Pokemon X and Y: Winners and Losers

Hello readers, and sorry for our inactivity! During our brief hiatus, the newest installments of Pokemon X and Y have been released, and they were more than worth the wait. While a formal review of the games are in development, I thought I'd address a few thing's people love and hate about the new games, and who lucked out the most in the newest generation, and who got the short end of the stick, in Pokemon X and Y: Winners and Losers.

Winner: Sentimental Hearted Trainers

In Pokemon X and Y, a new feature was introduced, bearing the name "Pokemon-Amie." While this may be a mouthful to say, it is a simple and fun way of connecting with your Pokemon. The premise is extremely easy; just feed and play with your Pokemon, and it will be more and more affectionate. I first tried this with my Chesnaught, as a quick test of something I once thought I would never use. Boy, was I wrong. As I fed my starter more treats, pet his head, mirrored his movements, and played some games with him, I felt something I've never felt with a Pokemon before: a real bond. The little guy was quickly becoming less of a battling tool, and more of a friend.

Loser: 'The More, The Merrier' Trainers

Coming off of the Generation with the largest amount of Pokemon released, trainers who love hordes of new Pokemon may be a little underwhelmed at the amount of Pokemon introduced in Generation VI: an all time low of 69 (*giggles uncontrollably*). While some people are outraged at this minuscule amount, I personally have no problem with it, as it is evident that each and every Pokemon was carefully thought out and designed.

Winner: Trainers Too Lazy to EV Train Before It Was a Game *cough* ME *cough*

I'll be the first to admit that Super Training changed my life. I was once a lazy trainer who would rather run up and down the Skyarrow Bridge than spend countless hours killing Level 3 Lillipups to help my Pokemon's stats. It seemed confusing to track and tedious to actually do. Super Training is the best thing since sliced bread. This conveniently located EV training tool disguises itself as an addicting battle against balloon Pokemon, while easily raising your Pokemon's EV's. While you may be a bit rusty at first, you get more acclimated to the game's playing style as time goes on, to the point where I can get +4 EVs in 5 seconds flat. The games are not only simple, but they also reward special 'training bags,' which also increase your EVs, leading to a fully trained Pokemon quicker then ever.

Loser: Inanimate Pokemon Haters

You know the type. The trainers that flood the forums bashing Vanillish, the infamous ice-cream Pokemon, and company, claiming Game Freak is out of ideas. Their mentality is that a Pokemon is not original unless it is based off of an animal. These Scrooges placed a target of Garbodors head, and snuffed their noses at the Gear Pokemon family. Well, like every generation, Game Freak has released some more creatures that are based off of everyday objects. Given the little amount of Pokemon introduced compared to the number of inanimate object Pokemon created, the haters aren't too pleased. The Pokemon currently under fire storm include Honedge, Doublade, Aegislash, Klefki (arguably getting the most hate), Spritzee, Aromatisse, Swirlix, and Slurpuff.

Winner: Charizard Fanboys

Fan's of the ever iconic Charizard were treated well this generation. After a good size of Charizard fans were disappointed with the "original" Mega Charizard (his Y form was revealed a few months before the X form)  lacking the Dragon typing they've longed for since Pokemon's beginnings, they were suprised with a second, more bad ass Charizard, doning black scales, new wings, and a moustache made out of blue fire, only 10 days before the game's release. And yes, this uber-cool black dragon was a Fire/Dragon type. Now calm down Gen-Wunners, and please stop complaining about how Mega Gyrados was robbed of his Dragon typing (God, these people are never satisfied).

Loser: Fans of the Other Kanto Starters

Those spoiled Charizard fans will never know what it feels like to be cheated out of another cool Mega Evolution. Even though both Venusaur and Blastoise have awesome evolutions, they got the short end of the stick, only getting one each, while fan-favorite Charizard was given 2 for no viable reason. 

Winner: IV Breeders

Yes, Game Freak invented a mechanic even more tedious and grueling then IV training. One that you have absolutely no control over, and have to flood your boxes with countless eggs to fulfill. IV breeding was made a bit simpler this generation with the introduction of the Friend Safari and the buff of Destiny Knot. As it is a lot too explain, and a little difficult to grasp, I'll leave it to one of the best PokeTubers I know of, TamashiiHiroka.

While I've named a bunch, there are still many more Winners and Losers of Pokemon X and Y. Leave a comment below on who you think either won or lost, and I may include it. 

Links courtesy of serebii.net and Bulbapedia. Video from TamashiiHiroka, please like and subscribe! She's a great PokeTuber, and puts a lot of work and effort into her videos!

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