Nintendo DS

A Look At The New Pokémon BW Starter Set Plus Trading Card Game


The latest edition of the Pokémon Trading Card Game puts creatures from Pokémon Black/White in the spotlight. Meant to help you get started, the new BW Starter Set Plus pack will be released on August 5th in Japan, for 2,980 yen. It contains three sets of 30 cards, a damage counter, the manual, a play mat and more.


See the Nintendo DS game box to the right? If you noticed, it’s pictured on the packshot above, too. This contains a digital version of the Trading Card Game, meant to serve as an interactive tutorial, which is a first for the TCG.


Previously, The Pokémon Company would provide “How to Play” videos on DVDs, but the digital game lets you learn by playing against the CPU. It also contains a rule book.


The game, titled Pocket Monsters Asobikata DS, also supports the Download Play feature, so a friend can refer to it on his own Nintendo DS, too, while you play the trading card game together. You can view screenshots of Asobikata DS below:


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.