Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS will see trainers explore the new region of Kalos which features Lumiose City at its centre, according to a recent press release from Nintendo. Not only that, but four new Pokemon have been announced; Helioptile, Fletchling, Pancham and Gogoat. All of this and more has been shown off in the flashy new gameplay trailer below.
The trailer starts out with what may be one of Pokemon X and Y‘s most interesting new features: the ability to ride captured Pokemon. But don’t get too excited, Nintendo has explicitly stated that only Gogoat can be ridden in certain areas of Lumiose City. There are no hints from Nintendo so far to suggest other Pokemon can be ridden in other areas, so it’s fingers crossed for now.
Gogoat itself is a new grass type Pokemon with an attack called Horn Leech, which allows Gogoat to recover half of the damage dealt by the move. The peculiar looking Helioptile is a normal and electric type Pokemon that has a similar move to Gogoat called Parabolic Charge that hits all opponents in double battles and restores half of the damage dealt. Fletchling is a sweet looking normal and flying type Pokemon that is also capable of using the fire-type move Flame Charge. Last up is the boisterous Pancham, a fighting type Pokemon with a move called Parting Shot which reduces an opponent’s Attack and Special Attack while also allowing Pancham to switch out with another Pokemon.
The entire region of Kalos is supposedly based off the architecture of modern France. Lumiose City in particular looks very much like the romanticised versions of Paris depicted in many Japanese games, anime and manga, and even features a high tower that Nintendo claims will be an iconic symbol of Pokemon X and Y.
Nintendo has also released a handy piece of artwork that shows the entire star-shaped Kalos region in great detail. Notable locations include a large castle, an icy windmill, a lava pit with a laboratory attached and a rock formation that looks suspiciously similar to Stonehenge.
One last wave of excitement comes in the form of work-in-progress box art that proudly displays the two legendary Pokemon shown off in Nintendo’s original Pokemon X and Y Nintendo Direct announcement.
It’s already looking as though Pokemon X and Y may be able to trump the fantastic Pokemon Black and White versions. But it’s still a little bit of a wait before Pokemon X and Pokemon Y‘s worldwide release in October this year. What will you be doing between now and then? Will you be honing your skills on Pokemon Black and White or have you already devised a strategy that includes the brand new moves shown in the trailer? We’d love to know, so drop us a comment below!