At this point they can quickly be upgraded to acquaintances and then friends (including automatically adding them to the general 3DS friends list).From there you can chat, trade, and battle with surprising ease – especially given how finicky the online options are in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.X and Y feature dozens of new pokémon but not as many as previous games, which given some of the more absurd recent designs is a sensible policy of quality over quantity.

As a reviewer it’s easy to tell a truly great game from the merely good: it’s when you start worrying when you’ll have time to keep playing it after the review is done and you’re supposed to be playing something else.

The size and complexity of Pokémon games has always made them addictive time sinks but they’ve been resting on their laurels for a long time now.

quality=80&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file=" quality=80&strip=all&w=650" class="img-align-center size-full wp-image-4134538" src=" quality=80&strip=all&w=650&h=390" alt="Pokémon X (3DS) – you can treat old pokémon new tricks" width="650" height="390" / Other new features include a completely customisable avatar, in terms of looks and clothing; a version of what is essentially Nintendogs for pokémon; a ‘super training’ mini-game that lets you increase a pokémon’s base stats; new sky battles that only flying pokémon can participate in; and the chance to be accosted by a whole ‘horde’ of wild pokémon at once.

You also now earn experience from capturing as well as fighting, which helps reduce the need for mindless level-grinding; while the early introduction of roller skates makes getting around the game world a lot quicker.

Pokémon X/Y is the point at which they rise up and re-enter battle.

The usual complaint with any long-running series, whether it’s Pokémon or Assassin’s Creed, is that it’s sequels are just more of the same.Despite these eccentricities the game is certainly more visually interesting than it’s ever been, but its other important improvement is in terms of online.A Pokémon massively multiplayer online game has been the dream of fans for decades and this does come very close to being exactly that.The new games X and Y form what is essentially Pokémon 6 with, as usual, only very minor differences between the two titles – mostly just a few different pokémon between each, to encourage trading.Each pokémon you capture and train has a type (anything from grass to ghost or the brand new fairy) and can learn four moves at a time.In fact the game makes much better use of the hundreds of different pokémon already in existence and where previously you’d keep running into the same two or three critters when moving through an area you’re now assaulted by a different kind almost every time.