Tsunekazu Ishihara and Junichi Masuda Speak About Pokemon X and Y’s Online Features

Posted by at 11:00 am on June 12, 2013

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Presiding over an audience of devoted Pokemon fans during an E3 2013 roundtable session, Tsunekazu Ishihara and Junichi Masuda of The Pokemon Company dropped some interesting new facts about the upcoming Pokemon X and Y, releasing October 12 for the 3DS. The games’ new online functionality, known as the Player Search System (or P.S.S.), taps into the power of the 3DS by allowing players to switch between local wireless communication and full-fledged Internet connectivity with the push of a button.

During play, the bottom screen of the 3DS will display confirmed friends – fully integrated with the 3DS’ Friend List (meaning friends you add before the game’s release will appear there) – as well as people in the area who happen to be playing. Battling someone from the latter group will add them to an acquaintances list, and after a few battles, X and Y will establish a friendship between the two players. Plus X and Y has made it easier than ever to smash your pocket monsters into friends’ far and wide.

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