Earlier this week, we here at IGN Nintendo reached out to our amazing community, asking you readers to flex your blogging muscles and write up your thoughts on the great Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 debate. As expected, you folks brought your A game, flooding our social feeds with tons of great thoughts and ideas.
Below you’ll find a selection of the best blogs that were submitted, as well as the readers we’ve singled out as our bloggers of the week. Take a look at their stuff below, and chime in with your own thoughts in the comments section afterward. As we keep saying, our community is one of the best on the ‘net, and we’re always looking for more ways to get you guys involved and to reward you for your contributions. So far our experiment is paying off – so keep up the great work, and let’s continue to have some great, in-depth discussions on all things Nintendo.
For now, take a look at your fellow readers’ work. Congrats to those who were chosen, and a special thanks to everyone who participated. Game on, Koopalings!
Clearly a big Pokemon fan, Link’s homie did a great job of summing up his excitement for the games, while discussing his disappointment about all the things it will inevitably be missing out on by coming to DS instead of 3DS. Here’s a bit of what he had to say, but make sure to check out his full blog post here.
“Pokemon managed to revive the aging Game Boy and the franchise is undoubtedly the most vital to the success of Nintendo’s portables. Having Pokemon RPGs make an early debut on 3DS is exactly what the company needs to ensure a bright future for the new handheld. If they were developed for 3DS, Black and White 2 could arguably do more to help hardware sales than a price drop ever could, but DS versions just give possible system owners another reason to hold out on a purchase. If Nintendo and the Pokemon Company expect to keep selling us millions of pocket monsters in the years to come they need to help foster the growing audience migrating to 3DS.”
“Like any good Pokefan, I’m still eager to learn more about Black and White 2 and I’m sure they’ll be worthy games in their own right. However, it’s inevitable that the DS will present unnecessary limitations that have no reason to exist when there’s a better handheld begging for these titles. In the traditional world of Pokemon, where we expect our games to come in threes and remakes are the norm, Black and White 2 sound new and interesting, but the choice of outdated hardware makes Nintendo, GameFreak, and the Pokemon Company seem partially uncommitted to what could otherwise be an ambitious pair of games.”
As for Erathost. He had some solid thoughts on how releasing these games for 3DS is actually pretty nice for Pokemon fans who lack the funds to upgrade to a new handheld. Here’s a some of what he had to say, but don’t forget to check out his full blog post here.
“As much as I enjoy Nintendo games, I have yet to purchase a 3DS. Being a freshman in college with little cash to spare, I’ve been having to make due with my DS Lite for a while now. As a result, I never expected another Pokemon game to grace the creaky confines of my old system. In fact, had this game been released only for the 3DS, that would have been enormous incentive (on top of what is there already) for me to finally go out and purchase the system… From the perspective of business, of course, the decision is obvious. Pokemon generation sequels often sell less than their original older ‘brothers.’ By releasing the game to just the 3DS market, Nintendo would only manage to reach a fraction of Pokemon Black/White fans; on top of that, only a fraction of them would actually purchase the new game.”
“Pokemon Black and White were drastically different games from their predecessors. They featured an interesting, mature, and gripping story to pull the player into their world and connect them more closely with their party. Thus, I expect Black 2 and White 2 will offer more than extra mini games and a new legendary; I’m excited to revisit the edgier, epic story I left behind. This is the main feature I expect Black and White 2 to expand upon, and what I think would set it apart from generational sequels of the past.”
Those were our picks for the week’s best blogs on the topic we put forth, but there were many more great thoughts and ideas on show as well. Here’s a small selection of what a few more of you had to say on the subject.
“By releasing on the original DS, they automatically send a signal that says “outdated.” For a game just announced, “outdated” is not a good message to be sending. Pokemon is an aging series, and to release on an aging platform this far into the life of the 3DS is a bad misstep. This will automatically make the game slightly less enjoyable for 3DS owners, because of the blurrier image the new platform’s screen will display. In addition, it will discourage Pokemon enthusiasts who have not already bought a 3DS from adopting the system. There is also the squandered potential to be considered.”
“I am excited for the new Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 simply because its an extension of something already awesome. Just like everyone I’m also wondering what the “2″ could possibly mean, rather than going with the Yellow, Crystal, Emerald, or Platinum route with what we thought would have been Pokemon Gray.… Just the fact that we have no concrete ideas really makes Pokemon Black and White 2 intriguing, and being the Pokemon fan that I am, how can I not be excited?”
“In the end, I’m concerned about two things. I want the Nintendo 3DS to truly thrive in this generation of iPod games and shovel-ware. I also want to experience the best Pokemon game available. I believe that it would be advantageous for Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, Game Freak, retailers, investors, and gamers to release Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 on Nintendo 3DS; however, I expect nothing but the best from Pokemon no matter what system it is released for.”
“Now please, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not a graphics-whore. My favorite games are mostly from the SNES/Genesis era and I still enjoy older games as well. Gameplay has always been my first priority and the Pokemon series consistently delivers on that. But Nintendo and Gamefreak have played it safe for too long with the sprite formula for their handheld Pokemon games. They’ve teased us for years with 3D spin-offs (e.g. Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium, Smash Bros. games, and most recently, the Pokedex 3D), showing us what Pokemon would look like in 3D worlds, but have never gone beyond that. They’ve been procrastinating for years on releasing a 3D Pokemon game in their RPG series and by releasing Black and White 2 as yet another 2D, sprite-based game, they’re wasting a major opportunity.”
“I’d like them to expand the Unova region – the towns were all unique but there just wasn’t much to them. Additionally, there needs to be more to do after beating the Elite Four. Aside from battling them again, taking a cruise or visiting the sports arena, there weren’t many places I could get significant amounts of exp. for my team.”
“I would really love if they went further their online features. For a game that first got its roots from the idea of playing with others, the online battle system just seems lacking…. I would like more player interactions, and even adding the people that you battle with online as friends, to me they haven’t even scratched the surface with what they can do online. Other things would be for them to hurry up and allow us to get our hands on the Legendaries faster, waiting until 2015 when their movie comes out and they distribute the Pokemon for promotional reason just doesn’t sound all that appealing.”
That wraps up this week’s blogging blowout. Don’t forget to sound off with your own thoughts in the comments section below. We’re here for you, so start a conversation and let’s keep working to make IGN’s Nintendo community the best it can be!
Audrey Drake is an Associate Editor of IGN.com and a proud member of the IGN Nintendo team. She is also a lifelong gamer, a frequent banisher of evil and a wielder of various legendary blades. You can follow her zany exploits on MyIGN and Twitter. Game on!