Nintendo announced some new and exciting details for the upcoming Pokémon X and Y in this morning’s Nintendo Direct. The big news was that a Pokémon 3DS XL will be coming to North America and Europe in red and blue on September 27th, which is two weeks before the game is released on October 12th. However, they will not come with a pre-loaded copy of Pokémon X or Y and there is no word if the $200 Poke-themed XL’s will be bundle with the games anytime upon release.
Nintendo also revealed a 3DS app called Pokémon Bank that will allow players to store their Pokémon online. Players will be able to store up to 3,000 Pokémon in up to 100 boxes for which they can withdraw and deposit at any time that they play X or Y. You’ll even be able to withdraw and deposit from multiple copies of X and Y. The curve though is that this app will cost players a certain amount of money annually. No word yet on pricing and the service will come a little bit after the games release. Though players will get a free trial period to give it a shot to see if they like it.
Lastly, the best news of them all, when you start up Pokémon X or Y you will have three other choices besides Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie to pick as your starter. Now players can choose from the three original starters from Pokémon Red and Blue: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. These legendary starters will also be getting the “Mega” treatment in Pokémon X and Y when they reach their last evolution. So that means Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise will all be part of the game with the help of the Mega Ring and Key Stone.
If this is too much “Mega” for you or you’re “Mega” confused, the full Nintendo Direct video is below to give you the full “Mega” explanation.
Pokémon X and Y will be available on October 12th, 2013.