Pokémon Black does something none of the other games do. Black restricts what Pokémon you can catch, only having Unova region Pokémon available in the main game. Getting to only catch new Pokémon tickled a sense of nostalgia for me — playing through the game blind at launch felt like playing Pokémon Red all over again. Black also has a decent plot, with N being a far more interesting rival than anyone before or since. Black also takes the first steps to speed up battles and experience gain, cutting down on grinding. Pokémon Black is definitely one of the series’ high points.

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