Last Wednesday, September 4th, a 19-minute Pokémon Direct was broadcast in Japan and the United States, focusing on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. These games are in full 3D, and, as such, are only compatible with the Nintendo 3DS, and the upcoming Nintendo 2DS (which, coincidentally, is to be released on the same day as the games; the Nintendo 2DS is the combination of a Nintendo 3DS and a Nintendo DSi, with a much larger screen, but is the opposite of “handheld gaming”: the console is not foldable, making it utterly impractical for convenient, portable gaming). It turns out that, not only does the player character have the option of discovering Pokémon from generations past throughout the region, but three specific Pokémon are available right off the bat. Along with Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie, Professor Sycamore presents Poké Balls with Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, the same partner Pokémon from Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, which were released in September 1998, exactly fifteen years ago. Now, these classic Pokémon have something to offer that may change the way you treat any Pokémon: Mega Evolution. Mega Evolution requires you to have two items that are obtained as the storyline progresses – the Mega Stone and Mega Ring – which enables the selected Pokémon, in their third-stage evolution, to surpass that stage and change its power and appearance only while in battle. There’s a catch, though; in order for a Mega Evolution to be set in motion, both the player and the Pokémon need to be holding the Mega Ring and Mega Stone, respectively. Only one Mega Stone may be put on a Pokémon, so choose wisely, young Trainer.

Also, two new features have been revealed for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y: Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Looking for a way to store your Pokémon, but your methods are out-dated and won’t let you store Pokémon from generations 5 and 6? Look no further, Pokémon Master in the making! Introducing Pokémon Bank, a state-of-the-art application for Nintendo 3DS which allows you to store Pokémon online through Nintendo’s servers! This tool enables the player to upload their Pokémon from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y to an online storage server. Created and monitored by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, this server grants the Trainer (or Master) access to not only thirty slots per box, but also one-hundred boxes (not counting in-game boxes, about 10), making a grand total of… 3,300 Pokémon per account!! Also, the server automatically denies maliciously-created Pokémon from entering; any glitch Pokémon or “altered” Pokémon will be rejected. Pokémon Bank will have an annual fee of 500¥, which is about $5.00 per year. It is to be released in mid to late October as a paid and a trial application… but, wait, there’s more! You will get a second application for free, when you download Pokémon Bank. Poké Transporter allows players to transfer their Pokémon from the previous generation (Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2) to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. If you were to store every species of Pokémon (currently 649) in Pokémon Bank – with the amount of known species expanding by 150 or more each generation – it would take you fifteen more generations (Generation XIX, 19) to fill up every single box of Pokémon Bank.

In other news, the sixteenth Pokémon movie, 神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒, released in Japan three months ago, stars two of the most Legendary Pokémon: Mewtwo and Genesect. Both were created in a laboratory, both were the experiment of a villainous team, and both were revived by fossils. Mewtwo was revived by a Mew fossil and genetically by and for Team Rocket. Genesect was revived by an unknown, yet prehistoric fossil, and technologically enhanced by and for Team Plasma. Both vie for the title of “most powerful Pokémon.” The movie has recently been dubbed into the English language, with a title of “Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened,” and is set to air, along with a preview of “Pokémon XY: The Series” (the sixteenth season of Pokémon), on Cartoon Network, on Saturday, October 19th. Fourteen years ago, Mewtwo had a starring role in “Pokémon: The First Movie”; are you ready to see his third animated movie appearance?

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