FURTHER UPDATE: Recap video of the Roundtable is now here!
UPDATED: We now have TONS OF PICS and a video depicting two of the new features discussed: Sky Battles and Horde Battles!

Tonight, Nintendo hosted a Roundtable on the new Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Y. These games, which will be released worldwide on October 12th, saw an earlier preview at Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct, as well as new Pokémon. Although the roundtable discussion was not streamed, it was live-tweeted via the Pokémon twitter account. The discussion has come to a close, so we have a short summary of what was tweeted.

So far, some relatively big news have been announced. Players will be able to choose the language in which they play, for starters. A new system was announced, titled Player Search System (PSS), which allows you to find other plays with whom you can battle or trade. People also seemed to be categorized: Friends, Acquaintances, and Passerby.

More new Pokémon were announced: Clauncher (Water) [likely a mix of claw and launcher, due to its ability to “shoot water at others as a projectile”] and Skrelp (Poison/Water) [possibly related to seahorse/seaweed and kelp, which it resembles]. Later, Talonflame (Fire/Flying) [talon as in bird claw, and flame] was introduced. Clauncher can learn Crabhammer, and Skrelp can learn Sludge Bomb. Talonflame is confirmed to be the evolution of previously-announced Fletchling, and can learn Brave Bird.

The newly-unveiled system, Pokémon-Amie [mon ami(e) is French for “my friend”], was discussed. It can be used at any time, possibly even during battle. It is further suggested that there may be other perks, aside from friendliness, some of which may occur during battles.

New Battle systems were also introduced. These include Horde Encounters, which are 5-on-1 battles. Then Sky Battles, which only occur between pokémon that can fly. Horde Encounters seem to be limited to wild Pokémon, whereas Sky Battles can be instigated against Trainers who are located far away or high up.

Apparently, a recap video will be posted tomorrow. More details can also be found on the Pokémon X/Y site. For now, enjoy the Gallery and the video.

Do these announcements tickle your fancy? Were you following along? Make sure to leave a comment below.

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Luke is a graduate from McGill University (BA '13). He has been a gamer since childhood and enjoys playing, watching, and reading about video games.

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