Diamond and Pearl had already mastered the move to DS, and we were still three years away from X and Y making the next big leap with the transition onto the 3DS. Without new hardware to showcase, the 5th Generation of the franchise could have easily felt like a lull. Booting up Black in , though, it is clear that this generation still holds up pretty well. The big, bold choices from the development team at Game Freak have helped this game retain its freshness. Take the central setting, for instance: the Unova region represents a major departure from all the previous regions. Rather than taking inspiration from a segment of Japan, this new location was based on New York City and positioned a great distance away from the old familiar places of the series.
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They take place in the Unova region. The game starts in Nuvema Town in the player 's room with Cheren , a childhood friend. Professor Juniper has left a gift box for the two and Bianca , another one of the player's friends, who arrives a little later. After the selection, Bianca will request a battle. When the battle is over, the room becomes cluttered due to the battle. If the player loses to Cheren, he will gloat about his victory. Bianca storms out of the house, and the player follows her to Professor Juniper's lab, where Cheren has been waiting. Upon leaving the lab, they will be greeted by the player's mother, who will hand everyone a Town Map. From then on, the player will set off on adventures through the Unova region.
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Unova is a region far away from the previous regions, requiring you to get there by Boat or Plane. It has a large city called Castelia City, with loads of buildings and sky scrapes for you to explore. Outside of the city and Unova remains to be predominantly industrialised with various factories and train tracks existing in the various areas. The games also have you playing as protagonists older than the previous playable characters. There are numerous featurres introduced within the game. In local wireless and over WiFi, there is also the Wonder Launcher which is a function that allows you to use items during battle, but at a cost.
Upon their release, Black and White received positive reviews; critics praised the advancements in gameplay. Nevertheless, the games were commercial successes; prior to the games' Japanese release, Black and White sold one million consumer pre-orders and became the fastest Nintendo DS titles to sell five million copies. As of September , the games' combined sales have reached Attack and Special Attack are distinguished from Defense and Special Defense by the types of moves being considered: generally, moves involving physical exertion are physical, while moves involving supernatural or elemental powers are special. As with all regions, Unova consists of a number of cities and towns connected by "Routes".