With holidays coming up, and Indianapolis store specials are beginning to advertise in newspapers and television, now is a great time to start getting gift ideas for your kids and for video games this year, choices will be wide and plenty. One choice revives one of the most beloved Nintendo franchises of all time and is perfect for younger gamers and adults alike. This of course is the new Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games for the Nintendo 3DS.
Pokémon is the story of youths who come of age by setting out on a journey paired with magical creatures that throw fire, water, lightning, and more in friendly combat against other “trainers” Pokémon. Along the way, it’s their mission to find and capture these Pokémon, train them for battle against opponents, and defend against evil organizations that wish to take over or destroy the world. Pokémon X and Y is no different and brings so many things players love about the originals along with new features including safe online game play.
Pokémon is great for kids because it is a “role-playing game”, which is a lot like reading a book. requires no quick button skills, and maintains safe online game play. In addition to the technical benefits, Pokémon’s story teaches about responsibility to take care of living creatures, establishing morals of right and wrong, and developing life skills in competition such as sportsmanship and fair play. While the “battle” concept of Pokémon may feel intimidating and sound violent, the games are far from. It is better to think of Pokémon battles much like martial art matches where the defeated opponent faints instead of dies. Another great perk is that there are hours of game play which outlasts the value of most other video games.
Pokémon X and Y is available today at local Indianapolis retailers including GameStop, Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, Meijer, and Best Buy at a MSRP of $39.99. If you do not have a compatible Nintendo 3DS system yet, consider investing in the Nintendo 2DS model, which is capable of playing all Nintendo 3DS titles, however the 3D displaying capability is not included (which is more preferred for younger children), and comes at a great value of only $129.99 MSRP. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are both rated by the ESRB as “E for Everyone” containing comic mischief and mild cartoon violence.