The Next Pokémon Invasion Begins In March

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The Japanese have been raving over Pokémon Black and Pokémon White since their release back in September. When will North American fans be playing the latest Pocket Monster sensation? Nintendo nails down a March release date.

Were you so excited over the release of an updated pair of Pokémon games that you've already imported them despite not knowing a lick of Japanese? It's okay, we've all been there. Relief comes on March 6, when Pokémon Black and Pokémon White hit North America is easy-to-understand English. Now is the time for preordering, and the most important question you will ever answer: Black or White?

What's the difference? Well, Legendary Pokémon Reshiram can only be caught in Pokémon Black Version, while the Legendary Pokémon Zekrom is exclusive to the White Version. Just buy both; it makes things easier for everyone.

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"Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version represent a generational leap forward for the renowned series, delivering an unprecedented number of new Pokémon to catch, battle and trade," said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America's director of Public Relations. "Whether you have played the Pokémon video games before or are just getting interested in them, you won't want to miss Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version."

Wow. I didn't realize how much I missed Cammie Dunaway until just this moment.

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DISCUSSION

If Pokemon is coming out in March in North America, then there's no way the 3DS comes out in the same month.

Why would Nintendo lump 2 massive handheld releases - on two different platforms, no less - in the same month? I just don't think that Nintendo is that foolish to either cannibalize the 3DS sales with Pokemon or cannibalize Pokemon with the 3DS.

If anything, I predict Nintendo either bumps up the North America 3DS launch to a simultaneous release with the Japanese launch, or, more likely, they bump it back to April or May.