Pokemon X and Y news time! We've had plenty of Poke news to go around since the announcement of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire with the Gen 3 starters -- Sceptile, Swampert and Blaziken -- getting Mega Evolutions, but what about Typhlosion, Meganium and Feraligatr? Don't worry they will receive Mega Evolutions too...just not this year.
Let me explain. Pokemon X and Y was released October of 2013, and the newly announced Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Gen 3 remakes will be dropping November of 2014, and with it Mega Typhlosion, Meganium and Feraligatr. This is a trend Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have continually done since the introduction of the franchise in 1998.
Here is every single Pokemon handheld game with their respective release dates:
- Pokemon Red and Blue - September 1998
- Pokemon Yellow - October 1999
- Pokemon Gold and Silver - October 2000
- Pokemon Crystal - July 2002
- Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire - March 2003
- Leaf Green and Fire Red - September 2004
- Pokemon Emerald - May 2005
- Pokemon Diamond and Pearl - April 2007
- Pokemon Platinum - March 2009
- Heart Gold and Soul Silver - March 2010
- Pokemon Black and White - March 2011
- Black 2 and White 2 - October 2012
- Pokemon X and Y - October 2013
- Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - November 2014
See the pattern? Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have periodically shipped a new Pokemon game once a year -- with the exception of some titles that would ship a few months late. This can only mean another title will be dropping in the final quarter of 2015 if not the first quarter of 2016.
So what game will be coming out in 2015/16 with the inclusion of Mega Typhlosion, Meganium and Feraligatr? It's very unlikely a Gen 2 remake for the 3DS will happen considering Heart Gold and Soul Silver was released not four years ago. A remake of a remake? No thank you.
Perhaps it's the long-fabled Z version with the legendary Zygarde on the cover. Imagine playing through the X/Y companion game and instead of having a choice of Gen 1 starter -- Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur -- you get to choose a Gen 2 starter. And of course that will include their corresponding mega stones. Would be a nice subtle touch to the game.
Or maybe it's the Delta Emerald version that Nintendo filed a trademark for. Or a sequel to X and Y, Black and White style, with the aforementioned switch of Gen 1 starters with Gen 2 starters. (X^2/Y^2?)
If my money was on the line, the next Pokemon game with Mega Typhlosion, Feraligatr and Meganium will be the Z version. Going back to the release dates, when Ruby and Sapphire first were released in 2003 the order was R&S then Leaf Green and Fire Red -- the Gen 1 remake -- then Emerald, the companion to Ruby and Sapphire. Since the remakes of Ruby and Sapphire are on their way after X and Y, the next game should be a companion to Gen 6 to complete the Poke sandwich.
And why wouldn't I believe the Gen 2 starters will get a Mega evolution? Every Poke and their Kangaskhan mother have received a mega evolution (over exaggeration, but you know what I mean), and that includes Gen 1 and 3 starters, some random Pokes, some legendary Pokemon like Mewtwo, Latios and Latias, Primeval Kyogre and Groudon, and even Diancie, a Pokemon that hasn't even been distributed yet.
Where's the love for Typhlosion, Meganium and Feraligatr, our partners in arguably the greatest Pokemon game ever (an argument for another time)? Nintendo and the Pokemon Company haven't forgotten about them, they are just being smart (stingy) with their business plan. Why release all the mega starters in one game when you can milk the buying public of their money with a new set of megas every iteration of your hit game?
And you know what? That's a beautiful business model to have, and as a fan it's awesome to look forward to a new game each year that can make a great franchise even greater. And how amazing will it be to call upon Mega Meganium?
So what do you guys think? Will we see Z version or Delta Emerald in 2015? Will we ever get mega Gen 2 starters? Let us know in the comments section below.