Pokémon X and Y have received high praise from critics, making them the highest-rated Pokémon games to date. On Metacritic, Pokémon X holds a rating of 87%, while Pokémon Y has a rating of 88%. Famitsu, a gaming magazine, gave both games a near-perfect score of 39 out of 40. IGN also rated the games as "Amazing" with a 9.0/10 score. The games were lauded for their stunning animation, engaging characters, and robust multiplayer functionality, earning the same score as Pokémon Black and White. In a summary, Kotaku described Pokémon X and Y as "Everything You Wanted Pokémon To Be As A Kid" and praised features such as Mega Evolutions, Pokémon-Amie, and customizable appearance.
Pokémon X and Y achieved remarkable commercial success. During their first weekend on sale, the games sold more than four million copies. In the fiscal year of their release, they reached a total of 12.26 million units sold. As of March 31, 2023, the global sales of Pokémon X and Y have reached an impressive 16.68 million copies, establishing them as the best-selling Pokémon games on the Nintendo 3DS platform.
In the Japanese market, Pokémon X and Y made a significant impact. During their first week of release, the games sold a combined total of 1,866,570 units. Pokémon X accounted for 961,003 copies, while Pokémon Y sold 905,567 copies. The sell-through rates were 83.30% for Pokémon X and 78.23% for Pokémon Y. By January 3, 2021, which marked the end of their 378th week, Pokémon X and Y had achieved cumulative sales of 4,247,847 copies in Japan. Pokémon X accounted for 2,245,721 copies, while Pokémon Y reached 2,002,126 copies sold.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y bring players an all-new 3D Pokémon adventure, featuring an array of never-before-seen Pokémon. Embark on an exciting journey in a breathtaking 3D world, where you have the option to play as a boy or a girl and customize the appearance of your hero. Choose a look that suits you and set off on your grand adventure!
Your quest takes place in the vast Kalos region, where you will explore cities, interact with various characters, and encounter a multitude of Pokémon. Don't miss Lumiose City, the central hub of the region, which you will revisit frequently during your journey.
Introducing the Fairy type, a new addition to the Pokémon universe—the first new Pokémon type since the introduction of Dark-type and Steel-type Pokémon nearly a decade ago. Fairy-type moves are super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon. Among the Fairy-type Pokémon to discover is Sylveon, the evolved form of Eevee!
Experience new battle formats that cater to both newcomers and seasoned Pokémon trainers. Engage in Sky Battles, where only flying Pokémon can participate, or face off against hordes of wild Pokémon in intense Horde encounters, where your Pokémon will take on multiple opponents simultaneously. These innovative battle modes offer thrilling challenges for every Pokémon Trainer.
In addition to the new battle types, you can also form stronger bonds with your Pokémon through the Pokémon-Amie feature. Feed, pet, and play with your Pokémon to deepen your connection. The more you interact with your Pokémon, the friendlier they become, leading to potential improved performance in battles.
Throughout your journey in the Kalos region, you will encounter a diverse cast of characters. Meet the brilliant Professor Sycamore, who conducts Pokémon research and may request your assistance or even challenge you to battles. However, you may also come across the enigmatic members of Team Flare, a mysterious organization with unknown motives.
In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, some Pokémon can unlock their long-dormant powers through a special form of evolution known as Mega Evolution. Mega-Evolved Pokémon not only gain increased strength but may also undergo changes in their Abilities or even their types.
A new training method called Super Training has been introduced, allowing you to enhance your Pokémon's base stats—the underlying values that define their battle prowess—rather than simply leveling them up. Super Training provides a more accessible and efficient way to increase your Pokémon's capabilities compared to previous titles.
The Player Search System (PSS) revolutionizes player interactions, offering various new ways to connect with fellow players. Through the PSS, you can engage in battles and trades with trainers from around the world. You can also share O-Powers, special abilities that provide temporary enhancements to specific gameplay aspects. The Holo Caster function within the PSS allows you to communicate with trainers in distant locations and receive news updates about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
The Pokémon Global Link has undergone a complete redesign to enhance user experience and enjoyment. From the PGL homepage, you can directly access features such as tracking your game progress, participating in online competitions, and more. Furthermore, you can share a timeline of your adventures with friends and the entire Pokémon community, providing a platform to showcase your accomplishments.