Japanese gaming mag Famitsu has given Pokemon Black and White 2 a 36/40 score in the world's first review.
The mag's individual reviewers gave the sequel individual scores of 10, 9, 9 and 8. It gave the original game a perfect 40/40 score when it was released in 2010.
Although the game looks very similar to its predecessor, and is being released on the original Nintendo DS, its developer has promised the sequel will have "plenty of new surprises".
Pokemon Black and White 2 will be released in Europe between September and December.