...Then Mega Evolve Them
If you're not sold on Pokemon X & Y's starting trio, you can optionally decide to pick Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander instead. In more exciting news, however, they can also be transformed into Mega Evolution forms that unlock throughout your journey, and boast massively increased combat potential.
Mega Blastoise may be the coolest thing I've ever seen, though I freely admit I need to get out more. You can watch today's Pokemon X & Y-centric Nintendo Direct presentation here, or a trailer showing off the classic starters below.