It may be a little too late to order in time for Christmas, but for anyone that plans on purchasing Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2 before the year’s out, Nintendo and Amazon have teamed up to offer those that do a Pikachu with a Hidden Ability – Lightning Rod – for use in-game. Continue reading
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, much like other recent games in the series, offer much more than just catching, training and battling up to six virtual critters simultaneously. Amongst other new features, such as a revamped Global Link website, Nintendo has now revealed new information regarding the games’ Pokémon World Tournament mode.
The new Pokémon World Tournament mode includes the following:
Compete Against Gym Leaders: Enter the Pokémon World Tournament, an exciting arena where players will be able to take on Gym Leaders from previous Pokémon video games. Fans of the series will be able to battle trainers such as Lance, Champion from the Johto Region and Volkner, Gym Leader from the Sinnoh Region. Players can also use the new battle styles and moves found only in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White 2 against these classic opponents.
Battle Format: Players will enter the Pokémon World Tournament as a part of an elimination tournament. Featured battles include single battles, double battles, triple battles and rotational battles. Using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, players can also receive data that allows them to battle with special trainers such as the top players and their teams from the 2012 Pokémon Video Game World Championships.
Previous main-series Pokémon games have always made good use of the DS’s Wi-Fi Connection capabilities, so it’s good to see what’s sure to be the DS’s final triumph following in its predecessors’ footsteps.
You can pre-order Pokémon Black and White 2 from £27.48 here.
It’s been a great couple of days for Pokémon fans in Europe, hasn’t it? First you get a revamped Pokémon Global Link website ready for the launch of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, before hearing that the game’s sold fantastically over its launch weekend in Japan; and then you hear that Tecmo Koei’s spin-off, Pokémon Conquest, is coming to your continent after all! So whatever next? The release dates for Black 2 and White 2, maybe? Of course!
Launching alongside one of its two companion applications, Pokémon Dream Radar from the Nintendo eShop, the highly-anticipated sequel is set to release in Europe on 12th October, with Pokédex 3D Pro to follow later in the Autumn.
Its official press release reads as follows:
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will 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 evens 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 and 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 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 also transfer Pokémon they might have caught with the 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.
This might be a daft question, but shall you be buying Pokémon Black 2 or White 2 over its launch weekend like well over one million Japanese games did?
When you hear news of a third-party game selling one million copies worldwide after a year or so on the market, it’s generally great news all-round. Not with the Pokémon series, however.
Released just two days ago (24 June) in Japan alone, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have broken this year’s sales records to become the fastest selling game of 2012 thus far, shifting 1,618,621 copies over their launch weekend.
With the games set to launch throughout the rest of the world this Autumn, Nintendo will undoubtedly be expecting big things for the DS’s true last triumph.
Since the launch of the original Pokémon Black and White versions, Pokémon trainers have had access to the Pokémon Global Link website. Playing host to interactivity between the website and trainers’ individual games, users have previously had access to the Pokémon Dream World – a unique way to collect Pokémon and items which may be difficult to find in-game, and the Pokémon Global Battle Union which tracks your in-game online battles and provides an interface which allows you to monitor your statistics.
To mark the launch of these games’ sequels, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the Global Link website is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance as follows:
US: Tuesdays: 2:00 a.m. EST to 8:00 p.m. EST
UK: 07:00 Tuesday to 01:00 Wednesday
Australia: 15:00 Tuesday to 9:00 Wednesday (AWST)
The update will add compatibility with the new Pokémon games, as well as include some improvements and enhancements to existing features, as the press release details:
On the Pokémon Global Link’s new Reports page, players can view and analyse previously unavailable Global Battle Union and Wi-Fi Competition information such as the most popular Pokémon used by top players. The Reports page will also track Ratings and Rankings for players all over the world who battle via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. And, in the page’s Game Sync World Records section, players can view how countried around the world rank in different game stats, including top cycling locations, top healing locations, top battling locations, and more. The new My Page section will make it easier to track your own game’s progress and statistics, including personal reports like Global Battle Union results, Global Trade Station trades, and more.
The Pokémon Dream World will also see the addition of a brand-new area – the Icy Cave, where ‘mon of the Ice type can be caught.
Unfortunately, when Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 launch across Europe and in North America in Autumn, the Dream World will only be accessible by those with the new game, with the original Black and White losing compatibility.
Have you used the Pokémon Global Link in the past? If you’re looking for more information, Nintendo will announce more Black 2 and White 2-exclusive features later this year.
If you thought the Wii U’s got a lot of games on the way before Christmas, just wait until you see the 3DS’s line-up… unless you’ve already scrolled down and skimmed through the list already, in which case we’re sure you’ll agree that the 3D handheld has a lot going for it heading into the Christmas period.
The Amazing Spider-Man June 26
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park October
Transformers Prime October
Skylanders Giants Fall
Code of Princess Fall
Madagascar 3: The Video Game June 5th
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game November 20th
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! Fall
Ben 10: Omniverse Fall
Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Pixar Finding Nemo September
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure September
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Fall
Hotel Transylvania September 18th
Konami Digital Entertainment
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Fall
Hello Kitty Picnic October
50 Classic Games October
Junior Classic Games October
Jett Tailfin November
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Q4
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Holiday
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Holiday
New Super Mario Bros. 2 August 19th
LEGO City: Undercover (working title) TBA
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure July 10th
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Holiday
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy July 3rd
Heroes of Ruin July 17th
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] July 31
Storm City Entertainment
Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride August
Old Skool Classics September
Word Wizard 3D September
Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition November
Imagine Babyz October 23rd
Imagine Fashion Life October 23rd
Petz Countryside November 6th
Rayman Origins Q3
Rabbids Rumble Holiday
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes June 19th
LEGO Lord of the Rings Fall
Spy Hunter Fall
Scribblenauts Unlimited Holiday
Big John Games
Coaster Creator Fall
SpeedX 3D Fall
Order Up!! June
Planet Crashers June
Cave Story+ Summer
Alban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes Fall
Pokédex 3D Pro Fall
Pokémon Dream Radar Fall
Renegade Kid LLC
Bomb Monkey Summer
Prince of Persia Q2
Unchained Blades Summer
Pokémon Conquest June 18th
Pokémon Black Version 2 Fall
Pokémon White Version 2 Fall
It’s worth bearing in mind that this is the American line-up, so don’t be confused when some titles release a little earlier or later than is slated in this list over here in Europe. It’s also worth noting that Pokémon Conquest still hasn’t been confirmed for a European release, Rhythm Thief released over here a few months back, and Heroes of Ruin has been delayed in America.
All in all, though, not a bad line-up for the 3DS this year, with the exception of Ubisoft’s Petz and Imagine games after its phenomal support for the Wii U thus far.
As promised earlier this morning, here’s our summary of the second Nintendo Direct presentation of the day, and the first to be specifically catered to us European gamers.
- Hi Iwata!
- Hi Shibata. Got your letter yesterday, thanks.
- Mario Tennis Open, release on May 25th.
- Mario Tennis Open features sixteen Mario characters, and Miis, which are customisable.
- Up to four-player Download Play support for Mario Tennis Open; regional leaderboards confirmed.
- Online multiplayer, which Shibata will be playing once the game launches across Europe for Mario Tennis Open.
- Around 200 items available for Mii customisation.
- More Kid Icarus: Uprising talk. ‘Short’ video offering tips on how to “beat your friends at multiplayer.”
- Spoilers! Some of us haven’t even played Kid Icarus: Uprising yet!
- Nintendo and Panini teaming up to distribute Kid Icarus AR cards.
- Heroes of Ruin multiplayer gameplay trailer! Auto-adjusts difficulty depending on drop-in characters.
- Up to three other players can drop into your game; friends or strangers.
- Voice chat with friends and strangers, if your parental settings allow it.
- Free daily DLC every day for a year for Heroes of Ruin! If that’s not generous, we don’t know what is!
- June 15th release for Heroes of Ruin.
- Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released this Autumn in Europe.
- Pokémon AR Searcher: requires you to catch Pokémon in the real life world. Available from the eShop later this year.
- Pokédex 3D Pro announced. Details every Pokémon ever, rather than just Black and White’s.
- Also “for sale” later this year.
- Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for the 3DS is a unique, standalone game set in Wasteland.
- Offers all-new, side-scrolling gameplay; includes paint and thinner ‘gimmicks’ from previous game.
- Built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS’s dual-screen and 3D capabilities.
- Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion – this Autumn!
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance trailer! Looking pretty darn lovely.
- … Releasing July 20th!
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy features rhythm gameplay from each main series Final Fantasy game.
- Features over 70 pieces of familiar music from the Final Fantasy series.
- Theatrhythm releasing this Summer!
- Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise releasing on July 6th! Includes songs from the Japanese game! Hype!
- “The final part of today’s presentation.” :(
- April 25th for the next 3DS firmware update! The one which allows you to create folders!
- Up to sixty games per folder!
- Mid-May patch for Mario Kart 7 which removes “unfair shortcuts.” Shibata sorry for “frustrating experiences.”
- The Louvre’s exclusive 3DS audio-guide is being shown off.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2! In full development; a completely new game.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 for worldwide release in August!
- Aiming for new standards in 2D Mario games.
- And there we go! I’m sure we will enjoy the rest of our day, thanks Mr. Shibata!
Did you watch the European conference? What’s your most anticipated release from the games that were shown off? Are you pleased about the other announcements such as the 3DS firmware update, or the Mario Kart 7 patch?
At 4am this morning Nintendo hosted another of their Nintendo Direct streams, in which they revealed New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS, showed off more gameplay footage of other Nintendo DS and 3DS titles, and told Japanese gamers how to adjust their controls in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
We were (somehow) wide awake, live-tweeting the event as it happened; so for all you sensible people out there, here’s a summary of our tweets from when the event was happening:
- Good morning, world! How many of you are crazy enough to be awake at 4am?
- Here we go! Introduction from Iwata himself. No subtitles, though.
- Kirby 20th Anniversary logo revealed; mentions a 3D Classics Kirby game. Not sure which.
- Six Just Dance boxes shown off.
- Four-player Just Dance gameplay…
- Pokémon Black & White 2 gameplay footage! This is more like it!
- Mentions 3DS in the same sentence as Pokémon Black and White 2…
- Pokémon AR shooting game coming to the Nintendo eShop.
- Another Pokémon app for the Nintendo eShop… seems to connect to Black & White 2?
- ‘Pokémon *insert Japanese name here* Pro.’
- Guild 01 from Level 5 for the Nintendo 3DS footage is being shown.
- Dragon Quest 3DS gameplay footage is looking pretty impressive. Uses Mii characters.
- A 3D ‘Dungeon RPG’ from Atlus with gameplay. It all looks very… Japanese. [Etrian Odyssey IV]
- Another Level 5 game…
- A rhythm game from Namco Bandai! Looks very Rhythm Paradise-y. Also, very Japanese.
- Rune Factory 4 is being shown off. Finally, a game with a title we can read!
- Sega, Namco and Capcom’s game, Project X Zone gets its first trailer showing off characters from each of the three companies.
- Mario Tennis Open gameplay is looking very impressive… for a tennis game. Customisation looks pretty in-depth.
- A turn-based strategy game with Download Play being its main feature…?
- More collectible AR cards in the style of Kid Icarus: Uprising for said strategy game.
- Wow, Download Play, AR cards and… Twitter integration!?
- Cartoony football game for 3DS that we’ve seen before looks… the same as before.
- … Seems to emphasise three-player versus.
- New Nintendo 3DS firmware update adds folders!
- Now we can finally sort our NES Ambassador games from our GBA Ambassador games!
- Is he talking about Mario Kart 7 DLC? He seemed to say ‘Mario Kart 7,’ then ‘Nintendo eShop.’ [It was actually a patch for the Wuhu Island track glitch!]
- What’s this!? A Kid Icarus: Uprising… sequel? DLC? What is this!? [Turns out it was the first of two rather long videos teaching you how to adjust the controls in Uprising.]
- Kid Icarus: Uprising CD available for either 400 or 250… somethings. Club Nintendo points?
- Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s graphics are looking very nice indeed.
- Monster Hunter Tri G menu screen. [Possibly showing DLC quests?]
- And now, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy gameplay.
- Animal Crossing 3DS screens – a confirmed 2012 release for the game in Japan.
- 2D Super Mario game for Nintendo 3DS screens shown!! Called New Super Mario Bros. 2!
- Another Etrian Odyssey IV trailer now.
- Etrian Odyssey IV has ‘Casual’ difficulty mode, for you n00bs out there.
- Is this a Wii U game? What’s that tablet this presenter woman’s using?
- Not a Wii U controller, it seems.
- More Kid Icarus gameplay? Um, Nintendo, you released this game already.
- It seems to be focusing on the controls a lot, and they did mention the eShop earlier. Are they releasing a patch? [No, they were telling us in more detail how to adjust the controls.]
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 releasing in August in America! Might we get the game earlier?! We hope so!
- Aaand, that’s it?
That was indeed ‘it’. What do you make of the announcements? More importantly, did you wake up at 4am to watch?
Of course, this was the Japanese Nintendo Direct stream; Nintendo of Europe shall be hosting their own at mid-day today. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with that, follow our Twitter account as we’ll be doing yet another live tweet-along. Until then, back to sleep!
After hyping a big Pokémon reveal just yesterday, Junichi Masuda made an appearance on the Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash to reveal not one, but two brand-new Pokémon games.
Whilst many fans were expecting a refined version of last year’s Pokémon Black and White, the series’ producer has confirmed that two direct sequels shall be arriving on the Nintendo DS, titled Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, in June of this year.
As you can see from the artwork above, the games’ cover Pokémon appear to be versions of Black and White’s Reshiram and Zekrom which have been combined with 5th Generation legendary, Kyurem.
Are you looking forward to playing what are likely to be the last Nintendo-published games on the Nintendo DS? Which version shall you buy? Do you think they should release this game on the Nintendo 3DS? Let us know in the comments!