Pokemon Black and White set new one-day sales record (Pokemon Black / White)

Posted on March 20, 2011

Don’t think for a second the Pokemon craze is past its heyday. In just one day the newest entries in the long-running RPG series surpassed sales of more than one million units. According to Nintendo, roughly 1.08 million copies of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White were sold, which makes it the best launch day in Pokemon history…
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Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Gothitelle and Reuniclus (Pokemon Black / White)

Posted on February 12, 2011

This week we’re highlighting two pure Psychic-type version exclusives, Gothitelle and Reuniclus. Gothitelle is exclusive to Pokemon Black, and she feels like a Jynx 2.0. Reuniclus, exclusive to White, is a blobby group of cells with great Special Attack. Find a friend to trade one for the other depending on the version you have, and let’s take a closer look…

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Analyzing The New Pokémon

Posted on February 12, 2011

When Nintendo first introduced Pokémon in 1996, players were
entranced by the creativity of the game’s 151 unique species of pocket monsters.
14 years later, the series now boasts roughly one hundred billion Pokémon in
its roster, and it appears that Nintendo is really scraping the bottom of the barrel
for new character designs.

How do these new contenders stack up against the veterans
like Pikachu, Squirtle, and that thing that has a plant growing out of its back? I
haven’t played a Pokémon game since the original Blue version, but that’s not
going to stop me from critiquing 31 of the new creatures from Black and White based
on the flimsiest of observations.

All of the following information and images are from
Nintendo’s official Pokémon Black and White website,
so be sure to check it out for more information.

Victini is classified as a Victory Pokémon – apparently that’s a category of Pokémon
now. So there you go; I guess we can skip the other 30 Pokémon, because Victini
apparently always wins. You’re probably going to want to catch one of these things as fast you can – they’re way better than creatures from the Defeat Pokémon
category.

In case the name and category weren’t enough to convince you
of how great Victini is, its special ability is called Victory Star, and it
also waves the victory sign whenever it gets the chance. Oh, its stupid head
also makes a big “V” too. That’s some unified character design right there.

Now here’s a category I can get behind. Basculin is classified as a Hostile Pokémon,
and it certainly looks the part. Basculin’s abilities are Reckless and
Adaptability, which seem to contradict each other, but I guess if you’re going
to be reckless you have to be able to adapt to whatever mess you create.
Basculin is a Water-based Pokémon, which should have been obvious since it’s a
fish.

Pansage is a Grass Monkey, which isn’t nearly as cool as a
Brass Monkey…that funky monkey. Pansage is also not as cool as that other Pokémon monkey
whose ass is on fire. However, I love the fact that its special ability is
Gluttony – that almost makes up for the broccoli growing out
of its head.

The best thing I can say about Alomomola is that its nearly-unpronounceable
name is a palindrome. That’s not a good sign. Alomomola is a Caring Pokémon,
which in a fighting tournament is about as helpful as a Pacifist Pokémon (I
wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a real category too). Its abilities are
Healer – which is helpful enough – and Hydration. Is that a problem in Pokémon games
nowadays? Do you have to worry about your monsters becoming dehydrated?  Something tells me that Basculin would wipe the sea floor with Alomomola, who would probably just say “Gee Basculin, that
was really great how you kicked my ass just now. Here, have a cup of water.”

Speaking of non-combatants: Deerling is a Season Pokémon,
who comes in four different colors depending on what time of the year it is.
These colors are pink in Spring, green in Summer, orange in Autumn, and…brown
in Winter? What does brown have to do with winter?!

Nothing about Deerling says that it would be a good Pokémon to
have in a fight – its abilities are Chlorophyll and Sap Sipper? What is going
on? Do Pokémon games have a non-fighting mode nowadays? Selecting this creature
would be like bringing a pug to a pitbull fight. All I can say is I would
really hate Deerling if it wasn’t so damned cute. Luckily though, Deerling is
adorable, and I kind of want one – I’m just not going to bring it into the
arena with me…

At first I thought Sewaddle got its name because it must
waddle when it walks, but then I realized the emphasis must be on the “sew”…because
it’s a Sewing Pokémon. Sewing should not be a category of Pokémon, unless there’s
some kind of sewing minigame now that I’m not aware of. Sewaddle also has
Chlorophyll as a (non)ability, but Swarm might be cool, and Struggle Bug’s
description sounds as helpful as its name is adorable. I don’t normally like
Grass-based Pokémon, but Sewaddle is alright in my book.

Watchog looks like a pissed-off meerkat. Its Illuminate ability
might be cool, but how good of a Lookout Pokémon can Watchog be if it got caught
in the first place? Keen Eye, huh? Have fun using that ability to stare at the
inside of your Pokéball prison…

Patrat is the Pokémon that Watchog evolves from, and is
equally worthless – clearly both its Keen Eye and Run Away abilities failed to
keep Patrat from getting caught. I’ll give this guy a break though, since he at least looks like he’s trying to do a good job, waving off the other Pokémon
until the coast is clear. Too bad Patrat has to “evolve” into such a
disgruntled-looking jerk.


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Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Marakacchi, Ishizumai, Zuruggu and their evolutions (Pokemon Black / White)

Posted on January 24, 2011

Another week, another set of brand-new Pokemon from Black and White to discuss. This week we’ve got a lovely cactus to share with you, along with a duo of crabs reminiscent of an old friend from Red and Blue, plus a pants-wearing lizard with unique typing. Let’s take a closer look…

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Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Basurao, Sandile, Darumakka and their evolutions (Pokemon Black / White)

Posted on January 17, 2011

We’ve got a little something for every Pokemon trainer this week, with three very different families of Pokemon, all next to each other in the Unova Pokedex, and each boasting a trait unique to their evolutionary line. Fiery primate Darmanitan is easily the most intriguingly unusual Pokemon we’ve encountered in Black and White so far, with a bizarre alternate form that adds a secondary type and completely shifts its stats, which only emerges when Darmanitan’s health is at 50% or less. Let’s take a closer look…

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Pokemon Black and White dated March 6 for North America

Posted on December 28, 2010

Nintendo’s encapsulated warrior creatures return to North America in a new adventure with Pokémon Black and Pokemon White on March 6, 2011. The two versions of the game continue the tradition of being slightly different (this time, slightly more than usual) with different locations, creatures and seasons available. The Black version will offer the Pokémon Reshiram and a setting called Black City, while White will contain the “lush, green area” of White Forest and let you capture Zekrom.

The game will also feature seasons this time around, with certain areas only becoming accessible during specific times of the year and several creatures — of the 150 new ones in the game — appearing more frequently at specific periods. Nintendo of America has made no mention of those classy Pokémon Black and White DSis with regards to a stateside release.

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Pokemon Black and White Spotlight: Monmen, Churine and their evolutions (Pokemon Black / White)

Posted on December 20, 2010

These two adorable pure Grass-types are Black & White version counterparts of each other, with wild Monmen available only in Black and wild Churine only available in White. However, they’re not quite version exclusives – it’s still technically possible to get both Pokemon without trading with someone who has the other version. Let’s see how, and take a closer look…

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Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Nageki and Dageki (Pokemon Black / White)

Posted on December 04, 2010

It’s no wonder that Black and White introduced two sets of Psychic/Flying Pokemon (Koromori and its evolution Kokoromori, plus Shimbora), because this generation also debuts four families of pure Fighting types (Psychic and Flying are Fighting’s two weaknesses). This week’s spotlight focuses on two vaguely related Fighting-type Pokemon that are clearly throwbacks to the original Red and Blue generation – Nageki and Dageki are the Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan of Black and White. But how do they compare?

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Pokémon Black/White: The Original Monster Collecting Franchise Evolves

Posted on December 04, 2010

After more than 10 years since the original Pokémon titles first hit Japan, the franchise has shown no sign of slowing down. Game Freak’s remakes of Gold and Silver were evidence that the classic collecting mechanic and rock-paper-scissors style battle system hadn’t lost their luster. Still, Pokémaniacs have anxiously waited for the franchise to take steps in a fresh direction, and with the upcoming releases of Pokémon Black and White versions, these loyal fans won’t have to wait much longer.

Pokémon Black and White versions immediately show off the fifth generation’s new direction with an animated cutscene. An uncharacteristically dark scene reveals a crowning ceremony for a mysterious young man with no supporting details as to who he is and the role he’ll play. The scene then jumps to a more upbeat scenario with the signature Pokémon theme song as the words “Hope,” “Dream,” and “Discovery” flash on screen, all the while expansive new environments of the Isshu region and images of a ton of new Pokémon just waiting to be captured are revealed.

With a quick introduction by Pokémon expert Dr. Araragi, you’re free to explore the bustling new world. While we know little about the plot at this point, you’re still responsible for collecting badges and battling stray trainers you’ll encounter on your quest that include confrontations with troublesome Team Plasma. After a few hours of exploring the Isshu region, you’ll notice more densely populated towns, tall housing structures spanning multiple floors, and the Pokémon Center and Poké Mart combined into a one-stop shop. Environments are colorful and detailed with each new area featuring its own catchy soundtrack. Camera angles dynamically change while traveling, giving the three-dimensional space a sense of large scale. You’ll have plenty of land to cover when seeking the 156 new Pokémon that appear in Black and White.

Players will select among three new starter Pokémon: Tsujara (grass-type), Mijumaru (water-type), and Pokabu (fire-type), and begin traversing from one grass patch to the next to engage monsters in combat. The battle system has received a graphical overhaul, as creatures are far more detailed and better animated than the old pixelated sprites. Camera angles shift to give a greater sense of action and battle music intensifies when your Pokémon are low on health. Up to three Pokémon are able to participate in some battle scenarios, introducing an element of party-based combat. Even though the battle mechanics remain similar to one-on-one, figuring out which half of your six Pokémon to call upon while being mindful of elemental strengths and weaknesses certainly shakes things up.

Pokémon Black and White have already been greeted with success in Japan, becoming the fastest selling DS games of all time. We will just have to wait a bit longer as Game Freak’s latest entries launch next spring in North America.

All details in this preview pertain to the Japanese version of Pokémon Black/White. Names in the North American version are subject to change. Preview of the North American version coming soon.

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Pokemon Black & White spotlight: Dangoro, Koromori and their evolutions (Pokemon Black / White)

Posted on November 14, 2010

Pokemon fans who’ve been with the series since Red and Blue can all attest that at this point we’re getting tired of Pokemon’s ubiquitous cave dwellers, Geodude and Zubat. Black and White’s Dangoro and Koromori, who are geode and bat Pokemon respectively, are clearly updated versions of the original cave duo, but are they upgrades or downgrades? Let’s take a closer look…

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