a variety of new features and Pokemon to the series, and they are definitely not disappointing. If you are a fan of the series and haven't checked them out yet, you will not be disappointed!

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