Alice came running in all excited this morning – or whatever it is that substitutes for morning for a teenager out of school (Spring semester starts in early February now that the college has cut back from an 18-week semester to a 16-week one. Don’t even get me started on that one.) – to tell me that there are new Pokemon!
“In Japan or in the US?”
“In Japan now, in the US later.” as always….wait! Wait!
It’s releasing WORLDWIDE on the same day! Squee!
Well, from the five pictures on Serebii.net, it looks like they’ll be worth the wait. Generation VI Pokemon! (Don’t worry, Pikachu’s still there for you hardcores.)
Here’s the official page for X and Y.
Lookit the lil old man in his specs! But the fox one, Fennekin, who, not surprisingly, is based on the fennec fox. We were lucky enough to see one out of its cage at the San Diego Zoo a few years back. Its name, I kid you not, was Michael J. Those adorable ears!
The 3D looks really lovely in this one, especially in the battles.
I first played Pokemon when my pal Dave Hall sent me and Alice Red and Blue for Christmas back in the nineties, along with GameBoy Colors. Mine was grape, Alice had yellow. She later got Pokemon Yellow to match up.
I got the box a few days before Christmas, so I cracked mine open and started playing Pokemon Red, using the handy Prima Guide when I got stuck (read: constantly). You know, to make sure it was safe for my kid to play. Yeah, that sounds plausible. I’m all about the safety, you know.
It took me about a week to get to the Pokemon League, and then eight thousand or so attempts before I became champion. (I was working and going to school full time, lay off me!)
I puttered around with a few through the years, but didn’t get neck-deep again until Black and White. I played Black, Alice played White. It was a lot easier, but just as fun. I didn’t use a guide this time.
In the meantime, Alice got just about every single Pokemon game that came out.
I can still hear her yelling “PIKACHU! PLAYSTATION!” into the microphone to make Pikachu get mad and zap her with lightning in “Hey You, Pikachu!”
What is it about Pokemon that keeps kids so entertained that they still love it once they’re adults? The theme of a kid leaving home to make his/her fortune is a universally loved one, the creatures are, for the most part, either enchantingly cute or amazingly cool, and the gameplay rewarding. It’s more cerebral than mindless button-mashing shooters (and not all shooters are mindless button-mashing, so don’t send me that email).
I like that it doesn’t require heavy hand-eye coordination. Many people with autism just don’t have it, and I’m the poster child for bad hand-eye coordination.
It’s why I also like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, neither of which has a console version in the foreseeable future (but Wada’s Project Happiness might be in the works for the console), which depresses me to no end. I’ve become so desperate I’ve been playing FarmVille 2 and CastleVille. Today I found out (a month late) that they’ve made a version of Roller Coaster Tycoon called, dripping with originality, “CoasterVille”. Hey, whatever works, right? It’s a bit like the old Zoo Tycoon series for the PC, which I really loved.
Pokemon X and Y seem to be set in a European-style region this time – I hope the Pokemon trainers don’t get Paris Syndrome.