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Pokémon Generation V - What's New?
The Fifth Generation of Pokémon certainly brings some new things to the table
Those of you who, like me, have been playing the Pokémon games since their debut in 1996, are probably wondering what's new with the brand-spanking-new Generation V.
The Generation V games, Pokémon Black and White, were released in Japan on Spetember 18th, and are sceduled for release in America and Europe in the Spring of 2011. By August of 2010, the games became the fastest Nintendo games to ever reach a million pre-orders, capping at 1.08 million. After two days of being on sale, the games sold another 2.6 million units (wow!). So far the game's only official review is in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu Weekly, where it scored 40 points out of 40.
A map of the Isshu region - the new region that is the setting for the Generation V games and anime series.
So what's the difference between this game and the previous games?
There have been many new additions, changes, and advancements introduced in the Generation V games. Let's take a look:
- Generation V is set in a new region: The Isshu region. It is known to be far away from the previous regions (the Kanto region of Generation I, the Johto region of Geteration II, the Hoenn region of Generation III, and the Sinnoh region of Generation IV). Isshu is the first region not based on a real area of Japan, but instead on New York City. Also, Isshu is the first region where climate is not location-specific - meaning that instead of having certain areas of the region that are snowy and certain areas that are hot, the entire region is susceptible to the seasons.
- The games feature 156 new Pokémon that cannot be found in any of the previous regions. Notably, these Pokémon are very different from the Pokémon of previous generations, presumably because they are supposed to me more geographically remote from them. This brings the total number of official Pokémon to 649.
- TMs, which in previous games could be used only once, are now limitless in use much like HMs (However they can still, unlike Hms, be deleted or replaced with other moves). Also, there are now 95 TMs as opposed to the previous 92, and many contain different moves.
- There are 6 HMs as opposed to the 8 featured in Generation IV.
- Tripple battles are now an option, an advancement of double battels in some previous generations. This means that 3 of your Pokémon would be fighting 3 wild Pokémon or Pokémon belonging to hostile trainers simultaneously (how exciting!)
- During battles one can now see the current time and weather conditions at the bottom of the screen, presumably because these things may have an effect on which moves one might choose.
- A new feature called the Pokémon Global Link allows players conected to Wi-FI to visit each other in game, not just in the Union Room.
- Pokémon Black and White introduces 88 new moves, making the total number of moves now 559.
- There is now a new type of Pokéball, the Dream Ball. All 25 types of Pokéball found in previous games are still featured
- And the part we've all been waiting for... new bad guys! While I'm sure that Jessie, James, and Meowth will retain their comic roles, Generation V introduces Team Plasma, a villainous team intent on seperating the worlds of Pokémon from the world of humans.
The new starters!
Just as in all previous games, young aspiring Pokémon trainers in the Isshu region are given a 3-stage evolving starter Pokémon either of fire, water, or grass type.
Tsutarja, the grass-type starter, evolves into Janoby at level 17, and Jaroda at level 36. Its species is the "Grass Snake Pokémon", its breeding groups are the ground and plant groups, and its abilities are Overgrow and Antagonist.
Pokabu, the fire-type starter, evolves into Chaobu at level 17, and Enbuoo at level 36. Its species is the "Fire Pig Pokémon", its breeding group is the ground group, and its abilities are Blaze and Thick Fat.
Mijumaru, the water-type starter, evolves into Futachimaru at level 17, and Daikenki at level 36. Its species is the "Sea Otter Pokémon", its breeding group is the ground group, and it's abilities are Torrent and Shell Armor.
All three of the starters have an 87.5% male to 12.5% female ratio (just as all starters in previous generations did).
I am EXTREMELY excited for the release of Pokémon Black and White next Spring, and will absolutely be purchasing it as soon as it's available (unfortunantly, you can't even pre-order a copy in English yet). I'm very hapy that Nintendo has stuck with the DS as the platform for the new games, and I expect that when Generation VI comes around, we'll be looking at a new gaming system to platform the games. At this point, we don't know what the price of the English version of the games will be, but I'm expecting them to be around $50-$60 when they first come out. I await them with anticipation!