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Pokémon Plus and Minus
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Developer(s) Game Freak
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS (eShop)
Genre(s) RPG
Release Date(s)
April 22, 2016
Age Rating(s)
E for Everyone

Pokémon Plus and Pokémon Minus are role-playing video games in the Pokémon series for the Nintendo 3DS. Departing from recent installments of the franchise, the games feature a graphical styling reminiscent of the Game Boy Color games Pokémon Gold and Silver. The games take place in Flosa, a region inspired by Italy, and also feature the ability to travel to Kalos, the setting of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The games were released on the eShop in April 2016 and serve as "generation 6.5" of the series, being a bridge between X/Y and Sun/Moon. Magearna features as both games' mascot.

Gameplay

Pokémon Plus/Minus play similarly to the past gen 6 games, Pokémon X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, though graphically the game mimics the gen 2 games Gold/Silver/Crystal. All Pokémon introduced since gen 3 have received a new sprite, while older Pokémon retain their original gen 2 sprites. While no new Mega Evolutions are introduced, all Mega Stones from X/Y and OR/AS are available in the games. Similar to Pokémon Yellow, there is only 1 starter Pokémon: Eevee, who can be evolved into the player's choice of any of its 8 evolutions. Kalos returns from X/Y and is available to be explored after the main game is completed, redesigned to fit the game's retro-styled graphics. The Azoth Kingdom, originally an anime-exclusive location, is now able to be traveled to and Magearna can be caught here. Gym leaders from X/Y return in Plus/Minus. Pokémon captured in Plus/Minus will be able to be transferred to Sun/Moon via Pokémon Bank; Pokémon captured in the Virtual Console re-releases of Red/Blue/Yellow can also be transferred to Plus/Minus, though this is only a 1-way transfer.

Pokémon

Main article: Pokémon Plus and Minus/Pokédex

Flosa League

Gym leaders

Gym Leader Type Badge Team Rematch Team
Severo Dark Shadow Poochyena, Purrloin, Zorua Sableye, Liepard, Zoroark, Greninja, Mega Houndoom
Alessandra Fairy Candy Igglybuff, Cleffa, Sylveon Wigglytuff, Clefable, Gardevoir, Dedenne, Mega Mawile
Cristiano Psychic Brain Espurr, Mr. Mime, Reuniclus Mr. Mime, Gothitelle, Gallade, Meowstic, Mega Alakazam
Dino Dragon Claw Goomy, Tyrunt, Bagon, Shelgon Goodra, Tyrantrum, Salamence, Haxorus, Mega Altaria
Enid Ghost Spirit Phantump, Pumpkaboo, Haunter, Trevenant Trevenent, Gourgeist, Jellicent, Spiritomb, Mega Gengar
Valentina Steel Alloy Lairon, Doublade, Magneton, Bastiodon Forretress, Magnezone, Bastiodon, Empoleon, Mega Aggron
Aurora Fire Fuel Fletchinder, Rapidash, Magmar, Volcarona, Delphox Talonflame, Volcarona, Magmortar, Delphox, Mega Charizard Y
Albero Ground Soil Vibrava, Gliscor, Rhydon, Quagsire, Donphan Flygon, Rhyperior, Quagsire, Donphan, Mega Steelix

Elite 4 & champion

Member Type Team
Flora Grass Parasect, Tangrowth, Exeggutor, Gogoat, Chesnaught
Marcello Normal Delcatty, Blissey, Wigglytuff, Diggersby, Audino
Clara Electric Jolteon, Heliolisk, Raichu, Zebstrika, Ampharos
Demonte Rock Omastar, Tyrantrum, Aurorus, Tyranitar, Aerodactyl
Regina (champion) Poison Victreebel, Venomoth, Toxicroak, Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Mega Venusaur

Reception

Pokémon Plus and Minus were collectively praised for their return to the series' sprite-based graphical styling, being described as a worthy spiritual successor to the earlier games in the series, though many critics and fans have expressed that they would have desired a Pokémon Z featuring the same storyline an content of Plus/Minus with the 3D graphics of X/Y and OR/AS.

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