Pokemon X and Y features new region and rideable Pokemon

Nintendo unveils the France-like Kalos region alongside four new Pokemon.

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3DS adventures Pokemon X and Y will be set in an entirely new region called Kalos, Nintendo has announced.

Nintendo also announced that the capital of Kalos will be Lumiose City, which contains a massive tower reminiscent of Paris' Eiffel Tower.

The Pokedex in Pokemon X and Y will also be split across the Kalos region's three unique areas, though Nintendo has yet to say how many Pokemon will feature in the final game.

Nintendo also unveiled four Pokemon new for Pokemon X and Y: the life-leeching electric Pokemon Helioptile; the swift flying Fletchling; Pancham, who can lower the defence of an enemy Pokemon and then switch out for another; and Gogoat, a rideable Pokemon who can be used as a mount in the game for the first time in the series.

Pokemon X and Y will launch for 3DS in October 2013. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Am I the only one really bored with the new designs? Pokemon has gotten considerably more "cutesy" recently. New Pokemon all have big generic eyes, faces are the exact same, there's rarely a badass Pokemon anymore.

It's nice to have some of both, but the fun part for me in Pokemon was to get those relatively cute Pokemon and make them become badass beasts. I miss you , Charizard...

Also, will we able to catch previous gen Pokemon in this game? If I can't have mah Charizard and Totodile, I don't want anything to do with this.

Man, if only Bandai would stop being asses and make a good Digimon game...

TirOrah
TirOrah

Kalos? Really? These region names are getting worse. I mean, B&W's was all right...in Japanese. Isshu sounds cool and it's in keeping with the theme of the other ones. Unova...eh, even that made sense given the backstory. So what's the deal with 'Kalos'? Still, at least it looks very green and mountaine-y and nature-ey. I love those kinds of worlds.

Having said that, I've been playing Pokemon games since I was little, but I actually quite liked the sprite-based gameplay. I'm a sucker for sprites. So we'll see.

Oh and btw: another female Pokemon protagonist I don't like the looks of. Not everyone who wants to play a female wants a flower girl with a pretty hat and handbag, tyvm. At least Hilda looked cool.

jonp13579
jonp13579

this game needs the PS3 or 360 shame that wont happen....

spazman44
spazman44

This looks cool....I might have to get this one!

dnguyen3
dnguyen3

Neat, soon we'll have mounts that can let us fly around the region and Pokemon that will let us surf around in the water, oh wait we already have that. 

obsequies
obsequies

Haven't played handheld Pokemon games since the originals back in the day... But after seeing that these new ones are using the 2d sprites on a 3d plane type of art direction it reminded me of a indie rendition of the first games done with the same style awhile ago. Have there been any other Pokemon games like this or did the devs rip off a good indie?

ZombiexAssassin
ZombiexAssassin

I wonder if they're going to be more pokemon that you can ride. Also I wonder how the animations for flying somewhere is going to be.

bobtheflounder
bobtheflounder

I like the new battle animations...just hope that they don't slow down the pace too much.  That was my major complaint with the gamecube versions.  Still....everyone is waiting for the mmorpg.  It's gotta happen eventually.

craigprime
craigprime

Every single youtube thing and blog seems to state the opinion that Pancham is the coolest of them all, and dissing Helioptile. Am I the only one that thinks that the Electric/ Normal lizard thing is the coolest? Shame on everyone else for different opinions then me.

Also, this is the first time that the main character actually resembles a 10-year old. Not the full body art, but the in-game models. I'm not really sure if that's going to improve or hurt interest in it.

King-of-Leon
King-of-Leon

Pokémon! Pokémon! Gotta catch them all! - Ah! good times!

shadow580
shadow580

The last Pokemon game I played was Red/Blue. I've watched my friend play pretty much all of them as the years have gone by but this is the first game to really catch my interest. I hope it has the depth that I crave.

dastud2007
dastud2007

Rideable pokemon?  I think they mean to call it pokemon xxx

zen120
zen120

I'm scaaared to venture into the comment section after all this time ...

WolfBladeKK
WolfBladeKK

Even if you're not that huge of a fan the games are still fun. :)

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

Mountable flying types with free roam flying would be a day one purchase. Unfortunatly I just can't see them being that creative.

cboye18
cboye18

Helioptile.....really?

cboye18
cboye18

I've bought a Nintendo 3DS XL just for this game...

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

This looks increasingly GOTY-worthy with every news entry.

subach94
subach94

first game with flying type as starter? hmm.. seems promising..

but hey, aren't the target players are the young ones? why are the old ones getting hyped? And why am i so psyched about this? what is it you did to us, pokemon?

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I've really been behind on picking up these Pokemon games. Probably because I still haven't figured out how to enter the last city for the 8th gym badge in Diamond. I should really commit time to that again.

I'd still like to pick up SoulSilver, White 1, Black 2, and eventually X.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Don't tell me I'm the only one who initially read Fletchling as feltching.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Darn, I was hoping that if you had one of the larger pokemon, you could finally ride them....... I guess that dream of being like Ash on Charizard will still have to wait.

dawnbomb
dawnbomb

@obsequies what? first thats not 2d sprites on a 3d plane, THAT was the last huge patch of pokemon games, IE black white black2 and white2, this is actually 3D models in a 3D enviroment, i mean, it's a 3DS what do you expect?

Rohan75
Rohan75

@PSYCHOV3N0M  

You mean the names of animals with one of the letters changed, or spell backwords?

Let's not forget the classics like Ekans. Nostalgia, causing people to say stupid things since the dawn of man kind

zen120
zen120

@sune_Gem  Wait ... Mountable flying and water types ... could this mean the end of HM's?!

Equinox9
Equinox9

@sune_Gem That doesn't really have anything to do with creativity I'm sure everyone wants that it's just if the system can handle it.

PrincessSnivy
PrincessSnivy

@GameBeaten  Don't get White 1 and Black 2. The 2nd versions directly continue the storyline from the previous game. Pick one colour and either get White and White 2 or Black and Black 2. I'd also recommend you get Platinum, cause I loved that game.

zen120
zen120

@FallenOneX What are you saying? That's specifically what they announced ...

obsequies
obsequies

@dawnbomb @obsequies well it was good that I didn't state anything but asked, as I don't keep up with the mons anymore. 

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@Rohan75 @PSYCHOV3N0M Ekans was a pretty cool name, and a nice play on the words.

I don't even get where they got Helioptile from. Because he has reptilian legs? Really?

And I thought Mankey was stupid.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

@zen120 @sune_Gem no they will just come up with fun new creative ones. like one that will allow you to jump over those retarded cliff things that only go one way

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@Equinox9 @sune_Gem It does. It's not just "floating at the sky". They'll have to redesign the whole level design.

It's not as simple as it sounds.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@zen120 That's what I'm hoping, but the announcement of one pokemon doesn't automatically mean that all pokemon (that fit the size requirement) can be used in this manner.

Rohan75
Rohan75

@TohouAsura  

A nice place on words, see some people have this thing where spelling a name backwards is original and clever.

Mr. Mime was original too, so was HorSea,


All generations have stupid names, really nostalgia is :(

craigprime
craigprime

@zen120 Well, Waterfall is actually usable in a battle, dive has only been an HM 2 out of the 5 generations so far, and Cut...Eh, I think we're stuck with Cut. They could boost the power on it, though.

zen120
zen120

@hydrobeast @zen120 @sune_Gem Yeah, I suppose so ... I at least hope they get rid of the idiotic ones like cut, dive, and waterfall. I don't like having HM slaves.