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Pokémon Black and White Versions

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Pokémon Black Version
ポケットモンスター ブラック
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Pokémon Black Version's boxart, featuring Reshiram
Pokémon White Version
ポケットモンスター ホワイト
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Pokémon White Version's boxart, featuring Zekrom
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Basic info
Platform: Nintendo DS*
Category: RPG
Players: 1-4 players simultaneous
Connectivity: DS Wireless, Wi-Fi, IR
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation V core series
Ratings
CERO: A
ESRB: E
ACB: G
OFLC: G
PEGI: 3
GRB: ALL
Release dates
Japan: September 18, 2010[1]
North America: March 6, 2011[2]
Australia: March 10, 2011[3][4]
Europe: March 4, 2011[5]
South Korea: April 21, 2011[6]
Websites
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
Nintendo.co.jp
Official site
English: Pokémon.com
Nintendo.com (Black)
Nintendo.com (White)
Official site
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Boxart of Pocket Monsters Black
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Boxart of Pocket Monsters White
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Pokémon Black Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ブラック Pocket Monsters Black) and Pokémon White Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ホワイト Pocket Monsters White) are the primary paired versions of Generation V.

Black and White follow the trends set up by previous games in the series. Two player characters (one male and one female) travel a new region, Unova, on their Pokémon journeys. This region is inhabited by various Pokémon, and unlike before, none of those available prior to Generation V can be obtained before entering the Hall of Fame.

The games' names were revealed on the official Japanese Pokémon website on April 9, 2010, and scans from the subsequent issue of the magazine leaked the following day, April 10.

Pokémon Black and White are followed by two sequels, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, which are set two years after the events of Black and White and are the second and final paired versions of Generation V.

Plot

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The game starts in Nuvema Town in the player's room with Cheren, a childhood friend. Professor Juniper has left a gift box for the two and Bianca, another one of the player's friends, who arrives a little later. The box contains three Pokémon that the player can choose from. After the selection, Bianca will request a battle. When the battle is over, the room becomes cluttered due to the battle. Cheren heals both the player's and Bianca's Pokémon, and begins a battle with the player as well. If the player loses to Cheren, he will gloat about his victory. The three then go downstairs, and Cheren and Bianca will leave the house while the player's mother will heal the Pokémon.

The player visits Bianca's house, where she and her father are having an argument about her going on a Pokémon journey. Bianca storms out of the house, and the player follows her to Professor Juniper's lab, where Cheren has been waiting. In the lab, Professor Juniper will give the player a chance to nickname the selected starter Pokémon, and give each of the three a Pokédex. Upon leaving the lab, they will be greeted by the player's mother, who will hand everyone a Town Map.

From then on, the player will set off on adventures through the Unova region. Along the way, the player, Cheren, and Bianca will battle eight Gym Leaders, while trying to complete the Pokédex. After managing to obtain all eight Badges, the player will head to the Pokémon League to battle the Elite Four and the Champion. Cheren decides to pursue strength and Bianca realizes that she cannot match the skills of the player or Cheren.

However, the adventure does not go as smoothly as expected, as the evil Team Plasma will be encountered along the way to the Pokémon League. Team Plasma's goal is to separate Pokémon from people; claiming that humans are only hindrances to the lives and interests of Pokémon. The player will occasionally encounter N, the mysterious leader of the organization. Ghetsis, a co-founding member of the Seven Sages, has a secret, different goal from N's. The player must learn of and thwart their plans in order to save the relationship between Pokémon and their Trainers.

However, unlike previous games, the player will not be battling the Champion of the Unova region after first defeating the Elite Four. Once the player enters the Champion's room, N is seen triumphantly boasting over Alder, and proceeds to summon his castle to ambush and attach to the Pokémon League. The player traverses through the castle to find N and his legendary dragon, who claims to be the hero. However, the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW in the player's Bag is released and summons the second dragon hero, ReshiramB/ZekromW, which the player captures and uses to battle and defeat N.

Once defeated, Ghetsis angrily intervenes, revealing his intentions of creating Team Plasma for his own interests of power, and how N and the idea of Pokémon liberation were merely his tools. In a rage, he battles the player in an attempt to eliminate any witnesses of the truth. His actions are futile, however, and N reconsiders his actions and ideas.

After defeating N and Ghetsis, however, the game is not over, as there are further activities to be done. After beating the game, the player will return to their house and see his/her mother next to Looker, who will be disguised as the player's mother temporarily. He explains that he needs help rounding up the Seven Sages of Team Plasma that are hidden across Unova. Also, Route 11 and Marvelous Bridge open up, allowing access to Black City or White Forest, Undella Town, and Lacunosa Town. The player may also access Giant Chasm, within which Kyurem may be battled and captured. The routes surrounding these areas contain many Pokémon native to the other four regions. Alder himself may also be battled in proper Champion fashion.

Pokémon outbreaks will now occur across Unova's routes as well. Additionally, a series of strong windstormsB/thunderstormsW will occur across routes, indicating the presence of a roaming TornadusB/ThundurusW, which can be battled and caught. In Caitlin's villa in Undella Town, the player will encounter Cynthia, the Champion of the Sinnoh region. She will battle the player, remarking about the striking similarities the player shares with another young Trainer from Sinnoh.

Blurb

A new world filled with never-before-seen Pokémon!
What are the true motives of Team Plasma and the mysterious N? What is the secret of the Legendary Pokémon? Adventure across the Unova region and discover all-new Pokémon!

Features

Black and White returns features present in previous generations, such as day, time, Abilities and the split between Physical and Special moves. Certain ones, however, such as Pokémon following their Trainers and the Battle Frontier, have been left out. Black and White also features a great deal of general graphical enhancements over previous generations, such as a higher level of 3D graphics and creative camera angles.

In addition to the improved graphics, a number of aesthetic changes have been made from previous generations, including an altered battle scene containing fully animated Pokémon battle sprites as well as a dynamic camera that changes focus to highlight specific parts of the battle. Also, when talking to people, speech balloons for dialog will appear over people's heads, rather than a simple dialog box.

In the international versions, Pokémon names are no longer displayed in all capital letters, following the trend set in Generation IV of no longer displaying the names of characters, items and locations in all capital letters. Pokémon transferred from Generation IV will keep an all-caps species name unless they are evolved in Generation V, considering that they can evolve.

C-Gear

Main article: C-Gear

The C-Gear allows players to use certain multiplayer functions while anywhere in the game world. These functions vary with the type of communication used: wireless, Wi-Fi and infrared. The C-Gear is similar to the Pokétch in that it fills the bottom screen, but its applications are much different.

On the C-Gear, as well as in battle, the current time is displayed in 12-hour format, however, at the hours of 12:00 AM and PM, the hour displays as 0, rather than 12, as a 24-hour clock, such as that on the DS and in the Generation IV games, would display midnight.

Players can use the Xtransceiver to talk to other players; this utilizes the camera when played on systems that have one.

Pokémon Global Link

Main article: Pokémon Global Link

The Pokémon Global Link is a multiplayer feature that makes use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and is the equivalent of the fourth generation GTS. In addition to providing the features of the GTS, it allows players to upload their save files to the Pokémon Global Link website to access the Pokémon Dream World. Players can also go to the Pokémon Center to enter Random Matchup where they can battle a random person also connected to Random Matchup. The Global Link is also the place where players can download exclusive content including C-Gear and Pokédex skins and additional Pokémon Musical songs.

Pokémon Dream World

Main article: Pokémon Dream World

The Pokémon Dream World is a special feature of the Generation V games which is operated via the website Pokémon-GL.com. The Dream World allows players to send a Pokémon to the Internet to obtain items and meet other Pokémon, making the website in a way such that it is a Generation V analog to the Pokéwalker.

Many Pokémon that are found here are not found in the Unova region, and would otherwise have to be migrated from a Generation IV game to be used. All of the Pokémon available here have their Hidden Abilities, which can only be obtained via special means.

As of January 14, 2014, the Dream World has been closed and is no longer available.

Entralink

Main article: Entralink

The Entralink is a new feature in Pokémon Black and White which allows contact with other players over local wireless. It is a multiplayer area in central Unova; Pokémon obtained in the Pokémon Dream World can be caught here. In combination with the C-Gear, it is possible to travel through Unova with other players and battle, trade and perform various multiplayer sidequests.

Pokémon Musical

Main article: Pokémon Musical

Pokémon Contests, which have been present since Generation III, are replaced by the Pokémon Musicals. Similar to the Super Contests in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Trainers have to dress up their Pokémon with different accessories. The Pokémon will then compete by dancing on the theater stage with the other entrants. They are held in Nimbasa City.

Seasons

Main article: Seasons

Much like Generation II introduced a system of time, Generation V features a system of seasons. Seasons change every month, thus completing three cycles per year. With it comes aesthetic changes in the region, as well as some changes with the Pokémon found in the wild. It also reflects real life in affecting the time each part of the day is; for example, in winter, night from is 19:00 to 6:59, but in summer it is from 21:00 to 3:59. Additionally, Deerling and its evolution Sawsbuck change forms every season. Some areas can only be accessed in certain seasons.

Sprite animations

While already featured in previous games, Pokémon sprites in Black and White remain animated throughout the battle. Additionally, full back sprites are now present in the games. Some, but not all, Pokémon use animated versions of their Generation IV sprites, occasionally with minor modifications to the original Generation IV sprites. All Trainers, on the other hand, with the exception of Bianca, Cheren and N, return to sprites with no animations.

Changing music

Whereas in previous games, the music was the same during entire battles (other than when the player's Pokémon has less than ¼ health remaining), in Generation V, things such as battle music may change with the situation. For example, when battling a Gym Leader's last Pokémon, the music changes to a remix of the main theme. The warning sound heard when a Pokémon has less than ¼ of its maximum HP remaining has also been remixed into its own music. "Rare" Pokémon also get their own theme. Although this isn't technically new, the seasons change the music in certain places as well, though these changes are mostly the instruments heard. This is similar to the day/night cycle in Generation IV.

Weather conditions

Unlike previous generations, the weather is shown only once, during the first turn. Instead of showing it again every turn until the condition ends, there will be an icon on the touch screen showing current weather (or no icon if there's no weather currently). However, unused text exists in the game for hail and sandstorm.

Triple Battles

Main article: Triple Battle

In a Triple Battle, three Pokémon on each side are sent out at once. There are restrictions as to which Pokémon can attack which opponent. The Pokémon in the middle can attack all three on the other side, but the ones on either side cannot attack the Pokémon on the far side of the opposite end. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, through the use of moves such as Pluck or Aura Sphere. The Pokémon Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour were introduced to showcase this new feature. The position of each Pokémon can be changed during the battle; however, a turn will be used up.

Rotation Battles

Main article: Rotation Battle

Rotation Battles are similar to Triple Battles in that three Pokémon in each team are sent onto each side; however, they are sent out onto a circular platform. The platform can be rotated a third of the way around without wasting a turn. The Pokémon which is in the third of the circle facing the opponent is the one currently active. Strategy revolves around predicting which Pokémon the opponent will switch to and switching to the appropriate Pokémon on the player's side.

Word filter

Pokémon Black and White implemented a blacklist on name inputs. They are the first core series games with this feature.

Gyms

Pokémon Black and White brings back the traditional eight Gyms, but with it a total of eleven Gym Leaders. They are Cilan, Chili, and Cress (Grass, Fire, and Water, respectively), Lenora (Normal), Burgh (Bug), Elesa (Electric), Clay (Ground), Skyla (Flying), Brycen (Ice), and Drayden and Iris (Dragon). Cilan, Chili, or Cress are battled if the player has chosen the Water-type, Grass-type, or Fire-type starter Pokémon, respectively. Drayden is battled in Pokémon Black while Iris is battled in Pokémon White.

Elite Four and Champion

Unlike previous games, the Elite Four can be battled in any order. After battling all four, a path to the Champion is unlocked. The Elite Four members are Shauntal (Ghost), Grimsley (Dark), Caitlin (Psychic), and Marshal (Fighting). However, the player is not able to battle the Champion before defeating Team Plasma. Later, after defeating the Elite Four in a rematch, the player will face Champion Alder, who uses a variety of types. Caitlin is the same person present in the Battle Castle who was alongside her butler Darach in Generation IV.

Technical Machines

There are now 95 Technical Machines, and, unlike in previous generations, they now have infinite uses, much like Hidden Machines. Due to this major change, only a few TMs can be bought, and now the current PP of the replaced move remains when a new move is taught.

New Pokémon

See Category:Generation V Pokémon

Black and White bring a total of 156 new Pokémon, higher than any other generation, bringing the overall total to 649 from the 493 present in Generation IV. While some new Pokémon may have similarities to previously introduced Pokémon, none of the new Pokémon are related by evolution to any of the 493 introduced previously.

The first Pokémon to be revealed were Zoroark and Zorua on February 10, 2010, who were both featured in Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Following that, the starter Pokémon Snivy, Oshawott, and Tepig were revealed in the May 2010 issue of CoroCoro. Unlike previous generations, no other new Pokémon were featured in the main anime prior to the games' Japanese release.

Version-exclusive Pokémon

Black
013 013 Weedle Bug Poison
014 014 Kakuna Bug Poison
015 015 Beedrill Bug Poison
198 198 Murkrow Dark Flying
228 228 Houndour Dark Fire
229 229 Houndoom Dark Fire
285 285 Shroomish Grass
286 286 Breloom Grass Fighting
311 311 Plusle Electric
430 430 Honchkrow Dark Flying
574 574 Gothita Psychic
575 575 Gothorita Psychic
576 576 Gothitelle Psychic
629 629 Vullaby Dark Flying
630 630 Mandibuzz Dark Flying
641 641 Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
Flying
643 643 Reshiram Dragon Fire
White
010 010 Caterpie Bug
011 011 Metapod Bug
012 012 Butterfree Bug Flying
046 046 Paras Bug Grass
047 047 Parasect Bug Grass
200 200 Misdreavus Ghost
261 261 Poochyena Dark
262 262 Mightyena Dark
312 312 Minun Electric
429 429 Mismagius Ghost
577 577 Solosis Psychic
578 578 Duosion Psychic
579 579 Reuniclus Psychic
627 627 Rufflet Normal Flying
628 628 Braviary Normal Flying
642 642 Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
Electric Flying
644 644 Zekrom Dragon Electric


The following Pokémon can only be found in White Forest, which is exclusive to Pokémon White. All of these Pokémon are found at level 5 and cannot be avoided through the use of Repel or similar means:

White Forest only
016 016 Pidgey Normal Flying
029 029 Nidoran♀ Poison
032 032 Nidoran♂ Poison
043 043 Oddish Grass Poison
063 063 Abra Psychic
066 066 Machop Fighting
069 069 Bellsprout Grass Poison
081 081 Magnemite Electric Steel
092 092 Gastly Ghost Poison
111 111 Rhyhorn Ground Rock
137 137 Porygon Normal
175 175 Togepi Normal
179 179 Mareep Electric
187 187 Hoppip Grass Flying
194 194 Wooper Water Ground
239 239 Elekid Electric
240 240 Magby Fire
265 265 Wurmple Bug
270 270 Lotad Water Grass
273 273 Seedot Grass
280 280 Ralts Psychic
283 283 Surskit Bug Water
287 287 Slakoth Normal
293 293 Whismur Normal
298 298 Azurill Normal
304 304 Aron Steel Rock
328 328 Trapinch Ground
341 341 Corphish Water
371 371 Bagon Dragon
396 396 Starly Normal Flying
403 403 Shinx Electric
406 406 Budew Grass Poison
440 440 Happiny Normal
  • When Genesect is holding a Drive, the light on its back changes color. The Burn and Shock Drives are exclusive to Black, while the Douse and Chill Drives are exclusive to White.
  • While Cottonee and Petilil are only available in the wild in Black and White respectively, there is an in-game trade in Nacrene City for the Pokémon which is exclusive to the other game. By extension, this also allows Whimsicott and Lilligant to be obtained in the versions they are otherwise unobtainable in.
  • While Volbeat and Illumise are only available in the wild in Black and White respectively, Illumise can breed with any male Pokémon in the Bug Egg Group, Human-Like Egg Group or Ditto to produce Eggs that have an 50% chance of hatching into Volbeat. Likewise, breeding Volbeat with Ditto may produce Illumise Eggs.
  • Wild Huntail are exclusive to Black, while wild Gorebyss are exclusive to White, but Clamperl can be found and evolved in both games.
  • Several version-exclusive Pokémon can also be obtained via the Pokémon Dream World.

Compatibility

Black and White are able to connect with all fourth generation core series games, as well as their sequels Black 2 and White 2. Pokémon from Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver are able to be sent to these games using the Poké Transfer. Like the transfer available in Pal Park, Pokémon sent to Black and White from Generation IV games cannot be returned to their original games. Some event Pokémon released in Generation IV have the ability to unlock more events in Generation V: Raikou, Entei, Suicune and Celebi, transferable via an exclusive method called the Relocator, unlock Zorua and Zoroark. Likewise, the Lock Capsule transferred from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver yields TM95 (Snarl), but this event has yet to take place and can only be obtained through use of cheating devices.

Black and White also have the ability to connect to the Internet, accessing the Pokémon Dream World; Pokémon acquired in this manner are obtained in the Entree Forest. Although the game cartridges contain infrared technology similar to that used in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black and White are unable to connect with the Pokéwalker.

The Korean versions, unlike all Korean Generation IV games, can communicate with international versions without any issues.

DSi features

Pokémon Black and White Versions are DSi-enhanced games, meaning that they have certain features which are only enabled when played on a system in the Nintendo DSi or Nintendo 3DS family. These features are as follows.

  • These games can recognize and connect to routers with WPA connections.
  • The camera can be used during Xtransceiver communications with other players.
  • The C-Gear shows the system power using three bars in a battery icon rather than two.
  • On the home screen of the handheld console, the Poké Ball on the game's icon will wiggle.

Reception

Black and White's perfect score

Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokémon Black and White Versions perfect scores. The reviewers were highly impressed with the fresh approach that the game has taken, from the graphics to the new features to the diversity of the Pokémon. The reviewers were also impressed by the Wi-Fi and PC features.

Very few games have received a perfect score of 40/40, the first of which was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Game Informer gave the games 8.75 out of 10. Videogamer.com gave the games a 9 out of 10. Nintendo Power gave the games a 9.0 out of 10. Edge gave the games an 8/10. The Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game 95%. IGN gave the games a 9.0 out of 10.

Staff

Main article: Staff of Pokémon Black and White

Music

Main article: Pokémon Black & Pokémon White: Super Music Collection

The soundtrack contains all of the background music from the games, composed by Shota Kageyama, Junichi Masuda, Hitomi Satō, Gō Ichinose, Morikazu Aoki, Minako Adachi, and Satoshi Nohara. The music is arranged by Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Satō, Gō Ichinose, and Minako Adachi.

Beta elements

Main article: Pokémon Black and White beta

Pre-order bonuses

  • In Japan, people could receive a Reshiram sound drop by pre-ordering Pokémon Black and a Zekrom sound drop by pre-ordering Pokémon White.
  • In the USA, Toys "R" Us offered Reshiram and Zekrom wall clings to anyone who pre-ordered the game.
  • In the UK, Gamestation offered three styluses for the DS, each one featuring one of the Unova starter Pokémon to anyone who pre-ordered the game.
  • In the UK, GAME offered an exclusive poster to anyone who pre-ordered the game.
  • In Australia, JB Hi-Fi offered a Nintendo DS case featuring Reshiram and Zekrom to anyone who pre-ordered the game.
  • In Mexico, Gameplanet offered a white T-shirt featuring Zekrom for pre-ordering Pokémon White and a black T-shirt featuring Reshiram for pre-ordering Pokémon Black. Each T-shirt had their corresponding version logos, the Nintendo DS logo and the Gameplanet store logo. The event Celebi for Generation IV games was also promoted as a pre-order exclusive, but in reality it could be obtained by anyone with a Generation IV game in the store.

Trivia

  • The developers included antiwar ideas in Pokémon Black and White.[7] Game Freak also spent about a year and a half developing the story and characters.[8]
  • The European versions of Black and White were translated directly from the original Japanese version, rather than being translated from the American version like with previous games.[9]
  • The credits of the Japanese versions are shown in English if character mode is set to kanji.
  • Pokémon Black and White are the first core series games to require the version mascot to be specifically caught; if the battle ends by any other means (such as causing ReshiramB or ZekromW to faint), the story will not proceed, and the player will have to try again. If the player is unable to catch their mascot because of a full party and PC boxes, the story will proceed anyway, and the Pokémon will be waiting for them at Dragonspiral Tower later.
  • Pokémon Black and White each have a mascot of the color of their counterpart version.
  • The font used in the text of dialogues by the Japanese versions is the same one seen in pre-release media of the Japanese versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • When the games were advertised or reported on Pokémon Sunday, the song Black or White by Michael Jackson was played multiple times as a reference to the titles of the games.
  • These games are the only core series games to be available in Europe before the United States, being released 2 days earlier. However, these are not the only Pokémon titles, as this was also the case with the spin-off games Pokémon Dash and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure.
  • The slogan used in the commercials for these games is "Start From a New Beginning".
  • Black and White are the only core series games in which the region's Champion is not the final boss before the credits.
  • Due to the DS cartridges being black, Pokémon Black is technically the first Pokémon game since Emerald to have its cartridge match the color of the game.
  • Both the English/European language and Japanese logos of Black and White feature white and black borders, respectively, to represent Reshiram and Zekrom (who are the opposite color from the game they are featured in). The sequels' logos feature black and white borders matching the game version, the legendary mascot (Black or White Kyurem), and the rest of the logo.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポケットモンスター ブラック・ホワイト
French Canada Flag.png Canada Pokémon Version Noire et Version Blanche
Pokémon Black Version et White Version*
France Flag.png Europe Pokémon Version Noire et Version Blanche
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Schwarze Edition und Weiße Edition
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Versione Nera e Versione Bianca
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬스터 블랙·화이트 Pocket Monsters Black and White
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Pokémon Edición Negra y Edición Blanca

See also

References

  1. Pokémon.co.jp
  2. Pokémon.com (US)
  3. Nintendo of Australia - Pokémon Black Version
  4. Nintendo of Australia - Pokémon White Version
  5. Pokémon.com (UK)
  6. Nintendo of Korea
  7. Dan Vinci magazine
  8. Game Freak's blog
  9. The brains behind Pokemon Black and White Interview • Page 2 • Interviews • Eurogamer.net


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