Hey Look, There Are More Mega Evolved Pokemon. Including, Yes, Fairies

Oh yes, there's more. Last week we saw the reveal of mega evolved Pokemon, like Mega Mewtwo and Mega Blaziken. Today, Nintendo released footage of a few more Mega Evolutions: Mega Ampharos, Mega Absol, Mega Mawile....plus, there's footage of Mega Kangaskhan from this weekend's Pokemon World Championships.

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If nothing else, many Mega Pokemon have some fab hair, eh? What shampoo do you think they use?

Kangaskhan may not have amazing hair, but it may be the coolest Mega Pokemon revealed thus far just by virtue of having the baby Kangaskhan come out of its pouch. It can even attack twice! Check out the reveal from this weekend; this footage which was captured by Nugget Bridge:

So! Here's some details on these new Mega Pokemon, straight from the official Pokemon website. When Ampharos mega evolves, not only does it gain white fur, but it also becomes the dragon type. That means, when mega evolved, it's electric-dragon type. It'll also gain the ability "Mold Breaker," and because of the type change, gain STAB from dragon moves (same type attack bonus).

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Mega Absol, meanwhile, merely gains higher speed and attack, in addition to the "Magic Bounce" ability.

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When Mawile mega evolves, it gains the ability "Huge Power," and its defense and special defense increase. EDIT: I initially wrote that it turned into the fairy type, but it already is the fairy type in X & Y.

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And in case you're lost: Mega Evolutions refer to temporary power-ups which Pokemon can receive during battle.

DISCUSSION

So.. what I'm most interested in is, how does this change the way Pokemon works?

Right, so, for a long time, Pokemon has kept within a fairly reasonable range of power level between monsters. Certainly, the legendaries get a bit of an edge over the others (enough to warrant their removal from tournaments) but it's never really been enough that you could fill a team with them and totally dominate anyone else. The game still felt fair and balanced despite the fact that they were indeed noticeably more powerful.

Now this introduces a whole new can of worms to the mix... if mega evolution is powerful enough that one mega evolved Pokemon (Kangaskhan) becomes able to attack twice, what is it about this new mechanic that allows it to mesh with the existing content? Obviously a mega Pokemon is going to be a whole new level of powerful, so what limits are there to its use, and how will it be treated within the game, and in the future of player vs player fights? If you assemble a team of nothing but mega-capable Pokemon, will you wipe the floor with anyone you come across?

Though honestly, I love the new direction they're taking by adding this, Fairy type and wild Pokemon "hordes" (5 at once). It's something new and intriguing which raises questions like those above and for the first time in a long time, I think this Pokemon game has the potential to be something new and interesting, rather than moving a stale series along another incremental update.