What's black and white and packed with new features that portable gaming fans will love? Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2, both launching Oct. 7 for the Nintendo DS family of hand-held systems (also playable in 2D on Nintendo 3DS systems), which deliver a wealth of new options and story elements that experienced Pokemon fans and newcomers alike can instantly enjoy.
Revisiting the imaginative Unova two years after the events of 2011's Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon 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 Pokemon as possible. The ability to make your own Pokemon movies, connect with other players in new ways and enjoy a new storyline add even more fun to the mix.
In Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2, players take on the role of a Pokemon Trainer who must explore new areas of the Unova region two years after the events of Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version. This marks the first time in the history of the core Pokemon 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 Pokemon more easily than ever before. A newly upgraded Pokedex also makes it simpler to find data and track Pokemon -- including new forms of Legendary Pokemon.
"The amount of new features and content in Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 is remarkable," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive VP of Sales & Marketing. "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."
Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon. When players connect wirelessly with others, they're rewarded with more shops on Join Avenue and more choices for enhancing their Pokemon's abilities.
Other new features in Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 include the new Pokemon World Tournament mode, which lets players battle Gym Leaders from regions in previous Pokemon video games. There's also Pokestar Studios, a movie "studio" near Virbank where players can use a variety of scripts to make their own customized Pokemon movies and release them to an audience. Players who experienced Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon 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 Pokemon Dream Radar from the Nintendo eShop. Also launching on Oct. 7 at a price of $2.99, Pokemon Dream Radar lets players use the built-in Nintendo 3DS camera and motion controls to catch Pokemon, which can then be transferred into Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2. The Pokedex 3D Pro application launches in the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 8 at a price of $14.99, allowing players to see more than 640 Pokemon in full 3D and offering information that Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 players will find especially useful.
The original Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon 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 Pokemon. 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.
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