Game Freak, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company all invested a great deal of effort into building hype for Pokémon X & Y on the 3DS. It seems to have done the trick, with hugely impressive sales to date and the software even being linked with increased StreetPass activity; the two games have done no harm to hardware sales, either.
An important part of the experience, since the DS days, is the inclusion of online multiplayer and trading. Exchanging 'mon was always part of the playground aspect in the earliest days, though physical cables were required, but much has been made of how the new 3DS titles take the online aspects to an enhanced level. The PSS (Player Search System) makes it easy to find others, while the new Wonder Trade adds an element of spontaneity alongside the more established GTS (Global Trade System) option. In either case you can pass on 'mon you don't need or want in exchange for others from players around the world.
These features have been hugely popular, and at the “Salon del Manga de Barcelona” convention in Spain Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda has reportedly revealed that over ten million Pokémon have already been exchanged in X & Y; those are impressive numbers. According to nintenderos.com Masuda-san also expressed an interest in more Mega Evolutions.
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