Friday, April 9, 2010

Pokémon Black and Pokémon White: Two New Games Coming Out in Japan, Sorry America

Pokémon Black and Pokémon White

What's a kid to do in America when he knows there's a new Pokémon coming out, but it's in JAPAN. Hop your happy tail over to Japan, learn Japanese and buy it. The next generation of Pokemon games have been revealed, supposedly heading to Nintendo DS this fall in Japan. The Japanese Pokemon teaser website has formally announced a pair of titles, Pokemon Black and Pokemon White. As Nintendo of America has not yet responded, it is unconfirmed if these will be the American titles or not. The existence of these games was announced in January. There are virtually no details on the games except for the titles. The only thing we know about any new creatures is a black fox Pokémon known as Zorua, along with its monster evolution Zoroark. They're to be the focus of the next upcoming movie, titled Phantom Champion Zoroark.

The teaser website suggests that we’ll find out more on April 15. The sad part is you have to buy both games, like always, to get all of the monster. They are divided up in both games. Black and White represent the first brand new core Pokemon game since 2006's Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. In March of this year, Nintendo released Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver for the DS in America, but these were merely a marketing ploy of 1999 Game Boy games Pokemon Gold and Silver. True fans of the franchise do not consider HeartGold and SoulSilver genuine entries in the series.

Since the first Pokemon game first started in Japan in 1996, new games have always arrived in pairs. This was an idea on Nintendo's part to encourage interactivity between players of the games, before online play existed. The franchise's key marketing strategy has always revolved around collecting different types of Pokemon, and a handful of the critters are kept "exclusive" to each version. Players then must trade with owners of the opposite game in order to "catch 'em all." The Pokemon series is widely credited with single-handedly restoring luster to Nintendo's waning Game Boy product line in the late '90s, setting the stage for a rebirth of interest in handheld gaming.

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