I haven’t really been into Pokémon for a while now, but the revelation by Nintendo that in the upcoming 3DS titles Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (releasing October 12 worldwide) you will be able to choose from the classic starters Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle actually reached deep down inside me to poke at my nostalgia button and actually get me super-excited about a new iteration in the series. Sigh. I’m such a cheap date.
I’ve always been more of a fan of the classic Pokémon, so all the new creatures left me cold since I kept wanting to see my old favorites again. And obviously I will be choosing Squirtle again. Because that’s how I roll. There is a new twist, though, because now once you’ve evolved them to Venusaur, Charizard or Blastoise, you can then use a Mega Stone to Mega Evolve them in battle into Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise. It’s Mega.
Also, with this new entry in the Pokémon franchise, Game Freak has developed a 3DS app called Pokémon Bank which will allow players to store up to 3,000 of their pets on the Internet. These 100 boxes of Pokémon are in addition to the storage boxes in the game. The only catch is that there is an annual service fee (to support server maintenance), so I’m thinking I’m not gonna splurge on that one. Only truly dedicated Pokémon trainers will apply, I’m thinking. On the plus side, though, they’ve also created the Poké Transporter app, so if you are paying for the Bank, you’ll be able to easily transfer your Pokémon from previous DS titles into your Pokémon Bank. There will be a free trial period, if you’re curious but wary.
And in a move that should surprise absolutely nobody, Nintendo also announced that there would be two specially-designed 3DS XL systems that would be released on September 27 for $199.99 each. They feature imagery from Pokémon X and Y, come in red and blue, and feature the brand new Legendary Pokémon Xemeas and Yveltal. They don’t, however, come with the game, which is weird. Why not release them two weeks later and include the game?