Clear your diaries for March, European Pokéfans: Pokémon Black and White will launch across the continent on March 4th, Nintendo has announced.

The next instalment in the freakishly popular monster-catching series gets to European shores a whole 48 hours before its North American release, an unexpected but no doubt welcome turn of events for gamers keen to jump into the Unova region and begin catching the stacks of new Pokémon.