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So, the infamous Luminose City save glitch affected quite a few people, but Nintendo has now officially released a patch that you can download now on the 3DS eShop! Once you’ve successfully downloaded it, you’ll see a small Version 1.1 on the title screen of your game, which’ll indicate that you shouldn’t have anymore issues in terms of saving outside of buildings in Luminose City!
For those of you who missed the fiasco, Pokemon X/Y had a bit of a game breaking bug randomly when players would try to save outside of a building in Luminose City. This pretty much applied to the outer rim of the city, but there were a few isolated spots within the city as well. The bug would cause games to crash, and although there was technically a temporary fix found by some of the players, a patch is still the best way to go.
If you haven’t seen our review of Pokemon X and Y, we’ll just sum it up in one word: legend-wait for it-dary. Legendary! Of course, even though the vast majority of Pokemon players out there do like Pokemon X/Y, there are some that have criticized its ease of gameplay, a shallower story compared to the ones found in Black/White/Black 2/White 2, and a short list of new Pokemon (even adding in Mega Evolutions put Pokemon X and Y as the game with the least amount of new, introduced Pokemon). But then again, the game has quite a few hints to other series and past Pokemon games, but there are some references that just seem a bit too… odd.
So, the guys at Official Nintendo Magazine UK rounded up the top 9 unsolved mysteries, which you can view with their commentary in the link at the end of this article. If you just want to see the mysteries, of course, you can just read our commentary on the mysteries (but we still encourage you to see their post!).
1) A Hidden Region
If you talk to the backpacker in a hotel for a few days straight, he’ll start to talk about a strange new region outside of Kalos. Some had speculated that he’s referring to Hoenn, but a piece of text affirms the belief that the region he’s from has yet to be seen. After talking to him for a certain period of time, he’ll also give you the Strange Souvenir item, which depicts some protector of a region far away from Kalos.
The guys at ONM UK believe that this may be alluding to a potential new downloadable region, which could make sense. Of course, in the word of the hiker, we’ll “see in due time”!
2) New Pokemon and Mega Evolutions to be released in the future
So, 69 actual new Pokemon and 25 Mega Evolutions seem quite a bit… sparse, doesn’t it? Each generation usually produces at least 100 new Pokemon, so why does Generation 6 have so little in terms of new Pokemon? If the new region rumor is to be believed, then we might be seeing quite a bit more new Pokemon and Mega Evolutions within the new region. Perhaps it could just be that Game Freak is just saving up to introduce new Pokemon within the inevitable Pokemon Z (featuring Zygarde!), or if the region is a downloadable type, we might just double our Pokemon playthrough trying to get new Badges, Pokemon, and Mega Stones.
Of course, in terms of Mega Pokemon, there’s always the possibility that we’ll probably just receive them through special Nintendo Network/Nintendo Zone events, just like how the Torchic event worked. If that’s the case, we could see even more Mega Evolutions, such as Mega Arcanine, Mega Mew, or even Mega Ditto (we can dream, can’t we?)
3) Tipping does… what?
So, Pokemon X/Y introduced a new mechanic: tipping. If someone gives you information, or if you go to a restaurant, you’ll be asked if you would like to give a tip. Some of the non-playable characters (NPCs) don’t really respond if you do or not, but some might just give a short “…” if you don’t.
But what does tipping really do? Some rumors suggest that tipping helps to increase your chance to get shiny Pokemon, or perhaps a Pokemon with a hidden ability, but this has yet to be confirmed or debunked. Shiny Pokemon have already been proven to appear through chaining (either fishing or grass grinding), but as of right now, we’ve no idea why tipping was implemented in the game.
4) Hidden message at the train station
The next few mysteries could possibly be linked together. The first part of this string of mysteries involves a mysterious message in the Luminose City train station, which reads “I’m going to go for help. Wait in the usual place.” Some speculated that “the usual place” is the second floor of a certain building in Northern Luminose City, which brings up…
5) Creepy lady of Floor 2
This one is probably the most well known mystery of Pokemon X/Y. If you go to the second floor of the building adjacent to the Luminose City Galette Stand, a cutscene will take place in which a Hex Maniac appears behind you, whispers “No, you’re not the one”, and walks off… without moving her legs (let’s call it a ghost slide). No one’s in the office room, and there’s nothing that you can interact with, so what up, Game Freak?
6) Creepy lady can’t hear the elevator
The last part of this supposedly related string of mystery involves yet another Hex Maniac in Hotel Richissime. She can be found on the 4th floor, but if you try to talk to her, she’ll shut you down by saying “Don’t talk to me… if you do, I can’t hear the elevator.” Elevators, usual places, you’re obviously not the one… could this be a case for Looker?
7) The Locked Power Plants
Pokemon is home to quite a few inaccessible areas, and for Pokemon X/Y, it’s the Power Plants. You’ll be able to enter one, of course, since it’s a bit crucial to the plot, however, your key won’t work for any of the other Power Plants, and there’s no way to use some underground route from one Power Plant to appear in another. All of the Power Plants have entrances, but no way in, which could lead some to believe that these could be unlocked in the near future.
Slenderman The Hoard of Faceless Men!!!
Once you reach a certain point of the story, you and your friends/rivals will visit an old, decrepit house with a man inside who offers to tell you a bit of a horror story. Somewhere in his story, he simply shouts that he had been watched by a hoard of faceless men, and then… nothing. Your friends/rivals are unimpressed, and you’re also prompted to give a tip here, but there’s seemingly nothing important about the man or his story.
9) The Pokemon in Juane Plaza
The last mystery involves the elusive Pokemon hiding in Juane Plaza, Luminose City. Of course, there’s no way to encounter Pokemon within the city, and if you look around, there’s no Pokemon icon scattering about within the plaza itself. Heck, the people talking about the Pokemon in Juane Plaza are speaking inside of Juane Plaza, so… what could it be?
Well, the same people then mention that the Pokemon is of a Lava Dome species, which refers to Heatran. Not much else is known, such as why Heatran would be in the center of a large city, let alone a small cramped plaza. Who knows? We might see an event for this quite soon. (Mega Heatran, anyone?)
And that’s the 9 yet-to-be-solved mysteries in Pokemon X/Y! Perhaps Looker might be able to solve all of these mysteries, but until then, all we can do is explore the possibilities, right?
Read the actual post here!
First Pokémon RPG for Nintendo 3DS Launches Simultaneously Around the World
REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 15, 2013 – On Saturday, Oct. 12, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for Nintendo 3DS became the first set of games in franchise history to launch simultaneously worldwide. Nintendo reported today that the games combined to sell more than 4 million units across Japan, Europe* and The Americas on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13.
“The early response to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokémon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
Since this was the first global launch in franchise history, there isn’t an exact historical precedent for comparison. However, when combining and comparing regional data for previous launches, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be the fastest-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time and are tracking ahead of the last Pokémon RPG titles, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, by more than 70 percent.
With more than 245 million** games sold worldwide, the Pokémon franchise continues to be one of the strongest brands in the history of video games. Since 2002, five sets of Pokémon titles have combined to exceed 10 million units sold to date worldwide, with three sets combining to surpass 15 million units. That list includes:
*Data from Europe primarily covers Saturday, Oct. 12, as the great majority of retail outlets are closed on Sundays across Europe.
**Pokémon global sales are based on internal sales figures, and are current as of March 31, 2013.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 655 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.
After months of waiting, a bit of retailer controversy, and tons of leaks, here we are: Pokemon X and Y have officially been released simultaneously around the world! The new sixth generation brings quite a lot to the table, but was it worth all of the hype?
Obviously, the biggest inclusion of Pokemon X and Y is the introduction of Mega Evolutions, which allows a select number of Pokemon who are at their final stages of evolution to temporarily gain some new powers, as well as potentially changing their types and stats. There’s quite a few here, with a few that are version exclusive in either form or actual evolution. This makes for an interesting new mechanic that brings a bit more variety to Pokemon battles, as each trainer is only allowed to mega evolve his/her Pokemon once per battle.
Speaking of battle varieties, there are some interesting new modes that players will eventually come across: Hoard Battles, Sky Battles, and Inverse Battles. Hoard Battles occur in the wild as a group of 5 Pokemon will come to gang up on your Pokemon. Luckily, Hoard Battles largely use lower-leveled Pokemon compared to the other Pokemon you may find in the area, and some may contain special abilities. Sky Battles, on the other hand, are instigated by facing another trainer, and only Pokemon that can fly or use the ability Levitate are allowed in this mode. Lastly, Inverse Battles pit your Pokemon together with a different set of rules: any Super Effective moves are now Not Effective, and vice versa. This makes for some interesting battles, and you’ll have to plan accordingly in order to ensure victory.
There aren’t that many new Pokemon, and you’re more than likely going to encounter more legacy Pokemon in the wild than the new Pokemon, which isn’t that bad of a thing since veteran players will be largely familiar with the legacy Pokemon. The new Pokemon are pretty neat though, and with the new Fairy type, veteran players will have to re-learn some of the type advantages and disadvantages for the first time since Pokemon Gold and Silver.
Also, the Pokemon battles look fantastic in 3D. Pokemon movements are fluid, although it would appear that turning on the 3D effect may cause framerates to drop slightly. Nevertheless, Pokemon and attack animations look incredible compared to the animations from previous handheld Pokemon games.
The new Kalos region, on the other hand, will always be rendered in 2D, though it’s still equally impressive. There are a few small towns and one really large town split in to multiple sections. There are plenty of places to visit, and the journey from one town to another will have various landscapes to explore from the desert to marshlands.
The controls may take some getting used to, especially if you’ve skipped 5th generation (like me, unfortunately). Cameras will occasionally pan around your location or switch from a over-the-shoulder perspective to a top-down perspective. In either case, the controls aren’t too hard to get used to, though it can be a first considering that Pokemon largely used grid-based systems.
Another new feature is the ability to move diagonally, which brings in a whole new dimension of freedom to Pokemon games. Like the controls, this does take some getting used to, as you may try to talk to a few people, but they won’t respond since you aren’t technically in their line of interaction. Again, this will take some time to get used to, but it won’t take much time at all.
Story-wise, it’s a rather simple, predictable story. You just recently moved in to a new town before being summoned by Professor Sycamore. You have 4 friends/rivals this time: one of them is the protagonist that you did not pick during the “Are you a boy or a girl” segment, while another one is obsessed with dancing, one who is aiming to just complete the Pokedex, and one that just follows you all over the place. In any case, love them or hate them, these friends are practically important for your story progression, as they give you your first Pokemon, a Pokedex, and guide you from one town to another. Of course, they’ll also battle you from time to time, but it’s more of a friendly competition than the classic snotty rivals from Generation 1 and 2 games.
There’s also plenty of customization options here; from changing your character’s appearance to changing the background of the touch screen during battles, there’s a ton of ways to make the game unique to you. It’ll take some time, but as you move from one town to another, you’ll find plenty of customization options.
Online features, which will fuel this game’s replayability factor, is also rather top notch this time around. Aside from an updated Global Trading System, once you connect to the internet, you can view any friends who are online, or any passerbys and acquaintances. Passerbys are essentially strangers from around the world that you can receive randomly, and by clicking on them, you can battle or trade with them. Once you do, they’ll be moved to your acquaintance list.
There’s also a new Wonder Trading feature that allows you to put in a Pokemon and get a completely random Pokemon in return. Who knows? You could get lucky and get a legendary, are perhaps a Magikarp. The possibilities here are endless.
O Powers are also a new feature that you can either use for yourself or send to your friends. These new powers can increase a particular aspect, from battle stats to Pokemon befriending and capture accuracy. It’s a pretty cool system to help give you a slight edge in battle.
There’s a ton of other new features in the game that are equally entertaining: Pokemon Amie allows you to play with your Pokemon, Super Training allows you to make your Pokemon much more competitive, and Exp. Share now spreads experience across your entire team rather than for the Pokemon that is holding it. Overall, the game is worth giving a shot, bringing fresh new ideas back to Pokemon that could be considered a call back to the vastly popular first generation games.
+ 3D battles
+ Fast game pace
+ New Pokemon designs
+ Internet options
+ Exp. Share allows your team to be equally leveled
+ Mega Evolutions
– Overworld can’t be rendered in 2D
– Framerate may occasionally drop if 3D is turned on for battles
– Predictable story (although no one really plays Pokemon for its story)
Can’t wait to get your Pokemon X/Y fix (unless you’re in Japan, Australia, or Europe, since the game has apparently released for all of your regions!), but don’t want to wait? Well, the guys at PETA have just the thing for you. Again. Introducing Pokemon: Red, White, and Blue, a game that mixes the old classic fast food restaurant McDonalds with Pokemon!
Last year, PETA gave players the ability to liberate Pokemon in the game Pokemon: Black and Blue, but this year, PETA is adding 3 COLORS in an obvious attempt at improvement. The game was created in response to McDonalds introducing Happy Meal toys featuring popular Pokemon, and PETA states that “it’s wrong for Nintendo to allow McDonalds to lure kids in…”
Anyways, that random message aside, your final boss battle is none other than Ronald McDonalds himself (spoilers)! If you’d like to play the game, feel free to do so here!