NOTE: Other than the new forms, which have appeared on the magazine’s front cover, until scans are released, all other information is unconfirmed.
GameFreak’s “Pokémon Black Version 2” and “Pokémon White Version 2” are to be released in Japan in around 7 weeks, so monthly publication CoroCoro Magazine has been publishing news on the games’ new features over the last few months and this month is no exception. Although due out in stores on the 15th, some of the news is starting to leak across the internet.
The first big point is that the legendary Pokémon Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus all receive new forms that are only available through the recently announced 3DS app “Pokémon AR Searcher” which is out in Japan on the same day as the latest pair of DS games. This also confirms the identity of the much questioned bird Pokémon from the only known image of the application – Tornadus’ new form. What is interesting is that Tornadus’ new form looks like a bird, Thundurus’ like a tiger and Landorus’ like a turtle – could they be based on the sì xiàng (Chinese constellations)? With Tornadus being the Vermillion Bird of the South, Thundurus being the White Tiger of the South and Landorus being the Black Tortoise of the north. That obviously leaves the Azure Dragon of the East – could it be Kyurem? Or perhaps a Pokémon to be released in a future game (like Regigigas)?
Another promoted feature is the “World Tournament” – a place in the games owned by Sinnoh Champion Cynthia where past Gym Leaders and Champions get together to battle. Some of the confirmed returning characters are Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Giovanni and Blue from Red/Blue/Yellow/FireRed/LeafGreen, Janime and Lance (GSC/HGSS), Steven Stone (RSE) and Volkner from Diamond, Pearl and Platinum.
There are other smaller details, such as the movie facility we saw before being named as “PokéWood” (I imagine it’s a mix of “Pokémon” and “Hollywood”) that is replacing the Pokémon Musical from Black/White, as well as the fact that the Black/White rival character Cheren is now apparently a Gym Leader.