Mega Evolution Is Changing The Pokémon Trading Card Game

Mega Evolutions aren't just for new Pokémon video games anymore. Booster packs coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game in February will allow already-powerful EX cards to Mega Evolve — for a price.

The Pokémon TCG: XY—Kalos Starter Set launches on November 8, giving players of the card game their first taste of Fairy-type Pokémon, the firs tin the game to have a resistance to Darkness.

Mega Evolution Is Changing The Pokémon Trading Card Game

They'll have a few months to get used to the new addition before the real fun begins on February 5, 2014. That's when ten-card boosters add Mega Evolution to the mix.

Mega Evolution Is Changing The Pokémon Trading Card Game

Mega Evolution Pokémon evolve from Pokémon-EX characters, already incredibly powerful. Players can choose to Mega Evolve EX characters into even more ridiculously powerful forms, but once they do their turn ends — they won't be able to attack.

It's a risk and reward sort of thing, a simple mechanic that should change the way players build their decks and play their hands. It's sure to make the next Championships a whole lot more interesting.

Will the excitement over Pokémon X and Y translate into more people playing the card game? Heck, I'd pick up some cards if I wasn't certain I'd look ridiculous playing against young teen pros.