28 May 2010 - The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed today that two new Pokémon™ games, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems will be released in Europe in spring 2011. Introducing a new storyline and the next generation of Pokémon, the new releases will feature the legendary Pokémon Reshiram™ (Pokémon Black Version) and Zekrom™ (Pokémon White Version) on the game covers worldwide.
“It’s rare to find a franchise with such worldwide appeal and dedicated fans as Pokémon.” said Laurent Fischer, Managing Director Marketing and PR, Nintendo of Europe. “We’re excited to inform our fans that this eagerly anticipated adventure, featuring an all-new generation of Pokémon, will be available in Europe in spring 2011.”
The launch of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version follows on from the popular Pokémon HeartGold Version and SoulSilver Version, which have sold more than 8.4 million copies worldwide to date. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions return players to the scenic Johto region, first introduced in Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version, launched nearly ten years ago. The Pokémon video game series has sold more than 200 million units worldwide since its inception 14 years ago.