Retro Gaming 10’s- Pokémon Black & White: (2010)

The year 2010 was such an awesome time to be alive especially for those who were gamers; considering the fact that we got Pokémon Black & White for the Nintendo DS during this time. Pokémon Black & White were the sequels to the the critically acclaimed Diamond & Pearl games released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006. The plot for Pokémon Black & White revolved around a teenager controlled by the player who must journey through Unvoa to become the ultimate Pokémon master. The players must collect eight different badges from different gyms after defeating each leader in order to challenge the Elite Four. Pokémon Black & White had over 150 different creatures players could capture and had new features that made both games drastically better than their successors. The gameplay regarding the rotation and triple battles among Pokémon was probably the most innovative and memorable thing about Black & White for the Nintendo DS. The animation and the spurted for Pokémon Black & White were amazing and the overall presentation of the game was very unique. Even though, Pokémon Black & White was not as successful as Diamond & Pearl in terms of sales it was still a huge commercial success. In fact, Pokémon Black & White reached over 15 million copies in sales for the Nintendo DS making it one of the best selling titles on that game system.

Pokémon Black & White was so popular that managed to get a direct sequel with the same name in 2012. Pokémon Black & White 2 from ‘12 included a much larger Pokédex with the inclusion of at least 300 creatures that players could capture or acquire within the game. Pokémon Black & White 2 also saw the return Team Plasma who were also the main antagonists of the first B&W game along with the inclusion of new features. While Pokémon Black & White 2 was also a commercial success it still sold less than its predecessor by reaching over 7.8 million copies in sales. While the Pokémon Black & White series is far from being the best selling installments within its series; they definitely had much better gameplay than classics like Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver. The early 10’s was such an incredible time for 5th generation Pokémon fans because the series was arguably more popular than it was a decade prior to the release of Black & White.

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