The best part about PokÃ©mon has always been entering a cave for the first time in the hopes of passing through to get to the other town, but then you find that Zubats and Geodudes are showing up every two seconds. It’s been this way for every PokÃ©mon game to date. However, according to an interesting blog post from Gamefreak’s Junichi Masuda, you won’t have to worry about those old-school PokÃ©mon — or any other PokÃ©mon from previous generations — showing up in PokÃ©mon Black and PokÃ©mon White until you beat the game.
Masuda wrote that he wanted to bring back some of the excitement that the original games had when they were first released.”It’s like playing something completely new, similar to when I played Red & Green,” Masuda wrote, “You don’t even know the type of the PokÃ©mon, so you’re surprised at the skills”. The Gamefreak employee then went on to announce that “there are only PokÃ©mon that you’ve never seen, so it’s fresh and new”. I guess Masuda does have a point — some of the best memories I have of the original games was discovering new PokÃ©mon and learning which PokÃ©mon were stronger against others.
Junishi Masuda also admitted that designing the game was really tough, but so far they are receiving good signals from people who have had hands-on time with the games. The Gamefreak graphic staff have put a ton of hard work into PokÃ©mon Black and White, and they will be happy as long as people enjoy themselves while playing their games.
PokÃ©mon Black and White are really changing the formula from the previous games, but children seem to still love those little PokÃ©mans, which is evident in the latest Japanese commercial below.
See, I told you, Nintendo is really going out of their way to change up the PokÃ©mon series, and so far they seem to be doing a great job with the final DS installment of the beloved games. I’m a little bummed that I won’t be able to add a Magikarp to my roster, especially since we all know he’s the baddest PokÃ©mon on the planet, but I guess only having access to the new guys for the majority of the story will make the game a little more interesting. If worst comes to worst, I can always transfer over my Charizard after beating the game and teach all of these “new PokÃ©mon” a lesson in respecting their elders.
Are you bummed that you won’t be seeing any old PokÃ©mon in Black and White?
PokÃ©mon Black and White launch in Japan on September 18, while North America will finally get them in Spring 2011.