Chris' Corner - Pokemon White DS review

I've mentioned before that I would try to get some comments/reviews from the other gamers in my house - here's the first one, courtesy of my son and the biggest video game fan in this house (other than me). So, here's his first ever review - let him (and me) know what you think if you get a chance to leave some comments. I'm hoping he had a lot of fun with it!


Today I shall be talking about Pokemon White. I am Chris-not your lovely Chalgyr/Nick-I am his son. So, onto the Pokemon game!

In this game, there is a whole new region! It's the 5th generation game...I think. I don't really want to check online to see if I'm right. Now then, the game starts out with a new Game Freak logo when you start it up. There's also a kind of intro movie and then it shows a video that's like an in-game ad for it...weird, right? I know. Anyways, then after that you get to the title screen which looks a lot different than the other DS games. For starters, it has the legendary Pokemon-Zekrom, for this version-in 3D from different angles. Then it's time to start up. When you start up, there's a short movie which shows the professor-named Prof. Juniper-of this game. The first girl professor of the series! Anyways, that part is almost exactly like the beginning of all the other Pokemon games where it talks about what Pokemon are and the works.

So after you do the whole name setup and stuff it's onto the game! The beginning shows a picture of the starting town and professor Juniper walking into your house and then back out of it with the words "Made by Game Freak" I think, but I haven't seen the beginning of it for a while. So after that it shows a scene with you, Cheren(Rival/Friend, mostly rival), and Bianca(Same as Cheren but you fight her a lot less) in your room and there's a gift box on your table so after a scene of talking you get to choose from one of three starter Pokemon, like usual. The three starters are Oshawatt(An otter Pokemon), Tepig(A pig Pokemon, obviously), and Snivy(A something Pokemon, I dunno but it looks cool and it's what I chose). Oshawatt is a water Pokemon, Tepig is a fire Pokemon, and Snivy is a grass Pokemon.

So after you pick your Pokemon the others will pick theirs. Bianca will choose the Pokemon that has a weakness to your Pokemon, Cheren will obviously pick the one strong to your because you fight him more often. Then you will fight Bianca, and the result of the battle will be a close level up if won and a trashed room. Then Cheren will heal yours and Bianca's Pokemon and then battle you(without messing the room up even more). If you win you should level up. So then he'll heal you up and then you guys have to go downstairs and as usual, they won't follow you. So after that and a chat with your mother(she's not mad about the room!) you have to go to the professors lab and talk with her or something. But when you get there Bianca has to go to her house and Cheren wants you to go see how she is. So when you get there she's fighting with her dad about if she's allowed to go on the journey. so then she sees you and says something and leaves.

So hen you go to the professor's lab again and she talks about some stuff when you go in there and then she gives you and your friends Pokedexes and you go off on your journey. For the rest of the story, go play the game!

Now, for the features, some new things in this game for battles are the addition of triple battles which are like double battles but have three Pokemon on each side. There are two others that are online-only. Well, I dunno if they're online-only but I haven't seen them offline, not counting wireless. One of them is rotation battle which is where you bring in 4 to 6 Pokemon in is and you pick 4 of them. Anyways, in the rotation battle you use 3 at a time in a rotation circle thingy and you have 1 in the front and the other two in the back and they are inactive. So when one dies or you use the switch option, it will change which Pokemon is in the front. The other type of online only battle is a launcher battle in which you can have no hold items on your Pokemon and you get these points each turn (1 point a turn) and when you use the launcher option you can use your built up points on different items from the launcher and use them on your Pokemon.

There's also the game sync stuff which, at the time of typing is sadly down. But it's supposed to be up March 30, 2011. All I know about it right now is that there are features like the dream world and a ranked battle option for online battles. I can't say anything about the game sync features because I haven't been able to use them yet. Finally, for the last part of this review and features, I will talk about the trading. They have a new trading feature called GTS negotiations in which you don't need to have seen a Pokemon to get it. You and the other person can pick 1 to 3 Pokemon to choose from to trade to the other person. The GTS is practically the same except for the design.

So there's my review, I hoped you liked it.....or else. Now go eat a cookie or something. SIGNATURE~~~~ DX



  1. I've never played a Pokemon game, unless you count "playing" as spending 2 minutes on a store display many years back.

    How many hours do you think it will take to complete the game? I think "completing" is finding all the Pokemon right?

  2. Good morning. I will have to ask him that. i believe there's a storyline objective too, and I am pretty sure he's completed that - but like you? Never picked up and played one before. Despite the cutesy critters, I suspect it would appeal to the part of me that enjoys the collection elements of the collectible card game ones.

    From Chris:

    He says there is in fact a storyline mode, and that the game tracks the # of hours you've played, and that he completed it around the 140 hour mark. That said, there were several times he fell asleep with the game running on weekends, so he thought it might be closer to 110-120 hours.

    From a 'collection' standpoint, he says he's collected most of a few 'regions' (grouping of pokemon) - 134/150, but only 139 of 600 of another.

  3. Good review - sounds like you've played a few Pokemon games over the years. How many would you say you have played - and are they only the 'main' ones like Pearl or White, or some of the other off ones like Snap and... wasn't there one called Hey You Pikachu?

  4. I bought Pokemon Red when it first came out in the U.S., played it like a madman, loved it, and then never picked up another Pokemon game again. There's no particular reason why, either...

    That means that I have missed... 4(?) generations of Pokemon in between.

    140 hours is A LOT of gameplay, but perhaps Pokemon Black/White is just the invitation I needed to try and jump back in....

    Good review, Chris! Thanks for the input!


  5. @gameguy -

    Chris says he has played:

    Hey You Pikachu
    Pokemon Rumble
    Pokemon Stadium
    Pokemon XD gale of darkness
    Pokemon Diamond
    Pokemon platinum
    Pokemon Heartgold

    And well, Pokemon White

    So the little guy's played them. He's got a fair # of Pokemon cards too - he and his sisters all have collected them over the years, but Chris was the most active player/collector.


    Chris says - Thanks for the compliments.

    Chris has really appreciated all of the comments so far. He's been sitting right here asking me what people have been saying. What started as 2 paragraphs turned into 1 1/2 pages, so he definitely has enjoyed the exercise. Thanks gang!

  6. great review! my son and i have only played the pokemon rumble demo.
    is there a certain pokemon game that you would recommend to start off with?

  7. I haven't actually played any of them - so I'll have to ask Chris later and post his answer here/on your blog (maybe on that huge Pikacu post!)

    I think the first one he played was on the N-64, either Pokemon Snap! or Hey You, Pikachu.

    My impression from the reviews of the portable games is that they are often very similar to one another, just with updated graphics and rosters. I'm not sure if the gameplay itself has differed greatly over the various iterations, but I'll let you know what Chris says later and what his recommendation is. :)

  8. thanks so much! please ask him to keep in mind that my son is 7.

  9. @My Little Gamer

    He thinks that either Pokemon Pearl or Diamond would be a good DS bet. They're pretty similar and have fewer options and things to learn than the later releases.

    His younger sister was about 8 1/2 or 9 when she started playing it, and didn't have any trouble playing the actual game, though she did have trouble beating it. These are kind of RPG games he says.

    He says that for the N64 (I don't know if you have one handy or not) two games that would be good for a kid that age might be Pokemon Snap or Hey You Pikachu (though the latter requires a microphone and some sort of adapter to play).

    Hope that's of some help!

  10. thanks for the info.. thought id let you guys know that i posted part of the review up at my blog with a link to here!

  11. Very cool - Chris says "Thanks!" - glad you liked it! :0


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