Pokémon: Black and White Versions
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|Pokémon: Black and White Versions|
|Release Date|| JP September 18, 2010|
EU March 4, 2011
US March 6, 2011
AU March 10, 2011
Pokémon: Black Version and Pokémon: White Version are the fifth set of games in the Pokémon series. They mark the second generation on the Nintendo DS, and for this game the developers attempted a variation on the Pokémon formula.
The player controls a young trainer about to embark on a journey from Nuvemma Town. The player character and his/her two best friends Cheren and Bianca receive three starter Pokémon as gifts from Professor Juniper to choose from. After they all receive their Pokémon, they set out to explore the Unova region. The player must catch various types of Pokémon to fill up the Pokédex and defeat the eight gym leaders in order to face the Elite Four and become the Pokémon League champion. Along the way, they all get caught up in the schemes of Team Plasma, who claim to wish to liberate Pokémon from people forever. The player character also meets a mysterious figure named N who is mixed up in this somehow.
The gameplay is similar to previous games in the Pokémon series, although some of the controls and aspects of gaming have been streamlined. The game is also graphically improved from the previous DS games, which is most evident in areas such as Castelia City, which seek to replicate the feeling of bustling cities. This game includes 155 new Pokémon. In a departure from the previous games, all 155 Pokémon in the Unova Pokédex are new and unrelated to the other 493 Pokémon from previous generations. None of the old Pokémon can be caught until the game is completed. The game also introduces new concepts such as triple battles and double battles with wild Pokémon.
Copies of Black and White can primarily connect with one another for trades and battles. A new feature called the C-Gear allows Pokémon in PC Boxes to be traded wirelessly at any time, even when the player is out in a field. An infrared connection is added to make connections with nearby DS systems easy. Pokémon from Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver can be transferred using a Poké Transfer feature, but this is only unlocked upon the completion of Black or White's main storyline. There are also other features that can be used with Wi-Fi, such as the Xtransceiver video chat.
Another new feature is the ability to connect with a website called the Pokémon Dream World, where players can build their own house and grow berries, as well as befriending Pokémon that have unique abilities.
There is also a greater difference between individual versions than in previous games. In the previous games, the primary difference between two games of the same set are the Pokémon available in each. In addition to some Pokémon missing from each version, Black and White each contain one exclusive area. There are also opponents who can only be fought in one version.
In 2012, a set of sequels was announced known as Black Version 2 and White Version 2. This marks several firsts for the series, as typically all versions of a generation after the original pair are simply remakes with variations. In this case, the extra versions are full-on sequels, and they are being released as a pair instead of just one version.