2016 has had its ups and downs. This has been a solid year for games, and despite not being able to hit every single big title this year, I've found ten games worthy of gracing a top ten list.
Togekiss has always been a very reliable tank. Even with its Normal type hindering it, it could still decimate unprepared teams. Now it's a Fairy type and it can threaten all manner of Pokemon.
No Pokemon is perfect, whether it doesn't have the stats, ability, typing, or even design to excel something holds it back. Salamence, however, comes very close.
Aerodactyl was once a staple Pokemon on most teams. Last generation it faded into obscurity, but X and Y gave it a Mega evolution that has made a popular attacking Pokemon on some teams.
Pokken is the latest Pokemon spinoff, developed by Bandai Namco of Tekken and Soul Calibur fame. Pokken draws a lot of inspiration from Namco's other fighters but ultimately ends up feeling unique.
Slashy Souls is Gamestop and Namco0Bandai's way of getting people talking about -and more importantly- pre-ordering Dark Souls 3. Unfortunately no one is saying anything nice.
Absol is one of those Pokemon that has a lot going for it, but it really falls flat in most other categories. Luckily it's one of the few lucky Pokemon to receive a mega evolution in Pokemon X and Y
While Godzilla may be the most popular Kaiju in the world, it has certainly inspired many other series and movies in the genre, these are some of the best.
Manectric is a solid Pokemon despite never making an impact on the metagame in any generation. X and Y has given Manectric a mega evolution which has given it a new lease on life.
With a new Godzilla movie right around the corner, there's no better way to prepare than to relive some of Godzilla's greatest battles. Here are a just a few of those.
The metagame may have a nice variety of Pokemon, but the same can't be said about held items in battle. Here are five items that should see more use in competitive play.
Poliwrath has never been a stand out Pokemon in any regard, and in 5th gen. it was always overlooked in favor of Politoed, but X and Y has given it a boost in its Attack stat, which is great.
every Pokemon generation has its winners and losers, and this generation is no exception. These are five of the biggest threats on the competitive scene, and should be planned for.
California, The Golden Coast. While a lot of people know the Bay Area very well and can tell you all of its quirks, perhaps an equal number of people have no idea what to expect when they arrive.
Truly one of the most unique Pokemon in the game, Yanmega has lots of different tools that let it fill different roles on different teams. Now in 6th gen. this underrated Pokemon has a chance to shine
Pokemon X and Y brought over 30 mega evolutions onto the competitive scene, and even though some are clearly better than others, these have been severely underutilized.
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Despite its interesting design, Banette has never been a good Pokemon competitively. Pokemon X and Y has given it a mega evolution and that has brought it into the spotlight in the 6th generation.
Feraligatr may have always played second fiddle to Typhlosion in the 2nd generation games, but on the competitive scene its a solid Pokemon with a lot of potential.
Crawdaunt may have a creative and awesome design, but its competitive career has been lackluster since generation 3. Pokemon X and Y has given it some new toys to play with that make it great.
Possibly one of the most popular Pokemon of all time, Typhlosion isn't the greatest competitive Pokemon. Generation 6 however may have given it the push it needs to succeed.
Crobat has never been a top tier Pokemon, although its design has made it a very popular Pokemon. The changes in Pokemon X and Y, have all been in Crobat's favor, however.
Infernape is one of the most popular starter Pokemon, and with its stats and design it's easy to see why. This flaming ape had a big (Ch)impact on the 4th gen competitive scene, and still does today.
Electivire is a Pokemon that had its moment in the sun in the 4th generation metagame, and soon after was never seen again. However, the newly forming X and Y metagame has given a second wind.
The Pokemon X and Y metagame has brought about significant changes in battle mechanics, and luckily for some Pokemon, these changes and new additions have brought out their true potential.
One of the most well designed and fantastic looking Pokemon, Bisharp went overlooked in his 5th Generation debut. This generation gave Bisharp new tools and breathed new life into this metal warrior.
Heliolisk is a very interesting Pokemon, from its typing, moves,all the way down to it's design. Regardless, Heliolisk emerges as a surprisingly useful 6th Generation Pokemon.
Possibly one of the most popular Pokemon in Generation 6, Noivern is quite the threatening Pokemon regardless of what it's stats tell you.
Although his popularity has died down in recent generations, Flygon remains one of the most balanced and versatile Pokemon in the game, not to mention one of the coolest looking.
Nidoking is a long standing fan favorite, regardless of his underwhelming stats. Pokemon X and Y gave this Pokemon some very interesting gifts, and they're just enough to make him a great Pokemon.
Aggron is and always has been a fan favorite because of his typing and overall design. As a competitive Pokemon though, he was severely lacking. That is until X and Y gave him a mega evolution.
I've said it many times before, Charizard is the Dallas Cowboys of the Pokemon World. Meaning that he is very popular and a lot of people's favorite, but when it comes down to it, he's just not good.