Nintendo announces Pokemon Black & White release date, new legendaries

Nintendo of North America has officially announced Pokemon Black and White, giving the Fifth generation games a North American/European Spring 2011 release date. This isn’t shocking news as the games were announced weeks ago in Japan, but the sudden reveal of the games’ two new legendaries, Reshiram and Zekrom certainly is.

Above: Reshiram, cover legendary for Pokemon White

Above: Zekrom, cover legendary for Pokemon Black

As in previous games, these two legendaries will be the respective “covermons” for Pokemon Black and White, with Zekrom representing Black, and Reshiram repping White. No info on type or movesets yet, but given other legendaries track records, Psychic and Dark seem like safe bets. Their wings may also point to a Flying typing, though that seems too common for legendary Pokemon.

Nintendo has also launched their official Black & White page on the Pokemon site, which you can bookmark for later right here. We’ll still be keeping an eye out for info leaking out of Japan though, as they recently announced the new starters there only a few weeks ago.

In the meantime, keep an eye, or ear, out for the new episode of our all Pokemon podcast, Pokemon Monday, where we’ll be Chatot-ing (sorry) up this exciting new announcement!

May 28, 2010




  • tommy1992 - October 17, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    i think they might be to do with night and day zekrom created night reshiram created day and after this they could use seasons for legendaries
  • LordAlzorn - May 31, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    Yeah, they need to change the titles. Reshiram is for Black Version and Zekrom is for White Version.
  • palkia96 - May 30, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    i think Eevee should have a ghost, a steel, and a dragon evolution.
  • Urza4315 - May 30, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    Reshiram's tail looks like a propellor, and Zekrom's looks like a big drill. Imagine the legendary they'll have to use for Grey version. And unless these are prototype designs, the color scheme for these two pokemon are extremely lazy. Remember Ho-Oh? With colors?
  • PorkoMan - May 29, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    I actually think that Reshiram is Black's mascot and Zekrom is White's. That's what it says on Serebii and Bulbapedia, and it makes sense with the whole yin yang thing.
  • winterwolf - May 29, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    @ GameManiac that's what i've heard as well, as both serebii and bulbapedia say that.
  • GameManiac - May 29, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    The way I heard the news, Reshiram (the white one) was the cover Pokemon for Pokemon Black and Zekrom (the black one) was the cover Pokemon for Pokemon White. I don't know if its wrong or right in terms of news. Whichever one has Zekrom (the black one) in it, I'll buy, since now I'm left confused.
  • kiwicrossing - May 29, 2010 5:54 a.m.

    Hell yes, I'm getting Pokemon Black
  • winterwolf - May 29, 2010 4:33 a.m.

    You guys say that the white poke is with white version, and the black guy with black version (which makes sense), but a couple other sites running this story say its the other way around. Just FYI.(ex. bulbapedia &
  • VictorRay - May 29, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    they look like digimon
  • EricBratcher - May 28, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    Man, y'all are a tough crowd. I like 'em. Zekrom looks like he's ripped straight from a rubber-suit monster movie - which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Granted, neither is as cool as Venusaur, but that's a given. But yeah - the giant, white, fuzzy appendage strikes me as an... unusual... choice of anatomical features.
  • Felixthecat - May 28, 2010 11:32 p.m.

  • Robusken - May 28, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Maybe im in the minority but they both seem so plain to me. Oh well i never really bothered using legendarys
  • Psylockerules - May 28, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    the black 1 looks so cool! but the white fox thing looks bizzare, seriously? is that a furrey cock or what?
  • shyfonzie - May 28, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    So this is how they're following up Pokegod. I like it.
  • Cyberninja - May 28, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    this might be my last pokemon game if they dont do something cool with the seris on the 3ds
  • V13Dragongal - May 28, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    Sweet! I want both games!
  • 8bitBaby - May 28, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    hrm... *rubs chin suspiciously. those are less awesome than i thought they would be. @510BrotherPanda agreed
  • slimjim441 - May 28, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    And Mewtwo would kick both of their asses and any other vermin Pokemon any day of the week.
  • slimjim441 - May 28, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    They both look almost exactly like Palkia, who was stupid to begin with. I mean, Giratina's 'origin forme' looks more different from the original than these look different from Palkia. @WillisTron I miss the 'chu as well. May he and the rest of the Pokemon worth catching (1st and 2nd gen.) rest in peace... @510BrotherPanda The first thing I said when I saw the picture was, 'Why does Palkia have a furry cock?'

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