We were stunned when Pokemon X and Y were announced this morning. Of course it was only a matter of time before we saw a 3D Pokemon game on 3DS but the news that the Pokemon X and Y release date is set for October all over the world is amazing. But what do the Pokemon experts think of the new games. Joe Merrick, founder of the excellent Pokemon fan site Serebii.net, and ONM blogger Marti Bennett deliver their verdicts.
Marti Bennett's trailer analysis
When Iwata started going through the history of Pokemon during Pokemon Direct I was convinced he was going to announce Generation VI. He was also pointing out the lengthy release gaps between countries, so I assumed he was building up to saying 'and these games are getting a same day worldwide release!'. He did just that. Well, the same month anyway.
After a brief six minute history lesson on past main series Pokemon games, Pikachu introduced to us the new generation of Pokemon games on 3DS (with handy subtitles for those of you not fluent in Pikachu-speak).
The trailer started with the main character looking into a mirror. Could this mean customisable main characters? I hope so! I had previously wished for Pokemon to stick with sprite-based animation, but I understand that the series needs to move forward and the 3D models still have the same feel.
Then the silhouettes of the Starters appeared and I just went CRAZY. I didn't think they would actually show us the Starters yet but they then went on to show our new Starters - Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie. I'm already in love with Fennekin and I cant wait to see its further evolutions.
The new improved 3D battle system looks amazing. I have often turned battle animations off in my games to save time but I can't see myself turning off these battle moves. They almost look like a home console battle simulator. If this can be done on a handheld, I cant wait to see if it will happen on the Wii U someday.
We then saw a short non-gameplay cinematic showing off what looks like the new Legendaries. I look forward to finding out more about the story behind them.
After the cinematic, the names of the games were finally revealed - Pokemon X and Pokemon Y versions. I'm happy the series is moving away from colours, as people's predictions for 'the next Pokemon colours' were getting a little bit silly. Pokemon Grey, for example.
Overall I'm extremely pleased with the announcement. I was sceptical about such a big change but I understand it's just what the series needs. I hope the world in which it is set is just as big as the previous games and I look forward to seeing all the new features. Roll on October!