X and Y Brings Back Memories of Red and Blue: A review of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y


TOWER staff writer


In 1998, American children were introduced to the world of Pokémon, by Nintendo with the release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. The video games were made for the Nintendo Gameboy and the main focus was to capture over 150 different types of creatures, and train them so that they could help the player defeat the elite four and becoming a Pokémon master.

The Pokémon franchise flourished and went on to create even more games, adding new Pokémon and areas to explore. However, as the children who played the originals got older, they started to dismiss the franchise as “kids’” games and scoffed at the idea of the new Pokémon designs of generations four and five. For those kids, now young adults, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are gateways back to that time of Red and Blue, capturing and leveling up Pokémon.

Pokémon X and Y released on October 12 for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS and was the first simultaneous internationally released Pokémon game. For those who do not know, X and Y is the first main Pokémon game to be in fully rendered 3D graphics, from the character models to the actual Pokémon battles. The Pokémon game makes the transition from 2D sprites to full 3D without virtually any problems. Every Pokémon from generation one to the new generation six is artfully designed and is full of personality and detail.

Now why does this new generation bring up memories of playing Red or Blue?  It takes all the Pokémon from the first generation and puts them into this new world. One way it does this is by having the player be able to pick a second starter. In the beginning the player can pick from the new starters, but about 30 minutes into the game the player is given a second choice of starters. The second starters are the original starters, Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. This part of the game brings back so much nostalgia that it’s scary.

The second reason this game harkens back to the early days is in the opening. While the newer Pokémon games take a good 20 minutes to start up and let the player play, X and Y have allow you to choose your starter and leave town in a matter of seconds. The hand holding in this version is little to none, much like it was in the first games. This allows for the player to start playing sooner and start playing how they want to, whether that be building up a quick team or just leveling up you’r current Pokémon.   

Now the only downside is the story. It is very simple. When it comes to story and plot Nintendo likes to keep it simple with Pokémon, mainly because the game is bought by children. However this does not mean the plot has to be dumb down. Also the new antagonist Team Flare is uninteresting and really feel unimaginative, they are no Team Rocket or Team Galactic

In all Pokémon X and Y is a game that any fan of Pokémon needs to play, even if that fan hasn’t played since Red or Blue. The story might not be that engaging, but the feeling of nostalgia and tight game play mechanics is what helps give Pokémon X and Y four Starmies out of five.


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