Weekly video game releases: 'Pokémon' Black and White, 'YooStar 2,' 'Bit.Trip Flux'

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With two new Pokémon collections releasing on the same day, YooStar 2's movie karaoke, and the technicolor synesthesia of Bit.Trip Flux accompanying Fight Night Champion, Rift, and Dragon Age II, the next two weeks of video game releases are nothing if not varied.

Bit.Trip Flux (Wii)
Europe, February 25. North America, February 28.

Commander Video returns for the last in the current series of Bit.Trip games. Flux acts as cathartic sequel to the technicolored Pong of series opener Bit.Trip Beat (iOS PC Wii).
Price: 800 Wii Points (~$8/€8/£6)
Website: http://www.bittripgame.com

Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version (DS)
Europe, 3+, March 4. North America, Everyone, March 6. Japan, A (all ages), released September 2010.

The newest pocket monster collection of games has already built a tremendous following in Japan. As well as more Pokémon to train, it introduces improved graphics, seasonal changes, a new region to explore and enhanced battle types.
Price: €39 / $35 / ¥4,800
Website: http://www.pokemonblackwhite.com

Fight Night Champion (360 PS3)
Also available on iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
North America, Mature, March 1. Europe, 16+, March 3. Japan, C (15+), March 3.

Take an unknown young pretender from boxing club to title bout in Champion Mode, or pick from over 50 real world pugilists (including Ali, Tyson, Haye, Pacquiao, Hatton, the Klitchko bros.) and take the fight online.
Price: $59 / €59 / ¥5,040
Website: http://www.ea.com/fight-night

Rift (PC)
North America, Teen, March 1. Europe, 12+, March 4.

Monsters are invading the planet of Telara and it's down to its inhabitants to stop them, reaping the rewards for quick thinking and cooperative combat. There's a significant buzz around Rift's potential as a new online multiplayer, thanks in part to enthusiasm generated during an extensive testing phase, and a diverse spread of characters to choose from.
Price: $50 / €50 / £35
Collector's Edition: $80 / €70 (inc. extra content, mouse mat, soundtrack, hardcover graphic novel and more)

Dragon Age II (360 PC PS3)
North America, Mature, March 8. Europe, 18+, March 11.

Continuing the Dragon Age action adventure tale, this sequel focuses on one character only: Hawke, and his ten-year-long transformation from pauper to powermonger. A downloadable demo is available from February 22 onward, and there's an accompanying Facebook game at facebook.com/DragonAgeLegends.
Price: $60 / €70 / £50 (360 PS3), $50 / €50 / £35 (PC)
Website: http://dragonage.bioware.com/da2

YooStar 2 (Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation 3 Move)
North America, Teen, March 8. Europe, 12+, March 11.

You'll need the Xbox 360 Kinect or the PlayStation 3 Eye camera to make use of YooStar 2, a Hollywood karaoke in which players re-enact scenes from their favorite films. Clips from 80 films and TV shows are on the disc, including Casablanca, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Forrest Gump, Grease, The Karate Kid, The Mummy, The Princess Bride, The Terminator, The Hangover, Zoolander, Star Trek, CSI Miami and The Wizard of Oz.
Price: $50 / €50 / £45
Website: http://ys2.yoostar.com