Pokémon Black and White 2 are coming out on Sunday. For some reason, the imminent release of these games hasn’t generated very much buzz. Personally, I find this reality rather odd. Pokémon Black and White are two of the most underrated games of this generation. Why aren’t people greatly anticipating their successors? If you aren’t excited about the release of Pokémon Black and White 2, here are five reasons you should be.
(This article contains some spoilers of Pokémon Black and White).
1. They’re Direct Sequels
Pokémon Black and White 2 are the first-ever direct sequels to a Pokémon game. The games take place two years after the events of Pokémon Black and White. And a lot has changed since the first two. For starters, ice has enveloped a huge portion of the region. Also, towns and cities look different, characters look older, there are new gym leaders, and Pokémon from previous generations can be caught and trained. Pokémon fans have been asking for a “true” sequel for years. Now, fourteen years after Pokémon Red and Blue were first released in North America, we’re finally getting those sequels.
2. The Story
Pokémon Black and White had incredible stories. They really took the stories found in previous Pokémon games to the next level. Pokémon Black and White 2 are the continuation of that story. Since N, the king of Team Plasma, left at the end of Pokémon Black and White, a lot of things have changed for the villainous team that wants to “liberate” Pokémon from their trainers. Team Plasma is now divided into two different factions. One of the factions wants atonement for its actions, wishing to reunite people with their Pokémon. In contrast, the other faction still wants to liberation. It will be very interesting to see how N and Ghetsis, the mastermind behind Team Plasma, affect the story. We know that they will each make an appearance, but we don’t know how big of a part they will have in the story. Assuming that Pokémon Black and White 2 have the same level of storytelling as their predecessors, they will be worth getting for their stories alone.
3. The “New” Pokémon
Although there aren’t any brand new Pokémon in Pokémon Black and White 2, there will be some that are new to the Unova region. In Black and White 2, players will be able to catch and train Pokémon from previous generations. Many fan favorites such as Metagross and Lucario will appear in Black and White 2. While the lack of Pokémon from previous generations greatly contributed to the fresh feeling that Pokémon Black and White had, it will be great to use some of the most popular Pokémon from earlier games in the series.
4. The Pokémon World Tournament
For the first time ever, players will be able to battle against all of the gym leaders from other regions. This is done by way of The Pokémon World Tournament. At its essence, this event is a facility located south of Driftville City. Players will be able to face off against many prominent and popular trainers in single, double, triple, and rotation battles. Triple and rotation battles were underused in Pokémon Black and White, so I’m glad to see that they will have a bigger role in Black and White 2. Also, you’ll be able to download and use the teams of the actual people who won the Pokémon World Championships. We’re talking about actual, real-life people here. While it might not “make” the game, it’s great to see such a nice act of fan service from developer Game Freak. There hasn’t always been a lot of reasons to replay Pokémon games after you’ve beaten the main storyline, but the Pokémon World Tournament looks to change that.
Pokémon Black and White 2 have a form of achievements called medals. Players can acquire medals by doing things as simple as saving the game a certain number of times, or as difficult as catching all of the Pokémon of a specific type in the Unova Pokedex. Nintendo has always been hesitant to use any kind of achievement system, so it’s nice surprise to see Pokémon leading the charge. It will be quite a challenge to get all of the medals, but hardcore fans of the series will certainly be up for it. Medals are yet another reason to play Pokémon Black and White 2 even after a player has completed the primary story.
Between the facts that Pokémon Black and White 2 are the first ever direct sequels to a Pokémon game, the engrossing story, the ability to catch Pokémon from previous generations, the Pokémon World Tournament, and the inclusion of medals, there are a number of other reasons to be excited about Pokémon Black and White 2 as well. North American gamers up for another go at the world of Pokémon will be able to get their hands on these games this Sunday, October 7th.