A closer look at the Pokemon X and Y legendaries, Xerneas and Yveltal

Here's what we know so far about the two legendary Pokémon that will feature in Pokémon X and Y, the upcoming 3DS titles.

Although the big talking point of the Pokémon X and Y trailer shown yesterday was the game's new graphical style, there was also a brief glimpse right at the end of the two new legendaries.



Since the legendaries' names start with X and Y, we'd put our money on each of them appearing on each game's cover much like Dialga and Palkia did on the Diamond and Pearl covers. Xerneas, then (pronounced ZURR-nee-us) will probably be on the cover of Pokémon X and appears to be some sort of mythical deer Pokémon with a blue neck shaped like an X.



Meanwhile, Yveltal (pronounced ee-VELL-tawl) looks certain to be the cover star of Pokémon Y and is a legendary bird Pokémon shaped conveniently like a Y. It easily looks the meanest of the two, since not only are its feet clawed but its wings and tail also have claws too.

If we wanted to get all deep we could look at the fact that the Japanese logo for Pokémon X and Y has a double-helix on it, meaning the X and Y refer to chromosomes. That would mean Pokémon X is the "female" game and Pokémon Y is the "male" game - would that explain why the legendaries look like they'd appeal more to girls and boys respectively?

Feel free to discuss, argue, question gender stereotypes and such below.