Coming in the next generation of Pokemon is, Pokemon Black and White. Generation V introduces a multitude of new features to the series, along with a new cast of Pokemon which has yet to be translated. Generation 4 left off with 493, but with the addition of generation 5, there are now a total of 649 different Pokemon!
New features are nice, but to any hard-core Pokemon fan, you know you gotta catch them all! With an additional 156 new Pokemon it’ll take a even longer time to train and evolve every single one of them, train them, and then battle with other players around the world, or at least your neighborhood.
Pokemon Black and White are separated, like all Pokemon game; by the legendary you can get (first started in the 2nd generation with Ho-Oh and Lugia). Owners of Pokemon Black get the all white Reshiram and owners of Pokemon White get the all black Zekrom. Besides that, both versions have specific Pokemon that could only be found in the game (besides trading from older versions).
The game starts like any other Pokemon game; you start at your home town in the continent of Unova, as a rookie Pokemon trainer that’s just starting out. You get 3 starters ranging from a grass, fire, and water type. Each with powerful evolve forms. And you continue your adventure to collect all the badges, beat the elite four, and eventually save the world!
Now enough of that, let’s look at the new features of this game:
New Cosmetic Changes
Besides having new graphical look as you would expect from the latest Pokemon game, you can also see a major difference in battle. Now the whole battle is animated, you can see your Pokemon actually tackle attack the enemy. Now the battle is still turn based, but the new battle graphics is a sight to behold, well to people who actually watch it anyways.
Just like Pal Park, Time Capsule, and Transfer Machine, this is Generation 5’s ability to allow you to transfer Pokemon from previous versions to your game. Just like with the Pal Park, you are not allowed to have access to it, until you get the national dex, which means you must have seen all the Unova Pokemon at least once. However afterwards, you’re free to use it as you please.
Similar to the Poketch of generation 4, this nifty device shows you the time at the bottom screen of your DS, but the best part is that this is a portable multiplayer device. No longer do you have to go to the Pokemon Center to trade and battle with friends. Also it gives you access to the dream world, where you put a Pokemon to sleep and wonder in a online environment, and interact with other players.
Pokemon Global Link
This is just like the Global Trade Center in the 4th generation. This device allows you to trade Pokemon with other players online, also some new features is that you can have random matches with players all over the world. You can now finally have a way to battle other challengers live that’s not your friends online!
Pokemon Dream World
This is a special place that you can reach by sending your save file online to the official Pokemon Black and White site, allowing you to go and interact with other fellow players. Along with that, here you can catch many Pokemon that can’t normally be found in the Unova region. So you’ll see a lot of trainers who already beat the game here.
Access via the C-Gear, you get to literally travel with your friends locally, in a special area, where you can find Pokemon that aren’t originally native to Unova. You and friends can tackle on side quests together, battle, and trade!
This is basically the beauty contest that was first introduced to the game in the 3rd generation. It consists of dressing your Pokemon up, playing mini-games, and then display to the judge the beauty of your Pokemon (with 5 different categories of beauty!), it’s a fun thing to do when you’re going to the elite four, or when you’re done with the game.
Introduced in the 2nd generation was time, well 3 generations later we have seasons. The game doesn’t operate with real time though, the seasons get swapped every month, so in a year we’ll cycle around the season 3 times. Certain Pokemons changes with the seasons, and certain locations open up during certain seasons. And as you can imagine, the appearance of the game does change with the season!
Sprite Battle Animation
Like mentioned earlier, the sprites are all fully animated. This means that you can literally see the motion of your Pokemon attacking other Pokemon or being attacked. And not to mention the sprite of the Pokemon also increases, you have a larger sprite of your Pokemon.
One of the most popular new additions to Pokemon Black and White is triple battle. You might have thought it was crazy having double battle, but now we have triple battle! Just like the name suggests you use 3 Pokemon at the same time. However there are some rules that you should know. The Pokemon in the middle can attack all Pokemon on the other side; however the Pokemon on the sides can’t attack the Pokemon on the far side away from them.
This is similar the triple battle, except that you are battling on a rotating platform that allows the player to rotate their Pokemon around, increasing the strategy to the game, as one must predict what their enemy will switch their Pokemon with and strategize against them.
It wouldn’t be a Pokemon game if there weren’t any gyms and gym leaders. In this game you see the usual 8 gyms, but a twist is that there are actually 11 gym leaders you can face, how’s that for a new twist to the game? People who have watched Pokemon Best Wishes will see familiar faces!
After you collected all the badges, the next thing you should do is to challenge the elite four, beat them, challenge the champion and then beat the game. However a twist to this game is that you can actually choose to battle with whichever elite four members you want in any order.
Game Exclusive Features
For Pokemon White, trainers get access to White Forest, an area where players can catch even more Pokemon. But what about Pokemon Black? Well Pokemon Black owners get Black City, a city filled with trainers, battles, and items. Truthfully, I think Pokemon Black got ripped off in this case.
So in conclusion you can see that Pokemon Black and White is going to be a large game, that is even bigger then Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Japanese review sites have given this game full points, and I expect nothing less from this game when it finally comes to America, or any other country!
With 156 new Pokemon, trainers like me and you will have a blast playing the game, catching them all, experience the 4 seasons, and then trade/battle with each other. I know I will be spending a lot of time online battling with friends and random people.