Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 were released this summer in Japan and hit American shelves earlier this month.

The typical fashion for the release of each Pokémon generation, each new game is released in two versions and then followed up with a third version with slight upgrades and changes. (Think Pokémon Red and Blue being followed up by Pokémon Yellow). Remakes aside, each new version exists in its own time and location. Oddly enough however, this time around Nintendo and Gamefreak have decided to release a direct sequel to Pokémon Black and White. What is very interesting though is that the game is being released for the original Nintendo DS. This allows for the game to be played both on the Nintendo DS systems and 3DS systems (but not in 3-D). A smart move by the company to cater to gamers of both generations.

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 were released this summer in Japan and hit American shelves October 7, 2012. The game apparently takes place 2 years after the plot of the previous game and stars a new character from a new hometown in the region. New areas and at least 5 new towns are available while some areas are no longer accessible as attributed to factors that occurred in the gap between games. Some gym leaders have been replaced with leaders and the order is also shuffled. There are also some upgrades to various game devices and some aesthetic changes.

Team Plasma is back, there is a new champion, and a handful of new Pokémon are ready to be captured. It’s a whole new adventure instead of an updated remake. Will the change from remake to sequel peak your interest? And more importantly, with even more Pokémon around, will we ever catch ’em all?

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Damien

Damien is a die-hard video game fan with an appreciation for all things retro. As an avid gamer, reader, and writer, he loves to read between the lines and make deep connections between plots, characters, and even companies themselves. Plus, he's got a pretty sweet afro.

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