Last week, Nintendo announced a pair of sequels to Pokémon Black and White for the Nintendo DS, with little information about the games aside from two new forms of the Legendary Pokémon Kyurem and a fall release date. The minor amount of details, coupled with the sequels baring the names Black 2 and White 2 as opposed to the expected “Grey” (like Yellow, Crystal, Emerald, and Platinum before it) has led to a great deal of speculation. The original Black and White left a bit to be desired; here’s hoping that the following are fixed in the sequels:
· Auto-leveled WiFi Battles- Ever since Diamond and Pearl in 2007, Nintendo has permitted players to take their Pokémon online with all of the team automatically leveled to 100, so as to ensure that battles came down to skill alone. However, Black and White limited players to just 3 Pokémon for auto-leveled WiFi battles; 6vs6 did not have this option, resulting in an uneven playing field.
· Dream World- Like the Pokéwalker from HeartGold and SoulSilver, Nintendo created a new way of interacting with your Pokémon through a website. This “Dream World” granted access to Pokémon that were not only inaccessible in Black and White, but that also came with rare moves and abilities. Despite this, the sheer amount of time and effort that would have to go into the Dream World was obscene. Even if you devoted the time to it, you were never guaranteed to actually find the Pokémon or item you sought. The whole system felt like a step backwards after the Pokéwalker, especially when the latter encouraged kids to play outside while simultaneously powering the device.
· Sequel versus Third Version- As mentioned before, many expected the new game to merely be an extension of the first two, as Yellow was to Red and Blue. The inclusion of the number 2 in the title of the two games has led many to expect the new games to be direct sequels to the story of Black and White. Considering that the main villain escaped custody while the other flew off on the opposite Legendary Pokémon, there is the opportunity to expand on what happened next. A brand new story continuing where the original left off would certainly generate more sales than simply creating another Yellow. Many fans have even speculated that the sequels may somehow be connected to Ruby and Sapphire based on the red and blue gemstones found in the sequels’ logos.
With Black 2 and White 2 set for a June release in Japan and a fall release in America and Europe, it shall not be long before more information on the games starts to spread.