With its release on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS on Saturday, "Pokemon X & Y" has revitalized a Nintendo handheld user-base clamoring for a new addition in the series. With a host of improvements that take full advantage of the handheld consoles hardware, the new Pokemon games are definitely a bit different than its 8-bit, sprite-based father on the Gameboy, but still hold the essence of what make the games so great in the first place.
Here's an early look at what to expect if you're still deciding to take the plunge in the newest Pokemon adventure.
Beautiful 3D Graphics: From the 3D fight scenes to being able to traverse towns in a different view from every other game in the series, "Pokemon X & Y" is a feast for the eyes. It definitely puts a much necessary new coat of paint on a game that has largely stayed the same visually for almost two decades.
Fun Story: Having multiple friends on your way to the Pokemon League is a bit different than years past, but again, it's one that changes the traditional rival vs. rival formula the game always had, without destroying the game's legacy.
Feels like a Tribute to the Older Games: Being able to choose from Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander after about an hour of gameplay was a nice touch. Seeing Snorlax blocking a bridge was even better. Simply put, if you grew up with the Pokemon games from a young age, you'll be right at home here.
Some of the Newer Pokemon Don't Fit in: While many of the new Pokemon are cool, take the three new starter Pokemon for example, other ones the likes of Surskit, Honedge and Flabebe just look weird. Considering this, there will be plenty of yammering on message boards about some of the new designs.
Control Can Be Frustrating: Running around towns for the most part works fine, but skating in tight corners or in high grass can be a chore at times.
Camera a Tad Wonky: This usually only happens when you're in a tight spot or as soon as you enter a new view, but there will definitely be complaints from traditional gamers in regards to the camera work.