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Recent Articles: Pokemon X
Pokemon X and Y are the latest and greatest games in the Pokemon franchise, finally bringing the series to the 3DS family of handhelds. There are new locations, new baddies, and, of course, new Pokemon to add to your Pokedex. There’s even a new Pokemon type, as well as a new battle mechanic known as Mega Evolution. New friends, new foes, new places, and new Pokemon – what more could a Pokefan ask for?
Once again, Grand Theft Auto V reigns supreme. The latest entry in Rockstar’s blockbuster franchise remains atop the NPD Group’s monthly tabulations of the best-selling games at retail.
It’s important to note that GTA5 didn’t pull off this repeat performance against a group of lightweights. The remaining spots in the top ten, all nine of them, were claimed by new releases. You can check out the rest of the top ten right here and, if you gambled that Pokemon X would sell more copies than Pokemon Y, it’s time to collect:
Bestselling Games in October 2013
1. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Pokemon X (3DS)
3. Pokemon Y (3DS)
4. Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
5. Batman: Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
6. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
7. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
8. Skylanders Swap Force (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)
10. WWE 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3)
According to Joystiq, GTA5 wasn’t the only big winner last month. The entire industry had a very profitable four weeks as last month’s software sales were higher than the same period from 2012, making October 2013 the third month in a row to see year-over-year sales gains.
This weekend’s worldwide launch of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y went quite well for Nintendo. It’s the first time a “main series” Pokemon game was simultaneously shipped to stores across the world and, according to Nintendo, over four million copies of the game were sold on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13.
“The early response to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokémon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
Because the company has never attempted a simultaneous worldwide launch of a Pokemon game before, Nintendo wasn’t able to directly compare it to the sales of previous Pokemon games. But their internal estimates state that X and Y are definitely the fastest-selling 3DS games of all-time and are currently outpacing the sales of Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 by 70%.
That’s not pocket (monster) change.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are now available in stores and as digital downloads through the 3DS eShop. If you’re not already playing with your favorite “Pocket Monsters,” might I suggest watching this special live action trailer released by Nintendo UK. It’ll make you feel like a kid again. Unless you’re still a kid. Err… please don’t think that I think Pokemon is only for children.
Happy Pokemon Day everyone!
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are coming. Not only will they be available on store shelves this Saturday, October 12, but they will also be available to download on day one from the 3DS eShop.
However, if you’d rather know what’s available in this week’s Nintendo Download that you can play today, I’m happy to oblige. Sticking with the 3DS eShop, Nintendo will add Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, a well-liked RPG from Atlus, to their online store today. And skipping over to the Wii U eShop, Golf and Tennis, two Virtual Console titles, are now available to download.
More information on these games, and a few other new releases, can be found after the break. (more…)
If you’d prefer something a little more out there (and you own a PS3), there’s Quantic Dream’s latest action/adventure game, Beyond: Two Souls. The supernatural Saga of Jodie (played by Ellen Page) and her doctor (played by Willem Dafoe) is sure to feature plenty of the developer’s signature weirdness and grandeur.
And if you want to go REALLY out there, NIS America will release Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness for the PS3. The latest game in the insane strategy RPG franchise is a direct sequel to the to the first game in the series, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, which should please its many fans.
This week’s last “new” releases is Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014. The dancing franchise will boogie its way (again) onto the PS3, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 this week. PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are set to be released in November.
Finally, a trio of re-releases should keep budget hunters happy as 2K Games/Gearbox will release Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Bethesda/Arkane will release Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition, and Capcom will release the Capcom Essentials collection (which contains Dead Rising 2, Devil May Cry 4, Mega Man 10, Resident Evil 6, and Super Street Fighter IV).
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are the first “main series” Pokemon games to be rendered completely in 3D, which is something fans of the series have been waiting for since the 3DS system itself was announced. Because of this, there’s a lot of excitement about the new titles, and a lot of healthy skepticism. Pokemon Black and White (and Black 2 and White 2) didn’t really do a whole lot that was innovative, but it seems that X and Y are going places the series never has before. Nintendo has added in a lot of extra features – some obviously just there for the adorability factor – that are going to make players happy, especially players who want to interact more with their Pokemon. And I got all of that just from playing a seven-minute demo at PAX Prime 2013 – which was the first time Nintendo showed off the new game in America. (more…)
We knew that Pokemon X and Pokemon Y would be released for the 3DS in October, but now we have an exact date: Saturday, October 12. That’s not just for Japan or the US, that’s for everybody. This is the first worldwide launch of a Pokemon game ever.
And speaking of firsts, Pokemon X/Y will be the first game in the series to introduce the Fairy-type Pokemon:
The first new type to be introduced in a Pokemon video game in over a decade, Fairy-type Pokemon like Sylveon and their Fairy-type moves will be super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon! Prior to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, only Dragon-type and Ice-type moves were super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon. Fairy-type Pokemon will include not only newly discovered Pokemon like Sylveon, but also Pokemon from past titles like Gardevoir, Marill, and Jigglypuff, which will be reclassified as Fairy-type Pokemon in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
And while you’re here, be sure to check out the new gameplay trailer above.