The latest generation of the huge Pokémon franchise hits the shelves next month and, if the reviews and reports from abroad are anything to go by, Pokémon Black and White look set to become the most successful versions of the hit RPG game yet.
The game doesn’t hit the shops until March 4 in the UK, although pre-ordering is recommended to avoid disappointment. When the game went on sale in Japan, almost 1.1million pre-orders were made, making it the fastest Nintendo DS game to reach the one million orders mark. Two days after going on sale on September 18, the game sold 2.6million copies and on January 9th, the game became the fastest ever DS title to reach five million sales.
The reviews have also been incredibly favourable. Japanese magazine Famitsu Weekly awarded the game a perfect 40 out of 40 score – a mark given to only 14 other games in the magazine’s history and a mark which no other Pokémon game has received.
The two games, Pokémon Black and Pokémon White are very similar in their general game play. Other than slightly different environments to explore, the key difference that most users will find is in the two new battle types. Black features more Rotation Battles than Triple Battles, whereas White prefers to throw you into Triple Battles. It isn’t the first time that Pokémon games have been released in pairs (past releases have included Red & Blue, Gold & Silver, Ruby & Sapphire and Diamond & Pearl) and the most ardent fans tend to pick up both versions, but many are happy choosing just one.
The graphics system has been revamped, with gamers likely to enjoy the long awaited graphics revamp and move towards more 3D images. With all new Pokémon to be collected, Black & White will also feel very much like a brand new game, rather than just a franchise revamp.
Both versions of the game are available to pre-order now ahead of the March 4th release date, with a £12 saving and a free limited edition key ring available on each version available at Very.co.uk.