Pokémon is an old childhood pastime that I adore to its fullest, and yes I will admit that I still play a good old Pokémon game every now and then. With Nintendo's recent press release explaining the new three-on-three battle system I may just give this one a go too. Triple battles will debut on the upcoming Pokémon games, Pokémon Black and White, for the Nintendo DS adding more strategy to an already complex JRPG Combat system. Here is what the press release itself said:
[quote=Nintendo] Depending on a Pokémon's placement in the battle lineup, it will only be able to attack certain Pokémon from an opponent's trio, providing an exciting new way to battle. For example, a Pokémon in the center of a player's lineup can attack any of its three opponents. However, a Pokémon positioned on the left or right of the formation can only attack the Pokémon in the middle of the opposing lineup, or directly in front of it. [/quote]
Later in the announcement Nintendo also explained player connectivity via Wi-Fi or Friend Code. Online multiplayer will be featured in the game, and you will not be restricted to who is in the local area any more they also explained the new C-Gear Device:
[quote=Nintendo] The new C-Gear device in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version gives players an easier way to battle with others, and multiple ways of interacting with friends. Using IR Communication that's built into the game card, players can quickly connect with friends to battle and trade Pokémon faster than ever before. Even exchanging Friend Codes is easier, with only a tap of the stylus needed to add them to your list. C-Gear also grants players a variety of game play and communication tools that utilize a local wireless connection and the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet access required). Players have the option to always utilize the C-Gear while playing, allowing for instant access to other players around them - even displaying what nearby players are doing in the game. [/quote]
Pokémon Black and White will release on March 6th, 2011 for a retail price of $34.99.