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Pokémon Black and White Versions

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Pokémon Black Version
Pokémon White Version
Pokémon Black Version's boxart, as released in Europe. Similar boxart was used for all worldwide releases, with only local alterations. Reshiram is depicted.
Category RPG
Players 1-4 players simultaneous
Publisher Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Developer Game Freak
Game advisories and suggested ages
ESRB Unrated
Content No content advisories
Release dates
Japan September 18, 2010
N. America March 6, 2011
Australia March 10, 2011
Europe March 4, 2011
Korea April 21, 2011
Web sites
English Official minisite
Japanese Official subsite
IGDB Entry [1]

Pokémon Black Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ブラック Pocket Monsters Black) and Pokémon White Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ホワイト Pocket Monsters White) are the primary Paired versions of the upcoming "fifth generation" of Pokémon games. They will be, like the "fourth generation" games, released on the Nintendo DS.

The first of the new Pokémon to feature in these games, Zorua and Zoroark, were revealed on February 10, 2010 in CoroCoro magazine. The games' names were revealed on the official Japanese Pokémon website on April 9, and scans from the subsequent issue of the magazine were leaked on April 10. These scans revealed some of the graphical enhancements that will be featured in these games. There will be a higher level of 3D graphics than in previous games, as shown in some shots of the overworld. Initial sprites can be seen for Zorua, Zoroark, and the as-yet unnamed Player characters. Higher-quality versions of these images were released on pokemon.co.jp on April 15.

In addition to the improved graphics, a number of aesthetic changes have been made from previous generations, including an altered battle scene, speech balloons for dialog, and a combined Pokémon Center and Poké Mart building.

Black and White will be compatible with all five fourth-generation games. While the full details are not yet known, transferring the shiny Legendary beasts released with the 13th movie in Japan has been confirmed to unlock an event in the games.


As in most regular Pokémon games the purpose is to progress by levelling up your Pokémon by battling, and defeating gym trainers to earn badges as you become stronger. In these games you choose a starter Pokémon: Tepig, Oshawott, or Snivy for your tenth birthday. You then set out on an adventure with your new Pokémon and Pokédex given to you by professor Juniper with your friends Cheren and Bianca. As you journey through the Unova region, you'll explore everything from cities to mountains to forests. You'll also run into trouble with the mysterious organization Team Plasma, and meet the legendary beasts Reshiram and Zekrom (Japanese: ポケットモンススター ホワイ).