New to the Pokemon series is the Pokemon Bank, a way for players to store their Pokemon online. It comes with 100 boxes with 30 Pokemon able to fit into one box, allowing a single player to store 3,000 Pokemon at once. Pokemon Bank also allows players to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon White, Black, White 2, and Black 2 by moving them to the Pokemon Bank and into Pokemon X and Y. All this storage space come with a price, as players will have to pay an annual fee (Nintendo did not specify how much). A free trial of Pokemon Bank will be available, though.
All of this was revealed and explained in Pokemon Direct, which can be viewed on Nintendo’s official website.
Also revealed in the Pokemon Direct was the addition of 3 returning starter Pokemon that can be chosen after picking the new starters at the beginning of the game. After selecting one of the Kalos Generation VI starters (Froakie, Fennekin, or Chespin) from your companion in the game, you will get to choose your pick out of the original Kanto Generation I starter Pokemon from Professor Sycamore (Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle). That’s right, you don’t get your first Pokemon from the Professor this time around.
With the addition of getting to choose 2 out of 6 starter Pokemon in the game, the final evolutions of the Kanto starters (Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise, respectively) will get Mega Forms, each with an ability new to their evolution line. Mega Venusaur will get Thick Fat (resistance to Fire and Ice moves), Mega Charizard will gain Drought (Powers up Fire moves and weakens Water moves) and Mega Blastoise will acquire Mega Pulse (Powers up pulse moves like Water Pulse and Dark Pulse). Mega Forms can be activated with the trainer’s Mega Ring and the Pokemon’s Mega Stone.
Finally, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company announced two new 3DS XL systems that will be released in Europe and North America on September 27 – blue and red versions of the Nintendo 3DS XL with pictures of the two legendary Pokemon Xerneas and Yveltal. They will not come with a digital or physical version of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y. It will be priced at $199.99, the same as a regular 3DS XL. Japan will also be getting two new 3DS XLs, a gold one and a blue one. They will launch at the same time as Pokemon X and Y on October 12 and will include a copy of the game.
Pokemon X and Y will release alongside the Nintendo 2DS (as well as the two Pokemon X and Y 3DS XLs if you live in Japan) on October 12.
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