Pokemon Black and White – first hands-on preview with US version

Last week, we finally had our first real look at the English-language localization of Pokemon Black and White. We've been playing imported copies for months, so while the US version didn't contain any surprises, it's nice to confirm at last that no major changes have been made in the localization process.

As far as language localization goes, we didn't get to see too much dialogue, but by leafing through the Pokedex it appears that the previously leaked list of Pokemon names was accurate. Besides Pokemon, the Hilink is now called Entralink, and the Live Caster is now called Xtranceiver. One new detail we noticed too is that when you bring up your Town Map now, and you move the cursor over a city or town it doesn't just list the name of the city, but the services available too, like the name rater, move tutor and so on. It's a nice touch that makes figuring out where you need to go a lot easier.

All the new details that make local multiplayer way easier via the C Gear and Infrared functionality are intact too, so you won't have to worry about entering friend codes for anyone who's sitting right next to you. When you have your C Gear on while your game is asleep it enters a passive tag mode too where you can swap data with passersby. In Castelia City there's a survey you can take (kind of similar to the Everybody Votes channel on Wii), where you answer Pokemon specific questions and see how your friends responded too. Be prepared to rack up major hours on your save data too, since time spent in hibernation while the C Gear is on count as play hours.  

We also confirmed with Nintendo that the Dream World would be a part of the overall Pokemon Global Link website, although it won't be available at launch, it will go live sometime this spring. Online rankings will also play a big part in organizing the 2011 Pokemon Video Game Championships too, so you can secure a spot in the tournament by proving your skills in online battles.

So yes, everything appears to be in order for the US release. We've got just over a month to go until Black and White is here, so until then please enjoy some new US screens while listening to this week's episode of Pokemon Monday.

Above: Vivaldi, anyone?

Jan 31, 2011




  • link07 - February 1, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    It coming :)
  • Larinah - February 1, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    @Ilyere I hear ya. I'm kinda bummed about Nageki and Dageki getting a name change but eh, I guess I'll learn to deal with it. Now, considering I've played through this twice already on White, once in Japanese and once with the V7 translation patch, I have to say, it'll be nice to have the Dream World finally so I don't have to rely on Pokesav to get the Dream World abilities. (Speed Boost Blaziken, I mean come on!)
  • robberto345 - February 1, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    @talkraider: the same reason you'll be excited for the next COD game
  • OrangeCrush - February 1, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    @FirLocke and 510BrotherPanda You need to have a WEP to use wifi on the DS. I have a WPA so I just change my security settings when I connect to the Global Link.
  • Ilyere - February 1, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    I'm still not a fan of the localised names, but I can live with it. I finally got wireless sorted out in my home, so now I can check out these cool features!
  • WTeen8 - February 1, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    I want an Ice Cream Pokemon!
  • 510BrotherPanda - February 1, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    Having listened to Pokemon Monday, I'm more excited for that Pokemon-Teaches-Typing game... BTW, does B&W have a choice whether it's WEP or WPA you need to use? If it's still just WEP, I don't think I'd ever want it... Reconfiguring the home's wireless security every time is kind of a hassle for only one game.
  • FirLocke - February 1, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    I have a question. My DS lite can't go online because my router supports a WPA2 type key, but I do have a PC and I wonder if I can use the Pokemon Global Link thingy to use the online services? Like battling and trading and such, 'cos that'd be awesome. Would really appreciate if someone replied!
  • Doctalen - February 1, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    I have got enough money. Looks like its time to stop using my sister's DS, buy my own and get Black/White version.
  • enviremental - February 1, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    I think i came . . .
  • GameManiac - February 1, 2011 3:54 a.m.

    I am easily understanding why Famitsu gave it 40/40, compaed to HG/SS 's 37/40. Black and White are clearly different from its predecessors.
  • shyfonzie - February 1, 2011 3:43 a.m.

    You will be mine. You are so beautiful.
  • Innounci - February 1, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    pre-ordered white when i got my shiny Raikou, so i am definitely sold on it, can't freaking wait =^.^= @talkraider classy talk coming from a guy with a MW2 avatar...
  • icedoesnthelp - February 1, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    @talkraider Because Famitsu gave it 40/40, why else?
  • Cyberninja - February 1, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    yay thanks now for talking about missing mews on PM because now mine is gone from SS and on a less depressing note glad the game is coming along nicely
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - February 1, 2011 3:01 a.m.

    @Talkraider Hey.... piss off. on a side note, I'm getting rather excited for this. Although i think it's a bit odd they're releasing it so close to 3DS launch.
  • MaxBernard - February 1, 2011 2:58 a.m.

    It'll be interesting to see how they standardize online play for the worldwide leaderboards. It would be excellent if they had the option for multiple playlists, especially if they implemented tiering similar, if not identical, to Smogon's tier lists, or at least VGC rules. It would be annoying to see some kid with a Pokesav'd Wonder Guard Spiritomb team jump to the top of the leaderboards through cheating and mess it up for everybody else.
  • ssj4raditz - February 1, 2011 2:56 a.m.

    I haven't played a Pokemon game since Red/Blue. Seeing this makes me want to play Pokemon again...
  • Robusken - February 1, 2011 2:54 a.m.

    Just looked through the leaked name list. Haxorus? Heck yea.
  • MrKart - February 1, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    @Talkraider This coming from the guy with a Call of Duty avatar.

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