Thoughts on the Pokemon X and Y Announcement Trailer

Well…it’s officially the most excited I’ve been for a Pokemon game in a very long time.

“How can that be?” you asked, perplexed at the seeming impulsiveness of my statement. “They literally talked about zero features.”  Well, you’re right. Zero. But here are my two take-aways:

One – It’s three dimensional graphics. Even if it’s even pseudo-three dimensional, and movement is restricted to up-down-left-right, it’s still the closest we’ve ever been to the game fanboys have been clamoring for every since the Nintendo 64. Me included. In the trailer, you can see a lot more detail was included during combat attacks, and pretty much everything else.

Two—The selection of starters is the strongest it’s been since Red and Blue. Another bold claim, I know, and while I have much love for Piplup and Snivy, as a whole, this squad is solid. While it’s not quite the changeup I was hoping for – some mix of psychic, ghost, fighting, or dark could be cool – it’s still great enough to get me excited. I hope this bodes well for the rest of the game’s Pokemon designs.

P.S. It’s all about Fennekin and Froakie. I’ll pass on the squirrel construction worker.

Check out the images below, watch the trailer, and let us know what you think.


Witness for yourself.



Just the cutest, most derpy...
Just the cutest, most derpy…

And we have my starter. Doesn’t even matter what the later evolutions are.


Gotta dig the beard.
Gotta dig the beard.

He’s like a wise old frog. Hopefully his later evolutions make him look like some kind of ancient Russian author.



And…nobody cares. But he’s still better than most of the starters from previous generations.

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Pokemon X and Y Announcement Trailer

  1. Yeah…I’m more than a little pumped for this. After the completely unnecessary and frankly quite crappy Black & White 2, these look goddamn amazing. The Kotaku post is filled with people bashing the graphics, but they honestly look damn slick, and the animations are super-smooth. If they give the story the same depth they gave Black and White (NOT the literary abortion that was Black & White 2), these’ll probably be the best games to date. I only hope the battle speed isn’t slowed down by the weight of the graphics, as the atrociously slow engine is the reason why I can’t play Diamond anymore.

  2. I also like Fennekin, and “Y” Pokemon legendary is sweet. I’m a little unsure about the graphics since they are not what I was expecting, but it’ll probably grow on me.

    1. It’s all about Fennekin, but I think the graphical style is going to be a really nice change, and the updated fight screens are really cool too.

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