First Details for Pokemon Black 2 and White 2

Back in February, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 were announced as the next chapters in the Pokemon handheld series. Since then, a ballpark release time of June 2012 (Japan) and fall 2012 (International) has been announced (for the DS) and an official website launched. Now, we’re finally getting a first look at what’s in store for Pokemon fans.

Japanese magazine CoroCoro (pictured left) has provided the details. The setting is the same from the original Black and White games (Unova), but players will face a new rival and new gym leaders (such as one focusing on Poison) in new locations, including starting city Hiougi City. The time is two years after the events of the first games and now part of the map has been frozen in ice, while other areas (such as Route 4) have been changed.

Furthermore, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 will have 300 pokemon in its Pokedex, including Psyduck, Riolu, Metagross, Tyranitar, Lapras, and Arcanine. There is also a new character in the game, Akuroma, a researcher of “pokemon strength.” Finally, Black Kyurem will have the attack Freeze Shock and White Kyurem will know Ice Burn.

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