In a surprise Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday, Nintendo announced some pretty exciting news for old-school Pokémon fans. At the outset of their campaign in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, players will be given the choice of a classic partner Pokémon — Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle — from the very first Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. They also confirmed that once a player has evolved Pokémon into Venusaur, Charizard, or Blastoise and obtained its unique Mega Stone, the Pokémon will be able to Mega Evolve while in battle. Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise will possess powers never before seen in a Pokémon game.
Junichi Masuda, the director of Game Freak, also announced Pokémon Bank—a new Nintendo 3DS application and service that allows Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players to upload and store up to 3,000 of their Pokemon on the Internet.
Unfortunately however, this new application won’t be free to use as there will be an annual service fee applied, although no pricing information has yet been revealed. There will however, be a free trial period when the app becomes available for download from the Nintendo eShop.
Players who activate Pokémon Bank will also be able to use its linked application, Poké Transporter, which makes transferring many Pokemon previously caught in other Pokémon games like Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, or Pokémon White simple to achieve.
Also announced in this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation were details for the North American release of two special Nintendo 3DS XL hardware designs featuring imagery from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. These systems come in Red or Blue and feature brand new Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal. The systems will launch on September 27th at a price of $199.99 each. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released on October 12th worldwide.