Director Junichi Masuda posted a short Blog entry last month commenting on something unique about Pokemon X and Y’s release cycle: For the first time in Pokemon series history, some information is not being released first in Japan. This isn’t too noteworthy nowadays, as news spreads so quickly the original source gets drowned out by fan websites and social networks in all different languages. Even before Gold and Silver were released, Pokemon fans could pick up Beckett Unofficial Pokemon Collector’s Magazine, which had some loose interpretations of what the new Pokemon would look like based on their sprites, as well as information on upcoming Trading Card series expansions.
Though Nintendo did make an effort to stop spoilers from leaking out during the release of Black and White, sending cease and desist orders to several notable Pokemon websites for releasing information once the Japanese version had launched, it was a futile effort on their part.
The world wide release date of Pokemon X and Y has streamlined the flow of information considerably and helped avoid situations where the company and the fan base clash. Now the international audience is getting some information even before Japan does, at least officially. I’m sure most of you can agree it feels good to be treated the same way as the Japanese fans. It’s great for them to acknowledge us as an important part of the fanbase and to brave a worldwide release where everyone will be on the same footing.
The drawback is that information isn’t coming out as quickly or frequently as we are use to. The usual means of information, such as Pokemon Smash and CoroCoro leaks, might not be as important as they were in the past or may only be a few days or even hours ahead of an official international announcements. The payoff in the end is that we won’t have to wait several months to play the actual games. It’s also important to keep things in perspective: they’ve already shown us the two version mascot’s and their translated names, all three starters and soon after their typing, the main characters, and lots of gameplay. It’s just been a little over one month since the big announcement of X and Y, so the flow of information is only going to go up from here.