Black and White Sunday approaches


March 6 is one week away. For me, that means goodbye $34.95 plus tax.

Yes, I’m falling for it again. I’m picking up Pokemon Black/White with the slim hope that maybe…just maybe…it’ll offer something fresh in its gameplay and plot beyond the graphics overhaul.

On the other hand, it’s a no-lose situation. Even if the experience is 99% the same, I’m pretty much guaranteed a polished, well-paced, humor-filled romp through a highly enjoyable fantasy world.

I’ve never been disappointed by a classic Pokemon RPG (well, beyond the ridiculous sameness between editions). I like the concept; it’s ingenious and evergreen. I like the world–pollution-free, and no crime except for the occasional Poke-napping or World Domination scheme. I don’t care about catching ’em all; I’d rather just level up a stable of a dozen favorite creatures, finish the story, and be done with it.

And, about fifty percent of the Pokemon are generally charming and fun to collect and evolve. The others look like the game developers blew their noses, added eyes to the result and passed them off as new Pokemon, but not everyone can be a Charizard, I guess.

And, as a bonus, there’s the sleep-aid factor; nothing…and I mean nothing cures insomnia for me better than classic field-wandering level-grinding in a Pokemon game.

Eh, who am I kidding–I still like Pokemon. Beyond all the merchandising and franchise-milking, the RPGs remain excellent games.

So, how about you? Anyone else revisiting this franchise on Sunday? Picked your starter yet?


  1. I still love Pokémon. Even if I don’t play it as much as I’d like. I may get it on Sunday, depends how much money I have by the middle of the week, so I can preorder. I played a little of the Japanese version, and I picked Mijumaru (Oshawott), because Futachimaru (Dewott) is badass. I’m not really a fan of the other starters, at all. I’m super excited for the new Ghost and Psychic types, they look awesome.

  2. Already preordered, can’t wait to play it.

  3. I’ve enjoyed the Pokemon games. The last one I picked up was Pearl. Black/White interests me, but I’m not convinced that there will be enough new stuff to warrant picking it up. The series isn’t exactly known for innovation. It’s likely I could have the same experience just replaying a previous entry.

  4. Still haven’t played my SoulSilver yet but I’ll be picking up White nonetheless.

    I’m just like you. Love the RPG, don’t care about catching them all.

  5. i’m one of those hardcore EV training types (for those of you who don’t know what i mean by that i seriously suggest looking it up, it will add a whole new world to your pokemon games) so i’m extremely excited to create new strategies and teams with the new moves and pokemon, can’t wait to see what the battle environment will look like.

  6. You can get a $10 coupon at Amazon, which is pretty rad.

  7. Preordered Black version this past saturday. Hopefully I can pick up the game and not have to go to work that day. Now, I wonder if Best Buy will do a midnight release.

  8. Since Pokemon is one of Nintendo’s most wildly successful series, a few years ago I figured I ought to try it out. I picked up Pokemon Diamond – my first Pokemon game – to see what all the fuss was about. After getting stuck somewhere and not being able to figure out how to continue, I didn’t care enough to keep playing. It just didn’t grab me. And after playing through all three PlayStation Final Fantasy games, I’ve had enough random battles and grinding to level up characters to last me a lifetime. I certainly didn’t need any more of that.

    I find it kinda depressing that even fans of the series aren’t expecting anything novel from it these days – just new Pokemon with a somewhat new backdrop for the same old “beat all the gym trainers, catch ’em all” story to unfold in. Granted, I’ve only played one of the games and was too bored to finish it, but it seems like they don’t really do anything at all to change up the formula between iterations. Are fans really content to play the same game over and over because they can catch new Pokemon? Apparently. Oh well… I gave it a shot.

  9. I still have to get into Heartgold, so I have no interest in Black & White.

  10. CAN’T WAIT!! I took my two sons to the B&W tour this past weekend and what a great scene!! Got to play the new demo win a couple of patches and a stylus for the scavenger hunt and my youngest got his pic taken with Tepig and Oshawott. Just pre-ordered from TRU. Oh yeah was finially able to download Celebii!!!!

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