Posted by Andrew Hayward February 26, 2012

While Nintendo's focus has been strongly shifted to the Nintendo 3DS over the past several months, the original Nintendo DS can be found in well more than 100 million additional homes than its 3D-enabled successor. Seemingly recognizing this, The Pokemon Company announced this weekend that a pair of new Pokemon games -- titled Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 -- will be released for the Nintendo DS.

Though unclear if these will be full-fledged sequels to last year's smash hit Nintendo DS entries or just expanded and enhanced versions of the originals, both titles are due out in Japan in June. As the North American Pokemon website is also reporting the news, it seems likely that we'll see the games here as well, though perhaps at a later date. Of course, Nintendo DS titles can be played on the 3DS, albeit without the optional 3D effect.

More details on the two games should surface in the near future, but amazingly, Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 aren't the only notably series entries headed to the Nintendo DS this year. In March, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company will release Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition, a crossover strategic role-playing game that merges the two titular franchises. It's unclear as of yet whether that game will join its brethren in North America.


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