It’s been surprisingly quiet on the Pokemon news front as of late. We’re half way through May already, and not a single new detail pertaining to the upcoming Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 has been released this month, which is surprising for a pair of games that are set to release later this Fall. Trainers eagerly anticipating the next batch of information on the games have gotten their wish… and then some.

The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Corocoro has been leaked early, prematurely blowing open the floodgates to a heap of new Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 details. There have been a lot of changes in the Unova region since players last visited it in the original Pokemon Black and White titles, but all of the new changes bring along many familiar faces that Pokemon fans will love to catch up with — mainly Brock, Misty, Blue, and Giovanni.

Prominent and popular gym leaders and champions from throughout the Pokemon series can be found in Black 2 and White 2 in the new ‘Pokemon World Tournament’ feature. Lance, Volkner, Blue, Misty, Steven, Janine, Blaine, and Brock have all been confirmed to make their triumphant return, with many more unannounced trainers still yet to be detailed. The possibility of once again encountering Red is an exciting one, and the inclusion of Giovanni may even hint at Team Rocket’s involvement in the game’s main storyline; only time will tell though.

In other news, the legendary Pokemon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus will all be getting new ‘Sacred Beast Forms’ to accompany the new forms of Kyurem. The kicker about these new appearances is that they can only be obtained by gamers who own a Nintendo 3DS and a digital copy of the newly announced Pokemon AR Searcher. This makes playing the games on 3DS necessary to catch ’em all, and should help tide over 3DS owners until a unique Pokemon game for the system comes along.

In other news, Cheren will return in Black 2 and White 2, but this time as a Normal-type gym leader. Bianca will also make an appearance when she drops off the starter Pokemon as a favor to Professor Juniper, and everyone is still baffled as to where N has gone following the events of the first games. If the return of all these familiar faces makes the game seem a little stale, then the new PokéWood feature will spice things up a bit. The new mode will be replacing the Pokemon Musicals found in Black and White, and enables players to have their Pokemon star in mock films.

These new additions and returning faces are sure to make Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 all the more interesting.

Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 are being released in North America this Fall.

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Source: Serebii