Game Freak's latest Pokemon X and Y news explosion starts with a mega announcement, but there's so much more on top of that. Mega Evolution is the latest and greatest feature added to the franchise, an in-battle evolution that only activates under specific circumstances and then reverts when the fight is over. Adding stats and even changing types in some cases, Mega Evolution is certain to change the way Pokemon is played with the introduction of X and Y.
Only a very specific few Pokemon will be able to Mega Evolve, a list that's confirmed to include Mega Mewtwo (who we've previously seen), Mega Lucario and a launch wi-fi event exclusive Mega Blaziken. The circumstances of how the evolution occurs is unclear, but it starts with the Pokemon holding a specific stone. For instance, staring Oct. 12 a special Torchic will be available via wi-fi, holding a Blazekenite Mega Stone. Once the Torchic evolves into Blaziken, well, the magic happens and he can become Mega Blaziken. Keep note, the wi-fi download event will be short and is the only way to acquire the Blazekenite Mega Stone witch lets Blaziken Mega Evolve.
That's not the only feature Game Freak introduced today, however. We're also being spoiled with the reveal of Super Training. Super Training lets players power up their Pokemon out of battle with exercise mini-games that will let a player boost their Pokemon's stats. The fundamental rules of Pokemon are being dismantled right before our very eyes!
Not enough for you? How about a lightning round of new Pokemon and even a gym trainer:
- Electric/Fairy-type Pokemon Dedenne joins the PokeDex, which almost look like a mixture of the original, fatter Pikachu from Pokemon Red, Raichu and an old fashioned television w/ antennae. Dedenne uses the new Cheek Pouch, which adds HP regen when he eats a berry in battle. He also utilizes Nuzzle, which does damage while paralyzing the opponent.
- Bunnelby is a Normal-type Pokemon that, yes, is an adorable bunny rabbit with huge shovel-shaped ears. Bunnelby can learn the Ground-type move Dig, which removes him fromt the battle for a turn only for him to reappear and attack.
- Now for Gogoat's precursor Pokemon, Skiddo. Skiddo also allows players to ride on its back like Gogoat, and can learn the Grass-type ability Leaf Blade. We all know we'll just be power leveling him for that Gogoat evolution, though.
- Shalour City Gym Leader Korrina is introduced, living in the city that holds the Tower of Mastery and holding the key to Mega Evolution. Korrina also rides roller skates, though judging from her picture... not well.
As usual, Nintendo and Game Freak have provided screenshots and other assets for each and every detail they've revealed in today's news bomb. Look at the bunny, look at Skiddo and adore them.
Pokemon X and Y launches October 12 for the 3DS worldwide! Game Freak is stepping it up jumping from DS to 3DS, now introducting Mega Evolutions and Super Training. Odds are that's only scratching the surface of how expansive and large-scale Pokemon X and Y will be.