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Platinum's menu

The menu, also known as the start menu, is the main interface in all of the core series Pokémon games that allows the player to access aspects of their save file. The menu's entries differ throughout the various games.

In Generation I, the menu is darker than usual if opened in a cave or other dark location in which Flash has not yet been used.


Generations I-III

The menu is accessed from the START button of the Game Boy-line handheld.

Generation IV onwards

The X button of the Nintendo DS-family or Nintendo 3DS-family handheld is used instead.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the menu is always open on the touchscreen.

Generation V introduced a new feature to the menu: a shortcut list that can be accessed from the Y button. It is managed by (un)ticking the checkbox at the bottom of the party screen, Pokédex, Bag, Trainer Card, or Options.

List of entries


Main article: Party

The Pokémon entry loads the stats screen or summary screen that shows the player's party.


Main article: Pokédex

The Pokédex entry loads the player's Pokédex.


Main article: Bag

The Bag or Item entry loads the player's Bag.

Devices and features

This entry is reserved for the different game-exclusive devices and features that assist the player in his or her journey.

In Generations II and III, these are part of the menu itself. Starting in Generation IV, they are featured on the touchscreen of the Nintendo DS-family or Nintendo 3DS-family handheld.

Player's name

Main article: Trainer Card (game)

The Player's name entry displays the player's Trainer Card.


Main article: Saving

The Save entry loads the command used to create or overwrite the save file.


Main article: Options

The Options entry opens a menu for managing settings that the player can modify to change some behaviors of the game. The available settings differ throughout the various games.


Exit (Japanese: とじる close) was the final entry in the menu up to Pokémon Platinum. It is also present in the menu of Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

It was removed in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and later games due to its redundancy since the menu can be closed by pressing the START, X, or B buttons.

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