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4th October 2013

Pokémon X & Y review

In a city full of foreign language and customs, visiting Tokyo's Pokémon Centre is a strangely welcoming experience. It's hard not to feel a sense of familiarity when surrounded by some of Pokémon's most famous faces - even when they are staring down at you from endless shelves of action figures and plushies, cereal boxes and spaghetti tins, hats, backpacks and badges.

Pokémon X and Y sales hit 12m copies

Pokémon X and Y sales hit 12m copies

The fastest-selling 3DS games to date.

Pokémon X and Y have sold more than 12m copies on 3DS to date.

Collected, the two latest adventures also hold the award for being the fastest-selling title ever on the handheld.

Nintendo announced back at the end of January that it had shifted more than 11.6m units of the games, meaning an extra 400,000 have been sold in the last two months.

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Pokémon Bank finally launched in Europe

Cloud storage app Pokémon Bank is now available to download in Europe from the Nintendo eShop, eagle-eyed 3DS owners have spotted.

It's free to try until 14th March, and you'll get a super-rare Celebi for your trouble (thanks, Serebii).

Pokémon Bank was originally set to launch in December, but its arrival was delayed after its initial Japanese launch left Nintendo servers struggling to meet demand.

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Pokémon Bank app launches this month

Pokémon Bank app launches this month

Consolidate and transfer up to 3K Pokémon across six games.

The Pokémon Bank app, which lets players transfer their adorable little fighters, will launch on the 3DS eShop on 27th December, Nintendo has announced.

With Pokémon Bank players will be able to withdraw and manage up to 3000 Pokemon. They'll also be able to transfer their Pokémon between Pokémon X and Pokémon Y on the same 3DS.

Additionally, with the Pokémon Bank's linked application Poké Transporter, players will be able to transfer their critters from Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2 to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

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Nintendo sells more Wii Us, but admits it's still hurting profits

Nintendo's Wii U console is still hurting the company's profits despite increased sales.

In August Nintendo announced a Wii U price cut in an attempt to spark sales of the console into life. The decision had a positive impact - in the three month period to 30th September 2013 300,000 Wii Us were sold, almost double the 160,000 sold in the prior three month period, but the wider picture remains bleak.

Today, Nintendo announced the Wii U had sold just 460,000 units worldwide in the six month period to 30th September 2013. That's an average of 76,666 units a month, globally.

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Pokémon X and Y sales hit four million in two days

Pokémon X and Y sales hit four million in two days

The fastest-selling titles 3DS titles to date.

Nintendo has trumpeted a terrific two-day sales total for Pokémon X and Y: more than four million copies of the games were shifted over their opening weekend.

X and Y were the first titles in the series' history to get a global release across Europe, Japan and North America, but even combining past regional launch sales are still up on last year's DS sequels Black and White 2 by a factor of around 70 per cent.

But Nintendo will also be hoping that X and Y continue to sell in the weeks to come. Alongside today's news it compared the launch with total sales for the series' best-selling recent entries, such as DS incarnations Diamond and Pearl (17.63 million copies combined).

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Pokémon X & Y review

Pokémon X & Y review

Zubat alors!

At some point during the creation of a new Pokémon title, the development team makes a journey to the region in which the game will be loosely set. Once there, they hire a knowledgeable cab driver to drive them around the local sights and act as an impromptu tour guide, reporting details that the team will later use to colour their game. With this in mind, you have to wonder whether the Parisian cabbie hired to look after team making Pokémon X & Y - the sixth 'generation' of Tokyo-based Game Freak's world-conquering series - let his imagination run away with him somewhat.

Take the game's prim cafés, for example, which heave with movie stars and famous photographers as if Paris were twinned with Hollywood, or its gilded stately homes which charge tourists 1000 Euros per entry. Then there are the high-rise offices with frontages flecked with flowers and bunting, filled with lab-coated technicians dedicated to studying the local fauna - while, out in the suburbs, teenagers politely roller-skate hand-in-hand and frolic through purple meadows. If this is France, it is France through rose-tinted spectacles. And France isn't the only thing to benefit from Game Freak's tardy but striking 3D recast of the Pokémon myth.

Like most fables ancient and modern, this is a story about the awkward stumble from childhood to adulthood. But unlike most other fables, in Pokémon that story is framed by the world of fantasy cock fighting. Here, any wild animal (and there are now hundreds of species to be encountered - although Nintendo's exacting NDA prevents us from revealing just how many), if sufficiently wounded, may be captured and trained to fight. The game's power (and make no mistake, this is one of the most commercially powerful video games; as of March this year, game sales total more than 245 million) is complex but also somehow primal.

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Mega Charizard X Pokemon revealed

Trade between games will include Mega Stones, Nintendo confirms.

The Pokémon Company has revealed another of the dual Mega Evolutions you'll be able to trigger in the upcoming Pokémon X and Y games. This time it's old fan favourite Charizard getting his mega on, and the results are impressive.

FeatureA new perspective: How Pokémon X and Y refreshes the series

Will the latest entries be a mega evolution?

After a brief farewell to your hometown you step out into the long grass, empty Pokédex in hand and an untested new Pokémon strapped to your belt. There are baddies to defeat, eight gyms to beat and lots of low-level bug Pokémon in the game's first forest area.

Nintendo announces new type of Pokémon evolution for X and Y

Nintendo has announced the biggest change to Pokémon's evolution mechanic since the series' inception.

Select monsters in the upcoming 3DS games Pokémon X and Y will now be able to undertake a limited-time Mega Evolution during battle, unlocking powerful new forms with altered stats and types.

Initial reaction to the new feature - leaked yesterday in early copies of Japanese magazine CoroCoro (thanks, Serebii) - has been mixed. The biggest bugbear among fans is that it bears more than a passing resemblence to the mechanics of Pokémon's longtime rival Digimon.

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Nintendo announces major 3DS games Pokémon X and Y

Nintendo announces major 3DS games Pokémon X and Y

Next generation of Pokémon franchise due worldwide this October.

Nintendo has announced 3DS games Pokémon X and Y, the next major instalments in the hugely successful handheld series.

The games are due for release in Japan, North America and Europe all in the same month - a first for the series - October 2013.

Satoru Iwata, the company's commander-in-chief, delivered the news personally via a just-finished Nintendo Direct broadcast.

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