Swype thought “tomorrow” was supposed to be “gonorrhea”.
Bless you, Swype.
Torture…………..can we please just shut’em down tomorrow? PLEASE?
This is a Kalos region analysis post.
For those of you who are curious and have no yet seen GameXplain’s video, you can watch it here.
As a French major, I was thrilled when I saw the first trailer alluding to Pokémon X and Y being set in France. Needless to say, I have spent the last few hours geeking out over the map and finding parallels between what is on the Kalos map and what is actually in France.
I will be describing some of my findings by providing coordinates based on the grid above. They are in no particular order, and if any of you have your own observations, I would love to add them below!
B6-7: Here we see what appears to be Stonehenge. In GameXplain’s video, they were open to the possibility that this is a portion of England. The problem with this is that England and France are not joined by land at all. In addition, the geography of this area corresponds almost identically to this region of France, Brittany. There is, in fact, another megalithic structure in Brittany called the Carnac Stones, following more closely the linear, rectangular shape. Perhaps the circular stone structure with the three larger stones in the center will be useful to this X and Y’s legendary trio.
C7: On the right side of this cell, there is what appears to be a castle built over a river. This could very well be an interpretation of the Château de Chenonceau [image]. I don’t know what the purpose of this building would be. I simply found it interesting.
C3 and F1-3: I couldn’t help but find similarities between these regions and Ecruteak City and the Whirl Islands from HeartGold and SoulSilver. Perhaps there will be a return of Lugia and Ho-Oh?
F5: Probably the most recognizable part of this map. I’d say they did a good job with the overall design. From the trailer, the design of the buildings was an accurate depiction of Parisian buildings. Note the circular design: I feel like they wanted to do something similar to Castelia City in B/W. Arrondissements in Paris were numbered in a spiral pattern, so it makes sense that this city use a spiral shape.
H1-J3: When talking with one of my friends today, she mentioned how she’d like the Elite four to be in this location. I originally thought it would be around H5; however, I can understand this location. The clouded area would be in Belgium near Brussels, one of the three capitols of the European Union.
J6: I can’t really tell what this is, but I think it could be a train station. With train transportation being very prominent in France, a train station in Pokemon isn’t that far-fetched. If you have any other interpretations, feel free to let me know!
C9: The architecture of this building reminded me of the Colosseum in Rome. It appears to be filled with water - a Roman Bath, perhaps? My current guess is that this will be the location of the Water gym.
D12-J10: For the most part, this region corresponds very accurately to the actual map of France. Major rivers (the Seine, the Loire, what I assume is the Loire) and mountain ranges (the Alps, the Armorican Massif, the Central Massif, the Jura/Vosges) are where they are supposed to be… except for the Southern part of the map. Where is the Mediterranean? Where are the Pyrénées? Given the amount of cloud coverage on this map and certain locations not being present, perhaps this area will be made available in a second release, à la Pokémon Black 2/White 2.
Just Hunter Pence and his scooter.
Melky Cabrera high-fives invisible teammates after home run.