Pokemon X and Y Titles Explained in Iwata Asks

Pokemon X and Y Titles Explained in Iwata Asks

Pokemon X and Y screen

X and Y represent the people around the world who intersect in a cultural meeting point.

Pokemon X and Y are the first games in the series to deviate from the color themes of previous games. When the announcement of X and Y came in January, there was a chorus of "Huh?"s regarding the titles. In the most recent Iwata Asks, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda and Pokemon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara explained the reason behind the titles for X and Y as representation of people around the world intersecting at different points. Should we expect a Pokemon Z to represent all three dimensions?

"So the theme this time is that even if languages, cultures, and mindsets are different, even if the surrounding environment is different, they overlap somewhere," Iwata said.

"The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions," Masuda said. "But if you think of them as people who think on the x-axis and people who think on the y-axis... then they intersect somewhere... We may think differently, but we all live on the same planet, so everyone eats, sleeps, and goes about their business day after day just like everyone else." Masuda added that the pronunciation of letters changes in each language, and this was a good representation of different people around the world coming together.

"Because they're the first main Pokemon games for a new hardware platform... I wanted to do something completely different," Ishihara concluded, "so I thought the titles were perfect."

Source: Iwata Asks

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So X and Y refer to the Dimensional Axis?

Huh, I assumed they referred to X and Y Chromosomes.

Kalos is based on France, which is part of Europe, which is one big mishmash of cultures, basically all of which overlap in some way, so yeah, it makes perfect sense when you introduce that theme.

Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

roseofbattle:
Pokemon X and Y Titles Explained in Iwata Asks

Pokemon X and Y screen

X and Y represent the people around the world who intersect in a cultural meeting point.

Pokemon X and Y are the first games in the series to deviate from the color themes of previous games. When the announcement of X and Y came in January, there was a chorus of "Huh?"s regarding the titles. In the most recent Iwata Asks, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda and Pokemon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara explained the reason behind the titles for X and Y as representation of people around the world intersecting at different points. Should we expect a Pokemon Z to represent all three dimensions?

"So the theme this time is that even if languages, cultures, and mindsets are different, even if the surrounding environment is different, they overlap somewhere," Iwata said.

"The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions," Masuda said. "But if you think of them as people who think on the x-axis and people who think on the y-axis... then they intersect somewhere... We may think differently, but we all live on the same planet, so everyone eats, sleeps, and goes about their business day after day just like everyone else." Masuda added that the pronunciation of letters changes in each language, and this was a good representation of different people around the world coming together.

"Because they're the first main Pokemon games for a new hardware platform... I wanted to do something completely different," Ishihara concluded, "so I thought the titles were perfect."

Source: Iwata Asks

Permalink

They are not the first games in the series that diverted from naming by Colour. One could argue that the first ones were Gold, Silver, and Crystal named after rare and valuable minerals. Then there was Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald which could also be seen as being named after gems. Not to mention Diamond, Pearl, Platinum...

danm I thought it was about Math but in saying so it does make sense from Iwata explaination (it kind of like that saying, getting to point x throught y or something like that).

Very interesting philosophical direction. I wonder if it'll have any effect on the gameplay and/or story.

Ponyholder:

roseofbattle:
Pokemon X and Y Titles Explained in Iwata Asks

Pokemon X and Y screen

X and Y represent the people around the world who intersect in a cultural meeting point.

Pokemon X and Y are the first games in the series to deviate from the color themes of previous games. When the announcement of X and Y came in January, there was a chorus of "Huh?"s regarding the titles. In the most recent Iwata Asks, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda and Pokemon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara explained the reason behind the titles for X and Y as representation of people around the world intersecting at different points. Should we expect a Pokemon Z to represent all three dimensions?

"So the theme this time is that even if languages, cultures, and mindsets are different, even if the surrounding environment is different, they overlap somewhere," Iwata said.

"The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions," Masuda said. "But if you think of them as people who think on the x-axis and people who think on the y-axis... then they intersect somewhere... We may think differently, but we all live on the same planet, so everyone eats, sleeps, and goes about their business day after day just like everyone else." Masuda added that the pronunciation of letters changes in each language, and this was a good representation of different people around the world coming together.

"Because they're the first main Pokemon games for a new hardware platform... I wanted to do something completely different," Ishihara concluded, "so I thought the titles were perfect."

Source: Iwata Asks

Permalink

They are not the first games in the series that diverted from naming by Colour. One could argue that the first ones were Gold, Silver, and Crystal named after rare and valuable minerals. Then there was Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald which could also be seen as being named after gems. Not to mention Diamond, Pearl, Platinum...

There's also Black and White.

People got short memories. The haunted sword Pokemon was also reported as Pokemon starting to be made from inanimate objects... considering how many of those there are already...

Yopaz:

Ponyholder:

roseofbattle:
Pokemon X and Y Titles Explained in Iwata Asks

Pokemon X and Y screen

X and Y represent the people around the world who intersect in a cultural meeting point.

Pokemon X and Y are the first games in the series to deviate from the color themes of previous games. When the announcement of X and Y came in January, there was a chorus of "Huh?"s regarding the titles. In the most recent Iwata Asks, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda and Pokemon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara explained the reason behind the titles for X and Y as representation of people around the world intersecting at different points. Should we expect a Pokemon Z to represent all three dimensions?

"So the theme this time is that even if languages, cultures, and mindsets are different, even if the surrounding environment is different, they overlap somewhere," Iwata said.

"The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions," Masuda said. "But if you think of them as people who think on the x-axis and people who think on the y-axis... then they intersect somewhere... We may think differently, but we all live on the same planet, so everyone eats, sleeps, and goes about their business day after day just like everyone else." Masuda added that the pronunciation of letters changes in each language, and this was a good representation of different people around the world coming together.

"Because they're the first main Pokemon games for a new hardware platform... I wanted to do something completely different," Ishihara concluded, "so I thought the titles were perfect."

Source: Iwata Asks

Permalink

They are not the first games in the series that diverted from naming by Colour. One could argue that the first ones were Gold, Silver, and Crystal named after rare and valuable minerals. Then there was Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald which could also be seen as being named after gems. Not to mention Diamond, Pearl, Platinum...

There's also Black and White.

People got short memories. The haunted sword Pokemon was also reported as Pokemon starting to be made from inanimate objects... considering how many of those there are already...

I know that there is Black and White. In the article, they say that this is the first time they are moving away from Colours, which I called bullshit on.

Ponyholder:

Yopaz:

There's also Black and White.

People got short memories. The haunted sword Pokemon was also reported as Pokemon starting to be made from inanimate objects... considering how many of those there are already...

I know that there is Black and White. In the article, they say that this is the first time they are moving away from Colours, which I called bullshit on.

Black and white aren't colours. So technically there has been only 6 games named after colours and 2 of them were spin-offs.

Huh. I always kind of figured it was chromosomes; especially seeing as they've brought in sexual dimorphism. Oh well. Still good reasoning. Looking forward to playing it someday maybe if I actually get me a 3DS.

It sounds like the themes of Black and White again, but with a more technical reason. (laughs) The idea that people think very differently from each other, yet they share many things in common was the main theme of Black and White.

Interesting reasoning and explanation, we'll see how different it is in a few days. (laughs)

I hope someone gets the (laughs) joke, or I'll look like a madman. >.>

Jamous:
Huh. I always kind of figured it was chromosomes; especially seeing as they've brought in sexual dimorphism. Oh well. Still good reasoning. Looking forward to playing it someday maybe if I actually get me a 3DS.

They actually had sexual dimorphism since gold and silver. This is however the first game in which it isn't just a minor sprite change.

werewolfsfury:

Jamous:
Huh. I always kind of figured it was chromosomes; especially seeing as they've brought in sexual dimorphism. Oh well. Still good reasoning. Looking forward to playing it someday maybe if I actually get me a 3DS.

They actually had sexual dimorphism since gold and silver. This is however the first game in which it isn't just a minor sprite change.

Nidoking and NidoQueen would like to say hi. Also Volbeat and Illumise, Gallade and Gardevoir, Vespiqueen, and to a degree Jellicent, and Unfezant.

But ya, still an interesting mechanic, although I'm a little surprised that everyone was thinking chromosomes when before we knew about the 'mega' evos, people where talking about axis because this was the first Pokemon game for the 3ds.

Ponyholder:
They are not the first games in the series that diverted from naming by Colour. One could argue that the first ones were Gold, Silver, and Crystal named after rare and valuable minerals. Then there was Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald which could also be seen as being named after gems. Not to mention Diamond, Pearl, Platinum...

You do realize that while each of those words can refer to physical objects, it's just as common, if not moreso, to use them as colors right?

Zepherus14:

werewolfsfury:

Jamous:
Huh. I always kind of figured it was chromosomes; especially seeing as they've brought in sexual dimorphism. Oh well. Still good reasoning. Looking forward to playing it someday maybe if I actually get me a 3DS.

They actually had sexual dimorphism since gold and silver. This is however the first game in which it isn't just a minor sprite change.

Nidoking and NidoQueen would like to say hi. Also Volbeat and Illumise, Gallade and Gardevoir, Vespiqueen, and to a degree Jellicent, and Unfezant.

But ya, still an interesting mechanic, although I'm a little surprised that everyone was thinking chromosomes when before we knew about the 'mega' evos, people where talking about axis because this was the first Pokemon game for the 3ds.

I don't really count Nidoking/queen or Volbeat and Illumise since the are treated as separate species that just happen to have a relation with each other. I will give you Gallade and Vespiqueen since they both come from the same base pokemon but Meowstic is the first pokemon that is different both ascetically and move pool wise whilst still being the considered the same pokemon.

SomeLameStuff:
Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

>.>

image

I don't think Arcanine is that big a deal anymore, cause I think they just broke the game.

Ponyholder:

roseofbattle:
Pokemon X and Y Titles Explained in Iwata Asks

Pokemon X and Y screen

X and Y represent the people around the world who intersect in a cultural meeting point.

Pokemon X and Y are the first games in the series to deviate from the color themes of previous games. When the announcement of X and Y came in January, there was a chorus of "Huh?"s regarding the titles. In the most recent Iwata Asks, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda and Pokemon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara explained the reason behind the titles for X and Y as representation of people around the world intersecting at different points. Should we expect a Pokemon Z to represent all three dimensions?

"So the theme this time is that even if languages, cultures, and mindsets are different, even if the surrounding environment is different, they overlap somewhere," Iwata said.

"The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions," Masuda said. "But if you think of them as people who think on the x-axis and people who think on the y-axis... then they intersect somewhere... We may think differently, but we all live on the same planet, so everyone eats, sleeps, and goes about their business day after day just like everyone else." Masuda added that the pronunciation of letters changes in each language, and this was a good representation of different people around the world coming together.

"Because they're the first main Pokemon games for a new hardware platform... I wanted to do something completely different," Ishihara concluded, "so I thought the titles were perfect."

Source: Iwata Asks

Permalink

They are not the first games in the series that diverted from naming by Colour. One could argue that the first ones were Gold, Silver, and Crystal named after rare and valuable minerals. Then there was Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald which could also be seen as being named after gems. Not to mention Diamond, Pearl, Platinum...

Came here just to point that out.

It's a real shame when articles like this just flat out get their facts wrong.

I'd say the gold/silver/crystal thing only works due to crystal though.

Lunar Templar:

SomeLameStuff:
Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

>.>

image

I don't think Arcanine is that big a deal anymore, cause I think they just broke the game.

...is that Mega Aggron?

Bleidd Whitefalcon:

Lunar Templar:

SomeLameStuff:
Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

>.>

image

I don't think Arcanine is that big a deal anymore, cause I think they just broke the game.

...is that Mega Aggron?

yes, yes it is, and god only knows what kinda of insanity its gonna get from its Mega form.

Agayek:

Ponyholder:
They are not the first games in the series that diverted from naming by Colour. One could argue that the first ones were Gold, Silver, and Crystal named after rare and valuable minerals. Then there was Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald which could also be seen as being named after gems. Not to mention Diamond, Pearl, Platinum...

You do realize that while each of those words can refer to physical objects, it's just as common, if not moreso, to use them as colors right?

Not at all. Gold and Silver, I can understand. However, Crystal? Pearl? Diamond? Ruby? Sapphire? Emerald? I have never heard of these being referred to as colours. You use colours to describe what a ruby looks like. Same with Sapphire or Emerald. However, you never see them classified as colours themselves.

Lunar Templar:

Bleidd Whitefalcon:

Lunar Templar:

>.>

image

I don't think Arcanine is that big a deal anymore, cause I think they just broke the game.

...is that Mega Aggron?

yes, yes it is, and god only knows what kinda of insanity its gonna get from its Mega form.

WHY THE HELL ISN'T SATURDAY HERE YET? Seriously, that thing is going on my team. I didn't know he was a thing - thanks for letting me know :)

Bleidd Whitefalcon:

Lunar Templar:

Bleidd Whitefalcon:

...is that Mega Aggron?

yes, yes it is, and god only knows what kinda of insanity its gonna get from its Mega form.

WHY THE HELL ISN'T SATURDAY HERE YET? Seriously, that thing is going on my team. I didn't know he was a thing - thanks for letting me know :)

no problem, I just found out about Aggron today myself, Tyranitar yesterday, but didn't have a pic to confirm. needless to say, its gonna be awesome.

werewolfsfury:

Zepherus14:

werewolfsfury:
They actually had sexual dimorphism since gold and silver. This is however the first game in which it isn't just a minor sprite change.

Nidoking and NidoQueen would like to say hi. Also Volbeat and Illumise, Gallade and Gardevoir, Vespiqueen, and to a degree Jellicent, and Unfezant.

But ya, still an interesting mechanic, although I'm a little surprised that everyone was thinking chromosomes when before we knew about the 'mega' evos, people where talking about axis because this was the first Pokemon game for the 3ds.

I don't really count Nidoking/queen or Volbeat and Illumise since the are treated as separate species that just happen to have a relation with each other. I will give you Gallade and Vespiqueen since they both come from the same base pokemon but Meowstic is the first pokemon that is different both ascetically and move pool wise whilst still being the considered the same pokemon.

Actually the nido group does share a commonality, but with their eggs.

Ponyholder:
Not at all. Gold and Silver, I can understand. However, Crystal? Pearl? Diamond? Ruby? Sapphire? Emerald? I have never heard of these being referred to as colours. You use colours to describe what a ruby looks like. Same with Sapphire or Emerald. However, you never see them classified as colours themselves.

Pearl, derived from pearlescent, is used to describe an off-white color (the same shade as the gem, actually). The same is also true for ruby, sapphire and emerald for particularly vibrant shades of red, blue, and green respectively. These are the ones of that set most commonly used as colors, especially as descriptors in prose (eg, "A woman with ruby lips", "The sapphire sky", etc). Hell, even crystal is commonly used as a color adjective, though admittedly it's generally a reference to the lack of any particular color (eg, "crystal glass", "Am I clear? Crystal!", etc).

You may not have encountered it before, but it's very much the truth. There's at least one definition in each one of those links that references color.

Diamond, however, is where your statement comes the closest to being true. This one doesn't actually have an official definition that means some form of color, and, at least where I live, it doesn't have any colloquial definitions for such either. One could certainly make the argument that Diamond and Crystal are very much in the same boat (especially since there's an actual grading system for the color of real diamonds) but that's not backed by any official language authority that I can find in a quick google search.

Bleidd Whitefalcon:

Lunar Templar:

SomeLameStuff:
Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

>.>

image

I don't think Arcanine is that big a deal anymore, cause I think they just broke the game.

...is that Mega Aggron?

That looks awesome but I'm looking at the blue and red fonts at the top pages and the mewtwo pics with x and y... Do you only get one per game?

Aeshi:
So X and Y refer to the Dimensional Axis?

Huh, I assumed they referred to X and Y Chromosomes.

This, which would make some sense considering there IS breeding in Pokemon.

Bleidd Whitefalcon:

Lunar Templar:

SomeLameStuff:
Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

>.>

image

I don't think Arcanine is that big a deal anymore, cause I think they just broke the game.

...is that Mega Aggron?

I looked at Mega Tyranitar's chest...now I want a Mega Metagross SOOOOOO bad.

SomeLameStuff:
Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

As far as I'm aware, Arcanine is obtainable in both versions.

X exclusives: Starmie, Pinsir, Houndoom, Mightyena, Aggron and Sawk

Y exlusives: Cloyster, Heracross, Tyranitar, Manectric, Liepard and Throh

None of which matters anyway, because MegaGengar with Shadow Tag is going to be horribly broken and will destroy anything.

ZehMadScientist:

SomeLameStuff:
Huh. I just thought they ran out of colors and started on the alphabet.

But how about a more important question, IS ARCANINE EXCLUSIVE TO EITHER VERSION?! I MUST KNOW!

As far as I'm aware, Arcanine is obtainable in both versions.

X exclusives: Starmie, Pinsir, Houndoom, Mightyena, Aggron and Sawk

Y exlusives: Cloyster, Heracross, Tyranitar, Manectric, Liepard and Throh

None of which matters anyway, because MegaGengar with Shadow Tag is going to be horribly broken and will destroy anything.

Good. I ordered the right version. I get my heavy metal badass!

Jamous:
Huh. I always kind of figured it was chromosomes; especially seeing as they've brought in sexual dimorphism. Oh well. Still good reasoning. Looking forward to playing it someday maybe if I actually get me a 3DS.

They have been doing that for a while now. The most prominent difference in being Latias and Latios in Ruby and Sapphire.

Luxray's in Diamond and Pearl, and Unfeazent in Pokemon black and white.

 

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