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Pokemon Y - Nintendo 3DS [Digital]

ESRB Rating: Everyone
Comic mischief, Mild cartoon violence
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    • Pokemon Y

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1119 out of 1129)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Game Freak
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    • Genre: Role Playing
    • Release Date: 10/31/2013

    Synopsis


    Set off on a thrilling 3D adventure that takes you to places the Pokémon franchise has never gone before. Pokémon Y travels to the breathtaking land of Kalos, a star-shaped, enchanting region brimming with stunning forests, buzzing cities and many brand-new Pokémon. Gaze upon the wonder of the iconic tower in the center of Lumiose City, as you battle, catch and add to your Pokédex an array of new Pokémon that join the 640 you've already encountered. The Trainer is only as good as his Pokémon, so get ready to fight for glory with the powerful new creatures at your fingertips in Pokémon Y.

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    Features


    Travel to the enchanting region of Kalos, a mysterious, star-shaped land full of beautiful forests, thriving cities and many never-before-seen Pokémon, centered around Lumiose City, whose tower is an iconic structure in the game

    Catch and add an array of new Pokémon to your Pokédex — your most valuable assets in battle, which join the more than 640 Pokémon encountered thus far

    Befriend Helioptile, a Normal- and Electric-type Pokémon, who generates enough electricity to power machinery

    Acquire Fletchling, a Normal- and Flying-type Pokémon, who sings with a beautiful chirp and is very friendly, but releases relentless attacks in battle

    Unleash the Parting Shot move of Fighting-type Pokémon Pancham, which lowers an opponent's Attack and Special Attack, while allowing you to switch Pancham out for another Pokémon in your party during battle

    Traverse the land by riding on new Pokémon Gogoat — this large Grass-type Pokémon is a reliable way to travel and uses the Horn Leech move to recover HP equal to half the damage dealt by his move



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1129 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great and fun game, but note bug...

      Posted
      xeraph
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      NOTE: when Pokémon X & Y shipped there was a bug that could break your save game. That has been fixed in an update, so before you play you should run the update. It's really easy to do and the 3DS will walk you through each step--you turn on the network, launch the game, say yes to the prompt to update it, and walk through the prompts to get the update applied. Pokemon X and Y are a fantastic progression of the Pokemon series, and just like with 'Black' I & II and 'White' I & II, my daughter and I each chose one of the two games--this time around she's playing 'X' and I'm playing 'Y'. It's amazing to see how much more we get in the terms of content, graphics, music, and of course general things to do. However, before I say more I think you should be aware that there is a savegame bug in the out-of-the-box new product that could kill your savegame. I'll post a link to an article about it in the comments, so update your game using your 3DS to get the fix before you get to Lumiose City! If you're new to Pokemon, the shortest way I could explain it is that you are a young person in a land where many different kinds of creatures exist in the wild called 'Pokemon'. These creatures can be captured and cared for, and for many children this is a kind of rite of passage: you learn how to capture and train Pokemon, travel the land on your own, and have adventures. You use your Pokemon to have battles, against other trainers and against wild Pokemon. If it sounds a bit cruel, keep in mind that this is a game for young people and as such Game Freak goes out of their way to make the story a positive lesson: you have to take care of your Pokemon, they grow to like you, and no one ever dies--they just 'faint' and can be revived. Some creatures can 'evolve' into different forms, and with X and Y we now get 'Mega-Evolution' that adds to our options and makes the possibilities even more diverse. If you're contemplating buying a Pokémon game for a child in your family, there is educational value to be had here: I'm amazed at the huge and creative variety of creatures, and my daughter has coached me on strategies: type matching and analysis are important skills that require memorization, reasoning, and a bit of basic math. You have to manage money to buy things and plan your inventory before taking a trip out of town. And sometimes your character is asked questions to make them think. Pokemon X and Y are the latest entries in the series, and they take the new ground that was broken in Pokemon Black and Pokemon White (both of which had sequels, I & II) several steps further. Perhaps the biggest change in X and Y is that you interact closely with your Pokemon: - play with them: there are fun minigames that you play together - feed them: you get "Pokemon puffs" that look like little pastries that you can hand-feed them using the stylus - interact with them: petting them makes them happy, and when they're in a particularly good mood they'll play a game with you in which you get to make faces with them: the 3DS camera will show your Pokemon your smiling, winking, or making a 'kissyface'. Your Pokemon delight in your antics. - train them: you can play other minigames that boost their stats, allowing you to really bump up their skills! Have a Pokemon that's slow? Do lots of Speed training and they'll get faster. It's been huge amounts of fun watching my favorite Pokemon's stats raise and they really do perform better in battles. All of this revolves around a central story line, with good guys and bad guys, and the difference between X and Y seems to be that the storyline in 'Y' appears to go into a little bit darker territory than 'X', though both have the same overall story. You are encouraged to use the wireless aspects of 3DS to trade, battle, and 'see' each other's Pokemon when you're with someone else who is playing X or Y. You also get "O-Powers", which can be used to bump up stats as well. And early on in the game you have a chance to choose one of the three first-gen 'Starter' Pokemon and add them to your party, which is a really nice nod to the earlier games. There is a lot more to X and Y in that your character can now change clothes and mix and match different outfits. You can buy clothes in various boutiques throughout the land, and my daughter loves coming up with her own fashion ideas. Your character can shoot 'promo videos' of themselves, though this bit is kind of weird and a bit lame, like the 'movies' that you could make in Pokemon Black and Pokemon White...not very clear how it works, not sure exactly what the purpose is. There are huge benefits this time around too: most of the game is animated, and it all has a very nice cel-shaded look (think Sly Cooper or recent Zelda games). Camera angles are fairly dynamic, especially during battles, when the camera pans around or does split-screen effects, etc. Battle is a lot more animated, with more visual effects. The music sounds really great, as if it's been orchestrated this time around. The region you are in resembles a European village, complete with a lot of French-sounding names and places. As a very long-time player of JRPGs, I really didn't mind the look of the prior games at all--but I really LOVE the new look & feel of Pokemon X & Y! But the biggest boosts to the gameplay are: - Experience Share isn't specific to one Pokemon: it's in your pocket and causes bonus XP to be shared with every member of your party - It used to be that if you captured a Pokemon, no experience was handed out for the battle: now, you still get XP. - It also used to be that if a Pokemon fainted during a battle and wasn't revived before the battle was over, they didn't get XP. They do now! I even had a Pokemon faint and level up while fainted. This was a pleasant surprise that makes level-grinding easier to do. If you're new to the Pokemon games and this is your first one, X and Y are a great place to begin--you'll be a bit spoiled! If you're a fan of the original games, picture this as another step forward, with a whole new look. I've really enjoyed the additions and changes, as most of them seem aimed at making the entire experience of a Pokemon game more enjoyable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great new entry in the series

      Posted
      Japanophile22
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      As someone who has played all but one generation of Pokémon, I can definitely say that this generation is my favorite of all of them in many ways. From the get-go, two things stand out. The first is that, obviously, this is the first main series game to be fully in 3D, and by that I don't even necessarily mean the type of 3D that the 3DS deals in. I mean that this is the first time that the full game world, all the characters, and even the Pokémon themselves during battle are three-dimensional rather than just flat, 2D sprites. So, even if you're the type of person who keeps that 3D slider off at all times, this generation visually far exceeds it predecessors. The second is that you have more freedom with your character design this time around. In addition to being able to play as a boy or a girl, you have three skin tone and hair color combinations to choose from. However, that's just at the start of your game. As you progress, you will come across a number of boutiques selling clothes with which you can customize your character's look, and one city offers a salon for changing hair color and style. A particular NPC (non-player character) even offers you a set of colored contact lenses at one point, so you really do get a lot of options. Then, there's the gameplay, which has added numerous mechanics. Some are more subtle, such as the facts that your Pokémon now get experience even when you capture a Pokémon and that each Pokémon that participates in a battle receives the full amount of experience (rather than that amount divided by the number of your Pokémon who participated). Others are more obvious and make raising a good team more accessible. Super Training allows you to see and to train up specific base stats for each Pokémon, such as Speed, HP (Hit Points), and Attack. This is done via minigames and can be done to whatever extent you choose. Otherwise, those stats can be raised through battle as with previous generations (though this is a much more precise and hidden process that requires a guide if you're seeking to train specific traits). There's also Pokémon-Amie, which allows you to interact directly with your Pokémon, petting, feeding, and playing with it. This raises its affection, which, when sufficiently high, allows it to survive battle-ending hits or to ignore status effects out of sheer love for its trainer. Of course, it would be remiss not to mention important changes to battling. For the first time since the second generation (think Gold, Silver, and Crystal), there's a new type. This type is Fairy, and, as with the last introduction of new types, it changes a number of matchups. There are a number of places where you can find the updated type-matchup charts online, but there are other changes as well. Steel is no longer resistant to Dark or Ghost; Electric-types cannot get the Paralyzed status; Grass-types are not affected by powder moves; and Ghost-types are not affected by trapping moves or abilities. These all add extra nuances to the already strategy-heavy battle scene. Trading and online capabilities got a boost as well. As with the last generation, there are powers (called O-Powers rather than Pass Powers this time around) that can be utilized on yourself or on others to benefit the user in some way, and these can be leveled up. Battles and trading can be done online. Trading in particular has a couple of new options, Global Trade Station and Wonder Trade. Global Trade Station allows you to put a Pokémon up for trade under certain conditions. Uploaded Pokémon can be searched by anyone, and if they are willing to meet the conditions of the uploader, they can orchestrate the trade. This doesn't require you to stay connected to the Station, so you can upload a Pokémon and then come back later to see if you've gotten your requested trade. Wonder Trade, on the other hand, is simply random trading over the Internet. Trade wisely, but the idea is that you offer a Pokémon for trade and receive a Pokémon from some random other person using Wonder Trade. It can be a decent way to acquire Pokémon you don't have without needing to have people you know who play the game or needing to deal with the particulars of the Global Trade Station. Just remember that there will be both people trading great Pokémon and common, easily-acquired ones. There's also the concept of Mega Evolutions, which were part of the ad campaign for these games. I won't go into this, since it forms part of the plot, but it's a very effective and interesting mechanic, especially if such an evolution exists for any of your favorites. For fans of starter Pokémon, you get one of the starters from the first generation (Squirtle, Charmander, or Bulbasaur) early in the game. No matter how you look at it, this game brings a lot of new stuff to the table. My one gripe is that, compared to the last generation, where your rivals felt more developed and various characters (particularly gym leaders) were more involved with the plot, the story in this one feels less developed. However, the shorter post-game story is engaging, and the high stakes and occasionally somewhat-dark subject matter that are part of the plot with the antagonistic team help to alleviate this issue. Just be sure to talk to everyone and to experience all of what each city and building offers to get the most out of it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beyond Amazing.

      Posted
      Morganical
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      The Sixth Generation is almost under wraps while S&M loom on the horizon, but that shouldn't detour you from playing one of the greatest installments in the franchise's history! The differences between Pokémon X and Y are negligible, but basically you get access to Slurpuff, Skrelp, Heracross, Larvitar and Yveltal in this one. Since the GTS is just three stylus touched away, you really will have no problem trading for any you cannot find. Speaking of which, the touch controls are excellent and run perfectly in menus. The colors, polygons and animations are superb in Y! They're waaay better than the Stadium and even the Coliseum games from N64 and GC era, respectively. They utterly destroy any remnants of shock value from BW, visually this game is as good as we'll probably ever see on handheld. It's a mix between regular polygons and cel shading, almost like they came from the cartoon. Pokémon show statii in battle when they're burned, poisoned, etc.. They have many different attacking animations depending on what moves they use, they even faint differently! Game Freak pulled out all the stops for mechanics. Breeding mechanics have been revamped, so if you're serious about battling online you can get Pokémon fairly easily with perfect stats. Also, EVERY legendary Pokémon you catch (ie. Mewtwo, Yveltal, Zapdos, etc.) has at least 3 perfect stats, otherwise called IVs of 31. That is outstanding. The roster is out of sight in these games, and as such you will feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices, especially the unique new Fairy-type. If that wasn't enough, Mega Evolutions premiered in these games and things like Charizard and Lucario get powerful alternatives that will simply steamroll your adversaries in-game. But don't be fooled, you can still have a solid play through with plenty of challenges, especially later when you take on the Battle Chateau. And then there's the music. Lots of players love the old Gym Leader theme, Champion theme, Battle Mansion, among others from RBY. XY have the best music in my opinion, and I've been playing since the beginning of it all. Truly epic tracks are the Gym Leaders', Xerneas/Yveltal's battle themes, E4's, Lysandre's, Shilour City, the list goes on. Writing this and thinking about the music is giving me goose bumps; the score is truly gorgeous. I cannot recommend this game enough. It may be a little late for some of the Promo Pokémon, but again you can always trade with passerby players. Voice over internet works on the 3DS, so expect lots of cultural fun talking to people from other nations. A landmark in portable gaming! And if you love this title, pick up Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire with even more options, animations, adventuring, moves, catching wild Pokémon with Egg Moves, Hidden Abilities, the list goes on.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Pokemon Game Yet!

      Posted
      Lemondish
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      Pokemon Y (and its companion game, Pokemon X) are the best installments in the series. The introduction is swift and lacks the length and cumbersome hand-holding of previous entries. Players are quickly immersed into the world and sent out to catch Pokemon within minutes. As for the cast of cutesy creatures, many of the series' most recognizable Pokemon are featured right from the beginning alongside new and ever more exotic monsters. The new Mega-Evolution mechanic brings new things to learn and see from long standing fan favourite Pokemon, appealing to new players and longtime fans alike. Visually, it's a fantastic art style with a new anime stylized focus that sets it apart from past entries. Lastly, the title makes good use of Internet features in a way that doesn't seem overly intrusive to gameplay. You can trade Pokemon online, either with friends or strangers. Unfortunately, there are a few negatives. For example, the 3d effect isn't available all the time and is instead relegated to mostly the combat portions of the game. Thus, the frequent swaps could be jarring. Also, the game is designed to be accessible for a wide variety of ages, so the writing is simplistic and the difficulty isn't very high, so don't expect much of a challenge. This game is nearly identical to its sister title Pokemon X, but there are a few Pokemon exclusive to this title that aren't available in the other. If you're looking to catch them all, you'll need to team up with a friend who has the other game, or trade on the Internet powered global trading system.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Warning: Addictive

      Posted
      KamrynB
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      I haven't played Pokemon since I was in elementary school and got Red version for Christmas. So yes, it feels kind of weird playing it now that I'm a "grown up". At the high recommendation of some fellow gamers, and seeing the gameplay, the kid in me just couldn't resist. If you've enjoyed previous Pokemon games, buy this one. Period. 'Nuff said. If you're new to Pokemon, expect surprisingly strategic gameplay beneath the game's cartoony exterior. Honestly, I don't know how little kids play this... this game is quite intricate under the hood. Perhaps that's the beauty of the game. For the younger ones, it has fun, fast paced action and a kid-friendly inoffensive storyline. For those who choose to play competitively it has an intricate combat system that will have you constantly referring to wikis and online guides to understand what counters what. That's what I have to do, anyway! Finally, the game has infinite replay value. I would consider this one of games that never end. To me, beating the storyline is actually where the real fun begins... but I won't spoil it for those who haven't done that yet. Believe me when I say this is a very satisfying game that does not get old. This is truly a game for all ages. I highly recommend. And don't forget to get the "Mystery Gift" Torchic, it's a really good Pokemon!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's been 3000 years...

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      Victreebong
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      Since we've gotten a new Pokémon entry. I'm writing this in October of 2016, and I cannot believe XY came out 3 years ago. Time has flown by, but it has been a solid three years. Y is easily the best main entry since DP, and matches Platinum for thoroughness. There's still time to get in on peoples' Friend Safaris so you can complete the bulk of your Poké Dex before S&M come out. The graphics trump anything you've seen on consoles (they're a lot like cel-shading), the music in this one is INCREDIBLE, Megas are super fun to use and revitalized a lot of our classic favorites, this game is a blast. X is too, but I'm writing about Y. Seriously, I love the theme songs from these two games. My favorites are the Xerneas and Yveltal battle themes, the Gym Leader theme, Diantha's theme, the E4 theme and of course Korina's theme. If you pick up Y, you get Yveltal, Heracross, Skrelp/Dragalge, Charizard Y, and Mewtwo Y as the exclusives.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      AWESOME Game To Get Back In The Franchise

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      116Coach
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      This game is an awesome game to get back in the pokemon franchise. I havent played a pokemon game since the yellow pikachu version because it got to repetitive with the mechanics. NOW, it has changed with the graphics being in 3D and Soooooo many new pokemon (more for me to catch up on since i havent been in the lupe for a long time). Gameplay is really easy, im 90% done with the game and i havent gone against anyone with atleast 5 pokemon on their side. But it really is fun to see your pokemon in 3D and how they show their attack moves. Oh and theres this new online system called Wonder Trade that lets you choose any pokemon and when it finds someone that is doing the same, you receive their pokemon. But its random and you wont know what you will get till the process is done. Its Awesome. Long Story Short. If you havent been playing since the 90's TRUST me you will not regret this purchase. It is full of fun and will take you back to the days when you were young and had nothing to worry about but.... catching them all...ehh...ehh? lol GET THE GAME!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best Pokemon game yet

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      Antonimo
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      I've got to admit I am not the biggest Pokemon fan out there. But I decided to try this game. While the main battle gameplay hasn´t changed much (in decades now!), and thus is not that good, there are many innovations that show some promise: battles against multiple Pokemon are good, but there are not many. Horde battles are interesting but tend to be on the boring side: if the enemy can have 5 Pokemons against you, why can´t you have 5 out at the same time too? Plot is just an excuse plot as always, and pretty much the same as it´s been before. Graphics are very well done. It´s amazing how they went through all the trouble of 3D animating the pretty much uncountable number of Pokemon there are now. The new pokemon tend to have good designs, unlike the previous generation. The collecting aspect is as cool as ever, and much easier to do now thanks to the internet options. So far I've played more than 100 hours just trying to complete the Pokedex (almost there!).

      I would recommend this to a friend


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