Pokemon Black & Pokemon White – March 8 TITLES: Pokemon Black & Pokemon White
RELEASE DATE: Just Out
If there was a GGSE in Pokemon there would be thousands of young fans with at least one in the bag.
To my mind the intricacies of Pokemon rival the Periodic Table, but it is amazing how fans can rattle off the evolution of each character off the top of their heads.
You would think that over the last 14 years Pokemon games released so far would have already covered every permutation possible, but you’d be wrong.
Pokemon Black and Pokemon White have just hit the shelves and there is a surprising amount of new features and, of course, new Pokemon to befriend and train.
Starting with your choice of Snivy, a Grass-type Pokémon, Tepig, a Fire-type Pokémon, and Oshawott, a Water-type Pokémon, you will be able to train up and evolve your chosen Pokémon into a powerful new one.
There are many ways to evolve Pokémon including levelling up, using certain special items and by trading a Pokémon with a friend.
Successfully evolve Tepig into Pignite, evolve Snivy to unleash Servine or try and evolve Oshawott into Dewott.
New to Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version are moves that create special effects when combined in battle.
Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, and their evolutions can learn Grass Pledge, Fire Pledge, and Water Pledge respectively. These moves can be used simultaneously in Double Battles and Triple Battles to create powerful combined moves.
Featuring more than 150 never-before-seen- Pokémon, in both Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, you will be able to train your Pokémon with the ultimate goal of taking on the Elite Four and battling on to becoming the Unova Champion!
You will embark on a journey catching and fighting hundreds of Pokemon which must beat Team Plasma’s seven sages.
Each of the two new games follow the formula used in previous Pokemon titles. Pokemon Black owners will be able to catch legendary dragon-fire pokemon, Reshiram, while Pokemon White players get dragon-electric monster Zekrom.
Pokemon Black also has its unique urban environment – Black City – while White Forest is available in the other version of the game.
Both games feature a new seasonal clock which changes the in-game world as each season passes in reality.
Thanks to the all-new connectivity features, you will be able to hone your fighting skills via the Random Matchup mode, using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
The launch of The Pokémon Global Link web site this Spring will give you the ability to sync your game play from your Nintendo DS to PCs via the Internet.
You will also be able to access customisable web-only content, befriend additional Pokémon, communicate with fellow Pokémon Trainers, earn and view Worldwide Battle Ratings, and more.
Players will be able to log onto Pokémon Global Link using their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts, which can be easily obtained for free at www.pokemon.co.uk.
In its lifetime Pokemon game sales already stand at more than 200m units and Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver sold more than 10m units last year alone – which is quite staggering. With the launch of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, sales are expected to be quite phenomenal.
So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for battle!
PAUL WHITFIELD, CHIPS GUISBOROUGH, 17 Market Place