Nintendo announced that their latest games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, will launch on October 12, 2013 – exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. There will be new Pokémon, as well as older generation Pokemon added to the games, which I think is great; you can never get enough of the first generation Pokémon. Also confirmed is that the newly discovered Pokémon, Sylveon, is – in fact – a brand new type: a Fairy-type Pokémon. Here’s what Nintendo had to say about the fairy-type,

 “The first new type to be introduced in a Pokémon video game in over a decade, Fairy-type Pokémon like Sylveon and their Fairy-type moves will be super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon! Prior to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, only Dragon-type and Ice-type moves were super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon. Fairy-type Pokémon will include not only newly discovered Pokémon like Sylveon, but also Pokémon from past titles like Gardevoir, Marill, and Jigglypuff, which will be reclassified as Fairy-type Pokémon in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Fairy-type Pokémon, the 18th Pokémon type, will add a new dimension and strategy to battling in the new games.”

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Sylveon vs Hydreigon

Now maybe it will be a little easier to beat those Dragon-types!

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Some other new Pokémon that were introduced are Noivern, a flying and dragon-type Pokémon; and Vivillon, a Bug/Flying-type Pokémon. Both are never-before-seen Pokémon so it will be interesting to see how they fare against others.

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Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will introduce a whole new way for gamers to interact with their Pokemon, with the all new “Pokémon-Amie”.

Playing and interacting with Pokémon that are in your team by using the Nintendo 3DS system’s Touch Screen will build a stronger bond with them. Building this special bond with your Pokémon in Pokémon-Amie will only help players in their future battles.”

This novel addition to the game could prove to be very useful as it will affect how your Pokemon do in a battle with others, and it seems like a great use of the touch screen.

There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding the release of the newest addition to the Pokémon franchise and I, personally, am hoping that this will turn out to be another game to love.