Pokémon Black and White 2 Set for Fall Release

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Pokémon Black and White 2 Set for Fall Release

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Black 2 and White 2 are direct sequels to their predecessors, and both will land in the US in fall 2012.

First announced on Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash and then confirmed by Nintendo of America Inc., news about Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 boils down to this: the two new games will drop first in Japan in June this year, with a European and North American release following at some point during fall 2012. In a departure from the normal Pokémon routine, both games are direct sequels to the respective Black and White titles.

The games will be playable on the DS and 3DS, and feature prominently two new legendary pokémon (as pictured). Named Black Kyurem and White Kyurem respectively, details regarding their origin and whether or not they're anything more complex than colorful (or maybe evolved?) versions of the original Kyurem pokémon from Black and White have yet to be released.

Not to worry, though: Nintendo of America has promised to release plenty more details about the games and their monsters between now and the various global release dates. Until then, we're left to wonder why Nintendo chose right now to break its traditional Pokémon development cycle and branch off into the world of direct sequels. Will we see more mineral-based titles in the future? Was anyone else hoping for Pokémon: Scandium and Lanthanum (I totally was)? Ears to the ground, Poké-fans.

Source: Eurogamer

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I am really looking forward to this. New Pokemon games this year. Just a shame I will have a busy fall...

There are numbers in my main series Pokemon game titles! Actually, this might be a very interesting turn of events. Or a mess.

As a long-time pokemon fan, when I heard this news yesterday I was very excited. While we don't yet know what Nintendo is planning, this looks like it could finally be a break away from an entertaining and polished but somewhat pointless third version if this is a true sequel.

Why the break in formula? Perhaps they want the fifth generation over faster so they can move onto the 3DS pokemon games in 2013 when the DS really starts to bite the dust? So soon after the original B/W, a third version could be a difficult sell, so they might be sweetening it by making a completely new story. Alternately, maybe they know that a sub-set of hardcore fans will buy both new versions, thus doubling sales. Or perhaps they just realised the inevitable "Pokemon Gray" name sounded boring?

I'm honestly not sure what to think of this. On the one hand, they're breaking the pattern, which is always good. On the other hand, a direct sequel to a game whose plot was rounded off seems really odd. I also wonder if they are including any other new Pokémon, or at least something extra that distinguishes it from the originals. And one question: Does "The games will be playable on the DS and 3DS" mean there will be a separate 3DS version?

That.. was very unexpected. Color me intrigued. Black and White may have had the worst pokémon designs of the series (so far), but the story was better than those of the other Pokémon games and it seemed more.. streamlined than the other titles. I'll be cautiously looking forward to this. Unless they add another Stunfisk. Or another Patrat. Or.. I'm gonna need a pen.

Black Kyurem and White Kyurem?
Jesus Christ.
Will they be Fire/Ice and Electric/Ice, or Fire/Dragon and Electric/Dragon, or Ice/Dragon and Ice/Dragon?
I don't understand how the concept can work.

What is this, I don't even..

I guess they really didn't want to make Pokemon Grey.

Judging how soon the release is, it won't suprise me if it's a slight remake but regardless I am still intend to buu White this time.

This may be the first set where I don't own one of them :(

JoJo:
Or perhaps they just realised the inevitable "Pokemon Gray" name sounded boring?

They could call it Pokemon Steel or Pokemon Chrome.

OT: Am I the only fan of the series that didn't care for GenV and looks at this direct sequeling as a lack of good ideas on Nintendo's part? The 2 implies that this will likely be the continuation of the story from the previous game, which I felt the game relied too much on. I'm not against the story, but it was the driving force of the GenV games when what made the earlier ones so special was just the open-world exploring and making the story yourself. It was simpler, didn't bog you down with loads of pointless dialogue, and just got you to the gameplay.

I probably won't buy these games unless they announce something revolutionary, but even then these are still GenV games and I am still under the impression not enough changed from GenIV to justify making a whole new set of games for them, especially when I still hold GenIV up as the best one yet in terms of game mechanics.

I'm interested to see how much of a "Sequel" this is. Are we going to play as the same characters in the same region as a followup to what happened previously with Team Plasma, or is it going to be a sequel in the same sense that Gold and Silver were sequels to Red and Blue?

I doubt it's the former, because you would have to import your Pokemon from the first Black and Whites. While the importing from the previous games is certainly possible (Pal Park), what if you didn't play the first game? It doesn't sound like a risk Nintendo would take.
Or you would have to start over from scratch (Lv 5 starter) no matter what.

B&W were my first pokemon games since Red and Blue (not counting the first stadium and first colosseum) and I loved every second of them. I originally started with just white version but picked up black so I could play through with my team from red. I was considering getting a grey version if they did it but didn't see much incentive to have what would amount to three copies of the same game. If these two really are going to be direct sequels I'll have to check em out.

SilverUchiha:

They could call it Pokemon Steel or Pokemon Chrome.

OT: Am I the only fan of the series that didn't care for GenV and looks at this direct sequeling as a lack of good ideas on Nintendo's part? The 2 implies that this will likely be the continuation of the story from the previous game, which I felt the game relied too much on. I'm not against the story, but it was the driving force of the GenV games when what made the earlier ones so special was just the open-world exploring and making the story yourself. It was simpler, didn't bog you down with loads of pointless dialogue, and just got you to the gameplay.

I probably won't buy these games unless they announce something revolutionary, but even then these are still GenV games and I am still under the impression not enough changed from GenIV to justify making a whole new set of games for them, especially when I still hold GenIV up as the best one yet in terms of game mechanics.

No, I generally didn't care for Gen V either, I bought the games, I completed it's story and I transferred my Pokémon over from my previous title (which for me was Soul Silver).
But beyond that there was nothing there to really grab me and keep me playing.

Something that Soul Silver managed to do, sure it was a re-tread of a previous (and vastly superior) generation, but for me Soul Silver was the closest they've come to a flawless execution for Pokémon title.

I don't think I'm the only one who thinks this direct sequel stuff is just plain nonsense...

I mean black Kyurem and white Kyurem? Really? We're genuinely defining them as separate species because they're different colour?

Guess they should start making more space in the pokédex now, since all the Shinies are going to be their own pokémon now...

Beyond that though, the way they've released their games previously has been nothing short of consistent winning... Why change it now and risk making your demographic realise you really have run out of ideas?

Well hey, if it means we don't have another generation of uninspired monsters to add to the roster, I'm all for direct sequels. I just hope they plan on mixing up the series' formula as well. I didn't play Black or White though, so I doubt I'll be getting any sequels, unless the gameplay really is completely new.

Call me when Pokemon Snap 2 comes out.

Not 3DS exclusive? Alrighty then, you get my money again Nintendo. Now, where is my money?

*looks at new car*

Riiiiight....

Well, I guess I go without food for a bit.

Still no actual confirmation on whether these are actually sequels or updated releases. Either way my body is ready... Can't wait to find out more.

Hylke Langhout:
And one question: Does "The games will be playable on the DS and 3DS" mean there will be a separate 3DS version?

No. The way I understand it, after reading this same story from other sources, the game will be developed for the DS and you'll just be able to play that same version on the 3DS console, just like Black and White.

SilverUchiha:

OT: Am I the only fan of the series that didn't care for GenV and looks at this direct sequeling as a lack of good ideas on Nintendo's part? The 2 implies that this will likely be the continuation of the story from the previous game, which I felt the game relied too much on. I'm not against the story, but it was the driving force of the GenV games when what made the earlier ones so special was just the open-world exploring and making the story yourself. It was simpler, didn't bog you down with loads of pointless dialogue, and just got you to the gameplay.

I probably won't buy these games unless they announce something revolutionary, but even then these are still GenV games and I am still under the impression not enough changed from GenIV to justify making a whole new set of games for them, especially when I still hold GenIV up as the best one yet in terms of game mechanics.

You are not alone.

I am a Nintendo, and therefore a Pokemon, latecomer. My first Pokemon game was White which I bought for my 3DS and although I haven't completed it yet I have had a lot of fun with it. However, I recently purchased Soul Silver and started that as well. My first impression was that Soul Silver was far superior to White. Everything looked and felt so much better, the graphics and animation during battles is more detailed and exciting and there appear to be a whole lot of elements in SS that are missing in White. White feels like a step backwards and that's only with my limited knowledge of the games.

One point of clarification: I'm pretty sure the two new Kyurems are simply alternate forms of the original Dragon/Ice Pokémon, rather than different species altogether. I imagine each of the two new forms will have different stats and learnsets, but the species and typing will not change. At least, I imagine the typing won't.

Redlin5:
Not 3DS exclusive? Alrighty then, you get my money again Nintendo. Now, where is my money?

*looks at new car*

Riiiiight....

Well, I guess I go without food for a bit.

It doesn't come out until fall, so maybe you can stock up on cheap food now and still have some left over for this! Or, that's how I'm justifying myself for this anyway.

OT: Hmm.... little odd that it's coming out for both the DS and 3DS, but hey, I'm not complaining, it's not like I'd be using the 3D part anyways. Curious to know how this one will work seeing as it's actually going to be a sequel, and not a new one, or it being Pokemon Gray.

Pokemon Burgundy. Want it.

deth2munkies:
This may be the first set where I don't own one of them :(

I was thinking the same thing.

Wow, those legendaries look shitty.

OMG!!!! NINTENDO RAN OUT OF COLOURS!!! Panic! They are sequencing shades now!

I'm 15 and I've been playing pokemon since red up until black and everything between. I was really expecting and hoping for a ruby and sapphire remake as were a lot of my friends. I enjoyed black and white just not as much as the other pokemon games. I think that the charm in pokemon was the bad graphics and the seemingly off-pitch music. Now that the video game industry is evolving, nintendo didn't want their series to be left behind and decided to go with the trend. Along with moving on graphic wise the games themselves changed. I feel that the gameplay is completely different now. Since they introduced the wifi battling and such it has all been about EV training IV breeding and getting your pokemon to lvl 100. I miss pokemon gold and silver when all I wanted to do was beat the Elite Four and beat Red the trainer in Mt.Silver. When I beat them it would make me feel accomplished. Now that they added all of this other stuff I feel like beating the Elite Four is now only the first step of many. To get back on topic of these new games, it will either be a big hit or a bust for nintendo. As for myself I am hoping it will be a bust this way they don't do this again and stick with the regular pokemon trend. If it does happen to be a good game I wouldn't be angry but I feel like it could once again change the whole gameplay of pokemon. And as for the new legendaries..... it just looks like someone made reshiram and zekrom each make babies with a kyurem....doesn't look bad but it doesn't look good either.

lopakachicken72:
I'm 15 and I've been playing pokemon since red up until black and everything between. I was really expecting and hoping for a ruby and sapphire remake as were a lot of my friends.

Oh... it's inevitable, I'm sure of that.

I'm predicting it may even be the next big pokemon announcement after this one, perhaps after the ambition game is released.

albinoterrorist:
Black Kyurem and White Kyurem?
Jesus Christ.
Will they be Fire/Ice and Electric/Ice, or Fire/Dragon and Electric/Dragon, or Ice/Dragon and Ice/Dragon?
I don't understand how the concept can work.

What is this, I don't even..

Tri-types introduced.

Calling it.

SirBryghtside:
This is completely insane. I absolutely love it.

Unless it turns out to be an Emerald situation, which from this, I kind of doubt, I'm definitely getting it. It's Pokémon, I need no other reason.

And yes, that is the definition of a blind fanboy ;)

Be loud and be proud. Pokémon is the shit and always will be!

I count myself among the proud few who love ALL the gens. I have seperate good memories relating to each and every one of them.

And that is why I am a Pokémon Master.

Archemetis:

Something that Soul Silver managed to do, sure it was a re-tread of a previous (and vastly superior) generation, but for me Soul Silver was the closest they've come to a flawless execution for Pokémon title.

Concurred. I think it had something to do with the fact that you had shit to actually do after beating the elite four. Gen 1's content was there for you to tread, even if it was a little watered down.

That was my biggest complaint about White/Black. There wasn't shit to do when I was done with the elite four.

That being said though... B/W was the most enjoyable non-silver related pokemon I've played.

I didn't like gen 3 and I didn't even play gen 4's games because of how bad gen 3's were.

I guess they thought Pokemon grey wouldn't sound as cool.

Anyway those legendaries look like two Pokemon fused together. maybe this game will add a fusion mechanic that'll let you merge two Pokemon together. Genius, or totally stupid? I don't know you decide.

how? how can nintendo get more lazy with the pokemon series? the pokemon have been pretty bad lately (anyone for icecream?), the actual overworld gameplay hasnt changed significantly since gameboy colour and the story remains fairly generic.

the answer to my question, too lazy to think of a new colour.

Interesting. A direct sequel? I'll have to keep track of this. I loved White, even if a few of the designs were... unorthodox. (I'm looking at you, Vanillice.)
I really should get around to finishing that game soon.

Call me when I don't have to buy a DS for this. Embrace the age of iOS and get something on there Game Freak, I don't want keep missing out because Nintendo forgot how to design a desirable handheld.

Pretty disappointed by this announcement. I personally fell out with the Pokemon games around the time that Diamond and Pearl came out.

Just when I was contemplating to buy Black or White. Owell! I'm still gonna buy it.

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