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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.

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Pokémon: Black Version Nintendo DS The Pokémon Musical is a cute, but ultimately useless new feature. Aggron might seem a little out of place, but at least he can twirl his cane on command.
Pokémon: Black Version Nintendo DS An even matchup if I ever saw one.
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 Black City is a location exclusive to <i>Black Version</i>.

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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Critic Reviews

RPGFan Apr 02, 2011 93 out of 100 93
Nintendo-Online.de Mar 12, 2011 9 out of 10 90
IGN Mar 04, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Mar 04, 2011 8.75 out of 10 88
JeuxVideoPC.com Mar 08, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Mar 02, 2011 4.25 out of 5 85
Gamereactor (Sweden) Mar 08, 2011 8 out of 10 80
WiiDSFrance Apr 22, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Level Nov, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Apr, 2011 75 out of 100 75

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Sales

According to publisher Nintendo, Pokémon Black Version together with White Version sold 15.60 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).
Spawara (239) added Pokémon: Black Version (Nintendo DS) on Mar 06, 2011