The "Pokémon X and Y" video games just got a little nostalgic with the return of the Kanto starters.
During a "Pokémon Direct" presentation, "Pokémon X and Y" Director Junichi Masuda confirmed Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle will be selectable pocket monsters once the games launch worldwide on Oct. 12.
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In a twist from tradition, the player will not choose a new starter Pokémon from the respective region's professor. Instead, Kalos Professor Augustine Sycamore will allow the player to select one of the Kanto starters instead of Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie.
In addition to the Kanto starters in Kalos, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle's final evolution are able to Mega Evolve.
As Latinos Post reported, "Pokémon that Mega Evolve will tap into hidden reserves of strength and power that have never been realized in their regular Evolutions, giving players battling with a Mega-Evolved Pokémon a dominant advantage," said The Pokémon Company International in a statement. "Mega Evolutions will revolutionize Pokémon battles and usher in a new Pokémon transformation never before seen in the Pokémon world."
For Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur, the Pokémon will evolve via an unnamed Mega Stone.
As Mega Venusaur, the dual Grass-and-Poison-type Pokémon has its flowers bloom further. Venusaur's Ability also changes from Overgrow to Thick Fat, which provides some protection against Fire-and-Ice-type moves.
Mega Charizard will see its horns extended and ridges on its tail. With its larger wings, Mega Charizard is approximately 20 pounds heavier and gained the Ability Drought. With Drought, Fire-type attacks' powers are increased. Mega Charizard maintains its dual Fire-and-Flying-type.
Finally, Mega Blastoise experiences the addition of a third cannon on its back, which can strike a target more than six miles away. Mega Blastoise also has its Ability changed from Torrent to Mega Launcher, which strengthens pulse moves such as Water Pulse and Dark Pulse.
"Pokémon X" and "Pokémon Y" will be released in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia on Oct. 12 for the Nintendo 3DS and the recently announced Nintendo 2DS. The games have a suggested retail price of $39.99, each.
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