Well, another big BW2 leak just happened, and it’s led me to this post. Right from the get-go it was clear a big norm was being broken with these games being direct sequels within the same generation.
I found that idea a lot more appealing than the standard “third version” they’ve been doing since forever. And it’s still more appealing, but these games have turned out to be so weird and out there.
As you can see in the map of Unova pictured above, a fuckton of ice is covering the region. Now, there have been debates on whether it’s actually like that or if they’re just using it to hide certain parts of the map, which they did with previous games except using clouds. But even if it’s not like that, isn’t it a weird way to cloak certain areas? Hiding the Battle Frontier behind clouds is clever. A lazily photoshopped ice texture just looks silly.
Pokemon Black and White 2 also look like they’re going to have a LOT of fanservice.
It appears to be a tournament or something (probabably post-game) with all the previous champions and gym leaders. Now, I’m fine with pandering to the fans. Hell, I’ve been a fan of the series for 10 years and this is getting me really excited. However, there comes a point when you pander TOO much to the fans, and throw logic out the window. This is that point. Even though this was hinted at in Black and White, it doesn’t really make any sense. Not only have they not aged at all, but all of these characters are from four relatively close together regions. Why would they hold a tournament like this in Unova, which is an ocean’s distance from all of them?
Pokemon lost something from the transition between BW and their sequels, and that something is subtlety and restraint. Whether that’s a good thing or bad thing is currently unknown (the games aren’t out yet) but I’m thinking it’s a mix of both.