Romaji: Pocket Monsters X) and Pokémon Y(JPJapanese: ポケットモンスターＹ
Romaji: Pocket Monsters Y) are Pokémon games for the Nintendo 3DS. The games were released worldwide (except for a few countries) on October 12, 2013. It takes place in the Kalos region.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were announced by Satoru Iwata in the January 08, 2013 Nintendo Direct, titled "Pokémon Direct". It was shown at 6:00AM EST in all regions. It showed a trailer of the games and revealed a bit about the games. It revealed the three starter pokémon, Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, as well as two legendary pokémon, Yveltal and Xerneas. It was also revealed that unlike earlier Pokémon games it will be released on October 12th 2013 in each region. It also revealed that the games would be using 3D graphics instead of sprites.
Pokémon X and Y introduced a special type of evolution, called Mega Evolution. Mega Evolution is a temporary evolution that can be initiated in battle if the Pokémon is holding the Mega Stone for its species; however only select Pokémon can undergo Mega Evolution. It can be triggered in battle before attacking, and it allows the Pokémon to attack after undergoing Mega Evolution. Only one Pokémon per team per battle can undergo Mega Evolution, and any Pokémon in their Mega Evolution form revert to their normal form. Mega Evolution powers up some of the Pokémon's stats, and sometimes lowers some of them. Mega Evolution will end after the battle.
Main Article: Pokémon Bank
This is a companion app to the Pokemon games as of this generation. It allows cloud storage of up to 3000 Pokemon. It also allows transporting Pokemon from the Fifth Generation games, though this is limited to one box (30 Pokemon) at a time.
The games were received very well receiving 87 and 88 on Metacritic and a 87.26% and 87.89% on GameRankings for X and Y respectively.
The games altogether have sold 12.26 million as of March 31, 2014 making it the best selling 3DS game. In Japan, it sold 4,106,378 in retail as of March 2014. In France alone, the games have sold over 660 thousand since release across both retail and eShop.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y have the shortest names of any Pokémon game, having one letter each (not including "Pokémon").
They are the first handheld games in the Pokémon game series that are completely in 3D.
The games' names' origins are not exactly known, however there are two main theories.
After the X chromosome and the Y chromosome, due to the appearance of a strand of DNA in the Japanese logos for the games.