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Pokemon Black & White 2 Announced for the DS....wait, what?
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February 25, 2012, 11:54:24
"Pokémon Smash is currently in the process of airing and has has Junichi Masuda arrive on the show and make the announcement for which the world has been waiting. In this announcement, he unveiled the release of Pokémon Black 2 & Pokémon White 2. This game is the third game of Generation V and follows in a similar pattern to past releases and is due for release on the Nintendo 3DS in June 2012. We'll bring more as it comes."

Update 2

Thank you IGN for the picture.


Serebii.net said:
Pokémon Smash is currently in the process of airing and has has Junichi Masuda arrive on the show and make the announcement for which the world has been waiting. In this announcement, he unveiled the release of Pokémon Black 2 & Pokémon White 2. This game is the third game of Generation V and follows in a similar pattern to past releases and is due for release on the Nintendo 3DS in June 2012. We'll bring more as it comes.

Thanks @kgtennispro for the heads up.

Pokemon producer, Junichi Masuda, has promised a BIG Pokemon announcement on this Sunday's edition of the Pokemon Smash show. He said it will be a "very important announcement." Could it be Pokemon Gray or a new generation game for the 3DS? We'll have to wait till 5:30pm EST today to find out.

No. This is not an image of the new game.

IGN said:
For anyone who's been dying for the next big bit of Pokemon news - it's time to get excited. Earlier today Pokemon producer Junichi Masuda took to the GameFreak blog with the tantalizing promise that he would be making a "very important announcement" on the Japanese show Pokemon Smash.

Here's exactly what he had to say:

"On this coming Sunday, Februrary 26, 2012, from 7:30 A.M,
I, Masuda, will be appearing on TV TOKYO's Show, "Pokemon Smash!" Not only that. And there… I will be making a VERY important announcement,so be sure not to miss it!! Watch it live on TV!

And, for those of you who can't watch television on live, I will announce the same information right after the show via twitter!! Everyone, I hope you all enjoy the show!! Ciao!"

For those of us Stateside, that translates to 2:30pm PST this Saturday, so keep an on IGN tomorrow for all the breaking news.

While we won't know for sure what Masuda will announce until tomorrow, it wouldn't be a stretch to expect the third installment in the Black and White set of games (Pokemon Gray?), or even perhaps news on the next generation of Pokemon titles. After all, the first glimpse we had of Pokemon Black and White was a silhouette of Zoroark on the Japanese show Pokemon Sunday. Still, with all the Pokemon spinoffs in existence, anything is possible.

Or perhaps it's Pokemon Snap 2... (Oh please, oh please, oh please!)

In any case, stay tuned to IGN for all the latest Pokemon news as it breaks.

Source: IGN

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Posted: 02/25/12, 11:54:24  - Edited by 
 on: 09/30/12, 00:23:30    
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Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 07:51:13

1up's theory is that, because The Pokemon Company is separate from Nintendo, it makes more sense for TPC to put it on DS where there are already millions and millions of kids who would buy a new Pokemon game.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 07:52:07
It's 2012 and DS is still not in the "zombie" phase of it's life. I just knew it would come out for the DS (by the way, why would people even think the special edition would come out for the 3DS anyway? How would that even work with being compatible with the other versions and stuff?), but seing it happening makes me feel even more unmotivated.

Nintendo should have saved the 5th Gen for the new handheld. Not that 2 gen in the same system crap.

Let's see what the future holds for the 3rd Generation remake.

I know they all were at the contemporaneous generations conditions. Ex: Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green were the 1st gen game, but "converted" to the 3rd generation's conditions (stats, moves, trading, etc). So was Heart Gold and Soul Silver that were the 2nd gen game, but "converted" to the 4rth generation's conditions.

By folowing the logic, Ruby/Sapphire's remake should have the 5th gen's conditions and is probably ALSO going to be released for the nintendo DS.

Doing some math, Pokemon Black/White + Black2/White2 + Ruby/Sapphire's remakes = 6 games (technically 3) that could have been saved for the 3DS instead of being pushed down fan's throats so Nintendo could get a little profit by using the first dual screener again on it's deathbed.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 07:55:54  - Edited by 
 on: 02/26/12, 16:17:36
I guess I can't be too upset because I was never going to get this anyway...but I don't know, I'd just think that they'd want a Pokemon game on 3DS ASAP.

(And out of curiosity, why couldn't someone use B/W on the DS to battle someone on a 3DS Pokemon game, at least online? What prevents that from happening? Wouldn't it just be a matter of having the 3DS game access the DS game's servers?)

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 08:14:09
People battling online on DS or 3DS aren't separated.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 08:43:18  - Edited by 
 on: 02/26/12, 10:17:47

I don't think Ruby/Sapphire remakes are even needed.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 09:48:01
@Brick Agreed; you can now transfer Pokemon from every game (or at least a version of every game) into the newest editions of the series. We're no longer in a situation where Pokemon in the Kanto/Johto games were incompatible with newer versions of the game.

EDIT: Of course that doesn't mean Nintendo wouldn't make lots of money selling Ruby/Sapphire remakes, and I wouldn't blame them for doing so.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 10:48:27  - Edited by 
 on: 02/26/12, 10:49:14

I don't think I would even buy them unless I was really bored, and needed a new handheld game. Gen 3 was my least favourite, and part of that is they took a step back from Gen 2 in some areas.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 11:14:50
Well this is underwhelming.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 11:32:46
@Brick Funny how that works; Gens 3 and 4 are my favorites. <3 5 is alright but not my fav... XD

Anyhow, yeah, I have to conclude it was pretty underwhelming too, but I can see the reasoning somewhat now that I've thought about it (a friend and I were talking about it earlier) - at the end of the day, it ensures that the games have the biggest audience. Not that it's struggling for one (Pokemon games usually don't)...

Eh, ah well. I'm disappointed somewhat, but when you think about it, it's kinda' interesting they're taking this direction at all. The only "direct" sequel of sorts in the series was GSC, and even that was 3 years later. Looking forward to seeing what else could actually happen though, since aside from finding out more about N's whereabouts afterwards, the end-game (probably the best part of B/W) was fairly neatly tied up, I thought.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 12:39:13  - Edited by 
 on: 02/26/12, 12:40:02
Davoid said:
People battling online on DS or 3DS aren't separated.

They SHOULD be.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 16:06:22
Brick said:

I don't think Ruby/Sapphire remakes are even needed.

Not everything Nintendo makes is needed, so... I doubt that another remake wouldn't sell like paper.

When waiting for the big announcement, I was hoping for something different, like a new Pokémon Stadium game that you could use your Black/White team to battle noobs online in 3D style. It would be awesome for championships and stuff.

EDIT: Also, what the hell were they thinking? Combining legendaries? This reminds me of something, but I can't quite remember. I just know it's not a very original idea, that's for sure.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 16:15:16  - Edited by 
 on: 02/26/12, 16:20:25

DNA Digivolve?

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 19:46:13
I think this makes sense to be honest.Im guessing since there's two versions that they will be adding a fair amount of extra content to them and that they must have been in development for quite some time.If the game was made only for 3ds the sales would have been lower and im sure there would have been issues trading and the like.I would rather we had this,something new,rather than the usual third version with just a few features.
This way there is no huge gap between games coming out and they can spend longer developing the next gen.Im guessing it will take some time,especially if they are planning on changing things up.

Posted by 
 on: 02/26/12, 21:07:07
I'm fine with this, whatever. Smart people know to only buy one version, and Game Freak prints money out of dumb people, so it works. And I know this updated version, or full on sequel who knows, will be worth playing even if you played Black/White.

All I wanna know is when did Pokemon turn into Digimon? The designs alone scream Digimon, and now they have a fusion ability?

Posted by 
 on: 02/27/12, 01:08:35

Well, the legendaries in the OP definitely have a "digi" look to them, but that's not true across the board. The other monsters introduced in Black/White still maintain the Pokémon look.

Posted by 
 on: 02/27/12, 03:29:32
Well, this went from a Day One to a Day Probably Never. Bleah.

Couldn't they just render the exact same game in 3D and make it cross-compatible?? Bleah.

Posted by 
 on: 02/27/12, 19:00:33

Posted by 
 on: 02/27/12, 19:56:50
Speaking as an outsider, a Pokémon non-fan, this sounds like a test to see just what Pokémon fans are willing to accept.

And the answer for many seems to be "anything".

Posted by 
 on: 02/27/12, 20:50:23
Why don't you like Pokémon?

Posted by 
 on: 02/27/12, 20:58:13
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