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Victini: Pokémon #000

July 26th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Pokémon Sunday revealed the newest pokémon coming to Black and White last Sunday. Victini will join Reshiram and Zekrom as the newest legendary for the Isshu region.

Breaking normal conventions, Victini will be the first pokémon to be classified with the number 000 in the pokédex.

Nintendo plans to make Victini an event-only pokémon, only available through the use of the Wi-Fi obtainable “Victory Ticket” item. The item will be distributed starting September 18 (the games’ launch) and will continue on to October 18.


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More Cosmetic Differences Between Pokémon Black & White

July 20th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

This video from Japanese TV program Pokémon Sunday show off the new features announced for the upcoming Black and White versions.

As it turns out, Black City and White Forest, the version-exclusive locations that had some people worried about, are nothing more than texture swaps of each other. There are other minor differences like stairs and whatnot, but it looks like the locations are essentially the same.

We also get a look at the new rivals you’ll undoubtedly run into multiple times over the course of your journey. Unlike previous versions, it appears that you will have multiple rivals. However, like previous versions, Cheren (blue jacket) and Belle (orange vest) are childhood friends of the player and their starting pokémon will be based on your choice.

The other two characters introduced are Makomo, a saccharine-looking friend of Professor Araragi, and N, a mysterious trainer looking to separate Pokémon and humans.


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An Early Look At Video Chatting in Pokémon Black & White

July 15th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

The recently announced “Live Caster” video chatting mode for Pokémon Black and White was demonstrated on a Japanese TV program, and as you can see, it’s not working too well.

Aside from the feed of the person using the DSi, video of the other chatters are really choppy. It could just be an issue of the feature still being in its early stages, but it does make me worry about how good 2-person Wi-Fi chatting will be if it’s already struggling with local wireless.

Game Freak still has a couple of months before the came launches, so there’s still time for them to work out the kinks and polish things. Let’s hope that they actually do so.


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Video Chatting Coming to Pokémon Black & White

July 12th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

New features and minor tweaks are all in the latest Pokémon story in Japanese magazine CoroCoro.

The upcoming Pokémon Black and White will include a new “Live Caster” mode, which allows players to video chat with other players, both locally and online. Naturally, this feature is exclusive to the DSi and 3DS.

According to the article, the mode allows four people to video conference with up to four people locally, and two people over Wi-Fi. Also, the Live Caster feature is limited only to people you have exchanged Friend Codes with. A perfectly understandable restriction, as you don’t want kids getting exposed to the Chatroulette-esque random penis while trying to talk about Bidoofs.

Black and White will also have a Tag Mode, dubbed “Pass by Mode,” which will play some optional part in assisting you on your adventure; however, it was not specified in the magazine.

In addition to the new features, the games will have version exclusive areas: White Forest or Black City.

Lastly, the new three-on-three battles we saw in those gameplay videos from last month will feature front and back line positioning, which will be a factor in determining attack strength and effectiveness.


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3-on-3 Battles, New Pokémon in Black/White Trailer

June 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

A new trailer for Pokémon Black and White has come out, and this one features some slightly new additions to the basic Pocket Monster formula.

For the first time ever, trainers will now be able to take part in 3-on-3 battles. An interesting change, to say the least, but I’m curious to see if these battles will be strategically different from the 2-on-2 battles introduced in Ruby/Sapphire.

Also, new pokémon!

From left to right: (top row) Ononokusu and Doryuuzu (bottom row) Desukaan and Denchura.

And some yet unnamed guys.


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Pokémon Black and White Go On Tour In Japan

June 18th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Starting early this August and continuing through mid September, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company will be taking Pokémon Black and White on tour throughout Japan.

Fans will get the chance to play both games before their release dates and learn more about what to expect when they both come out this September.

No word on whether or not Nintendo America will hold a similar event.


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New Black/White Pokémon in Latest CoroCoro Scans

June 11th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

The latest issue of Japanese magazine CoroCoro has some information and pictures of some new pokémon set to debut in the upcoming Black and White versions’ Isshu region.

As with all new regions, there is another professor to serve as the authority on the new pokémon. This time, it’s Professor Araragi. As a first for the games, she’s also the first female professor.

Pokémon Black and White will introduce new random matches over Wi-Fi through the Global Terminals, which are now inside Pokémon Centers. Also, there is apparently the feature to “upload your Black and White save file to the Internet,” but it’s unclear as to what this actually means.

Now for the new pokémon:

  • The cuddly little guy above is Chiramii, a Chinchilla Pokémon. It’s a normal-type and knows the move “Sweep Slap,” a multi-hit attack. It’s abilities are “Cute Charm” and “Technician”.
  • Munna, the Psychic-type Dream Eater Pokémon, knows “Telekinesis,” which causes the opponent to float. It’s abilities are “Forewarn” and “Synchronize”.
  • Gear, the, um, Gear Pokémon, is a Steel-type that knows “Gear Saucer,” an attack that hits multiple times. It’s abilities are “Plus” and “Minus”.
  • The Normal/Flying-type Mamepato is a Baby Pigeon Pokémon and has the abilities “Pidgeon Breast” and “Super Luck”.
  • Hihidaruma, a Fire-type, is the Flaming Pokémon (snicker) and has the ability “Encourage”.
  • The Charged Pokémon Shimama is an Electric-type with the abilities “Lightning Rod” and “Motor Drive.” It know the move “Wild Volt,” an strong attack that hurts the user, as well.
  • Meguroko, the Desert Crocodile Pokémon, is a Ground/Dark-type and has the abilities “Intimidate” and “Earthquake Spiral,” which raises its attack when the opponent is knocked out.
  • The Black cover legendary (which is ironically white) Reshiram is a Dragon/Fire type and has the ability “Turbo Blaze”.
  • The White legendary Zekrom is a Dragon/Electric-type and has the ability “Terra Voltage”.

All the scans from the CoroCoro issue have been posted after the break. This post has already taken up enough space as is.


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U.S./Europe Get Pokémon Black/White This Spring

May 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Trainers in the West get to take their first steps in the Isshu region this spring when Pokémon Black and White makes its way across the ocean. Two new pokémon were revealed to commemorate the announcement, but they’re not just any run-of-the-mill pocket monsters, they’re the two legendaries who will no doubt grace the game’s boxes: Reshiram and Zekrom.

I’m actually surprised that Nintendo is sticking with the Black and White monikers for the West. There’s just this trivial thought in the back of my head that believes there will be some overly sensitive idiot who will claim that the titles promote racism. I don’t want a non-issue like this to be blown way out of proportion like the Resident Evil 5 racism fiasco, but I just can’t shake off this feeling.

Pokémon Black and White U.S. Website


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CoroCoro Reveals New Pokémon Starters

May 12th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

The three silhouetted pokémon we saw on Pokémon Sunday were revealed in the latest issue of CoroCoro, and they’re… ehhh.

These are probably my least favorite generation of starter designs yet. There’s just a kind of blandness about them. I hope they at least evolve into some thing badass.

CoroCoro hasn’t confirmed it, but they believe that the names of the starters of the newly named Isshu region are Pokabu (fire), Mijumaru (water) and Tsutaja (grass).

Scans of the magazine revealed the designs of the new trainers as well. It’s said that the characters will be a little older than previous games, and while I don’t quite see an age difference, their designs are notably better than beret boy and overall girl from the previous generations.


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Who’s That Pokémon? The Black and White Starters!

May 10th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

I know I’m late to the party on this one, but I was busy/sick this weekend and couldn’t really keep up with the news.

Japanese TV show Pokémon Sunday revealed the silhouettes of the three new starters trainers will get to choose in the upcoming Pokémon Black and White. The three join Zorua and Zoroark as the only new pokémon we know will  appear in the new, unnamed region.

There’s very little doubt that this generation will stray from the “Fire, Grass and Water” starter triangle, but based on just the silhouettes, I’m having a hard time figuring out which one is which. The one on the right kind of looks like the water type, what with the beaver-esque tail. I will lose my shit if it turns out to be some sort of platypus pokémon.


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