April 10, 2010
The first game screens of Pokémon Black and White has just been leaked via CoroCoro, showing off some of the visual innovation previously hinted at with earlier press announcements.
This is an impressive first look at the fifth generation games. The main features of these screens include the male and female protagonists, a battle, and the games being taking 3D to a new level.
The male protagonist appears to have a brown hair, a blue jacket over a shirt, a red and white cap flipped backwards, black pants, red shoes, and a blue bag worn off his shoulder. The female protagonists also seems to have brown hair (with a ponytail), a white/pink cap, black clothing and what we're certain is a pink bag worn over her shoulder as well.
The entire overworld has taken a more apparent 3D approach using a camera level angled at the ground, similar to how the lighthouse appears in HGSS. This change has made it possible to have large cityscapes, such as the one shown. A new color pallet seems to have been applied as well. There is a comparison of the old and new PokéCenters, also showing off this new overworld appearance. By the looks of it, PokéCenters and PokéMarts might been merged together to form a single facility. There's an additional person in the upstairs area, and a globe similar to the ones in GameFreak's office in Celadon and in the GTS, in the top right corner. As shown in this same screen, dialogue is now handled in a more speech-bubble-like manner. Additionally, no Pokémon are shown following the protagonist in any of the screens, however that can easily be because the feature can be turned on and off and that GameFreak simply wishes to keep the new generation's roster concealed.
Next to the screen where the male protagonist is running down a bridge is some text revealing the fact a new, never before seen method of transportation will be introduced in these games. There has been speculation that due to the fact a car is present below the bridge, that might be it. However, that is pure speculation, and a little awkward to imagine with a tile-based game.
The most obvious change to the battle screen is the fact that you can now see the entirety of your Pokémon's backside, which comes with it dropping a shadow over where it stands. The background is more detailed than before, featuring the silhouettes of city buildings. It's hard to say at what time in the battle the image was taken (during an attack?), but from what is shown, there is no HP/EXP bar, or the name and level of the Pokémon in battle. CoroCoro has conveniently hidden the entire bottom screen using the art of the new Pokémon Zoroark and Zorua.
Update @ 4:30 (GMT-8)
Pokémon Sunday has not revealed any additional information, as assumed. They plan to show off more screens in their next episode, but chances are they shall be no different that what has been on CoroCoro. This leaves our next predictable patch of Black and White news around Wednesday next week, when the site will update, with if anything, higher quality screens and hopefully some general information (and art of the protagonists). Since Pokémon Sunday did not reveal anything, there is no need to hold back on this video! Enjoy.