It’s been revealed that the latest Pokemon game for the Nintendo DS, Pokemon Black & White, will only feature new Pokemon throughout the games main quest.
Players will encounter familiar Pokemon, but only once they’ve completed the game. This design choice was created to enable players to be ‘on the same starting line.’
The reason for this design choice, says GameFreak’s Junichi Masuda, is because they want to put kids and adults on the same starting line and give all players the feeling of “What is this Pokemon?”, similar to what they might have experienced when playing the original of all Pokemon games, Pokemon Red & Blue.
Game tester comments:
- “It’s like playing something completely new, similar to when I played Red & Green”
- “You don’t even know the type of the Pokemon, so you’re surprised at the skills”
- “There are only Pokemon that you’ve never seen, so it’s fresh and new”