Pokémon Black & White Version 2 Announced

Not quite as expected

Pokémon series director Junichi Masuda appeared on Japanese television show Pokémon Smash! this morning to finally make his highly anticipated announcement.

Two new games, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version 2 were revealed, although next to no information was given. The extent of what Masuda revealed were the titles and logos for both games and the fact that they will be released for the Nintendo DS.

While the series has traditionally followed each initial paired version with an improved third version, Black Version 2 and White Version 2 are the first direct sequels the series has seen. At this time it is unknown how they will relate to their predecessors.

Also revealed today were two new Formes for the Pokémon Kyurem, which will make their debut in the 15th Pokémon film Kyurem vs the Sacred Swordsman Keldeo. These new Formes have been given the names Black Kyurem and White Kyurem according to Masuda. Not available in Black and White, these new Formes will surely come into play in the new games.

The poster for the film is also the first official confirmation of the Pokémon Melotta, making its debut in the short Melotta’s Sparkling Recital before the full-length feature. Discovered in Black and White's coding shortly after release, this is the first time Melotta has been officially revealed in any capacity by Nintendo.

Update: Our original post contained information posted in good faith that was later revealed to be a translation error. We've now corrected it.

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