The Pokémon Company has released a new trailer for the Pokémon X & Y 3DSgames. The games will be available worldwide on 12 October.
The video introduces how players can select their character, gather four companions, and explore the new Kalos region, which contains never-before-seen Pokémon. New features like the horde encounters, sky battles, and the new Fairy type are also showcased in the trailer.
For fans in Japan, two limited edition 3DS XL machines will be available, bundled with a copy of either game on a SDHC card.
Nintendo has released an English trailer for its 3DS game Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity. The video highlights some of the game’s features; players can choose which Pokémon they play as – between Pikachu, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig, or Axew – and they can also select another Pokémon as a companion to explore a seemingly infinite number of dungeons. The game will be available on 24 March (US) and 17 May (UK).
In each dungeon, players can battle or befriend other Pokémon, explore the surroundings and collect treasure. The dungeons change every time the player visits them, providing different Pokémon, treasure and items to collect each time.
Gates of Infinity uses augmented reality to allow players to enter new dungeons; players need only scan circular objects in the real world, which will then become “magnagates” to the in-game dungeons.
The animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has released a Pokémon Black and Blue parody game, which coincides with the release of Nintendo’s Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. The animal rights group is arguing that the treatment of Pokémon in-game gives the impression to children that it’s OK to use animals to fight and keep them inside Pokéballs. PETA released a statement on the parody game’s website:
Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods …if PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokémon are not ours to use or abuse. They exist for their own reasons. We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children.
Of course, the argument that PETA are trying (and failing to make) is an extremely important one, but I’m sure if any of the PETA members had seen the animated series of Pokémon they would realise that it’s about friendship and caring. If trainers weren’t bothered about their pets, there wouldn’t be Pokémon Centers to heal them. Also, if you want to send a message to children, bloodstained and beaten representations of their favourite cuddly Pokémon is unlikely to appeal.
To have a look for yourself, you can play the game here. It is fairly ironic that in a game designed to free Pokémon, you do not have the choice to decline a fight and there is no way to heal the Pokémon after they’ve fought. Although, the representation of Ash Ketchum is something to behold (right).
However, the main problem with this game parody is that PETA has misrepresented a classic children’s game, rather than targeting the people responsible, who we’re fairly certain would never play Pokémon. This is not the first time that PETA has targeted the game industry either, as they also had a problem with Mario wearing his famous Tanooki suit that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.
From the start of September, right up to October 11th – the day before Pokémon Black and White 2 arrives in stores – if you visit any GAME store with a copy of Pokémon Black or White, you can receive the new Colt Pokémon; Keldeo!
The fourth member of the Legendary Musketeers Keldeo is a Water and Fighting type Pokémon . Plus when you transfer Keldeo over to your new copy of Pokémon Black or White 2 there is an in-game event to complete that ensures Keldeo learns the special move Secret Sword and transforms Keldeo into it’s ‘Resolute Form’.
Keldeo will appear as No. 153 in your Unova Pokédex, with the moveset Aqua Jet, Leer, Double Kick, and BubbleBeam.
And because you can transfer Keldeo from a very early stage in Black and White 2, it can be a powerful ally as you face up against the very best!
Already there is a good collection of Fanart involving the Colt Pokémon. Above is a cartoony style of Keldeo by feriowind.deviantart.com.