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Video chat, three-on-three battles and a brand new graphical style are just some of the surprises awaiting folks who plan to pick up the new Pokémon Black & White, out in Japan next month and reaching the Western world next Spring. They're not all the surprises, though: in fact, the story mode promises to be full of them.

Until you've completed the story you will not see a single familiar Pokémon, as only brand new monsters will be available for catching. Why would GameFreak do such a thing? To inject the new titles with a massive dose of newness, aiming to recapture the sense of wonder felt by gamers all over the world at discovering the brand new monsters in the original Red and Blue titles.

With brand new creatures and features, this could well be the long-awaited next evolution for Pokémon.