Pretty surprising news from Nintendo this morning. There’s a new Pokémon game on the horizon (two, actually). But that’s not the surprising part. Black & White Version 2 won’t be Nintendo 3DS exclusives. They’re being released on the Nintendo DS.
One of Nintendo’s most valuable franchises would have been a sure draw for those who are still on the fence when it comes to the purchase of a 3DS. It’s hard to say, but it appears with this announcement that Nintendo has little faith in their 3D portable. They’ll be better off selling more copies of a new Pokémon game on an old system instead of trying to recruit new 3DS gamers by making it an exclusive. At least, it seems that’s what Nintendo is thinking.
The press release is below:
Two New Highly Anticipated Pokémon Video Games Coming This Fall
REDMOND, Wash.– Coming off the record-breaking popularity of the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games, Nintendo of America Inc. announced today that two new Pokémon titles, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, are coming to North America in 2012. Fans can anticipate plenty of new surprises when the games launch this fall.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will be available for the Nintendo DS family of systems. The games can also be played in 2D on Nintendo 3DS systems. More game details will be announced throughout the year. For more information and a first look at new character art of Black Kyurem and White Kyurem from Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, visit www.pokemon.com.