Quantcast
Iwata Asks explains the meaning behind Pokemon 'X and Y' - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



Pokemon X  



Iwata Asks explains the meaning behind Pokemon 'X and Y'


7:30 AM on 10.10.2013
Pokemon X and YIwata Asks explains the meaning behind Pokemon 'X and Y' photo



In what is one of the greatest Q&A series on the web, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has interviewed Game Freak in his latest edition of "Iwata Asks," and uncovers a number of cool facts about the Pokemon franchise in the process. Most notably, he delves into why the newest iterations of the series are called X & Y with Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda.

Explaining the meaning behind the pair of games, Masuda states, "The X and Y represent the X axis and the Y axis. The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions. But if you think of them as people who think on the X axis and people who think on the Y axis-horizontal and vertical axes-then they intersect somewhere."

He then goes on a more existential tangent, saying, '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." Whoa, man. You thought X and Y referred to the X and Y chromosomes? Well you just had your mind blown.

There are a bunch of other great tidbits in the interview as well, like why Game Freak stopped using colors, and what went into a few of the design choices for the game.

Pokemon X and Y [Iwata Asks]





You aren't at PAX? Let Max Scoville give you the tour photo


Claim your Poké Ball Pattern Vivillon in Pokémon X/Y while you can photo


Pinsir and Heracross are part of the next Pokémon distribution event photo


Modified 3DS hardware created for Twitch Plays Pokémon X photo


Best Buy is doing buy one, get one for 3DS games this week photo


You can now download the Fancy Vivillon in Pokémon X/Y photo


Mega Blaziken joins the S.H. Figuarts line photo


Pokémon 2DS bundles soon to populate Australian store shelves photo


After 100 million Pokémon trades, we'll get a new Vivillon pattern photo


These new Pokémon model kits are fearsome and frugal photo


Pokemon X Updates, Screenshots, & Videos







Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






timeline following:
Pokemon X



10:30 PM on 08.31.2014
You aren't at PAX? Let Max Scoville give you the tour

PAX Prime 2014 is winding down, but that doesn't mean those of us at home can't pretend like we are there, stalking Max Scoville as he roams the show floor. I was going to give a detailed play-by-play of the video here, but ...more



2:15 PM on 08.06.2014
Claim your Poké Ball Pattern Vivillon in Pokémon X/Y while you can

I didn't get into collecting all of the uniquely-patterned Vivillons in Pokemon X/Y but I did quite like that one with the Poké Ball design that was given out earlier this year in France. (And I don't think it was a si...more



10:00 PM on 08.01.2014
Pinsir and Heracross are part of the next Pokémon distribution event

The next Pokémon distribution event isn't terribly exciting. From August 13 through September 17, Pokémon X players can get Heracross and Y players can get Pinsir through the Internet. More importantly, GameStop...more



2:30 PM on 07.25.2014
Modified 3DS hardware created for Twitch Plays Pokémon X

It was slightly surprising to hear that the Twitch Plays Pokémon community is still active if for no other reason than I thought folks would have beaten all of the games by now. Not quite! There's still Pokémon ...more



10:45 AM on 07.21.2014
Best Buy is doing buy one, get one for 3DS games this week

Like the DS before it, the 3DS is becoming one of my favorite platforms. Now that we are several years into its life, it has a pretty great selection of first and third-party games. There are enough now that I have fallen beh...more



5:00 PM on 07.07.2014
You can now download the Fancy Vivillon in Pokémon X/Y

100 million trades have been made through the Global Trade Station in Pokémon X and Y and, as promised, Game Freak is handing out Fancy Pattern Vivillons for the milestone. Nice job, all! The distribution event has com...more



11:00 PM on 06.23.2014
Mega Blaziken joins the S.H. Figuarts line

The Pokémon S.H. Figuarts line is growing, with the addition of Mega Blaziken. Mega Blaziken is the second Pokémon figure to join the lineup after Lucario, and it looks like it means business. Blaziken seems lik...more



3:30 PM on 05.29.2014
Pokémon 2DS bundles soon to populate Australian store shelves

Australian gamers who have yet to pick up Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be able to purchase one of two new Nintendo 2DS system bundles on June 26. Both bundles offer the 2DS Black + Blue system for AU$179.95, and...more



12:00 PM on 05.23.2014
After 100 million Pokémon trades, we'll get a new Vivillon pattern

Nintendo says about 90 million Pokémon trades have been made via the GTS in Pokémon X and Y. Once we collectively hit 100 million trades, the new Fancy Pattern Vivillon will be attainable through a special distr...more



6:00 PM on 05.19.2014
These new Pokémon model kits are fearsome and frugal

These may not be as cute as the Pokémon Red Nendoroid we got our panties in a twist about the other day, but look! More new Pokémon toys! Straight out of the 53rd Shizuoka Hobby Show, these Poképla kits a...more




action figures

10:30 AM on 08.06.2014
Bravely Second figure comes with a DLC code for the game

Although Bravely Second is still a ways from being released, Square Enix has shown off a prototype figure of the game's protagonist, Magnolia Arch. The Bravely Second Magnolia figure stands 9.45 inches tall and is claimed to ...more



9:00 AM on 08.05.2014
Jakks Pacific plans articulated Nintendo figure line

Jakks Pacific plans to expand its Nintendo line, which started with Micro Land versions of some of your favorite Nintendo characters. Initial offerings will include a 4-inch Mario, Yoshi, and Link, and a 6-inch Bowser and Don...more



9:30 PM on 07.28.2014
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth minifigs are on their way

According to eagle-eyed Twitter user @Bo_deWindt, there's a Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth mini figure set on the horizon. Unfortunately, there aren't any real details regarding which figures we can expect to see or prici...more



View all action figures






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more