Pokémon X & Y Launch Event - A Ryodo Coverage

October 12, 2013 marked a very important day for all Pokémon fans worldwide, and the reason being that it was the official release date for the newest Pokémon games - Pokémon X and Y! Everyone who had been following the news and updates was looking forward to this very day and being a fan of the franchise since the first generation, how could I pass on this?

Having received my preordered copy of Pokémon X the day before (depending on where you get the game from, you'll get some preorder gifts as well. I got a poster, a set of Xerneas and Yveltal stickers and a Snivy stylus), I headed straight for Funan at 10am, and boy, look at the crowd already!

GameScore has only just opened and there are already a long queue of Pokémon Trainers-to-be patiently waiting to start their newest adventures!

There are a number of reasons why people come for the launch event. First of all, Pokémon X and Y are handheld games, which mean you can start the game right away after you pick it up. Secondly, if you're a hardcore StreetPasser, you're bound to get at least 50 Streetpasses in just 5 minutes. Thirdly, there is a speedrun tournament for players (I'll get to that shortly) who want to test their skills at raising Pokémon and pitting them against other players' Pokémon at the speed of sound---oh wait, wrong game. Fourthly, many people come here to bond with their friends and make new friends who all share a common love and passion for Pokémon. Fifthly, GameScore supports a special worldwide Torchic event which I will touch on in a while. Lastly, it's Pokémon!

People sitting down, either to rest their weary legs from standing for too long or to find out what is going to happen at the big TV screen.

Let's start with the tournament. As seen in the picture above, these seats are to be used by competitors for the speedrun tournament. The rules are simple: if you have a sealed copy of either Pokémon X or Y (along with the purchase receipt), you're eligible for registration. You will be given 3 hours to open the game, start it up, and train up your party as much as you can. Once the time is up, players will pit their parties against each other in an intense battle to see who the Pokémon Champion is.

The next special event I will talk about is the worldwide Torchic distribution event. In order to promote the game even further, The Pokémon Company has decided to distribute a special Torchic worldwide so that everyone with X and Y can download via Wi-Fi to use in their party.

The special thing about this cute little fire chick Pokémon is that it has a special ability called Speed Boost, which increases its speed by 1 stage after every turn. What's more, this Torchic is holding a Blazikenite, which is a Mega Stone specifically for Blaziken to mega evolve into Mega Blaziken to scorch the battlefield with its blinding fast attacks. Do not fret if you missed the launch event though, this distribution ends on 14 January 2014, so grab your 3DS and Pokémon X and Y by then and the Torchic is all yours!

I got my Torchic!

If you don't know what to expect in Pokémon X and Y and are still unsure if you should purchase it, a small booth outside GameScore has been set up for you to give the game a try before making your final decision! From what I could see, though, most players who tried out the game ended up buying it.

Overall, even though the launch event was really small, what made it a big success was the fact that all the Pokémon fans gathered in one common place, bonding with one another and helping each other out in their respective adventures. It also gave us all a reason to unleash our inner Pokémon PhD, discussing about our favourite Pokémon and the best strategies to adopt in all kinds of Pokémon battles. If that's not enough, the high level of friendly competition between players helped to further improve our experiences in playing the game.

Thanks for reading my coverage of the launch event, and may you Get Inspired Now!

A HUGE thanks to MaxSoft for organising the launch event, and of course a BIG thank you to The Pokémon Company for making Pokémon X and Y a huge masterpiece!

- Ryodo