Now in Black and White

This past September, Nintendo and GameFreak released the most recent volumes of the Pokemon saga in Japan.  Called “Pokemon Black” and “Pokemon White”, the game has already been hugely successful in Japan.  A full month before the games’ release in the Nation of the Rising Sun, pre-orders topped 1.08 million.  This earns the games the honor of being the fastest game on the Nintendo DS to break the one-million mark.  Within two days of it’s release, the games had been purchased more than 2.6 million times — making it the biggest Pokemon launch in Japan’s history.  By November 3rd, the games had sold over 4.3 million copies.  Famitsu Weekly, a very popular weekly magazine in Japan, gave the game a perfect score.  For Famitsu, that 40-out-of-40 score has only been given 14 times previously, making Pokemon Black and White the 15th game to receive that honor.

Despite my tentative reservations about the game being set in another new region and introducing nearly 160 new Pokemon, I’m amazed at these numbers.  I suppose this very well means I’ll be pre-ordering my copy.

And if you’re reading this in America, the breaking news of the day is that you can preorder.  In a Press Release from Nintendo earlier today, the games were given an official launch date for the United States.

March 6th, 2011.

So get your styli ready, Pokefans.  Another fix is on the way!

Eyes on the Horizon

2011 is rapidly bearing down on us, and looking ahead, it’s shaping up to be a big year in video gaming.  With more highly-anticipated releases than you can shake a stick at, I thought I’d share with you the games that I’m looking forward to in the upcoming twelve months (though my wallet might disagree)!

1. Mass Effect 3

Commander Shepherd returns in Bioware’s third game of the series.  Also confirmed as the final game in the series (let’s hope that more series pop up in the same universe), Mass Effect 3 will pull on over 1,000 variable player choices from the first two games to create the final chapter in your very personal tale.  I’ve loved Mass Effect from the first time I sat down to play, and this title on the horizon has me chomping at the bit.  Due out “Holiday 2011” according to EA, you won’t find this on my Christmas list, as I’ll be running out and nabbing it the moment it’s available to me.  Who could possibly sit there and wait for it while it’s under the tree?!

2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The next installment in the popular Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim is the first direct sequel to any game in the series.  Directly following the events of the previous besteller from Bethesda, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Skyrim will use a completely new engine, which is a big excitement for Elder Scrolls fans across the country.  Look out for this top-notch title on 11-11-11.

3. Little Big Planet 2

This is the sequel to the hilarious fun title that came out early for the PS3 — Little Big Planet.  With a scheduled release date of January 18th, 2011, Sony’s adorable game promises a continuation of the fun gameplay and mind-challenging puzzles.  The online community will also make a grand reappearance.  I swear I’m going to get a PS3 someday, and with this and others on the way in 2011, I might finally bite that bullet.

4. Dragon Age II


Scheduled for a March 8th release date, Dragon Age II is the next game set in BioWare’s Dragon Age universe.  While the story is not a sequel to Dragon Age Origins, it is set in the same world.  Unlike in Origins, the main character’s race is unchangeable, though players will have options to chance the main characters race and class.  With a more linear storyline, I’m very excited to see where BioWare is going with the Dragon Age games.

5. Deus Ex – Human Revolution

With new developers, no one is really sure if the newest Deus Ex will carry the feel of it’s predecessors, but from the videos out there now, I have to say that the graphics and gameplay look amazing.  Developed by Eidos Montreal and Published by Square Enix, the game is scheduled to hit stores in either March or April of the upcoming year.  With a strong emphasis on letting players focus on Stealth and Social skills if they choose, I’m very excited to see how the game plays out.

6. Patapon 3

The Patapon games are a wonderful little series for the PSP.  A charming rhythm game, the upcoming game follows the overarching story of the intrepid little natives as they work toward goals encouraged by the beating of different drum patterns.  Gameplay is said to be remaining mostly the same, though there will be a stronger emphasis on multiplayer gaming.  Rumored for a March 9th release date, I’d not get your hopes up on that one.  Though I think we can rest assured that we will have a new game of Patapon before the end of 2011.

7. Batman Arkham City

Batman is making a comeback against his enemies after his harrowing adventures in Arkham Asylum.  With a teaser trailer shown at last year’s VGAs, Arkham City is set for a release in the third quarter of 2011.  In addition to the familiar gameplay from the previous title, Rocksteady Studios is adding a multiplayer function — though what characters that will include and whether it will be cooperative or competitive remains to be seen.

 

8. Okami-Den

This title coming for the DS on March 15th is the direct sequel to the PS2 / Wii title “Okami”.  It’s an Action-Adventure game that has already seen it’s release in Japan.  I only had a chance to play a little of the original Okami, but the gameplay was unique and interesting, and the visuals were amazing.  Stylized, but amazing.  I’m really looking forward to a title I can play on the go that *isn’t* Pokemon.  Although speaking of…

 

9. Pokemon Black/White

Initially, I was extremely skeptical about the upcoming Pokemon titles.  More 3D graphics, 150 new Pokemon, a female character who at first glance looked like an overly-sexualized lead for something produced for an audience so young.  But as time has passed and the games have gotten more press, my Poke-fever is at full blast again.  I’m really looking forward to the new games.  People who have played them (as they are already out in Japan) have said that the games offer some unique gameplay aspects in a completely new world that seems to be isolated for the previous four regions.

 

10. Portal 2

The original mind-bending puzzle game Portal was packaged with the Orange Box, and it became an immediate smash hit.  A cult-classic, almost.  In fact, the popularity reached such a fever pitch online that the Portal song “Still Alive” hit the ROCKBAND downloads.  My husband still wants to strangle me every time I start singing “This was a triumph!”  I don’t let it deter me, though.  And with Portal 2 fast approaching, the original game seems to have been expanded, tweaked, and revamped for a new and exciting experience with our Aperture Science portal gun!  Now with Co-Op action!

 

11. L.A. Noire

This game has gained a lot of press attention for it’s high attention to detail and motion-captured acting for characters.  A mystery-sandbox game, the atmosphere is very “film noir” and allows players to work to solve a number of murder mysteries.  Using a state-of-the-art technology, actors were surrounded by 32 cameras to capture facial expressions from every angle.  This immense level of detail makes me super excited to give the game a try!

12. Mortal Kombat

This upcoming Mortal Kombat title is a revamp of the series for the current generation consoles.  My husband has long been a fan of the Mortal Kombat games, and I am really looking forward to having the chance to experience this with him.  I’ve always really liked fighting games, (I’m a pretty good combatant in Soul Calibur), and the hype surrounding this game is so thick you could cut it with a butterknife.  While there isn’t a whole lot of information about the game out, there is a lot of skepticism surrounding the “pre-order exclusives” already.

13. Tomb Raider

With her cover feature in the most recent edition of Game Informer, miss Lara Croft is getting a lot of press.  This reboot is supposed to completely revamp the entire Tomb Raider franchise.  VERY little is known about this game so far, and a 2011 release date isn’t even certain yet.  But my interest has been piqued.  An “M” rating has been heavily alluded to, and with a “younger” Lara, I can only hope that this will be the start of something wonderful that will reinstate Lara as a strong, powerful female figure in the gaming world.

 

What games are YOU looking forward to in the upcoming year?

The Humble Indie Bundle

Okay, I just got linked to this, and needed to share right now.  It is apparently equally important as my English final paper. XP

The website can be found HERE.

They’re average price is REALLY low right now, which is pretty sad.  I’d really like to see that go up myself.  It’s $80 worth of games, and it’s going until Friday (I believe).  Pay what you want for it.  Though I’m hoping you don’t pay less than $20.  Get going, though!  These are some good games!

Pokemon Black and Pokemon White

This is seriously breaking news.

Granted, this news broke very early this morning, perhaps even last night.  I don’t quite remember what time it was when the link started circulating the English speaking world, or what time it actually hit the Pokemon chatroom I frequent.  It broke on Pokebeach for me, but let me assure you that this information is very credible!

Quoted from Pokebeach

The fifth generation Pokemon games were literally just announced on the official Pokemon website, and we translated the information within only a few seconds – they will be named Pokemon Black and Pokemon White! The two games will be released in the fall for the Nintendo DS and new information about them will be released on April 15th on their new official website. However, Pokemon Sunday and CoroCoro magazine will likely have information regarding them later this week, which we will post as soon as we get. This is so exciting!!

Story on Pokebeach

This story can also be found a host of other places on the internet including Bulbanews and Serebii.

For those that are able to read Japanese, the official site can be found over in this direction.

I’ll be keeping the blog updated as I get more information.  This week of Pokemon Sunday should be providing some more information as well as the next issue of CoroCoro, a popular Japanese magazine.  As soon as we have translations and scans of the magazines, I’ll post as much information as I can on these upcoming games.

Darksiders

This up-and-coming video game has been on the bottom of my radar for a few months now, and seems to be garnering a lot of attention as it’s release date barrels down upon the gaming community.  With the official website’s countdown ticker falling in at just over a single day remaining, the excitement is starting to become palpable.

If you don’t know what Darksiders, then I have to ask what rock you’ve been hiding under.  Nah, I understand that it’s slipped under a lot of people’s field of vision due to bigger names making their debuts in the upcoming fiscal year.  Games such as Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 2 have stolen a lot of the spotlight for this upcoming year of video games.  Darksiders isn’t that big of a name.  Yet.

To me, this game looks like a must-play for the year, and so I feel the need to share my rapidly building excitement with all of you.  First, an image.

War

Yeah, that’s your character.  That’s War.  He is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.  Literally.

The Official Website describes the game as follows.

Deceived by the forces of evil into bringing about the end of the world, War – the First Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell.  In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth.

Brought before the sacred Charred Council, War is indicted for his crimes and stripped of his powers.  Dishonored and facing his own death, War is given the opportunity to return to Earth and search for the truth and punish those responsible.

Hunted by a vengeful group of Angels, War must take on the forces of Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very Demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of Earth on his quest for vengeance and vindication.

So basically, you’re hunting down Demons and Avoiding angels while seeking the ultimate vindication.  Seriously, this has to be one big-bad-evil-guy if he’s managed to make a fool out of War.  You will be running around the ruined Earth atop your trusted phantom steed (called Ruin) while wielding an arsenal of angelic, demonic, and earthly weapons, decimating your enemies with brutal physical attacks and terrifying supernatural abilities.

This game is rated M for Mature for good reason.  In watching a few videos for it, there is no sugar coating the gore that comes with the game’s premise.  War’s weapons become stained in the blood of the enemies he slays.  If you have a weak constitution, this probably isn’t going to be the game for you.  I’ll be highlighting other upcoming games that you might enjoy more.

But for those of you that enjoy hacking and slashing at your enemies and watching the number of defeated enemies tick higher and higher, this game is absolutely for you.

Wrath

The graphics for this game look absolutely amazing.  It really is a testament to what can be done with these current systems.  I mean, honestly.  Why keep pushing for bigger and badder systems when games like this can produce detailed graphics like what I just showed above.  Look at the wrinkles in his hood.  Look at the shadows in his detailed armor.  Look at the way the light plays in the background images behind him.  Look at that statue just hanging out as nothing more than ambiance.  More screenshots from the game reveal what I can only describe as a post-apocalyptic steam-punk feel.  Everything has that distinctly mechanical and metallic feel to it.

Here’s a little more of the basic information for the game.  Darksiders is being released in North America and Europe for both the PS3 and the Xbox360.  Described as an “Action-Adventure” game, it was developed by Vigil Games (a relative newcomer to the development song and dance) and produced by THQ.  Journalists have often compared this game to the Devil May Cry and God of War series, though designer Joe Madureira has likened it more to the Legend of Zelda series.  I’m not sure how close either of these comparisons are, but the idea of fighting groups of enemies like that in Devil May Cry while looking forward to epic boss battles like those in the gambit of The Legend of Zelda games gives me goosebumps.

Critical reviews have been good so far.  The lowest review I’ve managed to find has been a 7.0 out of 10, which rates it still as a “decent” game, though some reviewers have gone as high as 9.5 and 10 out of 10.  Critics have told us that the game looks sharp, plays smoothly, and sounds great.  It should provide an average gamer with about 15 hours of game time.  Underground you will often come across “puzzle” type dungeons while above ground provides more of a freeflowing exploration feel.  While most reviewers have thus far agreed that the game is not perfect or even necessarily groundbreaking, it’s a solid title with a lot to offer and a beautifully smooth combat system.

A “solid title” is enough for me to really want to give it a go!  And just to get you on the bandwagon (if you’re not already), please view the video below for more awesome excitingness.

Now if only I had the money to get it on release day.

Or, you know, a working Xbox. >.<

In Anticipation

Anticipation of what you may ask?  Well, my fair reader, let me enlighten you.

For those of you that are unaware, Nintendo has remade the second generation Pokemon games.  Originally titled Gold/Silver (and rapidly after, Crystal), these two new titles will be called HeartGold and SoulSilver.  While I’m not entirely fond of the title choice, I am absolutely stoked for these titles to be released in America.

What day will that be?

MARCH 14th, 2010!

Now, these games have already seen release in Japan.  Launched in September, the games sold over two million units in their first six weeks of sales.  Reception has been initially positive in Japan.  A Japanese gaming magazine known as Famitsu gave the games a combined score of 37/40 based on four individual ten-point reviews.  The individual reviews rated the games at 9, 9, 10, and 9.  Each reviewer praised the games for retaining the quality that drew them to the original Gold/Silver.  This is high praise, considering Gold/Silver were perhaps the most innovative and well-received of the series.  The only drawback the reviewers found was that the game offered “no major surprises.”  We can only hope America feels the same way. ^.^

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver have captured my interest and excitement for over a year now, since the first speculations and rumors hit the web.  After the official announcement that Nintendo would indeed be remaking the original Gold/Silver games, the anticipated waiting began.  I have held on with bated breath for updates and new information on these tightly wrapped projects.  From everything I’ve seen so far, the wait has been well worth it.

Because there are still three months until the release date of this game (and I’ve already put down the money to preorder my copy of HeartGold), I decided I would whip up a delectable post containing all the relevant information about the upcoming games.  It’s partly an excuse for me to drool over all the exciting new features and partly because I don’t think many people are aware of the changes that are going to be taking place for these titles.

At first, we had nothing to see but the logo for the upcoming games. These logos were rough, edgy, and somehow managed to drive me into a frenzy of fandom. For your viewing pleasure, here are the Japanese logos.

Logo

Now that we’ve come closer to the release date and GameStops across the country have the “mock boxes” sitting out begging for you to preorder (and constantly reminding me that I have no time machine to get to March 14th faster…), we have images of what the boxes will look like for the American release. Well, these would look like the American release boxes if they were covered in English text.

Boxes

These two games will retell the story of Jhoto. The player will start in New Bark Town, as he did in the original Gold/Silver games. However, while the story remains very similar, there are a lot of things that will be changing between the games.  I have outlined as many of those changes as I am aware of below.

First of all, the characters themselves will be changing. While the original “Gold” remains the male playable character, he has received an updated design. And while Gold’s original female counterpart would have been Kotone, she has been replaced by an all-new female character named Kris.

Characters

All of the game’s music has been rearranged to better utilize the DS’s more sophisticated sound systems. (After all, the DS is a far cry away from the Game Boy Color we all grew up with and loved very dearly.)  There will be a key obtainable item, however, that will allow the player to switch between the new, updated arrangements of the music and the original chiptune soundtrack. Ambient sound effects will also be much more prominent in these remastered games.  Where in the original versions, there was really no sounds but the chiptune soundtrack and Pokemon battle noises, in HeartGold/SoulSilver, players will be treated to the sounds of running water and rustling grasses among other sounds.  This should add an entirely new layer of texture and realism to the games.

As is to be expected, the Pokedex has also been updated to accommodate some of the fourth generation evolutions of originally Jhoto Pokemon.

As in the original game, the bad guys will be Team Rocket (perhaps the most sinister of the Pokemon antagonist teams), but we will be seeing four new Rocket Executives.  Each Executive has taken the name of a real-world Rocket.

Apricorns will be making a reappearance, much to my utter delight.  Each of the original Apricorn’s corresponding Pokeball will also thus be obtainable.  All the “Berry Trees” from the original Gold/Silver games have been switched into Apricorn trees, making the process of turning Apricorns into Pokeballs a much more feasible project.

Many of the Jhoto region Gyms have been redesigned.  This provides new puzzles and challenges for those individuals who played the original Gold/Silver games.  While the Leaders themselves remain unchanged, their teams have also been updated in some cases as well as their surroundings.  (This was honestly a very good sales and marketing strategy for Nintendo and I am quite pleased to know that I won’t essentially be playing the exact same game with slightly better graphics and music.)

Defog will be losing it’s status as an HM, stepping down to let Whirlpool take it’s rightful place as the 8th HM.

Perhaps not entirely life-altering, the player will now also be able to see how many Jhoto and Kanto badges he or she has earned.  In the original versions, there was no way to see the Kanto badges you had earned after completing the Jhoto region.

Some location changes will also be occurring.  For the first time in any Pokemon game, the Professor’s lab will have an upstairs level where his family lives as opposed to a separate, smaller building in New Bark Town.  The Battle Tower from Pokemon Crystal makes a reappearance, bringing with it the Battle Frontier technology from Pokemon Platinum.  Two new routes will be introduced, one leading to a brand new Safari Zone, and the other leading to a location known as the Hidden Tower.  Mount Silver is much more vast and the Viridian Forest has not been cut down (as it was in the originals).  The Fighting Dojo in Saffron City will now be taking a role similar to that of Sinnoh’s Battleground.  Cerulean Cave and the Seafoam Islands will still be reachable in these games, allowing players to have access to the Legendary Birds, though Moltres will now be found in Mount Silver.

Pichu and Pichu

There will also be quite a few changes in the overall gameplay from the original Gold/Silver to the new releases of HeartGold/SoulSilver.  These gameplay changes are not to be booed or hissed at.  I think that each and every one of these changes will only add to the overall experience.  While they may take some getting used to for those of us who have been playing since the dawn of the series with Red/Blue/Yellow, they should make the game more intuitive to play as well as more immersing.  I’ve outlined a lot of these changes here as well.

Perhaps the biggest change in gameplay is a new peripheral called the Pokewalker.  This external pedometer-styled device comes packaged with every game.  The Pokewalker is shaped like a Pokeball and can communicate with the DS game cartridge through infrared signals (the same technology used in some other current DS titles, such as Personal Trainer: Walking).  A single Pokemon can be carried in the Pokewalker at a time.  Walking with the Pokewalker will not only increase the Pokemon’s experience and improve its overall attitude toward its trainer, but also provides the player with Watts, a currency for the Pokewalker that can be used to purchase items and catch wild Pokemon.  (Even though this new feature is being bundled with every copy of Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, Nintendo has announced that it will not carry a heftier pricetag.) The Pokewalker is pictured below.

Pokewalker Interaction w/ DSi

Similar to what Pikachu did in Pokemon Yellow, all 493 Pokemon have the ability to walk behind the character sprite in-game.  While size isn’t necessarily accurate in comparison with the player’s sprite, the player does have the ability to interact with the Pokemon following them by pressing A.  The player can then find out how the Pokemon is feeling right there in the moment.  When entering battle, the Pokemon following the player will appear from the side of the screen as opposed to from a Pokeball.  (Which makes sense, as the Pokemon was obviously not in a Pokeball prior to the start of battle.)  To choose what Pokemon a player wants to follow them is as easy as putting said Pokemon in the lead party slot.

The Start menu, Pokemon Storage System, bag, and party interface will all be viewed on the touch screen in HeartGold/SoulSilver, making them faster and easier to use.  As well as being able to set a single item for permanent use (such as the Running Shoes or the Bike), a player can now choose two items to set in such a manner, as opposed to just one.  Because the Running Shoes are such a popular choice, players now have an option to add in another item they frequently use, such as a Fishing Rod for easy use.

Legendary Pokemon from other regions are available in both games.  (For a list, please keep reading below.  I’ve included a bulleted list of Pokemon exclusive to each new game.)

Pokemon can now headbutt trees to shake out wild Pokemon again.  This ability continues after the Nationaldex is obtained, and the Pokemon that are shaken out can be from the Sinnoh region.

A new sidequest called the Pokethlon makes it’s appearance in these games.  It appears to be HeartGold/SoulSilver’s equivalent of the Contest system in previous games.  The Pokethlon pits Pokemon in 10 minigame styled competitions against each other.

Berries are very limited in HeartGold/SoulSilver.  They are obtainable in exchange for shards from Jugglers in Violet City.  However, the variety is very constrained.  The other berries can be traded over, however, from previous games.  Berries can also be grown remotely using the Pokewalker.

Swarm Pokemon are also making a reappearance.  Like in the original Gold/Silver games, you can listen to Professor Oak’s radio station daily and he will you when there is a swarm of Pokemon at a particular location.  These Pokemon will appear in vast quantities in a particular location for a very short time after Professor Oak’s announcement.

Due to the absence of a VS Seeker, the Pokegear has updated it’s former “Cell Phone” feature.  The new Cell Phone has a limitless call list.  Going back to rebattle trainers now depends on the day and time now, though.  This should cause players to plan wisely as well as letting the player interact with these NPCs as though they were more like real individuals by “scheduling” times to battle.

The starter Pokemon from Kanto and Hoeen are obtainable in each game after certain requirements have been met.

Many Pokemon have received updated, improved, and more well-rounded movesets through breeding.  Togepi, for instance, now has the ability to learn Extrasensory through breeding.  Breeding has also taken a step up in that specific Individual Values (which is basically a measure of how Pokemon grow in their stats as they evolve) can be passed down through Breeding with the use of certain items.

Commemorative photos can be taken at certain points in the game and viewed later from the Pokegear.  While these photos have no real effect on the overall game, they do add a sense of immersion.  They’re also sort of a kitschy addition that, while not necessary, I’m still sort of excited for.

Like in Pokemon Platinum, HeartGold/SoulSilver will allow players to rebattle Gym Leaders.  The Gym Leaders will have widely superior teams than in their first battles.  However, getting to these battles will take some persistence and organization.  The Gym Leaders will be found in the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City after you have scheduled a rematch with them.  (Thankfully, they stay there until you’ve beaten them so you don’t have to reschedule if you lose the first rematch.)

City

The host of Legendary Pokemon within HeartGold/SoulSilver is absolutely astounding.  While it does not encompass all of the Pokemon I would like to have at my disposal, there are more than I have ever seen obtainable in a single game previously.  Note that all of these can be obtained through the individual game (some will need the aid of a cooperating friend with the opposing title) without any special items or events that are not already programmed into the game.  (Basically, these Pokemon do not need to be obtained through a Nintendo Wireless Event.) Please see below for a list of the Legendary Pokemon awaiting your capture.

  • Lugia
  • Ho-oh
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Mewtwo
  • Suicune
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza

HeartGold/SoulSilver is far from a perfect Pokemon game, however.  Just like in all the previous games, there are Pokemon that are unobtainable in these games.  Period.  While the list appears rather long, don’t fret.  A number of these Pokemon can be traded over from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum if you’re lucky enough to have a copy of that and a cooperating friend around.  The following is the most up-to-date and complete list of unobtainable Pokemon I’ve been able to compile.

  • Mew
  • Celebi
  • Regirock
  • Regice
  • Registeel
  • Jirachi
  • Deoxys
  • Turtwig
  • Grotle
  • Torterra
  • Chimchar
  • Monferno
  • Infernape
  • Piplup
  • Prinplup
  • Empoleon
  • Cranidos
  • Rampardos
  • Shieldon
  • Bastiodon
  • Drifloon
  • Drifblim
  • Glameow
  • Purugly
  • Stunky
  • Stuntank
  • Magnezone
  • Leafeon
  • Glaceon
  • Probopass
  • Rotom
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf
  • Heatran
  • Regigigas
  • Cresselia
  • Phione
  • Manaphy
  • Darkrai
  • Shaymin
  • Arceus

Pokemon Spatter

Like the past few generations of games, Nintendo will be holding Wi-Fi Events to distribute particular Pokemon that would otherwise be unavailable in the games.  A number of these events have already been confirmed in Japan, though the dates have yet to be set for their American counterparts.  I can only pray that all of these events will reach America so that I may have a chance of obtaining these Pokemon as well.  (You hear that, Nintendo?  I want these Pokemon REALLY badly!)  Please remember that the dates for these Wi-Fi events are the confirmed Japanese Wi-Fi Event Dates.  There have been no confirmed Wi-Fi Event dates for America or Europe as far as I’m aware.

Yellow Forest: This event took place between September 18th and November 10th.  The gift provided a new course in the Pokewalker completely filled with Pikachu.  However, these Pikachu had a special move!

10th Anniversary Mew: This is the event I’m looking forward to the most.  All of my Pokemon-playing life, I have dreamed of obtaining a legitimate Mew from a sanctioned Nintendo event.  If I don’t make it to any of the other events, I will make this one.  The Mew you obtain will be at lvl 5 and know no special moves, perfect for training up exactly the way you want her.

There are currently other speculated events that have very little information.  I have not included information on these events for lack of credible source information.

Ranger

As if I haven’t overloaded you with information yet, there’s still the matter of choosing between the two versions.  They are not the same in their entirety.  As with most versions of the Pokemon series, the two different titles differ slightly in the Pokemon that are available in each.  Included here are the lists of Pokemon that are exclusive to each title.

First, we’ll cover Pokemon exclusive to SoulSilver.

  • Vulpix
  • Ninetails
  • Meowth
  • Persian
  • Ledyba
  • Ledian
  • Teddiursa
  • Ursaring
  • Delibird
  • Skamory
  • Mawile
  • Gulpin
  • Swalot
  • Groudon

And these are exclusive to HeartGold

  • Mankey
  • Primeape
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Spinarak
  • Ariados
  • Gilgar
  • Mantine
  • Phanpy
  • Donphan
  • Sableye
  • Baltoy
  • Claydol
  • Kyogre
  • Mantyke
  • Gliscor

AshxMisty

And that is that.  Until March 14th, that is about all the information I can pull on these two spine-tingling new games.  Be advised, however, that this is far from the last you will hear on Pokemon.  After I’ve had a few days to plow through my games, you’ll get some more personal opinions on how all of these changes work.  Thanks for sticking with me through this rambling post.  I hope it provided you with some good information!