Pokémon X and Y are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. They were first announced on January 8 by Satoru Iwata through a special Nintendo Direct. They are the first installments in the sixth generation of the main series of Pokémon games. The two games were released worldwide on October 12, 2013,making them the first Nintendo-published retail games to have such a global simultaneous release in all key regions.
Similar to previous installments, the two games follow the journey of a young Pokemon trainer (and their friends) as they travel through through the Kalos region, based on France, as they train Pokemon and thwart the schemes of the nefarious criminal organization Team Flare. X and Y introduced 69 new Pokemon and 28 new "Mega Evolutions", which some new features including a new fairy type, character customization, new battle and trainings mechanics, as well as completely rendered polygonal 3D graphics rather than sprites. Both titles are independent of each other, but feature largely the same plot, and while both can be played separately, trading Pokémon between both of the games is necessary in order to complete the games' Pokédex.
Upon release, X and Y received very positive reviews from critics who praised the advancements in the gameplay and the large innovation that they brought to the franchise. The games were highly anticipated and were a commercial success; selling four million copies worldwide in the first weekend, beating Black and White's record and making the fastest selling game on the 3DS.