Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (ポケットモンスター ブラック2・ホワイト2) is the direct sequel to the very popular Pokémon Black and White
games. The games were announced by Junichi Masuda
on the popular Japanese television show Pokémon Smash #73
. Despite the show only airing in Japan, the announcement of him revealing something big on the show caught the attention of the news, media and fans worldwide. Junichi Masuda
confirmed on his blog earlier in the week that Pokémon Smash #73
aired that he'd be on the show to announce something very big despite the previews or previously released information about the episode not even mentioning it at all.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 bring players back to the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. There are many new areas to discover in the region, and exciting changes to previously visited places for players to explore. One new area is Virbank City, where players will be able to visit Pokéstar Studios and star in their own movie with their favorite Pokémon. The movie a player creates premieres at the in-game theater, where the audience gives it a rating. Movies are rated based on script choices and battle move sequence, and players can even create sequels to existing movies. There are many movie genres to choose from, including romantic comedy and horror.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will also give fans of the original games a chance to catch up with some familiar friends. In this game, Cheren and Bianca return two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, and a lot has changed. Bianca is now the assistant to Professor Juniper, helping her with Pokémon research. Cheren is now a Gym Leader and a teacher at a school in Aspertia City – the starting location for this adventure.
In Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, players will also be able to catch some of the Pokémon from outside the Unova region, such as Eevee, Riolu, Tyranitar, Arcanine and Mareep, right from the start of the game. If they are playing on Nintendo 3DS, players can transfer Pokémon they have caught with Pokémon Dream Radar into their Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games (visible in 2D only). Pokémon Dream Radar lets players use several different features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the Nintendo 3DS camera, motion control and augmented-reality technology, to discover and catch Pokémon. The game includes hard-to-find Pokémon such as the new Therian Formes of Legendary Pokémon Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus.
Additionally, players can learn all about their favorite Pokémon by purchasing Pokédex 3D Pro from the Nintendo eShop. This enhanced and upgraded version of the original Pokédex 3D includes detailed information about every known Pokémon featured in the history of the Pokémon video game series.
HIDDEN POWER of masuda Director's Columns - No.221 (English)
IMPORTANT NEWS!! On this coming Sunday, Februrary 26, 2012, from 7:30 A.M, I, Masuda, will be appearing on TV TOKYO’s Show, “Pokémon 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!
*TV program “Pokémon Smash!” can be seen only in Japan.
Pokémon Smash #73
The Pokémon Smash announcer started off the show revealing that "we got super ultra special news for you" and the screen captions indicated that it would be game related. A brief clip of Junichi Masuda
was shown of him revealing the news on a card but it was covered over with a big question mark. The segment where Junichi Masuda
revealed what was on that card is at the end of the show. After the Pokémon Library episode, Shoko-tan
then announced that Junichi Masuda
's announcement would be near the end of the show.
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During the marketing department segment after the viewer battle, Junichi Masuda
finally showed up to make his big announcement. Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (ポケットモンスター ブラック2・ホワイト2) were announced by Masuda and that they are Nintendo DS games and they will be released in June 2012
. This seems to indicate that they will not have 3DS features. The names of the new Pokémon or new formes were not announced but further details will be revealed on next weeks episode of Smash. They appear to be Kyurem (キュレム)
formes mixed with Zekrom (ゼクロム)
and Reshiram (レシラム)
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Official Japanese Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (ポケットモンスター ブラック2・ホワイト2) Website Launched
Just after Smash finished airing, the official Japanese Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (ポケットモンスター ブラック2・ホワイト2) website launched
. It announced the date for the games release as well as showed off the two new Pokémon.
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Masuda's Further Tweets
Shortly after the airing of the episode, Masuda announced on his Twitter account that the new Legendary Pokémon were named Black Kyurem (ブラックキュレム)
and White Kyurem (ホワイトキュレム)
, hinting that these new powers were somehow related to Zekrom and Reshiram.
Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe Games Announcement
Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe both published press releases the day after Junichi Masuda
announced Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 on Pokémon Smash #73
Nintendo of America - Press Release
REDMOND, Wash., Feb 27, 2012 -- 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 Pokemon 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.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Announced for Europe
Two New Highly Anticipated Pokémon Video Games Coming To Europe This Autumn
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games hit European stores in March 2011 and within 10 days on sale had exceeded one million units. Coming off the record-breaking popularity of these games Nintendo of Europe announces today that two new Pokémon titles, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, are coming to Europe in Autumn 2012. Fans can anticipate plenty of new surprises when the games launch this year.
- New Formes like Black Kyurem and White Kyurem
- A new story that takes place 2 years after the first Black and White games
- An expanded Unova Pokédex means more Pokémon to befriend earlier in your adventure!
- A New Host of Characters
- Make a Pokémon Blockbuster! - Visit Pokéstar Studios and create your own big-budget Pokémon movie!
- Earn medals for different achievements in the game
- Go online to trade, battle, and visit the Pokémon Global Link with the Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games. Play in online tournaments via the Global Battle Union, monitor Pokémon trades via the Global Trade Station, and much more.