ProfessorSycamorescreenshot_thumbLast week, Nintendo revealed a plethora of news about one of their most anticipated releases, Pokémon X and Y.  With the games’ October 12 release date quickly approaching, fans everywhere are waiting anxiously for the latest news, and can you blame them?

So now it’s more a matter of figuring out where to begin!  Nintendo’s most recent trailer, we’re now at number 5, showcases the game’s new professor, Professor Sycamore, several new pokémon (Pangoro, Inkay, Malamar, Swirlix and Spiritzee) and a sneak peek at this generation’s new villain, Team Flare, a “strange and fashionable” group that’s found all across the Kalos region.  Have pokémon now become the latest fashion accessory?  Possibly!

Nintendo also released more news including two new gym leaders who will be joining Santalune City’s Viola, Grant and Clemont.  O-Powers, which grant you the ability to power up a pokémon in your team.  These powers are a bit different from item boosts, however, and improve your chances of catching a pokémon and can be shared via the new Player Search System (via the internet).  As well as Wonder Trade which will allow you to trade with other players across the globe, the catch being that you don’t know what you’re trading for (now you can make use of all those Magikarps)!

In addition, Nintendo also released more news about the two legendary pokémon, Xerneas and Yveltal.  Xerneas is a Fairy type, a brand new type being introduced in this game, who has an exclusive move, Geomancy, which is as beautiful-looking as it is devastating.  Xerneas also has the special ability Fairy Aura, which naturally takes effect in battle and strengthens Fairy-type moves for all pokémon in battle (that also means your opponent’s pokémon so be careful!).

The Dark and Flying type Yveltal, on the other hand, is the only pokémon that can learn Oblivion Wing, another equally devastating move.  This pokémon’s special ability is Dark Aura, which raises the strength of Dark type moves for all pokémon in battle.

That all said, picking between X and Y is gonna be really, really difficult.  While I typically choose the “blue” game variations, Pokémon Y is actually speaking to me more what with Yveltal’s Dark type abilities (I’ve always been a dark type enthusiast).  What game are you veering towards?  Let me know in the comments below!

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About The Author

Erika Szabo has been writing about video games since 2009, exploring the intricacies of mainstream, indie and retro titles. Her love affair with games started when she was six and has since escalated into a full-time freelance career. You can check out more of her work all over the interwebs, including her awesome YouTube channel! Erika joined Eggplante in 2012 and writes a regular segment called Retro Renegade.

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