What’s old is certainly new again when it comes to Pokémon. The two latest additions of the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, have sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S. in one month. Nintendo’s Pokémon master talks about the new Nintendo DS games in this exclusive video below.
Gamers picked up 1.3 million copies of Pokémon White Version in the U.S. in March and an additional 1.1 million copies of Pokémon Black Version. The two Nintendo DS games sold a record 1.08 million copies in the U.S. on its launch date March 6.
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version transport players to the never-before-seen Unova region, a place unlike any other. Until the main story of the game is complete, every Pokémon that players encounter – more than 150 in total – will have never been seen before in previous Pokémon video games.
For the first time in the series, in-game environments will change with the four seasons, during which select Pokémon will show up more or less frequently. The games also debut Triple Battles and Rotation Battles, giving players even more choices when battling with their customized team of Pokémon.
Other new features include enhanced communication tools via a local wireless connection or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (broadband Internet access required) and infrared communication features that allow players to set up battles and trades and exchange Friend Codes with friends faster than ever before.
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John Gaudiosi has been covering videogames for the past 20 years for outlets like The Washington Post, CNET, Wired Magazine and CBS.com. He has focused on the convergence of entertainment and videogames for outlets like Video Business, Home Media Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Gamerlive.TV and is also a freelance game columnist for Reuters and writes for outlets like Forbes.com, NVISION, Official PlayStation Magazine, EGM Now, Geek Monthly, PrimaGames.com, and Yahoo! Games. John also serves as the video game expert for NBC in Washington D.C. and has produced videogame documentaries for The History Channel and Starz Entertainment. John was named one of the Top 50 Game Journalists in the world by Next-Gen.biz in 2007. He is the co-author of Scholastic Books' How to Get into Videogames, Prima Publishing's Madden: Twenty Years of Videogame Football and Electronic Arts: The Official History.