Pokemon White 2

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Pokémon Bank finally launched in Europe

Cloud storage app Pokémon Bank is now available to download in Europe from the Nintendo eShop, eagle-eyed 3DS owners have spotted.

It's free to try until 14th March, and you'll get a super-rare Celebi for your trouble (thanks, Serebii).

Pokémon Bank was originally set to launch in December, but its arrival was delayed after its initial Japanese launch left Nintendo servers struggling to meet demand.

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Pokémon Bank app launches this month

Pokémon Bank app launches this month

Consolidate and transfer up to 3K Pokémon across six games.

The Pokémon Bank app, which lets players transfer their adorable little fighters, will launch on the 3DS eShop on 27th December, Nintendo has announced.

With Pokémon Bank players will be able to withdraw and manage up to 3000 Pokemon. They'll also be able to transfer their Pokémon between Pokémon X and Pokémon Y on the same 3DS.

Additionally, with the Pokémon Bank's linked application Poké Transporter, players will be able to transfer their critters from Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2 to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

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Pokémon Black and White 2 review

Pokémon Black and White 2 review

By Dillon (age 10) and James (age 6). And their dads.

It's always a challenge reviewing the latest Pokémon game. Unlike the rapid genetic improvements enjoyed by the colourful creature sprites contained within, the series itself has evolved at a more Darwinian pace. Improvements are incremental, new features tentatively introduced every generation but rarely mutating too far from the dependable DNA structure that has allowed the games to survive - and thrive - for over 15 years.

The result is that reviewing the latest addition to the family tree can easily become a box-ticking exercise. Everyone who has ever played a Pokémon game - whether in 1996 or 2012 - knows exactly how the game will play. There's a very real danger that what you'll end up with is little more than a Wikipedia summary with a score at the end.

So for Pokémon Black and White 2, the first direct sequel in the series' long history, we're doing something different. We're opening up the review process to some real Pokémon experts: my son Dillon, 10, and Chris Schilling's son James, 6. Both of them live and breathe Pokémon, both have completed the original Black and White games multiple times and both have been pestering for the European release of the sequels since they were announced back in February.

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Nintendo announces Pokémon 3DS app release dates

Nintendo announces Pokémon 3DS app release dates

iOS launch still too Farfetch'd.

Nintendo's upcoming Pokémon companion apps have been given European release dates.

Need more information on your Nidoking? Pokédex 3D Pro will be available to download from the 3DS eShop on 8th November.

The app is an upgraded form of the current Pokédex, and will cover every single Pokémon species and form unveiled to date.

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Pokémon Black and White 2 release date

Pokémon Black and White 2 release date

Unova adventure on the horizon.

DS sequels Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released in Europe on 12th October, Nintendo has revealed.

That's five days after the games hit North America, on 5th October.

The new games see players return to the Unova region of Pokémon Black and White, albeit with fresh areas to explore.

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Japan chart: Vita sales plummet in lieu of Pokemon sweeping the nation

After last week's massive bump in Japanese Vita sales, Sony's system has dropped back down to the level it was at

">two weeks ago - around 13K.

Nintendo is still going strong with Japanese 3DS sales quadrupling those of runner-up, PlayStation 3. While some of this can be attributed to Pokémon Black & White coming out this week, the sales increase on the handheld was pretty mild - presumably because potential buyers already own the system.

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Pokemon Black & White 2 sells heaps and tons and millions in Japan

Pokemon Black & White 2 sells heaps and tons and millions in Japan

The region's most successful 2012 game by far.

The only game to sell more than one million copies on any platform in Japan this year is - drum roll - DS game Pokemon Black & White 2.

In two days, PBW2 as it isn't known, sold a fatso 1,618,621 copies, according to Enterbrain figures reported by Andriasang.

That's the third best start for a DS game ever.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 announced for 3DS

New Super Mario Bros. 2 announced for 3DS

New Pokémon apps, 3DS firmware update, Mario Kart 7 patch coming.

Nintendo mascot Mario will star in New Super Mario Bros. 2 this summer, a new side-scrolling platformer due for release on 3DS in August.

A sequel to the New Super Marios Bros. games on DS and Wii, this latest title mixes classic 2D jumping and goomba-squashing with snazzy new visuals.

Mario's much in-vogue Raccoon suit is also set to make an appearance. Steady there, PETA.

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Pokémon Black and White 2 announced

Pokémon Black and White 2 announced

UPDATE: Autumn UK release confirmed.

UPDATE: Nintendo has just confirmed that Pokémon Black and White 2 will see an autumn 2012 release in the UK.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The next major Pokémon games will be direct sequels to Pokémon Black and White, Nintendo has revealed.

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