Pokémon Black & White Version 2 and Pokémon Dream Radar Launch Oct. 7

According to a press release, Pokémon Black Version 2, Pokémon White Version 2, and Pokémon Dream Radar will all be released on October 7 of this year. The first two are sequels to the popular Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version and will be released on cartridges for the Nintendo DS. The Pokémon Dream Radar will be a downloadable app from the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS, and it will add functionality for those playing the games on the 3DS.

Additionally, according to the official Pokémon web site, Pokédex 3D Pro is a Nintendo 3DS application that will be released later this year. It will feature stats and information on every known Pokémon, including evolution paths and lists of moves each can learn.

You can read the full press release below:

Dive into the world of Pokémon like never before when two new Nintendo DS Pokémon games and a downloadable Nintendo 3DS title arrive this October. The successors to the acclaimed Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 are set to launch for the Nintendo DS family of systems (playable on Nintendo 3DS in 2D mode) on Sunday, Oct. 7. Pokémon Dream Radar will also be available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on the same day. This downloadable Nintendo 3DS title allows Nintendo 3DS owners to catch their favorite Pokémon, including some very rare ones, via the Nintendo 3DS camera, motion control and augmented-reality technology, and transfer them into Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

“Fans will want to count the days until Oct. 7, when they’ll not only get to play the successor to one of the biggest Pokémon adventures ever, but also expand their Pokémon experience to the Nintendo 3DS with Pokémon Dream Radar,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “No matter whether people are playing on Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS, they’ll be getting an incredible Pokémon experience that expands upon the beloved Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games.”

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 bring players back to the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. There are many new areas to discover in the region, and exciting changes to previously visited places for players to explore. One new area is Virbank City, where players will be able to visit Pokéstar Studios and star in their own movie with their favorite Pokémon. The movie a player creates premieres at the in-game theater, where the audience gives it a rating. Movies are rated based on script choices and battle move sequence, and players can even create sequels to existing movies. There are many movie genres to choose from, including romantic comedy and horror.

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will also give fans of the original games a chance to catch up with some familiar friends. In this game, Cheren and Bianca return two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, and a lot has changed. Bianca is now the assistant to Professor Juniper, helping her with Pokémon research. Cheren is now a Gym Leader and a teacher at a school in Aspertia City – the starting location for this adventure.

In Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, players will also be able to catch some of the Pokémon from outside the Unova region, such as Eevee, Riolu, Tyranitar, Arcanine and Mareep, right from the start of the game. If they are playing on Nintendo 3DS, players can transfer Pokémon they have caught with Pokémon Dream Radar into their Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games (visible in 2D only). Pokémon Dream Radar lets players use several different features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the Nintendo 3DS camera, motion control and augmented-reality technology, to discover and catch Pokémon. The game includes hard-to-find Pokémon such as the new Therian Formes of Legendary Pokémon Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus.

Additionally, players can learn all about their favorite Pokémon by purchasing Pokédex 3D Pro from the Nintendo eShop. This enhanced and upgraded version of the original Pokédex 3D includes detailed information about every known Pokémon featured in the history of the Pokémon video game series.

For more information about Pokémon Black Version 2, Pokémon White Version 2, Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro, visit http://www.pokemon.com/BlackWhite2.


Analysis: I’m actually kind of surprised this is hitting the shelves before the Christmas season. That said, these games and apps will sell either way, but I expected them to ride off the high of the holiday season. I guess the idea is to empty people’s wallets while they’re not being bombarded with other options, which is smart. Either way, I’m interested to see how these games turn out and if the added 3DS functionality enhances the gameplay. I also think Nintendo is branching out to some really interesting ideas and I hope they continue to experiment. I think I’m actually most excited for the apps because I’d like to be able to see Pokémon in 3D, especially if they also improve on the complaints I had about Pokédex 3D. I also think it’d be neat to use the 3DS camera to catch Pokémon.

I have to say, though, I’m not too terribly excited about the Pokéstar Studios addition because I’m the kind of person who would appreciate a better plot and the ability to catch more Pokémon without having to have all of the other games more than mini-games like that. I think people are really going to start wanting the game once we begin to hear about what Pokémon will be available in each version. I’m excited to know that we can catch some of the previous generations’ Pokémon from the beginning of the game, and hopefully, other Pokémon from previous gens will be easily available as well.

Either way, I’ve already preordered the game and I’ll be getting the apps. I’ll be looking forward to seeing if Nintendo can improve upon the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games and breathe some fresh air into what some have argued is a stagnant series. I always try to not get my hopes up too much for upcoming games, but this looks like it has a chance of being pretty good.

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