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In Pokémon Y, Nintendo's massively successful creature breeding and battling franchise returns with a new species of starter Pokémon, new mega evolution, improved connectivity, and for the first time in the series, full 3D graphics. As always, players take on the role of a young battle trainer who goes on quests to catch and train Pokémon, then engage in turn-based battles with other trainers to upgrade and evolve their Pokémon. The new adventure is set in the France-like Kalos region, with the ultimate goal of obtaining the eight Kalos Gym Badges and defeating the Elite Four.
Gamers begin by choosing from three starter Pokémon, but they can rapidly access dozens more through trainer battles, random wilderness encounters, or trades with friends. Pokémon Y and Pokémon X both offer a unique new Legendary Pokémon, while the new mega evolution feature lets high-level Pokémon briefly evolve into the extremely powerful Mega form. Players can help build up their Pokémon's stats through practice battles in the new Super Training mode, and the new Pokémon-amie feature lets them increase their bond with the Pokémon by using the stylus and touch screen to pet, scratch, and play with the creatures.
In addition to the classic turn-based battles, Pokémon Y offers new Horde Battles, which pit one Pokémon against multiples foes, and new Sky Battles, in which only flying Pokémon can participate. Multiplayer content remains a key part of the franchise, with the new Player Search System (PSS) letting gamers connect to the Internet and find friends all around the world. The PSS allows for friendly battles, ranked battles, message sharing, and a variety of different trades, including the new Wonder Trade feature, which instantly executes blind trades between two random players.