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Pokémon Black and White Got Sequels Instead of a Third Title Because of Their Central Theme

Back in 2012, just after the release of Pokémon Black and White, many fans were expecting Game Freak to announce a third version like they had done with past Pokémon games. However, the company averted expectations when a brand new set of games were announced: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Ever since then, Game Freak hasn’t been consistent with releasing a third version of their games with each new generation. Now, Junichi Masuda has explained why they originally turned away from this tradition.

“A lot of people were expecting Pokémon Gray at the time, but the concept of Black and White was kind of these opposing forces – a yin-yang kind of thing. If we went with Gray, it would have moved away from that concept so we decided to keep the titles there.” — Junichi Masuda

Since we haven’t seen a third version of a Pokémon game since Platinum, it’s safe to assume that Game Freak is no longer holding on to this pattern of release. And with the release of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon later this year, it seems that the developers are more interested in making new stories in the same world rather than just expanding on elements of the old story.

What do you guys think? Did you enjoy Black 2 and White 2? Would you have preferred a third game like Pokémon Gray? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Game Informer (via Nintendo Everything)

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Game Clash: Which Pokémon Generation is the Best?

It’s time for another weekly installment of Gamnesia’s Game Clash! Every weekend, we pit two (or more) games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes. We’ve been doing a month of
Pokémon battles in preparation for the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon, and now that they’re here, it’s time for one final showdown. Over the past few weeks, you voted for Generation II over Generation I, Generation III over Generation IV, and Generation V over Generation VI, and now the winners are going head to head. Cast your vote to decide the Pokémon champion!

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Game Clash: Pokémon Generation V vs. Pokémon Generation VI

It’s time for another weekly installment of Gamnesia’s Game Clash! Every weekend, we pit two (or more) games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes. We’ve been doing a month of
Pokémon battles in preparation for the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Generation III beat out Generation IV with 55% of the vote in last week’s poll.

The final
Pokémon Game Clash takes us to the regions of Unova and Kalos. Pokémon Black and White left the past behind to focus on a new batch of Pokémon, then bucked tradition by leading into sequel games instead of a third version. X and Y introduced new mechanics like Mega Evolution and brought the series to Nintendo 3DS. Which generation is better? Cast your vote and join the debate!

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The Biggest Nintendo Games that We Haven’t Played

Every gamer has a few big-name games missing from their encyclopedia of video game experiences, and we at Gamnesia are no different. That’s why we thought it’d be fun to go over some of our lists of must-play games that we haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing, and then shaming the heck out of each other for it, on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week. Alex, Ben, and I all made short lists of Nintendo games that we’d either never played or hadn’t played more than an hour or two into—which isn’t enough time to truly experience them. Keep reading to see our lists, and check out the discussion video above for some good discussion and even better laughs about the games themselves, why we haven’t played them, and even what you might be missing out on.

Alex Plant, Senior Editor

  1. EarthBound
  2. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
  3. Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart DS
  4. Yoshi’s Island

Ben Lamoreux, Managing Editor

  1. F-Zero series
  2. Fire Emblem series
  3. Pikmin series

Colin McIsaac, Editor-in-Chief

  1. Pokémon: Black Version 2 and White Version 2
  2. Star Fox series (excepting Command)
  3. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  4. Banjo-Kazooie


If you like this video, you can
subscribe to Nintendo Week on iTunes, where we release new episodes every Wednesday. If you don’t like long-form podcasts, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, where our discussion segments are uploaded on Thursdays, and these select snippets from the rest of the podcast—which we call NWC—are uploaded throughout the week. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you leave us a review on iTunes, or send us your feedback! We’d love to know what you think of the show, and how you think we can improve it.

Which of us have the most blasphemous list of missed games? What are some of the biggest video games you haven’t played yet that you’re ashamed to admit?

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Here’s the Lifetime Sales Numbers of Every Pokémon Game in the Last Decade

We all know that Pokémon is popular, whether it be the trading card game, the video game, or the anime series, but have you ever wondered how much the games themselves have sold? Well now, thanks to Siliconera, we have estimated of numbers of how many copies the games from Ruby and Sapphire to X and Y have sold over the past few years. It’s really cool to see the numbers on just how well the franchise has been doing as of late!

The figures are as follows:

As of March 31st, 2013:

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire – 16.22 million

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen – 12 million

Pokémon Black 2/White 2 – 7.81 million

As of March 31st, 2014:

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl – 17.63 million

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver – 12.72 million

Pokémon Black/White – 15.58 million

As of September 30th, 2014:

Pokémon X and Y – 13.29 million

Time to let us know what you think! Are you surprised by the figures shown here, or did you expect this from an almost monolithic series like Pokémon? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Siliconera

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5th Generation Pokémon Transferred to Pokémon Bank Cannot be Sent Back

A recently announced feature for Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Bank will allow players to save up to 3000 of their Pokémon to a Nintendo-sponsored cloud storage, for a small fee of $4.99 per year. The app functions for both fifth and sixth generation titles—Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X, and Y—allowing users to transfer Pokémon from a fifth generation cartridge to one of the sixth.

However, for players looking to use that last feature, there is a catch. According to the
Pokémon Bank FAQ, once a fifth generation Pokémon has been sent to the cloud, it can only be outputted to a sixth generation game, not back to the fifth generation game from which it originally came.

Poké Transporter is a free downloadable application for the Nintendo 3DS system that will be available along with Pokémon Bank. Note that Poké Transporter cannot return Pokémon to Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, or Pokémon White Version 2 after they have been stored in an online Box.”

Source: Pokémon Bank FAQ

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Shiny Palkia Giveaway at GameStop Started Today

If you didn’t get the shiny Dialga by today and live in the States, I am terribly sorry…but at least you can soothe the pain with a shiny Palkia instead. Starting today and going until the 29th, you can pick up the special event Palkia at your local GameStop or other participating location. If you’re in Canada or Europe, the Dialga event will continue until the 12th, with Palkia becoming available on the 13th of this month and ending on the 26th. Don’t miss out.

Following Palkia, a shiny Giratina will become available from September 30th to October 20th in the US, or September 27th to October 11th in Canada and Europe. If you like shiny Pokémon, legendaries, or shiny legendaries, mark your calendars and take a trip to a game store. The event Pokémon can be received by
Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2.

Got a shiny legendary this month? Give us a comment.

Source: Serebii

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Three Legendary Dragon Pokémon Hit GameStop Stores Soon

PokéFans, grab your Nintendo DSes and get ready for another Pokémon distribution event to hit participating GameStop stores near you. This time around, the legendary dragon-type trio from the fourth generation, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, are being given away. This distribution is only available for the the Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2 games, which are all part of the fifth generation.

These three Pokémon will be distributed at three separate times between this month and the end of October, and all three of the dragons will be shiny during the distribution, which makes them a good addition to anyone’s collection. Dialga will be featured from August 19th until September 8th, Palkia will be available from September 9th until September 29th, and Giratina will be distributed from September 30th until October 20th.

This event serves as a bit of a lead up to the release of the newest Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, which will be released internationally on October 12th.

Source: Pokémon.com

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Many Pokémon Online Services Will Be Going Dark Later This Year

Pokémon X and Y are set to launch on October 12th, offering a new world to explore, new Pokémon, and a myriad of new features to try, including online features. To accommodate these new features, Game Freak will begin pulling the plug on certain Generation V (Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2) online functionality on October 12th. At that time, new user registration and the trial version of the Dream World will go offline. However, the Global Link will have special X and Y functions available that same day. Then, on December 14th, users will no longer be able to put Pokémon to sleep and send them to the Dream World.

The last online closures will occur on January 14th, 2014, and the list is quite extensive. At that point in time, the following features will no longer be available:

  • Global Trade System Tracking
  • Rating Mode on Random Matchup
  • Ability to do WiFi Memory Link in Black 2 and White 2
  • C-Gear, Musical, and Pokédex Skin Changing
  • Waking Up Pokémon to Obtain Items and Pokemon from Dream World (players can still awaken their Pokémon from their games; however, they cannot redeem any of their prizes)

After January 14th, the remaining Generation V online features will be safe for a while, and the X and Y Global Link will be in full swing. We still don’t know what features will be available, but hopefully they’ll be interesting.

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GameStop to Distribute Meloetta in March, Keldeo WiFi Event Ongoing

For fans of the Pokemon series, there is nothing like the thrill of event-distributed Pokemon (given that you are able to take part, at least). If you’re a fan of event Pokemon, then do we have a treat for you!

First off, the legendary Pokemon Keldeo is currently available via WiFi distribution, meaning that you can pick up yours at any time from the comfort of your own home! This Keldeo is available to anyone with Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, and it comes with the moves Sacred Sword, Hydro Pump, Aqua Jet, and Swords Dance. Be sure to download your Keldeo before February 12th, though, as that’s when this event is over.

Additionally, owners of Pokemon Black and White or Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 can get Meloetta from your neighborhood GameStop store from March 4th until March 24, as seen in the image to the left (I never said GameStop employees could spell). There’s no word yet on what moves or special characteristics this Pokemon will have, but we’ll be sure to let you know when you know more!

How do you feel about event Pokemon? Are they a pain, or are they worth the journey into the store?

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