Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Launch Worldwide on Oct. 12 for Nintendo 3DS

  Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Launch Worldwide on Oct. 12 for Nintendo 3DS

 The Next Generation of Pokémon Introduces an Amazing New Adventure, Powerful
            Mega Evolutions and a Spectacular New World to Explore

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REDMOND, Wash. -- October 8, 2013

Fans around the world are about to experience a major evolution to the Pokémon
series of video games. On Oct. 12, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the newest
installments in the world-famous series, are launching for the Nintendo 3DS
family of systems, including the new Nintendo 2DS system, which also launches
on Oct. 12. In the games, players can discover new Pokémon, interact with them
like never before, connect with Trainers around the world and explore an
entirely new region that is brought to life with stunning new visuals.

“More than 15 years after its initial debut, Pokémon remains one of the
strongest franchises in video games,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of
America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With Pokémon X and
Pokémon Y, the series has evolved in a breathtaking way. It’s time to once
again catch ’em all!”

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y feature a wide array of new and returning Pokémon to
catch, battle and trade. Players will be introduced to a new generation of
Pokémon, including three new Pokémon to choose from at the beginning of the
game – the Grass-type Chespin, Fire-type Fennekin and Water-type Froakie – and
epic Legendary Pokémon. Pokémon X presents the majestic and mysterious
Xerneas, while Pokémon Y features the strong and powerful Yveltal. In addition
to the new Pokémon, hundreds of past favorites from previous generations are
brought to life with detailed graphics and animations. Players will also be
given the choice to receive Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle – classic
Pokémon from the very first games in the series, Pokémon Red Version and
Pokémon Blue Version. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y also introduce the Fairy type,
the first new Pokémon type since Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, adding a
whole new layer of strategy to battles.

The battle system in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y has also experienced a major
evolution, with new awe-inspiring Mega Evolutions and powerful new moves that
certain Pokémon can use. In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, a dynamic camera rotates
around the battle, showing off the games’ exquisite animations and detailed
graphics. New Horde Encounters take battling in the wild to a new, intense
level that pits the player and a single Pokémon against multiple wild Pokémon.

As players explore the new, beautiful Kalos region, they will visit rolling
meadows, high cliffs, deep caves and unique towns and cities, each packed with
cafés, boutiques and various shops. The main playable male or female Trainer –
who can be fully customized with clothes, accessories and haircuts – can even
roller skate for faster movement or ride select Pokémon to get through
difficult areas.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y introduce a host of new features that have never been
seen before in the series. Pokémon-Amie is a new mode in which players can
pet, feed and play games with individual Pokémon using the touch screen on the
Nintendo 3DS system. By interacting with their Pokémon, players can bond with
them, which will result in higher performance in battles. Players can also
engage in Super Training with Pokémon to help them grow stronger when not in
battle. The new Player Search System (PSS) makes it easy for players to
connect, battle and trade with others nearby and around the world.

Coming soon, Pokémon Bank is a Nintendo 3DS application and service that lets
players store up to 3,000 Pokémon for an annual fee. Poké Transporter is a
companion application to Pokémon Bank that allows players to transfer Pokémon
from Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2 and
Pokémon White Version 2 to Pokémon Bank, thereby making them available to use
in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Both Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will launch
in the Nintendo eShop on Dec. 27.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be available in stores and for purchase in the
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 12. The new Nintendo 2DS hand-held
system also launches Oct. 12, designed specifically for anyone looking for an
entry point into the exciting world of Nintendo hand-held video games. The
system maintains many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS, like
touch-screen controls, StreetPass, online multiplayer functionality and the
ability to download games – all in a compact and comfortable package. Nintendo
2DS plays all Nintendo 3DS games, including Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, in 2D, in
addition to the huge existing library of Nintendo DS games.

Additionally, two striking red or blue Nintendo 3DS XL systems themed after
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and featuring art of the two new legendary Pokémon,
Xerneas and Yveltal, launched on Sept. 27 and are now available in stores
nationwide at a suggested retail price of $199.99.

For more information about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, visit www.pokemon.com/xy.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS feature parental controls that let
adults manage the content their children can access. For more information
about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii U^™ and Wii^™ home consoles, and Nintendo
3DS^™ and Nintendo DS^™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it
launched the Nintendo Entertainment System^™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1
billion video games and more than 655 million hardware units globally,
including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as
well as the Game Boy^™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi^™ and
Nintendo DSi XL^™, Super NES^™, Nintendo 64^™, Nintendo GameCube^™ and Wii
systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known,
household names such as Mario^™, Donkey Kong^™, Metroid^™, Zelda^™ and
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About Pokémon: The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon
Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for
brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the
animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website.
Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular
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