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Hitmondog
June 2nd, 2010, 05:16 PM
Pokemon.com says that Black and White are coming in Spring 2011. Sounds too early for me though. I'd think that the Japanese version wouldn't even be out until Spring 2013.

What do you think?

vietazn654
June 2nd, 2010, 05:19 PM
Lets see..... Pokemon HG/SS came out September '09 and the games were introduced like around, Apriil '09? Then in March '10 the US version come out, and around I think April Pokemon B/W were introduced. So they Japanese versions are coming Fall '10... And yeah, probably March '11 it'll come out in the U.S.

Hitmondog
June 2nd, 2010, 05:20 PM
Lets see..... Pokemon HG/SS came out September '09 and the games were introduced like around, Apriil '09? Then in March '10 the US version come out, and around I think April Pokemon B/W were introduced. So they Japanese versions are coming Fall '10... And yeah, probably March '11 it'll come out in the U.S.

But the HG/SS were remakes and obviously didn't take as long. Diamond/Pearl were announced in 2005...

shookie
June 2nd, 2010, 05:32 PM
Diamond/Pearl were announced in 2005...
Technically they were announced in late 2004, and came out in Japan in 2006.

They only announced the development of a new game in January 2010, and there's no saying how long they had been developing it ahead of time. It definitely wouldn't be the first time a video game's proposed release date would be incorrect, though.

Kenshin5
June 2nd, 2010, 05:33 PM
Remakes usually don't take long. Here are the Japan release dates from Red & Green to Diamond & Pearl.

Red & Green - February 27th, 1996
Gold & Silver - November 21st, 1999
Ruby & Sapphire - November 21st, 2002
Diamond & Pearl - September 28th, 2006

That is about 4 years on each game. Since the last one is in 06 we seem due for another one. 2013 seems way too long. Also I have noticed when they are about to end the anime or get near the end of the anime in the current region they start releasing info on the next generation.

WiiMann
June 2nd, 2010, 05:35 PM
And who says they haven't been working on Black and White all these years? It's not like they don't have enough workers to be working on more than one game.

§acred†Beo!
June 2nd, 2010, 05:35 PM
Actually i'm pretty sure there set to be released in the Fall of 2010 in Japan, and the Spring of 2011 in the US. That's pretty much the routine for Pokemon games and it says those are the release dates on several sites including Serebii.net.

http://serebii.net/blackwhite/ (http://serebii.net/blackwhite/)

Hitmondog
June 2nd, 2010, 05:36 PM
Maybe 2013 was a bit of a stretch but I still think 2011 sounds a bit early, especially considering we just recently received info on the games.

§acred†Beo!
June 2nd, 2010, 05:41 PM
Yeah but as everyone else has mentioned, just because they've just recently introduced them it doesn't mean they haven't been working on them for a few years now. The remakes are easy to do, plus as someone stated earlier Nintendo has plenty of hands to go around.

In my opinion as great as HG/SS are I think they were only created to hide this project for awhile.

Yamikarasu
June 2nd, 2010, 05:41 PM
One of the reasons it might seem like they're rushing the release date is that the 3DS is going to be out soon, and GameFreak wants to capitalize on the DS market while it is still relevant.

But yeah, it's to be expected that the games will come out in 2011, judging by Kenshin5's post. GameFreak enjoys their patterns.

Horizon
June 3rd, 2010, 01:07 AM
Maybe 2013 was a bit of a stretch but I still think 2011 sounds a bit early, especially considering we just recently received info on the games.

Well, if we're expecting an April 2010 release, that's 10 months, almost a year. That's more than enough time for the company to create the games and translate them. They have an army of people working on the job, not to mention stacks of cash. For a company like Nintendo, they can get plenty done in 10 months.

Also, as has been said, they've probably been developing them since just after Diamond and Pearl were released. With the game engine and so forth being completely revampe from Gen IV. If you think about it, HG/SS are basically a ROM hack of Platinum, with a few menu tweaks.

Ninja Caterpie
June 3rd, 2010, 01:10 AM
You do realise they're only releasing stuff in little tidbits and have done way more than they have shown? When a company releases info about a game isn't when they start developing it, it's when they're done so far they can predict when they'll be able to release it within reasonable accuracy.

Satoshi_poketo monsta
June 3rd, 2010, 01:37 AM
If April 2011 it is, Then it won't be a very long wait to me...

Sora's Nobody
June 3rd, 2010, 03:41 AM
But the HG/SS were remakes and obviously didn't take as long. Diamond/Pearl were announced in 2005... Not long?! They started working on HG/SS in 2006! They said so them selfs in an interview they posted on pokemon.com

vibratingcat
June 3rd, 2010, 03:56 AM
Not long?! They started working on HG/SS in 2006! They said so them selfs in an interview they posted on pokemon.com
diamond and pearl took 4 years, but i guess thats coz they were getting used to the ds.
i think they should have waited till the 3ds came out, which wouldn't have been that much longer. they also only just released the first 5th gen pokemon this year. munchlax was shown i think 2 years before dp.

Mew~
June 3rd, 2010, 04:10 AM
I just CANNOT wait until 2011... thats a whole year away... I WANT IT NOW!!! LOL
Do you guys really think it takes them that long to make a game...? Maybe at least 2 years but not 4...?

Pokémon Ranger ✩ Moriarty
June 3rd, 2010, 04:45 AM
OTOH, they might be trying to rush the games out before people switch over to wanting a 3DS? Nintendo fans are fickle fiends. Can you imagine if 2013 is the real release? "Ohhh, a new Pokémon game! Uh, it's for the DS? But I bought a 3DS...when do we get a 3DS game, then?!" Better to get the game out for the DS in 2011, then work on a new Pokémon game for the release of the 3DS.

DarkSlayer1331
June 3rd, 2010, 08:32 AM
To be honest, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they have another team working on a re-make for the new 3DS system as we speak. They have plenty of people working for them, and they're basically finishing up Black and White, they can actually afford to do this. So don't be surprised when you find out after a few months that Black and White have been released that there are talks about another game coming out for the 3DS system. Actually, you can pretty much count on it, at least in my opinion.

TaylorMcIntire
June 3rd, 2010, 08:36 AM
I know that April 2011 isn't actually that far away, but now that I know about it, it is going to seem to take forever.

Azure Rathalδs
June 3rd, 2010, 08:43 AM
I expected April 2011. Mabye i might import.

PiPVoda
June 3rd, 2010, 09:10 AM
diamond and pearl took 4 years, but i guess thats coz they were getting used to the ds.
i think they should have waited till the 3ds came out, which wouldn't have been that much longer. they also only just released the first 5th gen pokemon this year. munchlax was shown i think 2 years before dp.

Yeah they should have waited till the 3DS came out, but I think the 3DS has backwards capability so B&W will be playable on them..just with enhanced graphics.

B&w will be out in Japan this year..that is already known, and they will definitely be coming out in NA next spring (I guessing around early March to early April). It would be cool though if we got black and white in January or February. The wait seems long now, but usually I'm so pre-occupied with other stuff that I totally forget about the new pokemon games, or pay less attention to them, and before I know it it's only a few months to go till their release (like with HG/SS and Platinum).