E3 Nintendo Direct reveals masses of information

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The E3 Nintendo Direct has revealed a mass of new information about Pokémon X and Y. The Fairy type will be introduced as a new type that is super effective against Dragon, and the new Pokémon Vivillon and Noivern have been revealed.

Pokémon X and Y have been given the simultaneous worldwide release date of October 12, 2013.

The Fairy type will be introduced as a new type that is super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon. Sylveon will be a pure Fairy type, while Gardevoir has been changed to a Psychic/Fairy type, Marill to a Water/Fairy type, and Jigglypuff to a Normal/Fairy type.

Two new Fairy-type moves have been revealed as well. Moonblast (Japanese: ムーンフォース Moon Force) is a damaging move that Sylveon can learn that calls on the power of the moon to attack; it also lowers the target's Attack stat. Fairy Wind (Japanese: ようせいのかぜ Fairy Wind) is a damaging move that Gardevoir can learn.

Vivillon (Japanese: ビビヨン Bibiyon) is a butterfly-like Bug/Flying Pokémon. It can learn Struggle Bug, a Bug-type move that was introduced in Generation V that lowers the Special Attack of a Pokémon hit by it. It is the evolved form of Spewpa; however, this information has only been revealed on the Spanish, Italian, German, and French Pokémon pages. There is said to be a secret to the colorful patterns on its wings; it uses its wings to scatter its scales and whip up wind to attack. It is 3' 11" tall and weighs 37.5 lbs.

Noivern (Japanese: オンバーン Onbaan) is a wyvern-like Flying/Dragon Pokémon. It is the Sound Wave Pokémon, and its signature move is the Normal-type move Boomburst (Japanese: ばくおんぱ Sound Wave Explosion), which damages all adjacent Pokémon, even allies. Noivern attacks with ultrasonic waves it emits from its ears, which are strong enough to destroy boulders. It is very hostile to anything that comes too close to it; however, it loves fruit so much it can be kept calm by feeding it some. It is 4' 11" tall and weighs 187.4 lbs.

A new feature, known as Pokémon-Amie (Japanese: ポケパルレ Poké Parley), has been introduced. Pokémon-Amie allows players to connect and play with their Pokémon, which will increase their friendship. Players can use this feature on the touch screen, which will help increase their friendship; bigger Pokémon like Snorlax and Tyranitar take up both screens. A high friendship level will help the player's Pokémon to perform better during a battle. However, if a Pokémon is badly treated, it may react negatively towards its Trainer. Players can high-five their Pokémon and feed them treats.

More information about Sylveon has been revealed as well. As well as being revealed to be a Fairy type and being able to learn Moonblast, Sylveon is the Intertwining Pokémon and can emit an aura from its ribbon-like feelers to calm people and Pokémon. It also often wraps its feelers around its Trainer when walking behind him or her.

In German Vivillon is Vivillon and Noivern is UHaFnir; in French Vivillon is Prismillon and Noivern is Bruyverne.


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Press release



Discover a New Pokémon Type and a New Way to Interact with Pokémon in the Next Evolution of Pokémon Video Games

BELLEVUE, WA—June 11, 2013—Kicking off exciting Pokémon activity at E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today that the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games will launch worldwide on Saturday, October 12, 2013 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. The simultaneous worldwide release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will allow new and veteran Pokémon fans around the globe the opportunity to battle and trade never-before-seen Pokémon and past favorites with each other immediately.

Also confirmed today is that the newly discovered Pokémon Sylveon is in fact a brand-new type: a Fairy-type Pokémon. 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.

More details about Sylveon, plus two never-before-seen Pokémon, have been revealed today:

  • The Fairy-type Sylveon is an Intertwining Pokémon that can manipulate its ribbonlike feelers at will and can emit from them an aura that can calm people and other Pokémon. It often wraps these feelers around the arm of its Trainer as it walks behind him or her. Sylveon can learn Moonblast, a new Fairy-type move debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Moonblast calls on the power of the moon to attack an opposing Pokémon. This move can be very powerful and also lowers the opposing Pokémon’s Attack stat.
  • The Sound Wave Pokémon Noivern is a Flying- and Dragon-type Pokémon that is extremely combative and will attack anything that wanders too close to it. Flying through the dark night with ease, Noivern uses the ultrasonic waves it emits from its ears to attack. These waves are so strong they can reduce large boulders to small pebbles. A new Normal-type move in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that perfectly suits Noivern is Boomburst. This move emits an explosive sound wave that attacks all surrounding Pokémon with the resulting energy. But beware—Boomburst will also strike any nearby allies, so consider the situation and your team’s types before using it!
  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will introduce the new Bug- and Flying-type Pokémon Vivillon. It’s said there’s a secret behind the colorful decorative pattern on Vivillon’s wings, which it uses to scatter its scales or create a strong wind to attack. Vivillon can learn Struggle Bug, a Bug-type move that lowers the Special Attack of any opposing Pokémon it hits, so the move not only causes damage but also reduces the damage inflicted on Vivillon from certain moves during battle.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will also allow players to interact with their Pokémon in a whole new way with 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.

  -- The Pokémon Company International  

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