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Pokémon Diamond Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスターダイヤモンド Pocket Monsters Diamond) and Pokémon Pearl Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスターパール Pocket Monsters Pearl) are the first core series Pokémon RPGs released on the Nintendo DS, beginning Generation IV. The games were released in Japan on September 28, 2006 in North America on April 22, 2007 and in Europe on July 27, 2007. They take place in the region of Sinnoh and the player's starting area is Twinleaf Town.
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When the game begins, the player watches a newscast about a sighting of a red Gyarados in Johto's Lake of Rage. The player then heads to his or her best friend Barry's house and heads to Lake Verity with him to search for Legendary Pokémon. When they arrive, they notice Professor Rowan and his assistant (Lucas or Dawn, depending on the player's gender) discussing the professor's work and his search for something in the lake. The pair notice the player and hurry off, leaving behind a briefcase. As Barry approaches the briefcase, two wild Starly attack. The player and Barry open the briefcase, which contains three Pokémon they must choose from to fight off the attacking Pokémon. Barry, who later becomes the rival, takes the Pokémon that has a type advantage over the player's choice. After the battle, the professor's assistant will briefly appear and comment that the Pokémon have been used before exiting with the briefcase. The player and Barry return to Twinleaf Town. Back in Twinleaf Town the player's mother gives him or her a pair of Running Shoes before the player leaves for Sandgem Town. When the player meets Professor Rowan in Sandgem Town, the professor gives the player the Pokémon chosen at the lake and a Pokédex. The player then sets off to explore Sinnoh and defeat Gym Leaders in order to advance further in the plot, challenge the Elite Four, and become the Champion of Sinnoh.
During the course of the game, there are many conflicts with the evil Team Galactic and its leader, Cyrus. When the power of DialgaD or PalkiaP, summoned by Cyrus, begins to overwhelm Sinnoh, Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf appear and negate the power flow, and the player is then forced into a battle with the legendary Pokémon.
After the player defeats the Elite Four, there are further activities to pursue. These mainly concern the capture of previously unavailable Pokémon, extra features such as the Poké Radar, exploration of previously inaccessible places such as the Fight, Survival, and Resort Areas and the perfection of battle skills in the Battle Tower.
Welcome to the next generation of Pokémon!
As a rookie Pokémon Trainer, you will need to catch, train and battle Pokémon on your journey to become the Pokémon League Champion. You will face many challenges along the way, as you search for the Pokémon that rules time or space in Pokémon Diamond Version or Pokémon Pearl Version.
- Diamond and Pearl are compatible with the Game Boy Advance Pokémon RPGs after seeing the first 150 Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex. The GBA cartridge is inserted into the GBA slot of the Nintendo DS, while Diamond or Pearl is in its DS card slot to upload Pokémon. There is also a feature called dual-slot mode where if there is a certain Pokémon cartridge in the GBA slot, a certain Pokémon will appear in a certain area in Sinnoh that do not natively appear. An example is when Pokémon FireRed is in the GBA slot, wild Arbok will appear in the Great Marsh area in Pastoria City.
- Pokémon uploads are restricted to six per 24-hour period per GBA cartridge, and the player will have to re-capture such transferred Pokémon in Pal Park located at the end of Route 221 before transferring from another GBA game.
- However there is a way to bypass this restriction.
- Pokémon knowing any of the Generation III HM moves (Cut, Fly, Surf, Strength, Flash, Rock Smash, Waterfall, and Dive) cannot be transferred; therefore, it is necessary to go to the Move Deleter in Fuchsia City or Lilycove City to remove them before transfer.
- The player cannot transfer any of the Pokémon back to the GBA cartridge once they are transferred to their Diamond/Pearl copy; the transfer is permanent.
- The DS's native support for Wi-Fi is employed, allowing players to trade, battle and communicate using "voice chat" online.
- Diamond and Pearl feature wireless connectivity to Pokémon Battle Revolution, much as their predecessors connected to the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube and their respective battle arena games.
- Diamond and Pearl feature a global trading system, the Global Trade Station, that allows Trainers to search for any Pokémon they want, or put up one of their own Pokémon for trade for any Pokémon. Players of other games can search for the Pokémon that others have put onto the Global Trade Station.
- Diamond and Pearl feature connectivity to Pokémon Ranger. By completing a special mission in Ranger, an Egg can be sent from Ranger to Diamond or Pearl, where it can be hatched into the legendary Pokémon, Manaphy.
- Diamond and Pearl also feature connectivity to Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. By completing three special missions in the game, a Manaphy Egg, a Riolu with Aura Sphere and a Darkrai with Dark Void can be sent from the game to Diamond or Pearl.
- Diamond and Pearl also feature connection to the WiiWare title My Pokémon Ranch, in which Pokémon can be raised and stored in a farm-like environment, much like Generation III's Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire.
The day-night system first appearing in Generation II returns, with the same three time periods, but better transitioning between them. A new multifunction device called the Pokétch, short for Pokémon Watch, is also introduced. The regional Professor's name is Professor Rowan, after a tree like the others, and he allows the player and his or her rival to keep the starter Pokémon they used against attacking wild Pokémon at the beginning of the game.
A new battle system is used for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. In this new battle system, attacks are declared either physical or special by how the attack itself operates, i.e. whether the attack touches the enemy or not, instead of the attack type, as was previously the case. For example, ThunderPunch is now physical and Hyper Beam turns into special. This was initially highly controversial with fans of the series, as it was considered to "waste" some of the Pokémon that were more powerful in Generation III, like Blaziken and Sceptile, though it now allows for a more versatile set of moves to be viable for these Pokémon.
Though it was reported initially that the games would feature Dark/Psychic/Fighting starters, this is not the case. The games retain the starters in the type trio of previous generations, Grass/Fire/Water, this time being Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup, respectively.
The DS's native support for Wi-Fi is employed, allowing players to trade, battle and communicate using "voice chat" online.
A global trading system, the Global Trade System or GTS is introduced, allowing Trainers to search for any Pokémon they want, or put up one of their own Pokémon for trade for any Pokémon. Players of other games can search for the Pokémon that others have put onto the GTS.
- Main article: Pokémon Super Contest
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, a significant amount of changes have been made to the Pokémon Contests introduced in Generation III, now known as Super Contests.
Instead of making Pokéblocks with Berries, Berry-flavored muffins called Poffin are made. This is done in Hearthome City, though not within the Contest Hall, instead it is done at the Poffin House, which is near the Pokémon Center in Hearthome. Using the DS's touchscreen, players must stir the Poffin as directed by arrows that appear. Before the contest starts a man at the contest hall gives the player a Poffin that improves Beauty, Tough, Cute, Cool, and Smart.
The first round of the Contests themselves is similar to the first round in Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, but instead of relying solely on Contest stats, Pokémon must be dressed up using Accessories with the stylus within a time limit. Each particular Contest will require different accessories, and higher ranks may require more to be put on the Pokémon.
The second round is a dancing round, using buttons on the touch screen to either perform a dance that the others will find hard to mimic (if the player's Pokémon is the main dancer) or to copy the lead Pokémon's dance moves. Each Pokémon gets a turn at being the leader, and the leader must try to dance in time with the music, and so, obviously, so do the background dancers. The A, B, X, and Y buttons also work.
The third round is very similar to the appeals round in Generation III, and the main difference is that there are three judges and only four appeals, rather than one judge and five appeals. A Pokémon will get more points if it is the only Pokémon to perform for a particular judge, less if another one appeals for that judge and so on. The crowd system is still in place, but this time, each judge has a different meter, making it both potentially risky and potentially rewarding to appeal to a judge that all of the other Pokémon are appealing to. In addition, Pokémon will receive bonus points for appeals regardless of the impression on the judge, and points are not added simply for raising a judge's "voltage."
As is always the case, there are eight new Gyms in Sinnoh, each with their own type affiliation. The new Gym Leaders are Roark (Rock), Gardenia (Grass), Maylene (Fighting), Crasher Wake (Water), Fantina (Ghost), Byron (Steel), Candice (Ice) and Volkner (Electric).
The new Elite Four is located at the Pokémon League. The Elite Trainers are Aaron (Bug), Bertha (Ground), Flint (Fire) and Lucian (Psychic); the Champion is Cynthia, who has Pokémon of multiple types.
As the first Generation IV games, Diamond and Pearl were the first sightings of 107 new Pokémon, bringing the total amount to 493.
2006 was crunch time for the fourth generation. The ninth movie, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, featured Manaphy, Mantyke, Buizel and Chatot, and Dialga and Palkia were soon confirmed to be on the two games' boxart. On September 27, all 107 of the new Pokémon's menu icons were revealed on Filb.de.
During the week that followed the games' Japanese release, Serebii.net featured a "Discovery Trench" that revealed the names and stats of many of the previously-unknown Pokémon to the general public.
The following Pokémon are only obtainable in one game of this pair. In order to obtain Pokémon exclusive to the other game of this pair, they must be traded either from that game or from another compatible game of Generation IV which has that Pokémon available. Alternatively, all Pokémon released prior to these games may be migrated from a Generation III game.
Trading exists between Diamond and Pearl Versions through the Nintendo DS's internal wireless connection. It connects to Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver in the same manner. Eggs received from Pokémon Ranger and its sequels are also sent through wireless. Diamond and Pearl also have the ability to connect to the internet using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and can also connect to Wii consoles. Due to improvements in international linking, some Pokémon can have foreign Pokédex entries.
Diamond and Pearl also maintain backward compatibility with the Generation III games; however, standard trading is not allowed. A player's Pokémon may be permanently transferred via Pal Park, and some Pokémon that could previously not be caught can be found using the dual-slot mode.
Also, by connecting to the Wii with a Nintendo DS, players can copy their party Pokémon to their copy of Pokémon Battle Revolution, as well as My Pokémon Ranch. However, only Diamond and Pearl are compatible with My Pokémon Ranch, while Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver are all compatible with Pokémon Battle Revolution.
Korean characters do not appear in non-Korean games and vice-versa; they appear as empty spaces. Notwithstanding this limitation, the games can otherwise connect without issues.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were critically well received, with Nintendo Power calling them "the ultimate Pokémon experience."  The inclusion of Wi-Fi features and the voice chat feature were also praised. However, the games were criticized for their somewhat basic graphics, with IGN commenting "if you're looking for impressive visuals you're not going to get them." Despite this, Diamond and Pearl received a "Great" score of 8.5/10 on the site.
According to Famitsu, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl sold 1,586,360 units in the four days after its release. On December 27, 2006, it was announced that the two games combined became the first Nintendo DS games to hit five million units shipped.
Sales of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in Japan exceeded the five million mark in the 29th week of sales (April 9–15, 2007). In the United States, over 533,000 pre-orders were taken before release, and one million copies were sold within five days. By the end of April 2007, the US release of Pokémon Diamond had sold approximately 1.045 million copies, and Pokémon Pearl had sold approximately 712 thousand copies.
|Week ending||Units sold||Total units sold|
|1||October 1, 2006||1,575,266||1,575,266|
|2||October 8, 2006||466,273||2,041,539|
|3||October 15, 2006||275,494||2,317,033|
|4||October 22, 2006||231,979||2,549,012|
|5||October 29, 2006||203,214||2,752,226|
|6||November 5, 2006||183,048||2,935,294|
|7||November 12, 2006||124,738||3,060,032|
|8||November 19, 2006||101,133||3,161,145|
|9||November 26, 2006||110,946||3,272,091|
|10||December 3, 2006||100,215||3,372,306|
|11||December 10, 2006||151,036||3,523,342|
|12||December 17, 2006||225,228||3,748,570|
|14||December 31, 2006||554,245||4,302,815|
|15||January 7, 2007||214,274||4,517,089|
|16||January 14, 2007||58,725||4,575,814|
|17||January 21, 2007||49,050||4,624,864|
|18||January 28, 2007||48,783||4,673,647|
|19||February 4, 2007||45,467||4,719,114|
|20||February 11, 2007||43,947||4,763,061|
|21||February 18, 2007||39,553||4,802,614|
|22||February 25, 2007||33,444||4,836,058|
|23||March 4, 2007||33,470||4,869,528|
|24||March 11, 2007||28,774||4,898,302|
|25||March 18, 2007||24,119||4,922,421|
|26||March 25, 2007||27,440||4,949,861|
|27||April 1, 2007||24,641||4,974,502|
|28||April 8, 2007||22,012||4,996,514|
|29||April 15, 2007||18,874||5,015,388|
|30||April 22, 2007||20,342||5,035,730|
|32||May 6, 2007||61,040||5,096,770|
- Main article: Staff of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
- Main article: Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection
- Main article: Pokémon Diamond and Pearl beta
- Pokémon Diamond is also the name of the famous bootleg of the Power Version of Keitai Denjū Telefang, which was only released in Japan (along a Speed Version) a year after Pokémon Gold and Silver. Unlike the real Pokémon Diamond, it was not paired with "Pokémon Pearl" but rather with Pokémon Jade, the bootleg of Telefang's Speed Version.
- Diamond and Pearl are the first games where:
- The rival's starter Pokémon is not at level 5 during the first rival battle.
- The lab of the region's Pokémon Professor is not in the player's hometown.
- All three starter Pokémon gain a second type through evolution and are utilized in the storyline.
- Old saved data must be deleted before a new game can be saved, a first for the core series.
- The English versions contain many references to Internet memes and chatspeak. This is possibly because the lead translator, Nob Ogasawara, is a member of the Something Awful Forums.
- The leaders and Elite Four of Sinnoh do not always use Pokémon of their specialized type. This problem was fixed in Platinum with an expansion added to the Pokédex.
- The international versions of Diamond and Pearl are the first main Pokémon games to capitalize the names of proper nouns normally (e.g. Ultra Ball as opposed to ULTRA BALL). However, Pokémon names are still written in all capital letters.
- Diamond and Pearl, along with the Japanese version of Platinum, are the most compatible Pokémon games, as they can connect with nineteen other games: all core series games of Generation III, IV, and V; the Pokémon Ranger games; Pokémon Battle Revolution; and My Pokémon Ranch.
- If a FireRed or LeafGreen cart is present in Slot 2 of the Nintendo DS, the migration option in the main menu is incorrectly stated as "Migrate from Fire Red" or "Migrate from Leaf Green", with a space in the middle of the version names. This typo was fixed in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver by removing the space.
- On the back cover of the Australian release of Pokémon Diamond, it states "...as you search for the Pokémon that rules space in Pokémon Diamond Version." This is an error, as it should say "...as you search for the Pokémon that rules time in Pokémon Diamond Version." This error is not present on the English boxart of other regions.
In other languages
- Pokémon.com (US)
- Pokémon.com (UK)
- Nintendo of Korea
- 1 Pokemon Diamond (DS) reviews at Metacritic.com (retrieved December 21, 2009)
- IGN: Pokemon Diamond Version Review (retrieved December 21, 2009)
- Pokemon Diamond | Pokemon Diamond Version (2007) (retrieved December 21, 2009)
- 『ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド･パール』の出荷本数が500万本を突破！ (retrieved December 21, 2009)
- Bulbanews: Diamond, Pearl sales cross 5 million mark in Japan (retrieved December 21, 2009)
- NINTENDO ADVISES POKÉMON FANS: PRE-ORDERS TOP 500,000 (Wayward archive) (retrieved January 13, 2010)
- Bulbanews: NPD Group sales data for April 2007 revealed (retrieved December 21, 2009)
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