Over the weekend, Nintendo unveiled Pokémon Black and White Version 2 during Pokémon Smash, a Japanese Pokémon television show, due for Nintendo's home nation of Japan this June. Nintendo of America released a press release to editors this morning that indicated we'd be seeing the game in the fall of this year.
The titles will release for the Nintendo DS. Yes, you read the right, the DS.
Our favorite part of the official, and exceptionally brief, press release from Nintendo is this bit:
Why can it be played in 2D on the Nintendo 3DS? Because it's backwards compatible, of course. Their wording makes it seem like these completely new games were meant to be played in 2D on the 3DS. Remember folks, these are Nintendo DS games.
And that's the weird bit that most of us can't really get over. Sure, there's the probability that Game Freak, the Pokémon studio, was working on this sequel to Pokémon Black and White on the DS all along. But, for owners of Nintendo's newest handheld, it's exceptionally disappointing to see the newest Pokémon title to launch for last generation's portable.
Finally, during Pokémon Smash, two of the game's headline Pokémon were revealed. Pictured at the head of this post are Black Kyurem and White Kyurem.
We'll have more on this game as it comes.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Announced
Two New Highly Anticipated Pokémon Video Games Coming This Fall
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Coming off the record-breaking popularity of the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games, Nintendo of America Inc. announced today that two new Pokémon titles, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, are coming to North America in 2012. Fans can anticipate plenty of new surprises when the games launch this fall.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will be available for the Nintendo DS family of systems. The games can also be played in 2D on Nintendo 3DS systems. More game details will be announced throughout the year. For more information and a first look at new character art of Black Kyurem and White Kyurem from Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, visit www.pokemon.com.
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