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Mega Evolution Will Transform Pokeacute;mon and Revolutionise Battles in Pokeacute;mon X and Pokeacute;mon Y

A Special Limited-Time Wi-Fi Distribution Event to Celebrate Mega Evolution Begins Worldwide on October 12th, 2013

LONDON, UKmdash;August 9, 2013mdash; In what could be described as an Evolution beyond all Evolutions, Mega Evolution is a new, awe-inspiring transformation certain Pokeacute;mon can undergo during battle in the highly anticipated Pokeacute;mon X and Pokeacute;mon Y video games. Pokeacute;mon that Mega Evolve will tap into hidden reserves of strength and power that have never been realised in their regular Evolutions, giving players battling with a Mega-Evolved Pokeacute;mon a dominant advantage. Mega Evolutions will revolutionise Pokeacute;mon battles and usher in a new Pokeacute;mon transformation never-before-seen in the Pokeacute;mon world.

Pokeacute;mon like Mega Mewtwo and Mega Lucario will harness the power of Mega Evolution in battle and will see their looks change and stats increase, giving Trainers a great advantage against their opponents. Some Pokeacute;mon that Mega Evolve may even change their Ability or type while in battle. Only certain Pokeacute;mon, under certain conditions, can Mega Evolve, and unlike regular Evolution, Mega Evolution only occurs during battlemdash;once the battle ends, the Mega-Evolved Pokeacute;mon will return to its usual state. One crucial element to undergoing Mega Evolution is a particular kind of item called a Mega Stone. Mega Stones are special stones that exist for all Pokeacute;mon that can Mega Evolve, each named after the Pokeacute;mon to which it grants power. For instance, the Lucarionite Mega Stone will help Lucario Mega Evolve. Mega Stones are hidden throughout the Kalos region, and players must find them to unlock the incredible power of Mega Evolution.

One Mega Stone, Blazikenite, will not be found during normal gameplay in Pokeacute;mon X or Pokeacute;mon Y. Players of the new titles will need to participate in a special limited-time Wi-Fi distribution event via Nintendo Network to get a Torchic holding a Blazikenite Mega Stone. This is how players can receive the Blazikenite Mega Stone when the new titles launch. The character distribution begins October 12 th, the same day Pokeacute;mon X and Pokeacute;mon Y launches worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and this distribution event will only last for a short period of time. Players will need to evolve the Torchic they receive via the distribution into Combusken and finally into Blaziken in order to harness the power of this Mega Stone and Mega Evolve Blaziken into Mega Blaziken.

The Torchic received in this distribution also has the Hidden Ability Speed Boost, a very powerful Ability that increases a Pokeacute;monrsquo;s Speed at the end of every turn. This limited-time character distribution event allows players to get a Torchic with Speed Boost, which becomes incredibly effective once they Mega Evolve Blaziken into Mega Blaziken.

Brand-New Method of Pokeacute;mon Training: Super Training!

Super Training or S.T. is being introduced in Pokeacute;mon X and Pokeacute;mon Y, allowing players to help their Pokeacute;mon grow stronger when theyrsquo;re not in battle. On the Touch Screen of the Nintendo 3DS system, players can have their Pokeacute;mon participate in Super Training, activities that will increase a Pokeacute;monrsquo;s base stats, the underlying values that define its HP, Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed stats.

One Super Training activity involves having Pokeacute;mon train by facing huge Pokeacute;mon-shaped Balloon Bots in a virtual space, with both sides trying to shoot balls into the opponentrsquo;s goal. Using the Circle Pad and Touch Screen to avoid shots from the Balloon Bots while landing their own in the goal, players will enjoy this action-packed feature while increasing their Pokeacute;monrsquo;s base stats to help them become stronger for battle.

For a more casual way to help Pokeacute;mon strengthen their base stats, Core Training lets players set up training bags, earned by completing Super-Training Regimens, for Pokeacute;mon in their party to use. Pokeacute;mon will work on Core Training by themselves, raising their stats on their own. By tapping on the Touch Screen during a Core Training session, players can help their Pokeacute;mon increase their base stats, too. Players will be able to see how their Pokeacute;mon are doing at their Core Training at any time from the main Super Training screen.

More never-before-seen Pokeacute;mon that players will encounter in the Kalos region have been announced this morning by The Pokeacute;mon Company International. You can check them out at Pokemon.co.uk/XY.

middot;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; By emitting radio waves from its antenna-shaped whiskers, new Electric- and Fairy-type Pokeacute;mon Dedenne can communicate with far-off allies. It can also plug its tail into outlets to drain electricity from them. Its Ability, Cheek Pouch, is new to Pokeacute;mon X and Pokeacute;mon Y. If a Pokeacute;mon with this Ability eats a Berry during battle, it will not only reap the benefit from the Berry, but the Pokeacute;mon will also be able to regain HP. Dedenne can learn the new Electric-type move Nuzzle, which looks cute as the user nuzzles up to a target with its cheeks fully charged, but itrsquo;s quite dangerous! Nuzzle will do damage while paralyzing the opponent.

middot;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Bunnelby is a new Normal-type Pokeacute;mon that creates its den by digging in the ground with its large, shovel-shaped ears. These powerful ears are strong enough to chop right through thick tree roots, making them a force to be reckoned with in battle. Bunnelby can learn the Ground-type move Dig. On the first turn, the user burrows underground, and on the second turn, it attacks! In Double Battles, a Pokeacute;mon can use Dig to avoid its allyrsquo;s attack and then dish out damage on the next turn.

middot;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; It is now known that Skiddo evolves into the already announced Gogoat. A Grass-type Pokeacute;mon, Skiddo has a gentle nature and is said to be the first Pokeacute;mon to live alongside humans. Because of this relationship, Skiddo doesnrsquo;t mind carrying people or supplies on its back, and it has become able to read the feelings of its riders through their grip on its horns. Skiddo can learn the Grass-type move Leaf Blade, where the user wields a sharp leaf to slice like a sword.

Introducing Gym Leader Korrina

Korrina is the Gym Leader in Shalour City, a seaside town known for its amazing views. Itrsquo;s also home to the Tower of Mastery, which seems to have a connection to Mega Evolution. Gym Leader Korrina seeks to draw out her Pokeacute;monrsquo;s strength to reach still greater heights, and itrsquo;s said that she may hold the key to Mega Evolution! In addition to being a Gym Leader, Korrina is a fantastic roller skater.

For more information about Pokeacute;mon X and Pokeacute;mon Ynbsp;for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including new images and gameplay video featuring information announced today, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/XY.

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