Pokémon X (Japanese: ポケットモンスターＸ Pocket Monsters X) and Pokémon Y (Japanese: ポケットモンスターＹ Pocket Monsters Y) are the primary paired versions of the upcoming Generation VI. The games will be available on the Nintendo 3DS. The games take place in the new Kalos region. They are the first installments in the sixth generation of the main series of Pokémon games, and the first in the handheld main series of games to be completely rendered in polygonal 3D graphics.
Both games were revealed during a worldwide announcement by Satoru Iwata through Nintendo Direct at 8 pm JST, on January 8, 2013. The paired versions will be released worldwide (except for select countries) on October 12, 2013 and will be available for both retail sale and download. All copies of the game will be playable in all seven of the languages the Pokémon games are released in: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Korean.
Like previous iterations in the series, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y sees players in the role of a young trainer who travels across various regions, catching creatures known as Pokémon and battling them against others. For the first time in the main series, the entire game is modelled in 3D polygonal graphics, with new things to interact with on the overworld. Along with various Pokémon from previous generations, X and Y features all new species of Pokémon, including the starter Pokémon Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie; the legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal; and the new Eevee evolutionary form Sylveon. Sylveon belongs to the brand new Fairy Pokémon type, which is effective against Dragon-type Pokémon, and several older Pokémon also gain Fairy as a new secondary typing.
New to the series is Mega Evolution (メガシンカ Mega Shinka?), an ability held by certain Pokémon, such as Mewtwo and Lucario, that allows them during battle to transform into more powerful forms if the player has certain items in his or her inventory. Two new types of battling have been added to the games. Sky Battles can only be done between Flying or Levitating Pokémon and provide a new challenge to get to these more difficult battles while Horde Encounters are a random wild Pokémon encounter where up to five wild Pokémon appear to battle the player.
Two additional modes have also been added. Pokémon-Amie (PokéParler (ポケパルレ Pokeparure?) in Japan) allows the player to interact with their Pokémon to strengthen emotional bonds, allowing the player to play with their Pokémon using the 3DS’s forward facing camera, pet their Pokémon with the touch screen, or give them special treats. Super Training is a minigame that allows players to choose how their Pokémon’s base stats are increased. Players are able to customize their character’s appearance throughout the game, choosing gender and skin tone at the start and acquiring new outfits and accessories through play. Players can also take in game screenshots of their characters to share them on their Pokémon Global Link profile. And at some point in the game, the player will be given the option of choosing from Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, the starter Pokémon from the original Red, Green, and Blue games.
New communication options include the Player Search System, which allows players around the world to meet, Holo Caster, which uses StreetPass to let players communicate with NPCs, and Wonder Trade, which lets players make blind trades with anyone in the world. The game also features updates to the Global Trade System, allow players to request Pokémon they have not encountered, as well as chat functionality and the ability to share screenshots of the game. An optional paid cloud storage service called Pokémon Bank (ポケモンバンク Pokemon Banku?) will become available in December 2013, allowing players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon online to be shared amongst whichever physical or download copies of the game they may own. This can be used in conjunction with a Poké Transporter (Poké Mover (ポケムーバー Poke Mūbā?) in Japan) application, which allows players to upload Pokémon owned in Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 to the Bank, which can them be imported into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.