Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Here's Why The New Pokemon Games Are Called X And Y

You've seen the trailers, you've heard the theories, but let's really take a step back for a moment and evaluate just exactly why the newest Pokemon games coming out for the Nintendo 3DS are called X and Y. Now the most common theory has been that X, Y, and presumably the third game being Z, are the 3D axis. This may be true, but it is quite likely the name actually has a double meaning. Not only do  the letters X and Y have to do with the axis, but they have another meaning as well. No, not algebra, chromosomes. The XX and XY chromosomes are fairly well known as they should be considering we would not be able to reproduce without them. This is not just a blind statement though.

Think about it, chromosomes have to do with genes and DNA. In Black/White 2, Team Plasma were splicing the genes of Zekrom/Reshiram and fusing them with Kyurem. This means gene splicing is nothing new to the Pokemon series. Not only that, but in the Japanese logos for Pokemon X and Y, if you look in the top middle of the Japanese text, you will see a rainbow colored shape with lines going through it, most likely representing a strand of DNA. So there you have it, the name is most likely a double meaning, not only the 3D axis, but also chromosomes and gene splicing.

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