Pokémon: Black Version (Nintendo DS)

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Pokémon Black Version along with Pokémon White Version mark the 5th generation of the main series. This version exclusively features the legendary Pokémon Reshiram. The player's objective, once again, is to collect all of the monsters and become the best trainer in the world. The player and two of his or her best friends get three Pokémon as presents from Professor Juniper, and each has to choose one. These are: fire-type Tepig, grass-type Snivy, and water-type Oshawott. Now a whole new world awaits for the player to explore and all-new Pokémon to catch.

This generation marks a few significant changes to the tried formula. For the first time the Pokémon are fully animated during battles, along with new attack and status-change animations. The graphics have been polished and revamped, experimenting with a whole new 3D perspectives in certain areas. There are also two new types of battles: rotation battle in which you can swap between three Pokémon at any given time allowing for more strategy, and 3vs3 battles where three monsters fight alongside and help each other. Implemented are also changing seasons - certain seasons allow for different Pokémon to encounter and make some areas accessible only at a given time.

Aside from the legendary Pokémon to catch, choosing the version of the game gives the player the opportunity to visit an exclusive area. The Black Version features the metropolitan area of Black City.


Pokémon: Black Version Nintendo DS Team Plasma has a few things in common with internet forums.
Pokémon: Black Version Nintendo DS A new region means a whole new set of Pokémon. Older Pokémon still appear in Unova, though - after the credits.
Pokémon: Black Version Nintendo DS Title screen.
Pokémon: Black Version Nintendo DS Pokémon now gain XP based on the level difference between them and the opponent. Beating on weaker monsters won't cut it!

Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon: Version Noire" -- French title
  • "Pokémon: Versione Nera" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon: Schwarze Edition" -- German title
  • "Pokémon: Edición Negra" -- Spanish title
  • "Pocket Monsters: Black" -- Japanese title
  • "ポケットモンスター ブラック" -- Japanese spelling

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Gameplanet Feb 28, 2011 9 out of 10 90
God is a Geek Apr 04, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Mar 04, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central Mar 04, 2011 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Informer Magazine Mar 04, 2011 8.75 out of 10 88
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 04, 2011 17 out of 20 85
WiiDSFrance Apr 22, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.fr Mar 04, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Mar 08, 2011 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan Apr 02, 2011 74 out of 100 74


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According to publisher Nintendo, Pokémon Black Version together with White Version sold 15.58 million copies worldwide (as of March 31, 2014).
Spawara (239) added Pokémon: Black Version (Nintendo DS) on Mar 06, 2011