Pokemon X and Y Coming To 3DS Worldwide This October
The days of waiting for months after a Pokemon game hits Japan for it to finally come to the US and Europe are finally over! Along with a new world to explore and new Pokemon to collect, they’ve also done away with the pixelated look for the first time in the series’s history. Now it’s a full-on 3D cell shaded adventure.
Check out the trailer below.

What do you guys think?

Pokemon X and Y Coming To 3DS Worldwide This October

The days of waiting for months after a Pokemon game hits Japan for it to finally come to the US and Europe are finally over! Along with a new world to explore and new Pokemon to collect, they’ve also done away with the pixelated look for the first time in the series’s history. Now it’s a full-on 3D cell shaded adventure.

Check out the trailer below.

What do you guys think?

A Little Bit on the Gastly Side: Someone turned this bruise into a Gastly piece of temporary body art (bruisification?). He later used Neosporin, which was super effective.

A Little Bit on the Gastly Side: Someone turned this bruise into a Gastly piece of temporary body art (bruisification?). He later used Neosporin, which was super effective.

Albotas Editorial: So the Pokémon series finally gets a black character, but is she too black?
For years, Pokémon fans have wondered why there have never been characters of color in the Pokémon franchise. And no, Brock isn’t black (I kid you not, there are people out there who truly think he is!). Sure, there’s dark-skinned characters who could pass for Hispanic or Korean or something, but there’s never been anyone of African decent.
Maybe this is because the fictional regions where each Pokémon game takes place are based on actual regions of Japan. Black people are somewhat of a rarity in Japan, so it makes sense that they’d be a rarity in Japanese-developed games.
But with Pokémon Black and White, the imaginary Isshu region is based on New York: a melting pot of culture. So it’d make perfect sense to have at least one black character. Finally! A hero for African American Pokémon players to relate to!
Nope. Instead, Japan gives us an insanely dated stereotype named Aloe. She’s not just black, she’s Aunt Jemima black. Big ol’ hair, 70’s headband, and even an apron. She looks like an anime Mammy caricature ready to serve up some fried chicken and cornbread. Is this really what Japan thinks of African Americans?
Or maybe Japan doesn’t think in the same terms of racism as Americans. After all, slavery and civil rights were never as big of an issue over there. Maybe Japanese developers portray their black characters in a stereotypical manner because they draw inspiration from America’s portrayal. When our movies and TV shows are filled with loud-mouthed, slang speaking, saggy-pantsed caricatures, it’s only natural for foreigners to assume that this is the way things really are. And maybe it is.
But an apron? Seriously? Come on, Japan. There’s not a doubt in my mind that every line of text spoken by Aloe will be spoken in a southern black dialect full of ain’ts, watchu’s, and lots of progressive verbs ending with -in’ instead of -ing.
Poor GameFreak. People call you racist for years for not including a black character in Pokémon games, and when you finally do, people call you racist for making her too black.
Or maybe the ones calling GameFreak racist are racist themselves because of their own preconceived stereotypes toward black people.

Albotas Editorial: So the Pokémon series finally gets a black character, but is she too black?

For years, Pokémon fans have wondered why there have never been characters of color in the Pokémon franchise. And no, Brock isn’t black (I kid you not, there are people out there who truly think he is!). Sure, there’s dark-skinned characters who could pass for Hispanic or Korean or something, but there’s never been anyone of African decent.

Maybe this is because the fictional regions where each Pokémon game takes place are based on actual regions of Japan. Black people are somewhat of a rarity in Japan, so it makes sense that they’d be a rarity in Japanese-developed games.

But with Pokémon Black and White, the imaginary Isshu region is based on New York: a melting pot of culture. So it’d make perfect sense to have at least one black character. Finally! A hero for African American Pokémon players to relate to!

Nope. Instead, Japan gives us an insanely dated stereotype named Aloe. She’s not just black, she’s Aunt Jemima black. Big ol’ hair, 70’s headband, and even an apron. She looks like an anime Mammy caricature ready to serve up some fried chicken and cornbread. Is this really what Japan thinks of African Americans?

Or maybe Japan doesn’t think in the same terms of racism as Americans. After all, slavery and civil rights were never as big of an issue over there. Maybe Japanese developers portray their black characters in a stereotypical manner because they draw inspiration from America’s portrayal. When our movies and TV shows are filled with loud-mouthed, slang speaking, saggy-pantsed caricatures, it’s only natural for foreigners to assume that this is the way things really are. And maybe it is.

But an apron? Seriously? Come on, Japan. There’s not a doubt in my mind that every line of text spoken by Aloe will be spoken in a southern black dialect full of ain’ts, watchu’s, and lots of progressive verbs ending with -in’ instead of -ing.

Poor GameFreak. People call you racist for years for not including a black character in Pokémon games, and when you finally do, people call you racist for making her too black.

Or maybe the ones calling GameFreak racist are racist themselves because of their own preconceived stereotypes toward black people.

Here’s a buttload of new leaked Pokémon Black & White art by Ken Sugimori.

First up is the as-of-yet unnamed bug type Pokémon who also happens to be the motherfuckin’ shit. Then there’s the stork-looking swan Pokémon who’s name also hasn’t been revealed yet. And finally there’s the Bambi-ass mofo currently known by it’s Japanese name, Shikijika.

We also have some new details about Victini (previously mentioned here). He’s a Psycich/Fire type and has a new ability called Victory Star. No clue what it does, but he has it, so yeah. And for those who care, he’s 0.4m tall and weighs 4.0kg.

Then there’s some additional images of characters drawn by Ken Sugimori. There’s Aloe, who just might be the first relevant black character in the Pokémon games ever, Dento who will be featured in the upcoming Pokémon Best Wishes anime series based on the upcoming games, and, lastly, we have an image of Team Plasma, the new evil team. I’m guess these are just grunts in the picture. Very Monty Pythonish, no?

Blam. New Pokémon stuff that came out hours ago (hours = days in internet time), but I was too busy playing Pokemon all day to post it, so blah.

*Update: Just noticed the swan has boobs. Carry on.

[Via Pokébeach]

No old pokémon in Black & White until AFTER you beat the game!
This is actually pretty awesome.
Via Andriasang:

GameFreak’s Junichi Masuda has disclosed a surprising feature of Pokemon Black & White via his blog.  In a post today, Masuda revealed that Black & White players will encounter only new Pokemon until they’ve cleared the game.
The  reason for this design choice, says Masuda, is because they want to put  kids and adults on the same starting line and give all players the  feeling of “What is this Pokemon?”, similar to what they might have  experienced when playing the original of all Pokemon games, Pokemon Red  & Blue.

Finally. It was always a bit of a bummer running into the same old pokémon in every new installment of the series. No more Geodudes and Zubats in every goddamn cave!
GameFreak also did some play testing with focus groups and these were some of the comments:
"It’s like playing something completely new, similar to when I played Red & Green"
"You don’t even know the type of the Pokemon, so you’re surprised at the skills"
"There are only Pokemon that you’ve never seen, so it’s fresh and new"
Fuck. Yes.
[Via andriasang]

No old pokémon in Black & White until AFTER you beat the game!

This is actually pretty awesome.

Via Andriasang:

GameFreak’s Junichi Masuda has disclosed a surprising feature of Pokemon Black & White via his blog. In a post today, Masuda revealed that Black & White players will encounter only new Pokemon until they’ve cleared the game.

The reason for this design choice, says Masuda, is because they want to put kids and adults on the same starting line and give all players the feeling of “What is this Pokemon?”, similar to what they might have experienced when playing the original of all Pokemon games, Pokemon Red & Blue.

Finally. It was always a bit of a bummer running into the same old pokémon in every new installment of the series. No more Geodudes and Zubats in every goddamn cave!

GameFreak also did some play testing with focus groups and these were some of the comments:

  • "It’s like playing something completely new, similar to when I played Red & Green"
  • "You don’t even know the type of the Pokemon, so you’re surprised at the skills"
  • "There are only Pokemon that you’ve never seen, so it’s fresh and new"

Fuck. Yes.

[Via andriasang]

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