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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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Honest Game Trailers Tackles Pokémon Black & White

Smosh Games is back with another episode of Honest Game Trailers, the popular video series that pokes fun at games by taking an “honest” approach at describing the their highlights and flaws. The team Smosh Games have been working their way through the Pokémon series, and the latest victims of Honest Game Trailers are Pokémon Black and White. As with their previous Pokémon videos, they also rename all of the new Pokémon, as you can see in the image to the left. Click above to give it a watch!

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Pokémon is Appealing Less and Less to Kids, More and More to Adults

In Japan, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have sold 1,418,168 copies in the week following their release, and according to charts from Japanese sales tracker Media Create, a sizable portion of those—especially early purchases—were made by players around their early 20s. Those same charts reveal that fewer younger players picked up the games than last year’s Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. For a remake like Ruby and Sapphire, this is not a tremendous surprise, as remakes, by nature, tend to attract old fans more than bring in new ones, but the pattern is not exclusive to Ruby and Sapphire.

The charts in the gallery show the increase in players of various age groups for Diamond and Pearl, Heart Gold and Soul Silver, and Black and White represented as a percentage over the previous paired releases. As the generations pass, the bulk of players move from the younger age groups to older ones, while fewer young players have picked up the newest entries in the series. Nintendo seems to be rather aware of this, too, as Black and White featured older protagonists than was traditional and was more clearly aimed at a more mature audience. Many of the spin-off titles also suggest Nintendo’s support of this growing up of the Pokémon demographic, with Pokémon Conquest, according to retailers, selling mostly to adults, and Pokken Tournament being aimed at the older Tekken and 3D fighter audience.

Combined with another trend, however, this could ultimately be bad news for Pokémon as a franchise. The sales of the last two generations have been in decline, with the current sixth generations selling worse than the fifth, and the fifth generation selling worse than the fourth. As inevitably happens when an audience ages, many fans are growing out of the series, and without Pokémon‘s usual appeal to younger players, the gaps made by those leaving are not being filled fast enough. For Pokémon sales to jump back to what they were in generation four or to grow beyond it, the series will need to find a way to attract new players, which has traditionally been done by appealing to the young demographic of children from preschool to third-grade.

Now, that said, it is unlikely Pokémon will fall into oblivion should the trend continue. Sales to young audiences have not halted altogether and are not likely to anytime soon. It could, however, mean a significant weakening of the franchise as a whole, with sales settling once they have fallen enough that the fewer young players can sustain it as the older target audience grows out of it. Still, that can hardly be seen as an ideal future for The Pokémon Company or Nintendo, so they will have to come up with a way to revitalize the youth’s interest in Pokémon once again.

Source: Siliconera

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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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People are Still Buying Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

One of Nintendo’s biggest strengths is creating legacy software that keeps moving units years after release, rather than updating their games yearly to push sales. In case you’d forgotten whether or not this works, Siliconera has pointed out that Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, released four years ago, has sold 50,000 units in the last year—and that’s in light of the fact that three new Pokémon games (or six, depending how you want to cut it) have been released since then.

Pokémon Black and White Versions have been selling even better—though they came out in 2011, they’ve sold 160,000 units in the last year.

50,000 units isn’t much compared to their life-to-date sales of 12.77 million units, but it’s still a significant increase given how old HeartGold and SoulSilver have grown.

Source: Siliconera

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Pokémon X and Y Began Development Before Black and White Launched

I remember when Pokémon Black and White Versions were released in 2011, many fans wondered why Game Freak had decided to develop the fifth generation of Pokémon games for Nintendo DS, as opposed to the brand new, and significantly more powerful, Nintendo 3DS. When Black and White Versions 2 were announced a year later, even more criticized the decision to release the games on what was by then an obsolete console.

As it turns out, Game Freak had very good reason for developing these games on the lesser of the two beasts: the next generation of Pokémon had already begun development. In the latest issue of Game Informer, Junichi Masuda reveals that the first ideas for Pokémon X and Y were coming in as early as June 2010—three months before the release of Pokémon Black and White in Japan.

“…the conceptual planning for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y began before Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version were released. The idea for the game first rose around June of 2010. Then we spent three years developing the game, and, when you include the localization work, it ended up being a big project on which around 500 people were involved.” — Junichi Masuda

For games so rich in content as X and Y, it’s no surprise that it took three years to develop the game, even with over 500 collaborators. It just goes to show how much effort went into creating the world of Kalos and the hundreds of character models for in-game Pokémon battles.

Source: Game Informer

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Pokémon X and Y Sales Drop Faster than Black and White

Pokémon X and Y sold 473,000 copies during week two
of its release, a 75% drop since the first week rush. While this may
sound bad, it is not unusual by any means.
Pokémon Black and White, currently the record holder for highest opening week sales in Japan, dropped 70% after their first week. This means X and Y
did fall a little harder than their Generation V counterparts, but the
games still boast total sales of 2.34 million units after only two
weeks, which is nothing to sneeze at.

A couple possible reasons
for this are that the 3DS has had significantly less time on the market,
meaning the number of 3DSs already in players’ hands is less than half
of what the DS was at when
Black and White came out. Additionally, Monster Hunter 4
came out in the same week in Japan, meaning two of the largest
franchises in Japan had to compete for players’ time and wallets on the
same 3DS. While I would be perfectly happy to buy both at once, I am
sure more reasonable folk would rather get one at launch and wait a bit
for the other.

All of this can hardly be considered bad news,
though, because ultimately the games are selling quite well. Though the
exact details of the future of Generation VI remain an unknown, there
are no reasons to believe the games will not sell at least as well as
any other
Pokémon title.

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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