Meet the Starters
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl continue a
Pokémon RPG tradition by having you make one of the most important
decisions in the game right away: Picking a Pokémon with which to begin
Three all-new Pokémon are yours to choose from – Fire-type Chimchar,
Water-type Piplup, and Grass-type Turtwig. You won't be able to catch
these Pokémon in the wild. To catch every Pokémon, you'll have to trade
with other Trainers to get the two
Pokémon you didn't select.
The Pokémon you choose can
have a big impact on your adventure in several ways, so choose wisely.
To see the three new starters, click "Art Gallery" in the menu on the
Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
One of the best aspects of Pokémon
games is the ability to trade and battle with other Trainers, and
Nintendo DS allows you to connect with other Pokémon fans wirelessly.
What's even more intriguing is that Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
are compatible with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing you to trade and
battle with other Trainers around the world.
The Pokémon Center Wi-Fi Club
Visit the basement level of
any Pokémon Center to enter the Pokémon Wi-Fi Club. Once you have
connected to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, you'll see a list of
available friends. You can then use the voice chat feature, share
records, or invite a friend for a battle or a trade.
The Battle Tower Wi-Fi Room
Those who attain the rank of
League Champion will gain access to the Battle Tower. The Battle Tower
has a Wi-Fi Room where you can go online and battle against the teams
that other users have registered (but which are now controlled by the
computer). If you participate, people around the world will be given the
chance to battle your team of Champions!
GTS Wi-Fi: Global Trade Station
Visit the Global Trade Station
to trade Pokémon over the Wi-Fi network with people from all over the
world. Post a Pokémon that you're willing to trade or search through the
list of Pokémon offered by other Trainers. You may end up with a Pokémon
from another country!
Voice Chat Once you connect with friends over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection,
you'll be able to use the Nintendo DS microphone to speak to them
directly! You may also use the voice chat during trades and battles if
the host of the session enables that option.
The DS's touch screen has improved on the
Pokémon gameplay systems in a number of ways. When you're choosing an
attack, touch-screen buttons display standard information – the move
name, the move type, and how many PP you have left. The item-select
screen is broken down into categories, and all of the items are clearly
organized within each section.
The changes don't amount to actual differences in how battles play out,
but they will help you to manage your items and moves better than
before. If you prefer to use the Control Pad and buttons to select your
next move, you can do that as well.
Outside of battle, the touch screen plays other big roles. While you're
out exploring the far reaches of Sinnoh, the lower screen accesses your
Pokémon Watch, known as the Pokétch. You can also use the stylus to
interact with the Pokédex. The list of Pokémon appears on the top
screen, and you can spin a wheel that looks like a giant Poké Ball to
browse the Pokédex list. These are just a couple of the roles the touch
screen serves. You'll discover many more as you play the game.
Time to Play
When Pokémon Gold and Silver introduced a
real-time clock, Pokémon fans absolutely loved it. It seemed destined to
become a staple of Pokémon games, but when Ruby and Sapphire came
around, the feature disappeared. Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
reintroduce this system in a major way.
A 24-hour cycle is divided into five phases: morning, day, evening,
night and late night. Certain Pokémon are most likely to appear during
particular phases of the day. A Pokémon's area info in the Pokédex
depicts a sun on the bottom screen. If you drag it across the sky-like
timeline, you'll be able to see where the Pokémon will appear and at
Legendary Pokémon like Lugia, Ho-oh,
Groudon, Kyogre, Suicune, Raikou and Entei have always been sought after
by Pokémon Trainers. These mysterious creatures are one-of-a-kind, and
In the DS version, the Legendaries are larger than life – Dialga is an
enormous blue Pokémon that is said to be able to manipulate time, while
the giant purple Palkia is said to have the power to distort space. Not
much else is known about these Pokémon, except that they can only be
caught in their respective games. To see Dialga and Palkia, click "Art
Gallery" in the menu on the left.
When you're out exploring the many corners of
Sinnoh, the lower screen accesses your Pokétch, a multifunctional tool
that Trainers will find indispensable. The Pokétch is basically a small
computer that stores a variety of miniature applications.
When you start out, the Pokétch is limited to a handful of uses – it's a
watch, a pedometer, a Pokémon-status checker, and a calculator. As you
progress through the game, you'll find more applications, including a
note pad and an item finder. There are 20 applications to discover, and
you'll have to put in some serious footwork to find them all.
Gender has long been a part of the
Pokémon series, but until now male and female Pokémon have looked the
same. Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl introduce visual differences for
Pokémon depending on their gender. For example, a male Wooper will have
more horns than a female. Even the most well-known
Pokémon, such as Pikachu, are getting a graphical update.
There are still some Pokémon that look the same in both genders, some
that can only be male or female, and some (particularly the Legendaries)
that don't have a gender at all.
Diamond or Pearl
For the most part, whether you play one game
or the other, the gameplay will be the same. But there are several
differences between the two versions. Most importantly, there are a
handful of Pokémon that are version-exclusive. For example, if you're
looking to complete your Pokédex in Pokémon Diamond, you'll have to
trade your Pokémon with a Pokémon Pearl game.
The full list of version-exclusive Pokémon hasn't yet been announced,
but Palkia and Dialga are two examples. Other Pokémon may be rare in one
version of the game, such as Mime Jr. and Bonsly.
Whether you're new to the world of Pokémon, a Pokémon fanatic or maybe
someone who hasn't played a Pokémon game in a while, Pokémon Diamond and
Pearl are guaranteed to get you hooked.
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, exclusively on Nintendo DS, prove
that the next generation of Pokémon games is taking the hugely popular
franchise to amazing new levels.
Pack Your Bags
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl take place in
an all-new region called Sinnoh. When you set off on your travels,
you'll be able to play as either a boy or girl Trainer. Pokémon fans
have caught glimpses of Mime Jr., Lucario, Munchlax and Weavile in
Pokémon movies, and these Pokémon will be debuting in this adventure.
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl will challenge you to explore the
Sinnoh region in an incredibly deep RPG adventure. Before your quest is
complete, you'll meet over 100 new Pokémon and challenge countless
Trainers along the way. Like previous core Pokémon titles, these games
feature an engrossing storyline and well-balanced RPG action.