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E32013: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Game Features, Battle Scenarios and New Pokémon Announced

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Yesterday evening Junichi Masuda, Director at GAME FREAK , joined Tsunekazu Ishihara, Preseident and CEO of The Pokémon Company, at the Nintendo’s Developer Roundtable at E3 to debut new features found in the upcoming Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games.

Among those will be a new communication feature called Player Search (PSS). PSS will allow players to connect, trade and battle with other players nearby or worldwide. When the feature is on, PSS will alert players when someone nearby is always playing the game and you will be giving the option to battle or trade with them wirelessly. Players with a wireless internet connection will  be able to  connect with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players anywhere in the world, making it easy to battle or trade with others close by or far away.

Also showcased were two new battle scenarios players will come across, Horde Encounters and Sky Battles. Horde Encounters  force a player to battle against multiple wild Pokémon that attack all at once against the player’s single Pokémon. This will require Trainers to build a strategy using Pokémon that have moves that can attack multiple Pokémon at once. Certain Trainers encountered in the game will challenge players to Sky Battles, which take place high above the ground. Players can only participate if they have  Pokémon in their party that can fly.

According the the official press release, the following Pokémon will debut in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y:

  • An evolved form of the recently announced Fletchling, Talonflame, is a Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon that gains a whole new level of speed and firepower. Reaching speeds of up to 310 mph when diving for its prey, Talonflame can attack its foes with devastating kicks while embers spew from its body as it zooms through the sky. Talonflame knows Brave Bird, one of the strongest Flying-type moves. Use Brave Bird carefully, though, because the incredible strength of this move also does damage to the user.
  • The Water Gun Pokémon Clauncher uses its one oversized claw not only to seize prey but also to shoot condensed water at others as a projectile. This capability is so intense that it can crack a boulder! A Water-type Pokémon, Clauncher can also use its giant claw to crush opponents with the powerful Water-type move Crabhammer, which is more likely to land a critical hit. Critical hits against opposing Pokémon will do twice the usual damage.
  • Some would say that the Poison- and Water-type Pokémon Skrelp appears to be nothing more than a rotting piece of kelp, but don’t let its appearance fool you. Using its unique look to its benefit, Skrelp pretends to be a piece of seaweed, and when prey wander past it, Skrelp bathes them in poison so they can’t struggle when it attacks. Skrelp uses the Poison-type move Sludge Bomb, a move that can leave opposing Pokémon poisoned. A poisoned Pokémon will slowly take damage over the length of a battle.

Also debuted at the Nintendo’s Developer Roundtable was a Pokémon X and Pokémon Y gameplay video.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will launch worldwide on October 12, 2013 to the Nintendo 3DS  and retail for $39.99. For more information on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y,  visit pokemon.com/xy , Like the official Pokémon Facebook page at Facebook.com/Pokemon , and follow Pokémon on Twitter @Pokemon .

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