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Pokémon Black and White: The Experience

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One of the most anticipated events out of the whole Mall Tour was the chance to demo {{bp|Pokémon Black and White Versions}} and try it out firsthand. The demonstration starts by entering a narrow hallway lined with four large high definition screens and speakers to watch an eight-minute video. The screen lights up, introducing gamers to the Unova region all while explaining new features in the newest Pokémon game. There is a slight alert whilst the two Legendary Pokémon, Reshiram and Zekrom “fly by” on screen. Another segment shows gameplay video and the introduction of new Pokémon of Unova. The screen fades to black, and a staff member pumps up the crowd by having them yell as loud as they possibly can. Once on the demo floor, there is the opportunity to demo either Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version, with a room full of fifty white Nintendo DS Lite systems to choose from. Both the Pokémon Black and White demos were the same, with the exception of the finishing story based on the finding of the game’s corresponding Legendary Pokémon. No matter which version is chosen, the player character begins in {{bp|Icirrus City}}, several feet away from the Icirrus Gym. Most of the variables are randomly generated for each playthrough, such as the gender of the player character, the current season, and the in-game teams. After the introduction to the game, the player is thrown right into Icirrus City with the objective of finding Professor Juniper who is located at {{bp|Dragonspiral Tower}}. The character is given a randomly generated starter Pokémon at level 25, a Zorua at level 22, and a Deerling at level 20. It wouldn’t be a true Pokémon game if there weren’t any obstacles, so two rivals, {{ga|Bianca}} and {{ga|Cheren}} stand in the way. For the first battle, Bianca has the element-weak Pokémon starter at level 15. Once she is defeated the ability walk around and explore is given, but is very limited as the south is blocked off by two non-player characters, the east is blocked off by the ledge of a cliff, and the west is blocked off by another cliff which is only climbable in the Winter season. The only possible option that is given is to go north, passing the blocked Icirrus Gym and eventually reaching a patch of grass with Cheren blocking the path to the Dragonspiral Tower. Cheren has the element-strong starter Pokémon at level 18, in addition to a second randomly generated Pokémon at level 15. After his defeat, Cheren steps aside for entry to the Dragonspiral Tower and, upon entering, Professor Juniper speaks about the Legendary Pokemon as images flash on screen of the tower. The demonstration of the game ends with the chance to receive a pin of either Reshiram or Zekrom while exiting the Video Game Experience.
Last but not least, the coolest part of the event is the Pokémon Center selling event-exclusive merchandise, with a one-time run of Pokémon Black and White themed merchandise. There is a vast array of items including Pokémon 2” figures, 6” figures, 6” Poké Doll, 6” plush, 12” plush, and a variety of Black & White T-shirt choices. The Pokémon two-inch figure choices are Pikachu, Zekrom, Reshiram, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Zorua, or Zoroark all priced at $5 a piece. The Pokémon six-inch figures and twelve-inch plush choice is Zekrom or Reshiram, priced at $10 and $20 dollars respectively. The six-inch Poké Doll and Plush choices are Pikachu, Zorua, Zoroark, Snivy, Tepig, or Oshawott priced at $10 each. The shirts are available in either black or white with the exception of Zekrom on white, and Reshiram on black. The Pokémon T-shirts that are available include Pikachu, Snivy, Tepig, and OshwattOshawott each priced at $20. A collection of merchandise on sale is shown below.
[[File:ZoruaCelebiBlackWhiteTourPromo.jpg|thumb|right|180px‎|Zorua and Celebi (Black and White Tour promo)]]