Pokémon Bank pricing confirmed for Europe and Australia

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Anyone who’s already played Pokémon X & Y will probably be aware of the upcoming service which gives you an extra 100 boxes’ worth of storage, as well as finally allowing you to transfer your older ‘mon from previous games. The Pokémon Bank service will come included with companion app Poké Transporter tool which allows you to transfer your precious creatures from DS games Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black and White 2 over to X and Y. Continue reading

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News: Wild Pokémon Black and White 2 Information Has Appeared

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.

News: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Get European Release Dates

Wake up, Pikachu! We’ll need you in a few months!

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?

News: Pokémon Black and White 2 Become Fastest Selling Games of 2012

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.

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News: Nintendo Relaunches Pokémon Global Link Website

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.

News: Nintendo Direct 22/06/12 – Round-Up, Including 3DS XL Reveal!

E3 has only just been and gone, yet Nintendo couldn’t resist showing off their lovely presidents’ faces once more – this time to boast about a brand new, re-modelled Nintendo 3DS with huge screens and to give us some details regarding some upcoming games for 3DS, Wii and DS. Here’s our round-up of this morning’s events:

  • Europe’s presentation is now starting!
  • Thanks for making us feel so welcome, Iwata.
  • Time to hand of to Nintendo of Europe’s president, Satoru Shibata – “the European variety of Satoru” – to take over direct from Nintendo of Europe’s factory.
  • And we’re kicking off with New Super Mario Bros. 2… on a much bigger screen! Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for Europe!
  • Nintendo’s handheld with the biggest screen ever. That red & black model looks gorgeous.
  • 4.88 inch upper screen. 90% larger screen, 46% larger console. Improved battery power adds 1-1.5 extra hours of playtime.
  • Will come bundled with a larger SD card than current 3DS models, but not include and AC adapter or charging cradle to keep costs down.
  • The launch date is ‘not far away’ – releasing next month on 28 July! Releasing in blue, red and silver.
  • New games coming on the same day to take advantage of the larger screen – Kingdom Hearts 3D is the first…
  • Free demos of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy available from the Nintendo eShop in Europe NOW!
  • New Art Academy (‘New’ being a noun, not an adjective) coming to 3DS on July 28th to make use of the 3DS XL’s larger screens.
  • No way – a retail sequel to FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive! announced, entitled FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! Adds multiplayer and RPG elements; why couldn’t we get a sequel to Pullblox!?
  • In the RPG mode you explore dungeons, level up your Formees and defeat bosses.
  • Back to New Super Mario Bros. 2, the game’s releasing in Europe on 17th August via retails outlets and the Nintendo eShop.
  • A deep-voiced voice-over man is now explaining the methods you can use to collect as many coins as possible.
  • You can share your how many coins you’ve collected in-game via StreetPass, the ultimate goal apparently being 1,000,000.
  • The game will also have paid downloadable content some time after launch – will add extra Coin Rush stages.
  • SEGA’s Sonic brand director now has some exciting news regarding Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • A new, free application called Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Virtual Card Album will become available through the Nintendo eShop.
  • Offers virtual card collections which sees you using Nintendo Zone hotspots, StreetPass and other methods to fill your collection.
  • You also get a ‘special card’ for completing your collection, but the ones distributed via hotspots will only be available until September.
  • Nintendo announced 20% discount on best-selling games on the Nintendo eShop, which will last for two weeks.
  • Inazuma Eleven Strikers coming to Wii in Europe on 28th September, just as we suspected.
  • Pokémon Black and White 2 coming this Autumn, as well as Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro on the same day, but we already knew that.
  • English gameplay of the DS games asks you the most important question of all – “Are you a boy or are you a girl?”
  • Pokémon Typing Adventure is also coming to Nintendo DS – includes bluetooth keyboard which is compatible with other devices… such as Wii U, maybe?
  • Arriving in Europe in September.
  • Nintendo’s finally remembered that Heroes of Ruin actually exists and has decided to show off a trailer – “37 Cool Things About Heroes of Ruin.”
  • We’d love to list them all, but alas…
  • One of said 37 cool things is “3D TREES!”
  • New trailer now – “Professor Layton comes to Nintendo 3DS.”
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle is the first in the prequel trilogy, and is set to launch this November.
  • Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem news now!
  • Who said anything about good news? The games have been delayed, and are now on course to launch in early 2013.
  • Nintendo of Europe confirms that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be co-developed by Namco Bandai.
  • Masahiro Sakurai remains the games’ producers, and will oversee development at Namco.
  • Head to www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect to read messages from Sakurai and Namco Bandai’s Kobayashi.
  • Mario Tennis Open QR code, when scanned, unlocks ‘the most powerful character’ in the game – Metal Mario. You can find it here: http://yfrog.com/ntig8pp
  • Shibata’s now offers a reminder of the upcoming 3DS games we have to look forward to. Take a look here: http://yfrog.com/oc3prep/
  • And that’s a wrap! We hope to see you at the next one too, Shibata!

Wow! More exciting than E3 in its entirety?! Are you going to purchase the new Nintendo 3DS XL when it launches next month, or any of the games we’re too tired to recall the names of? Let us know! Oh, and don’t forget to download your free demos from the Nintendo eShop!

News: Nintendo Reveals Pre-E3 First Party Release Schedule

Nintendo has confirmed the release dates for its upcoming first-party Nintendo 3DS, Wii and DS titles prior to E3, where it’ll undoubtedly be showing off some brand new games. Here’s Europe’s line-up of upcoming Nintendo games:

Nintendo 3DS

Mario Tennis Open: 5/25/2012
Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir: 6/29/2012
New Super Mario Bros. 2: Aug. 2012
Luigi’s Mansion 2: 2012
Professor Layton 5: 2012
Animal Crossing: TBD
Paper Mario: TBD

Wii

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition: 6/29/2012
Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise: 7/6/2012

Nintendo DS

Pokémon Black Version 2: Fall 2012
Pokémon White Version 2: Fall 2012

How many of these games are you interested in? Do you think the Wii schedule needs more games, or will the 3DS’s offerings keep your Nintendo cravings under control until the Wii U?

News: Nintendo Direct 21/04/12 (Europe) – Round-Up, Including Various Confirmed Release Dates

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?

News: Pokémon Black and White 2 Announced

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!