Proudly being the newest game versions of the famous Pokémon series, 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 also the original paired versions of the 5th Generation. These games were released in September 18th 2010 in Japan and were set to bring up a revolution of Pokémon.
Pokémon Black and Pokémon 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, in order to meet new friends, new Pokémon, and – above all others – become the Pokémon Master. Unova is a region far away from the previous regions (You’ll have to take boat or plane to get there!). There are many large cities in Unova, but the largest is Castelia City, which is full of buildings and skyscrapers for you to explore; outside of the city are factories and train tracks existing in the various areas. Besides all of this, Unova also contains the biggest amount of brand-new Pokémon ever – 156 exactly, and unlike before, none of those available prior to Generation V can be obtained before defeating the Elite Four.
There is a higher level of 3D graphics than in previous games, including things like fully 3D bridges and a completely 3D city. In addition to that, a number of aesthetic changes have been made from the 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 – like when Pokémon use their moves on the opponent.
A great number of features are introduced within these games. In battles, two kinds of battles have made their appearances: Triple Battle and Rotation Battle. In a triple battle, three Pokémon on each side are sent out at once. The middle Pokémon can attack all three opponents, but the ones on either side cannot attack the Pokémon on the far side of the opposite end. However, this rule can be “broken” in some ways – using the move Acrobatics is an example, yet you will lose a turn to change the position of each Pokémon during the battle.
Rotation battles are similar to triple battles in that three Pokémon in each team are sent onto each side. Nevertheless, 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. The rules sound quite complicated, but when you get used to it, there’s only one main skill that need to be learned: prediction. You must know when and which Pokémon on the other side will be switched into the battle.
Much like how the 2nd Generation games – Gold and Silver – introduced the system of Day and Night back in those days, now Black and White introduce the system of Seasons. These seasons affect a variety of factors including wild Pokémon, appearances of locations and even the background music. In addition, Deerling and Sawsbuck’s forms will change with the seasons (Isn’t that interesting?). Unlike the real world, the seasons in Unova only last for a month, that’s why you don’t need to wait long until the next one.
These two games are compatible with all five Generation IV games, all thanks to the Poké Transfer, a device that allows Pokémon transferring, similar to Generation IV’s Pal Park. So now you can complete the Pokédex! Through this, some event Pokémon can be traded over to Pokémon Black and White to unlock new things such as the Monster Fox Pokémon, Zoroak.
|Publisher(s)||Nintendo, The Pokémon Company|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game|