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New ‘Pokemon’ games are met with mixed reviews

After months of waiting, Pokémon fans can finally play the long-anticipated Pokémon X and Y games.

The two new titles, X and Y, released Oct. 12, were the first in the Pokémon series tailored specifically for the Nintendo 3DS. Although both games are fundamentally the same, players can encounter different types of Pokémon in each one. In addition, the legendary Pokémon in each game is different–Xerneas in Pokémon X, and Yveltal in Pokémon Y.

“They introduced a new type, the Fairy type Pokémon,” said Montgomery Mall Game Stop employee Jesse Villaltua. “It changes up the dynamic and some people like it, while others don’t.”

Senior Alex Fang is most excited about “all the new Pokémon released in the new generation.”

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Many other new features have been added to the game, including eight-directional movement (which allows players to move diagonally), sky battles, character customization, mega-evolution, poke-amie, fairy-type Pokémon and much more. The game is tailored for the 3DS, so fans can experience the full effects of a 3-D game.

“Two notable features are that the graphics are improved significantly and that you can freely move around in a 3D world, compared to the typical up, down, left and right movements of older games,” senior Alston Kau said.

The game also introduces Mega evolution, which allows Pokémon to evolve past their previous final stage and acquire new forms, types, and abilities, can only occur when a Pokémon is holding a megastone and has a strong relationship with its trainer.

According to, a website about the latest technology, some of the original Pokémon from Game Boy titles Pokémon Red

 and Blue have Mega evolutions, including Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise.

Poke-amie is another new feature whereby players can utilize the 3-D capabilities to the fullest through interaction with their Pokémon by feeding and playing with them.

“I love the 8-directional movement and Poke-amie,” junior Janet Sun said. “There are so many new things they’ve introduced this generation, and I’m just in love.”

Not only is the story line completely different, as it is set in France instead of Japan, but the new features give the game a completely new and exciting feel.

Although the hype about the new game is getting out, different opinions have diffused across CHS.

Senior Alex Pu will not be buying the game because he is uninterested in any Pokémon games after the original series due to the changes that were made, such as the designs and style of Pokémon.

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New ‘Pokemon’ games are met with mixed reviews