This Day in Video Game History – March 6th, 2011 – Pokémon Black & White Released for Nintendo DS

The fifth generation of the popular Pokemon video game series made its debut on this day in history.

Pokémon Black and White, developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company (and distributed by Nintendo) was released in North America exclusively for the Nintendo DS on March 6th, 2011.

pokemon black and white

Courtesy: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, Game Freak

The game, set in the Unova region of the Pokémon world, introduced over 150 new Pokémon including such creatures as Oshawott, Audino, Swoobat, and Yamask among numerous others. The games, likes its predecessor, followed the same basic formula: you are a trainer going on a journey to catch the Pokémon , explore the world, battle trainers, and earn badges. New adversaries introduced in Black and White include Team Plasma, a group who’s aim is to supposedly free Pokémon from the their trainers.

New features in the pair of games include triple battles, environments changing with the seasons, and the aforementioned new Pokémon and villains.

Pokémon Black and White were a massive hit for the DS, selling over 15 million copies around the world. A pair of sequels, named Black 2 and White 2, were released in June of the next year.

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