Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions
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 Nintendo DS games that are the first core series Pokémon games of Generation IV. The games were released in Japan on September 28, 2006, in North America on April 22, 2007, in Australia on June 21, 2007, and in Europe on July 27, 2007. They take place in the Sinnoh region.
They were followed by Pokémon Platinum, an enhanced version of these games. Remakes of the games, in the form of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, were released four generations later for the Nintendo Switch on November 19, 2021 worldwide.
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 their 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 them 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.
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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.
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 their 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 is now 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. This feature is no longer officially supported as of May 20, 2014. However, there are now fanmade custom servers which act as a replacement for the discontinued online features of these games. Kaeru WFC and Wiimmfi run the servers and DNS proxies necessary to access it, so by simply changing the Internet settings on your Nintendo DS, you can access online play again.
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. This feature is no longer officially supported as of May 20, 2014. However, there are now fanmade custom servers which act as a replacement for the discontinued online features of these games, including the Poké Classic Network’s GTS. Kaeru WFC and Wiimmfi run the servers and DNS proxies necessary to access it, so by simply changing the Internet settings on your Nintendo DS, you can access online play again.
- Main article: Pokémon Super Contest
Instead of making Pokéblocks with Berries, Berry-flavored muffins called Poffins are made. This is done in Hearthome City, though not within the Super Contest Hall, instead it is done at the Poffin House. Using the Nintendo DS's stylus pen, players must stir the Poffin mixture as directed by arrows that appear. Before the player enters their first Super Contest, Jordan gives the player a Mild Poffin that improves all five condition stats.
The first round, known as the Visual Competition, is similar to the first round in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, but instead of relying solely on condition 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 the Dance Competition, 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 lead 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 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 Contest Judges and only four turns to appeal, rather than one judge and five turns to appeal. 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 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.
Generation IV is the first generation with regular Korean releases; every single main series game since Diamond and Pearl have been released in Korean. However, non-Korean versions of Generation IV games did not include a way to view Korean characters, and therefore Korean versions of any Generation IV game can't normally trade with any non-Korean game. If a Pokémon with a Korean name or Korean Trainer name was somehow traded to a non-Korean game, the data for their name would be converted to something else. In Diamond and Pearl, empty spaces were used in lieu of Korean characters. This was changed to dashes in Platinum—and subsequently HeartGold and SoulSilver—likely to prevent any issues that may come from a completely blank name.
The following features of these games which require access to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Service are no longer supported, as of May 20, 2014.
- 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 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.
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 that "everything still has that Game Boy look to it." Despite this, Diamond and Pearl received a "Great" score of 8.5/10 on the site. Gaming magazine Famitsu gave them a score of 35 out of 40. Both Pokémon Diamond and Pearl hold a rating of 85% on Metacritic.
On December 27, 2006, it was announced that the two games combined became the first Nintendo DS games to hit five million units shipped. 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.
In the fiscal year of their release, they sold 5.21 million units. As of March 31, 2021, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl have sold 17.67 million copies worldwide, making these the highest selling Pokémon games on the Nintendo DS.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl sold 1,588,734 units on their first week on the Japanese market, being 820,047 from Pokémon Diamond and 768,687 from Pokémon Pearl, with a sell-through of 97.12% and 96.16% respectively. By December 29, 2013, the end of their 379th week, they had sold 5,825,505 copies, being 3,189,446 from Pokémon Diamond and 2,636,059 from Pokémon Pearl.
Pokémon Diamond Version
|Week||Week ending||Ranking||Units sold||Total units sold|
|1||October 1, 2006||1st||820,047||820,047|
|2||October 8, 2006||2nd||254,080||1,074,127|
|3||October 15, 2006||1st||159,443||1,233,570|
|4||October 22, 2006||1st||137,629||1,371,199|
|5||October 29, 2006||2nd||127,011||1,498,210|
|6||November 5, 2006||3rd||105,943||1,604,152|
|7||November 12, 2006||2nd||78,744||1,682,896|
|8||November 19, 2006||3rd||68,147||1,751,043|
|9||November 26, 2006||5th||76,183||1,827,226|
|10||December 3, 2006||7th||70,190||1,897,417|
|11||December 10, 2006||3rd||98,859||1,996,275|
|12||December 17, 2006||1st||123,573||2,119,848|
|13||December 24, 2006||1st||209,379||2,329,227|
|14||December 31, 2006||7th||56,222||2,385,449|
|15||January 7, 2007||8th||94,370||2,479,819|
|16||January 14, 2007||9th||22,982||2,502,801|
|17||January 21, 2007||17th||-||-|
|18||January 28, 2007||17th||-||-|
|19||February 4, 2007||17th||-||-|
|20||February 11, 2007||16th||-||-|
|66||December 30, 2007||-||-||2,939,405|
|118||December 28, 2008||-||-||3,132,266|
|171||January 3, 2010||-||-||3,168,935|
|223||January 2, 2011||-||-||3,179,823|
|275||January 1, 2012||-||-||3,185,215|
|379||December 29, 2013||-||-||3,189,446|
Pokémon Pearl Version
|Week||Week ending||Ranking||Units sold||Total units sold|
|1||October 1, 2006||2nd||768,687||768,687|
|2||October 8, 2006||3rd||212,193||980,881|
|3||October 15, 2006||3rd||116,051||1,096,932|
|4||October 22, 2006||2nd||94,350||1,191,282|
|5||October 29, 2006||4th||85,530||1,276,812|
|6||November 5, 2006||5th||81,604||1,358,416|
|7||November 12, 2006||4th||65,574||1,423,990|
|8||November 19, 2006||4th||57,627||1,481,617|
|9||November 26, 2006||6th||58,158||1,539,775|
|10||December 3, 2006||11th||-||-|
|11||December 10, 2006||5th||75,206||1,669,367|
|12||December 17, 2006||2nd||97,409||1,766,776|
|13||December 24, 2006||3rd||164,670||1,931,445|
|14||December 31, 2006||12th||-||1,976,046|
|15||January 7, 2007||10th||78,398||2,054,443|
|16||January 14, 2007||13th||-||-|
|17||January 21, 2007||21st||-||-|
|18||January 28, 2007||22nd||-||-|
|19||February 4, 2007||21st||-||-|
|20||February 11, 2007||19th||-||-|
|66||December 30, 2007||-||-||2,433,003|
|118||December 28, 2008||-||-||2,592,405|
|171||January 3, 2010||-||-||2,620,829|
|223||January 2, 2011||-||-||2,629,036|
|379||December 29, 2013||-||-||2,636,059|
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- 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 Pokémon that normally evolves via trading may be caught in the wild, in this case; Steelix.
- 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, although Aaron still uses a Drapion in Platinum, despite being a Bug-type specialist.
- 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.
- Diamond and Pearl are the only core series games to introduce new Pokémon and not include them in the regional Pokédex.
- Diamond and Pearl marked the last appearance of the slot machine minigame in the European release of core series game.
- 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.
- On page 5 of the North American manual for Pearl, it is mentioned that "In order to catch all the Pokémon in the Sinnoh region, thus completing your Pokédex, you must trade with the Pokémon Pearl Version" when it should say "with the Pokémon Diamond Version". This error is not present in the Diamond manual, which correctly identifies the correct opposite game.
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- Pokémon.com (US)
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- Pokémon Diamond Version for DS Reviews - Metacritic
- Pokémon Diamond Review - IGN
- Famitsu scores Diamond, Pearl - Bulbanews
- Pokémon Pearl Version for DS Reviews - Metacritic
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl shipments exceed 5 million! - Famitsu.com (Japanese)
- Nintendo advises Pokémon fans: pre-orders top 500,000 (archive)
- NPD Group sales data for April 2007 revealed - Bulbanews
- Nintendo Co., Ltd. - Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2007
- Top Selling Title Sales Units - Nintendo DS Software
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