Today is October 7, 2012, which means that Pokemon season is now open, thanks to the release of both Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2. Now you can don your digital walking shoes and hike into the pixel-crafted region of Unova in search of the iconic elemental creatures. Of course, the quest has little to do with hunting as a literal term, as the bond between collected Pokemon and their trainers is akin to friendship.
Throughout your collection-focused expedition, you’ll come across some rather unruly folks who will need to be taught a lesson, in addition to some brand new pals. The latter camp includes unique gym leaders who want nothing more than to send their party out for battle against yours in the name of badge collecting sportsmanship.
Check out the following press release for more information, then make sure to read our detailed review of Pokemon White Version 2.
POKÉMON BLACK VERSION 2 AND POKÉMON WHITE VERSION 2 RETURN TO THE UNOVA REGION FOR NEW ADVENTURES AND TIMELESS FUN
Pokémon Returns to Hand-Held Nintendo Systems with New Features and an Original Storyline
VANCOUVER, B.C., Oct. 4, 2012 – What’s black and white and packed with new features that portable gaming fans will love? Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, both launching Oct. 7 for the Nintendo DS family of hand-held systems (also playable in 2D on Nintendo 3DS systems), deliver a wealth of new options and story elements that experienced Pokémon fans and newcomers alike can instantly enjoy.
Revisiting the imaginative Unova two years after the events of 2011’s Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, these games invite players to meet old friends and make new ones as they quest to face down rival Gym Leaders, survive heated turn-based battles and collect as many Pokémon as possible. The ability to make your own Pokémon movies, connect with other players in new ways and enjoy a new storyline add even more fun to the mix.
Genesect, the newly discovered Mythical Pokémon, has been restored from a 300-million-year-old fossil. Modified by Team Plasma, this Pokémon has a signature move called Techno Blast. Genesect is the only known Pokémon with this move. Genesect is a Bug- and Steel-type Pokémon with the ability to adjust its power levels based on the foe it’s battling. This powerful Pokémon will be available Oct. 7 through Nov. 12 in Canada.
In Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, players take on the role of a Pokémon Trainer who must explore new areas of the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. This marks the first time in the history of the core Pokémon video game series that storylines have continued from one game release to another. The characters and environments in Unova have undergone extraordinary changes, from the rise of new Gym Leaders to a new Unova Challenge area where players can level up their Pokémon more easily than ever before. A newly upgraded Pokédex also makes it simpler to find data and track Pokémon – including new forms of Legendary Pokémon.
“The amount of new features and content in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 is remarkable,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager.
“Even fans who spent countless hours battling their way through the Unova region in the previous games will find plenty of surprises, and it’s an experience found only on Nintendo hand-held systems.”
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 introduce a new Medal System that rewards players for reaching certain in-game milestones, such as taking a certain number of steps, hatching Egg and using C-Gear to connect with friends. There are more than 250 unique medals to collect, giving players more goals to achieve even after they have completed the game’s main storyline. Players who have completed the main game can also enjoy additional content through the Key System, which unlocks additional Unova Challenge areas for players to take on, and offers detailed customization options for advanced players. For example, players who have gained access to the Key System can adjust the difficulty of the Pokémon belonging to Trainers they encounter in the field, making them stronger or weaker.
As players work to uncover the mystery behind Black Kyurem and White Kyurem, they’ll encounter new areas. Join Avenue is a new location that works like a virtual shopping mall where players can browse and buy a wide selection of in-game items – from plants and berries to fossils that can be turned into living Pokémon. When players connect wirelessly with others, they’re rewarded with more shops on Join Avenue and more choices for enhancing their Pokémon’s abilities.
Other new features in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 include the new Pokémon World Tournament mode, which lets players battle Gym Leaders from regions in previous Pokémon video games. There’s also Pokéstar Studios, a movie “studio” near Virbank where players can use a variety of scripts to make their own customized Pokémon movies and release them to an audience. Players who experienced Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version can use the Memory Link feature to sync their save files from those games and view an expanded storyline showing events that took place in Unova during the past two years.
Players with a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system also can connect to the Internet and purchase Pokémon Dream Radar from the Nintendo eShop. Also launching on Oct. 7 at a price of $2.99, Pokémon Dream Radar lets players use the built-in Nintendo 3DS camera and motion controls to catch Pokémon, which can then be transferred into Pokémon
Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.
The Pokédex 3D Pro application launches in the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 8 at a price of $14.99, allowing players to see more than 640 Pokémon in full 3D and offering information that Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 players will find especially useful.
The original Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version launched across North America in March 2011, selling more than 1 million copies on their first day of availability and launching a new generation of Pokémon. To date, the games have sold nearly 15 million units worldwide, ranking them among the best-selling games of all time for Nintendo DS family of systems.
For more information about Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, visit http://www.pokemon.com/BlackWhite2.
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