Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black and White

2011

System
DS
Publisher
Nintendo
Developer
Game Freak

8.6

Game Rating

User Ratings: 379

Our Review: 9/10

Pokémon Black and White News

January2017

January2016

  • Feature A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 5 - 2010 To 2013

    A short gen

    As we build up to the 20th anniversary of Pokémon in February 2016 and look hotly ahead towards brand new things, we're continuing our journey through each generation of Pokémon, this month we cover the generation that's the most recent to be fully completed. If you need to catch up before reading ahead, be sure to check out our...

June2015

December2014

  • Poll Which is the Best Pokémon Game?

    Choose the most Super Effective of the main series

    With the festive reveal of our staff and reader awards results, we realised that the release line-up of 2014 had given us an opportunity to re-assess some of Nintendo's biggest franchises and determine current-day favourites. In our first poll Mario Kart 8 boosted away with over 50% of the v

  • Weirdness The Pokémon Timeline Seems as Crazy as The Legend of Zelda's Equivalent

    Three dimensional

    Timelines can be rather controversial in any franchise, but when they're applied to one of Nintendo's more storied franchises they can lead to some feisty disagreements. The Legend of Zelda is the famous example, dividing fans to this day despite an official version being available in Hyrule Historia; when you take into account...

July2014

May2014

April2014

  • News Pokémon Black and White Soundtrack Now Available on iTunes

    Remastered music collection joins iTunes' growing Pokémon library

    A few short weeks after the release of the Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection on iTunes, today we get the Pokémon Black & Pokémon White: Super Music Collection, which you can preview and purchase here for $9.99 / £7.99 / €8.99. This digitally...

February2014

  • Video Time to Learn Some Facts That Link Pokémon and Science

    Knowledge is Super Effective!

    While we may have an instinctive understanding of games the more we play, learning about mechanics and how the nuts and bolts of experiences work, it can be up to interpretation when looking for the additional meanings or influences within a given game. Download titles in particular sometimes have underlying messages or...

  • News Pokémon Bank Goes Live in North America

    Now everyone's happy

    After its European release delighted fans earlier this week and left gamers in North America looking on enviously, the good news is that Pokémon Bank is now live in the region. That means the Pokémon X & Y online storage service is now available — through the 3DS eShop — in all major territories around the world...

  • Hands On Storing Pocket Monsters in Pokémon Bank

    And going last-gen with Poké Transporter

    Pokémon Bank, the online store app just recently released in Europe to accompany Pokémon X & Y, is a simple utility; at first glance you essentially take in its entirety. It's a storage box for all of your Pokémon. As such, you know what you're going to get; in Pokémon Bank, you will find 100 boxes...

  • News Pokémon Bank Goes Live in Europe and Australia

    Huzzah!

    Update 2: Nintendo of America hasn't, at the time of writing, issued any update regarding the arrival of Pokémon Bank in the region. The Pokémon Company, however, has posted the following tweet that vaguely promises the service for the region "soon". Update: The Pokémon Bank has also gone live in Australia, so this appears to be a...

January2014

December2013

November2013

October2013

  • Video Nintendo Releases a Pokémon Series Showcase For You to Enjoy

    The presenter says "Pokémon" roughly one billion times

    While Nintendo's marketing for Pokémon X & Y has featured the usual excitable adverts and footage, with the games now released the company has taken a step back to present a Pokémon Series Showcase. For those new to Pokémon or perhaps too young to have been around since the earliest...

  • Weirdness If Pokémon Battles Were in First-Person, It'd Be a Lot Less Cute

    Ouch

    Pokémon fever has been in force for many weeks and months now, culminating in the recent release of Pokémon X & Y. Like many of the most successful and best-loved franchises on Nintendo systems, it's also a rather peculiar premise that's been going strong for many years. As we suggested in our weekend article, playing Pokémon games can...

September2013

July2013

June2013

  • News Pokémon US National Championships Set To Commence Next Week

    All attendees will receive a special Metagross

    Back in January, thousands of Pokémon trainers flocked to several different US cities with their copies of Pokémon Black and White 2 to compete in the Pokémon Video Game Winter Regional Championships. Each region had three different age divisions to compete in and the winners are now preparing for...

  • News The Pokémon Company Lays Down The Law On Cheaters

    Users of "illegal Pokémon" will be banned

    Considering how fun and addictive Pokémon battles with friends are, it's no surprise tournaments have cropped up all over the world for trainers to show off their 'mon's skills. However, one blight that has been attached to the competitions is the use of modified Pokémon. Essentially, people can use...

May2013

  • News There's Still Plenty Of Interest In Older Pokémon Games

    People are still buying the previous titles

    This year Nintendo announced it would be bringing a brand new Pokémon title to the 3DS in the form of Pokémon X & Y. This new iteration breaks the mould set by previous games and incorporates full 3D environments instead of the conventional top-down view we're all used to. Of course, Pokémon Black...

February2013

  • News Mythical Pokémon Meloetta Available at GameStop in March

    Music to our ears

    Pokémon fans in North America are to receive a special treat in March, as the mythical Meloetta will become available to download onto your Pokémon Black and White or Pokémon Black and White 2 cartridges at GameStop. Meloetta is a Normal Pokémon that can double up to become either a Psychic or a Fighting type during an actual...

  • News Legendary Pokémon Meloetta Distribution Date Announced

    This one's a real fighter

    Good news Pokémon fans! Starting 4th March, the mythical Pokémon Meloetta will be distributed by participating GameStop stores across North America for Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black & White 2, for a limited time only. Meloetta is the very first Pokémon able to change its Forme and type during a...

January2013

August2012

  • News Pokémon Hits North American Cyber League Summer Showdown

    Over $5,000 in prize money up for grabs

    Pokémon Black and White has been added to the roster of games at this year's North American Cyber League Summer Showdown, due to take place on Saturday September 8th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The tournament has a $10 admission fee (to cover the cost of hiring the venue), with an...

  • News Pick Up Keldeo For Free in Pokémon Giveaway

    Off to the shops with you

    Pokémon Black and White 2 is getting ever closer, and we can expect the hype machine to continue kicking into gear. One tactic seems to be to remind you that you should really still be playing the original Pokémon Black and White, and one way to get you back into the action is to run a legendary 'mon giveaway. Between...

July2012

  • News Catch a Special Porygon in Pokémon Black and White

    You know you want to

    Recently we told you all about the updates and improvements to Pokémon Global Link, such as a new Global Trade Station or the Icy Cave area, for just two examples. Now, courtesy of our friends at Eurogamer.net, you can get yourself a special version of one of the original 'mon. The special creature that you can claim is...

June2012

  • News What? The Pokémon Global Link Website is Evolving!

    Hum the music

    Popular Pokémon destination Pokémon Global Link has just received a new lick of paint and brand new features, ahead of the release of Pokémon Black & White 2 later this year. The site now includes a Global Trade Station for observing Pokémon trades and new statistics for you to pore over, such as which country is home to the...

March2012

  • News This is Meloetta, Pokémon Number 648

    Nice to meet you

    Say hello to Pokémon #648: Meloetta. The new 'mon was leaked recently on a movie poster but here's your first good look at official artwork of the musical-themed character. Meloetta has two Formes: Aria is a Normal/Psychic type, while Pirouette Forme is Normal/Fighting, which should result in some interesting strategies...

February2012

  • News Catch a Shiny Pokémon at the National Championships

    Everyone's a winner

    For some of you, the tease from Pokémon director Junichi Masuda will be enough to get your juices flowing. In the world of Pokémon, however, there is very often even more to get you excited. The Pokémon Company International has today released a press statement offering the opportunity for competitors at the 2012 Pokémon...

January2012

  • News Mewtwo to Psyche Out Pokémon Black and White

    Put the spoons away

    Legendary psychic Pokémon Mewtwo is joining the ranks of Pokémon Black & White from next month. Starting 12th February, DS owners can download Mewtwo via a wireless broadband connection, adding its fearsome psychic powers to their line-up. Full details are below. POWERFUL MEWTWO MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR A SPECIAL...

December2011

November2011

  • News Victini Returns to Pokémon Black and White This Weekend

    HP restored

    Super-rare Pokémon Victini saw a limited release when Pokémon Black and White earlier this year, and now the little monster is rested and ready to make another appearance this weekend. From Saturday, Victini will be distributed via Nintendo WiFi Connection, complete with a pretty powerful move set: Fusion Bolt, Fusion Flare, V-Create and Searing Shot are all in the Victory Pokémon's..

September2011

  • News Pokémon Black Nominated for Inaugural GameCity Prize

    The what prize?

    GameCity, Europe’s biggest videogame culture festival, has today announced the shortlist for it's inaugural GameCity Prize. The Prize has been created to discuss, explore and celebrate the very best in interactive entertainment, aiming to be the video game equivalent to the Mercury Music Prize or the Man Booker Prize for...

  • News Get a Venusaur C-Gear Skin with Exclusive Code

    Give your gear a makeover

    Pokémon Black & White has plenty to keep you going, so if you're still playing the game then Nintendo wants to reward you with some new looks for your all-important C-Gear. By using the special code below and the Pokémon Global Link website, you'll be able to add an exclusive Venusaur theme to the C-Gear. It doesn't end there though: Nintendo will release new skins..

August2011

  • News These Pokémon World Champions Are the Very Best

    Like no one was before

    Last weekend saw the Pokémon trading card game and video world championships in San Diego, and now the winners have been crowned it's time to shower them in golden Internet glory. Each game was split into three age categories: Junior, Senior and Master, with the Pokémon video game master crowned as American Ray Rizzo. His...

July2011

  • News Nintendo Returns to Comic-Con with Multiple Playable Games

    18 titles spread across Wii, 3DS and DS

    Nintendo is set for its return to Comic-Con in San Diego this year and among other activities, the special Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be set up so that attendees can stop by and try out some of the latest releases. As well as Nintendo's booth (#5135) at Comic-Con, the Nintendo Gaming Lounge situated in the...

May2011

  • News New Video Explains the Differences in Pokemon Black and White

    A little late, we know

    Pokémon Black and White: still haven't made up your mind which version to go for? Let Nintendo's helpful new video explain a few of the differences between the two games. Each version features an exclusive area and unique monsters to nab, as well as a few other quirks that are best discovered yourself. Find out more by reading our Pokémon Black and White review and checking..

April2011

  • News Pokemon and 3DS Helped Nintendo to a Record-Breaking March

    2.4m critters sold

    Pokémon Black & White were monster sales successes in March, shifting nearly 2.5m units across North America and raking in the dough for Nintendo. The new games, combined with the 3DS launch, resulted in Nintendo's best March ever for portable gaming. In four days on sale the 3DS sold just under 400,000 units, not far behind the DS family's month-long sales of 460,000..

  • News Masuda: Playing Pokémon is All About Being Heroic and Fair

    Gaining membership at Team Rocket just got tougher

    As fun as it might sometimes be to play as the antagonist, Pokémon is one franchise where that prospect seems unlikely according to the series director. Official Nintendo Magazine caught up with Junichi Masuda recently and asked whether there would ever be a game where players could take on the role of Team Rocket, the infamous organisation that..

March2011

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 19: DS Swan Songs

    Not with a whimper, but a bang!

    So 3DS is out in places other than Japan now, hooray! But just because its successor is stealing the spotlight, that doesn't mean the DS is content with resting on its two-dimensional laurels. Why, it's not even April yet and it's already seen at least five fantastic games this year with some fantastic music to go along with them. In this episode, we celebrate those..

  • News See Pokemon Come to Life on the Wall of a Shopping Centre

    Don't use Rock Smash

    Pokémon games work best in the palm of your hand: built for portable gaming, they're suited to the small screen, but that doesn't mean we can't see the creatures on a much grander scale. Over at Berlin's Wilmersdorfer Arcaden shopping centre, the pocket monsters broke free of the confines of the small screen to terrorise passers-by with a light projection display. The..

  • News 1 Million Copies of Pokémon Black and White Sold in Europe

    European Pokémon install base grows to a monster number

    We recently learnt of the successful launch of the Pokémon Black and White games in the United States, and it seems they haven't been doing too badly in Europe either. Since both Black and White versions of the latest Pokémon adventure were released into the European wilderness on 4th March, the games have sold over 1 million copies in just..

  • News Pokémon Black and White Catches a Million Trainers on Launch Day

    Not the shoe variety

    The 3DS may soon overtake its older brother, the DS, as Nintendo's première handheld system, but that's not going to stop its catalogue of games from selling like hot cakes in this stage of the handheld's lifespan. Pokémon Black and White launched this past Sunday in the United States, smashing the previous record for launch day sales for a Pokémon title in the U.S. The..

February2011

  • News New York's Pokemon Launch Takes Over Rockefeller Center

    Get your Passport to Unova

    UK gamers can meet the Pokémon creators next week, but they still have to wait until launch day to get the game. North American trainers eager to pick up Pokémon Black & White can grab it from 5th March — a day before its release across the territory — by heading over to the game's official launch at New York's...

  • News Meet the Pokemon Game Designers at UK Launch

    But be quick

    Next week sees the long-awaited launch of Pokémon Black & White across the Western hemisphere, and eager trainers who can make it down to the game's official UK launch in London could meet two of the men who made the game possible. Ken Sugimori and Junichi Masuda will be there at GAME's London Oxford Street store next Friday, 4th...

  • News Pokemon DSi Consoles Emerge from Long North American Grass

    They're limited edition, you know

    Remember when you heard those awesome limited edition Pokémon DSi consoles were heading to Europe, and how you hoped the same units would reach North American gamers on March 6th? Your wishes just came true, as Nintendo of America has confirmed the black and white machines are making the trip across the pond. The limited edition etched black and white bundles both..