It's safe to say that the announcement of Pokémon Black and White 2 caused a stir in late February, with many fans of the series having strong opinions on a direct sequel being released on DS. Now that the dust has settled and the reality of these new titles has sunk in, it's time to take a look at the recently released Japanese box art.

Both the Black Version 2 and White Version 2 art are in the image — click on it to expand — and at this stage there's no telling whether the Western box art will follow the same design. Even for those who aren't experts in the series — who won't dissect details such as the elements in the background of each cover — these boxes are rather cool.

With both versions due for release later this year, we can expect more art, trailers and reveals in the coming months.