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Pokémon Black and White are the first new main-franchise games since 2006's Diamond and Pearl. They were announced April 8, 2010 and are the first installments in the fifth generation of games. The games were initially released in Japan on September 18th, and will be localized this coming Spring.

Leading up to the release, information on them was scarce as GAME FREAK controlled the news flow through its various outlets: CoroCoro magazine, the Pokémon Sunday show and the official site (English | Japanese). PLDH now sports a PokéDex up-to-date with all new abilities, moves and Pokémon, with new pages dedicated to new features in the games being created as well.

Right now you can check out the various pages we have assembled, and have continued to keep up-to-date, regarding Black and White. For instance: our Gallery, New Pokémon, etc; find more using the menu to the right.


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Features:

  1. New 3-Dimensional overworld
  2. New region, Unova
  3. New Professor, Juniper
  4. Hub city, known as Castelia City
  5. New central legends: Reshiram and Zekrom
  6. Pokémon are animated during battle; stationary, offensive and defensive sprites
  7. Camera pans in and out based on player interaction with the overworld
  8. Camera changes focus in Pokémon battles
  9. Collecting 8 gym badges is still a main objective
  10. The C-Gear allows for various types of online and local connectivity

More Features:

  1. Pokémon can be sent to the PC-based Dream World
  2. New battle types: Triple, Rotation and wild-double (no partner required)
  3. Seasons are introduced and each lasts 1 full month
  4. EntraLink introduces online missions and multi-player interaction
  5. Fourth generation Pokémon are transferred via the Poké Transfer Factory
  6. Wonder Launcher allows for purchase of items in mulitplayer battles
  7. Battle Subway replaces the Battle Tower
  8. Pokémon Musical replaces Pokémon Contests and Super Contests
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Release Dates:

  • Japan: September 18th, 2010
  • North America: March 6th, 2011
  • Australia: March 10th, 2011
  • Europe: March 4th, 2011
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