Original Starters Returning for Pokemon X & Y With Mega Evolutions; New Gameplay Details

October 12th just can’t get here soon enough.  The more I see of Pokemon X & Y, the more excited I’m getting, especially today seeing that the fan favorite starter pokemon are returning!  Much as you did back in Blue and Red, players will get to choose one of them to start their adventure.  I’m not exactly sure how this affects the other three ‘starter’ pokemon we’ve been shown, but it looks like they’ll be acquired in other ways now.  On top of that, the original starters are among those with mega evolutions, as shown in this video.

Details on the Pokemon Bank were also announced today.  It’s an online storage system for gamers, allowing you to store up to 3000 pokemon in a cloud like service that can be accessed via the game.  The best part is Black and White Version 2 can also access the Bank, making for an easy transfer between systems.  Fans have been asking for something like this for years, and going forward, it seems like the best bet for literally ‘catching them all’ and holding on to them.  The only downside is it comes with a yearly subscription.  No real details on the North American pricing but in Japan it equals to about $5 a year. 

 Pokemon X 3DS

Pokemon 3DS

Japan always seems to get these incredible looking special edition handheld consoles, that never make it over to the States.  Fortunately, a pair of special 3DS’ are coming to the U.S.  So if you’ve been holding out for a swanky Pokemon themed 3DS, now’s your opportunity.  Below, you’ll find the full press release covering all the announcements from the Nintendo Direct in a little more detail:

In a surprising twist announced this morning during a special Nintendo Direct presentation, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players do not receive Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie from Professor Sycamore but are in fact given the choice of a classic partner Pokémon—Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle—from the very first Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue! Adding to the excitement, once a player has evolved this Pokémon into Venusaur, Charizard, or Blastoise and obtained its unique Mega Stone, the Pokémon will be able to Mega Evolve while in battle. Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise will possess overwhelming powers never before seen in a Pokémon game. Players can choose fan favourite Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle when Pokémon X and Pokémon Y launch worldwide October 12, 2013, for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

More secrets about Mega Evolution were also revealed today. It was previously announced that certain Pokémon needed to hold a unique Mega Stone in order to Mega Evolve, but now it’s known that there is a second requirement players must fulfil for Mega Evolution to occur. Trainers must also obtain a bracelet called the Mega Ring that holds a mysterious stone called a Key Stone. The Trainer’s Key Stone resonates with the Mega Stone held by his or her Pokémon, and together they trigger the Evolution that is normally impossible—Mega Evolution.

Pokemon Bank

Director from GAME FREAK inc., Mr. Junichi Masuda, also announced Pokémon Bank—a new Nintendo 3DS application and service that allows Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players to safely and conveniently store up to 3,000 of their beloved Pokémon on the Internet. Available in Europe from 27 December, 2013, Pokémon Bank dramatically expands storage capacity for a Pokémon game, giving players the flexibility to store and deposit 100 Boxes worth of Pokémon. This is in addition to the Boxes found within Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, just like in previous Pokémon titles.

Additional features of Pokémon Bank include the ability to deposit and withdraw Pokémon from multiple copies of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Once a Pokémon X or Pokémon Y Game Card is inserted into a Nintendo 3DS system or the downloadable version of the game is opened, the Pokémon Bank software can be turned on for use. Players can then transfer Pokémon from multiple copies of the game via Pokémon Bank to one copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y.

When players download the software, they can also download its linked application, Poké Transporter, which makes transferring many Pokémon caught in other Pokémon games easy. What used to be a lengthy process to transfer Pokémon from a previous Pokémon game to the latest titles is now a breeze with Poké Transporter—just insert Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, or Pokémon White 2 into your Nintendo 3DS system and use Poké Transporter to transfer Pokémon from those games into Pokémon Bank.

An annual service charge will apply when players activate the Pokémon Bank software to their Nintendo 3DS system. This charge will support maintenance of the online server that allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon safely and conveniently, and will provide the application’s support for future Pokémon titles. Poké Transporter can be downloaded free of charge once the Pokémon Bank software has been downloaded first. More details will be on Pokemon.co.uk about a free 30-day trial period for individuals who both download and activate the Pokémon Bank service between December 27, 2013 and January 31, 2014.

Also announced in this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation were details for the European release of two special limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL hardware designs featuring imagery from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. These systems come in Red or Blue and feature brand new Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal.

Are you guys excited to see the original 3 make a return?  What about the new 3DS’? 

-Jordan