Those who have been in the Pokémon scene since the early days will remember rampant rumors about 4th stage evolutions for your starters flying around the webrings and message boards of the fledgling internet, not to mention a fair share of lunchrooms and playgrounds. Well, it turns out that one kid was right... he was just around 20 years too early.
This morning's Nintendo Direct yielded a few more tidbits for the hungry fanbase awaiting a true next-gen release for their favorite franchise, the most surprising of which was the presence of the original trio of starting Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y. It was confirmed that your group of NPC friends will furnish you with one of the generation's new starters, and that Professor Sycamore will instead once again force you to choose between Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur. The three will also have Mega Evolutions, each requiring a special proprietary item.
On the less flashy side of things, Nintendo also showed off a feature many players with a penchant for quickly filling their storage boxes will find extremely useful: cloud storage. Using an app called Pokémon Bank, players will be able to access online storage boxes to mitigate their monster overflow for an annual fee. Pokémon Bank will also facilitate some level of backwards compatibility in the way of transferring creatures from older titles, a breath of fresh air for long-time players worried about the lifespans of their old cartridges' save batteries.
October 12 is fast approaching, and with the unpredictable nature of Nintendo Directs there's no telling if or when Nintendo will give another update this substantial until then. In any event, it at least won't be a long wait until we'll be able to figure out the rest ourselves.