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Book Review: Pokémon Black and White Game Art Folio
07-03-2011, 09:05 AM,
Book Review: Pokémon Black and White Game Art Folio
Although it is light on content, the Pokémon Black and White Game Art Folio provides high quality art prints that are sure to please any PokéFan.

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Full title: Pokémon Black and White Game Art Folio (Target Exclusive)
Price Range: $7.99
Size: Small (approx. 7" x 5")
Released: May 6, 2011
Publisher: Nintendo (Art Cards)

Since its inception in 1989, Game Freak has contributed to most of Nintendo's success with the Pokémon video game series. Often deemed the essential role-playing game series, Pokémon continues to captivate players with charming sprite-based graphics, addictive gameplay, in-depth game mechanics, and, of course, brand new Pokémon.

Every main entry in the series is released to critical acclaim and heightened sales, encouraging Game Freak to create larger and better games.

The latest entries in the series, Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, have sold over 4 million copies in Japan and are already starting to climb the charts in America.

As is the tradition with buying Pokémon games, most stores offer preorder bonuses such as small figures of the main legendary Pokémon of each game. For Black and White, however, there appeared to be no good bonuses until Amazon offered $10 credit for buying each game.

Right before the release of the games, Target decided to offer something special: A small, yet high quality Game Art Folio that came with every purchase. Many gamers did not know of this until a day before the games released; fortunately, you could purchase it separately for $7.99. Unfortunately, the quantities were extremely limited.

The Art Folio contains 15 art cards inside a small cardboard box. The images of Reshiram and Zekrom are embossed (they have an extra dimension and feel bumpy), like you would see on a DVD or Blu-ray slipcover. The cards slide out of the right side of the box for easy access.

The layout of the cards is as follows:
*2 scenery cards
*2 legendary cards (Reshiram, Zekrom)
*2 trainer cards (with starters)
*1 gym card (with elemental monkeys)
*3 starter cards (mid-evolutions)
*3 Pokémon cards (Deerling, Musharna, Reuniclus/Gothitelle)
*2 special art cards (Musical, Dream World)

Each card has a special description on the back.

Closing thoughts: This Art Folio is a wonderful addition to anyone's gaming collection. My only complaint is that the folio is incredibly small, and a bit lacking in content. Then again, it was only $7.99.

Makes you wish Nintendo made art books, doesn't it?

Where to buy: Now here's the downside to this folio: It was a Target-exclusive bonus for purchasing either Pokémon Black or White on day one.

It was free with a purchase of either game or $7.99 on its own.

Your best bet is to scope one out on eBay.

For more pictures, check out my Flickr account.

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07-03-2011, 08:16 PM,
RE: Book Review: Pokémon Black and White Game Art Folio
Thanks for the detailed review. It's really hard to know what these exclusives are sometimes.

The art is as expected from Pokemon - very cute.
08-03-2011, 11:50 AM,
RE: Book Review: Pokémon Black and White Game Art Folio
No problem, Parka. Always a pleasure to expose viewers to quality art books/material.

I think this folio is definitely worth grabbing before it disappears. $7.99 is a steal, and they're already going on eBay for $20+.

Maybe you should try to get one, Parka! Idea