New screenshots of Pokemon X and Y’s graphical user interface have been revealed!
Up until recently we have been only seeing screens and videos of Pokemon X and Y’s pokemon, environments, characters and villains. Now we finally get to see what we will be using the most: the graphical user interface! Screens of Pokemon X and Y’s battle interface and social interface have been released for your viewing.
Looking flashier and fancier than ever before, Pokemon X and Y’s interface gets a makeover to fit the aesthetic of the game itself.
Let’s go over the battle interface first. Functionally, it looks like it works like it has since Pokemon Diamond/Pear/Platinum. You have your Bag, Run and Pokemon options at the bottom of the 3DS’ touchscreen, with Fight in the center. All four of the buttons are coloured very pleasingly, and each have a little macro behind their titles in a darkened colour.
Next up is the social interface. A particularly new feature to Pokemon X and Y, the PSS (Player Search System). The PSS allows you to communicate with your friends and other players from around the world via the internet, and it also takes advantage of the 3DS’ StreetPass system.
In the PSS, you can see your Friends, your Acquaintances and the Passerby you have passed by with StreetPass. If you happen to interact with a Passerby you made upgrade them to an Acquaintances should you so desire. Should you like an Acquaintances a bit more you can upgrade them to a Friend. You have have up to a total of 100 friends on your PSS.
In the image above you can see that a couple of Friends each have a strange bubble over their portrait. These “bubbles” are called O-Powers. Similar to Pass Orbs in Pokemon Black/White and Pokemon Black 2/White 2, O-Powers are special, temporary buffs that you can collect in-game. A buff could do anything from increasing your catch rate to increasing the stats of your pokemon.
What’s also in the image are, in among the Passersby, a couple of portraits slightly darkened out. Seeing as these two are the only ones that are darkened in that line-up – the rest are in full colour – I’m thinking that the darkened out ones are gamers’ trainers you have yet to interact with. Once you have interacted with them, their portraits will brighten up, signifying that you have interacted with the trainer. Some StreetPass points may also be awarded, but that’s me just speculating.
In other news: The Pokemon Company International will be distributing Shiny Legendaries at participating GameStop Stores in the US and at participating EB Games stores in Canada, and some gameplay footage shows off how Pokemon X and Y’s battles will look in its 3D engine.
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