Pokémon X and Y
Pokemon (short for “Pocket Monsters”) X and Y are the latest games in a franchise spawned by Nintendo that has encompassed nearly every medium possible for children: widely popular video games, hit TV shows, accessible and thought-provoking trading card games, and more.
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Story & Themes
- Here are a few ideas for engaging with your kids around Pokemon:
- Compare the Pokemon to any family pets you might have and ask them how they think pets would like to be treated. A lot of the newer games include gauges of how loved your Pokemon feel when you use them. Encourage them to keep those scores up.
- Use the training and leveling up mechanics in Pokemon to discuss why it's important to work hard to get better at something or to get something you want. You can explain that when you're faced with a challenge, you can think about overcoming hardships and leveling up, much like your Pokemon do. You can also point out that your kids will be come stronger and smarter as well as grow up physically.
- Talk about the complexities of feelings around winning. Lots of Pokemon depends on your ability to win and defeat challengers. Talk to your kids about how it feels to lose and help them understand that while winning is important, not everything needs to revolve around being the greatest. Sometimes having happy Pokemon and a team you love is more important.
Action/Adventure, Role-Playing (RPG), Strategy/Turn-Based/RTS
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