Pokémon Black and Pokémon White have already been confirmed to include version exclusive areas, video chat,  3-0n-3 battles, and of course brand-new Pokémon for you to capture. What else could Gamefreak and Nintendo possibly add to the games that hasn’t already been utilized in previous installments? Apparently a lot.

The latest update comes from Pokémon Co. and goes into detail about some of the new features that have been touched on recently in Pokémon Sunday and Corocoro magazine. Pokémon Co. goes on to explain that there will be seasons in Black and White. The seasons, however, are unlike the day cycle that utilizes the DS’s internal clock — every season lasts a month. So you have one month to enjoy Summer, another month for Fall, etc., etc.

As the seasons change so do the Pokémon. One new Pokémon, named Shikijika, even changes its appearance depending on which season it is within the game. However, Pokémon aren’t the only thing that change, your clothes will also change depending on the season, but even cooler than that is that the terrain will change too. What this means is that it will allow you to access areas that you previously couldn’t in other seasons. One of the examples provided within the images would be a hillside that couldn’t be reached until snow had fallen and piled up, thus creating a pathway.

Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Pokemon Black and White Seasons

The changing of the seasons is a pretty solid new gameplay feature, but let’s be honest right now, the beauty of nature can’t even come close to the majesty of musical theater. Nintendo obviously shares the same sophisticated and highly refined opinion as I do because they have added musicals to the upcoming Pocket Monster titles. The new musical feature replaces the Pokémon contests that were in previous installments and allows you to dress up your Pokémon and then send them out on stage in an attempt to relive your long since deceased dreams of being on Broadway.

Once your Pokémon has been dressed for success they are sent out on stage to compete against three other wannabe Pokémusicians. You must play the music accordingly and if you are doing well a spotlight will shine on you. People from the crowd will throw presents at you (more specifically your Pokémon) that you can keep and use later in the game. If you get tired of going up against A.I.s then you can go into wi-fi mode with your buddies and enter a competitive ‘Music Battle mode’.

Pokemon Black and White Musicals, Pokemon Musicals, Pokemon Black, Pokemon White

Game Rant previously reported that you would not be able to catch previous generation Pokémon in Black and White until you beat the game. So to aid you in your quest to catch ’em all Gamefreak has added a new feature called the Pokéshifter. The Pokéshifter is accessible after completing the main game and allows you to transfer over all of your precious Pokémon from Heart Gold, Soul Silver, Platinum, Diamond, and Pearl.

The Pokéshifter is a little mini-game that features your Pokémon jumping around from bush to bush. While your Pokémon are jumping around you have to hit them with your Pokébow and arrow to capture them before time runs out. It’s a very simple game and is way more convenient than capturing Pidgeys and Rattata in order to trade over your other Pokémon. The only catch is that you will need two DS’ to complete this task.

Pokemon Black and White Pokeshifter, Pokemon Black, Pokemon White

The final feature revealed is something called the ‘Dream World’. This new feature is actually very interesting and takes Nintendo in a direction that we have really only seen from Microsoft’s Xbox 360 — exclusive content via the internet (no DLC doesn’t count). The Dream World is a port that can only be accessed when you log onto the Pokémon Global Link website, which will launch simultaneously with the games. The site will allow you to check out global rankings, e-mail friends you’ve exchanged friend codes with, download new songs for the Pokémon Musical, and download new skins for your Pokédex and C-Gear.

You can send Pokémon to Dream World by making them go to sleep. Once the Pokémon is asleep you can upload it into Dream World which will allow you to interact with the Pokémon in different ways, including growing rare berries, collecting rare and exclusive items, and even capturing rare Pokémon. The items you collect can be stored on a shelf so you can trade them to your friends or you can put them in a treasure chest where they will be transferred over to Pokémon Black or White. The Pokémon that you can befriend in the Dream World have special abilities that aren’t found in the regular games.

Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Pokemon Black and White Dream World

All of these new features look pretty awesome, but the Dream World is what really stands out from the others. It’s similar to the Pokéwalker, but fortunately it doesn’t require actual physical activity! Jokes aside, the only game I’ve seen do something similar to this is Crackdown 2 with its ability to unlock rubber ducky grenades by completing the Chuck’s Ducks 2 Facebook game. Dream World seems to take this concept and build substantially creating an entire online community that allows people to e-mail each other through the site and trade items.

It seems like Nintendo is really trying to break out into the online community with these games, and although it’s not the Pokémon MMO that everyone wants it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

What do you guys think of these new features? Will you use the new Dream World feature?

Pokémon Black and White are releasing in North America sometime in Spring 2011.

Source: Andriasang, Serebii

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