Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Versions
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|Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Versions|
|Release Date|| JP: September 28, 2006|
US: April 22, 2007
AU: June 21, 2007
EU: July 27, 2007
Pokémon: Diamond Version and Pokémon: Pearl Version are the fourth set of games in the Pokémon series. The different versions were made to increase interactivity between gamers (as gamers would have to trade Pokémon with each other in order to collect all of the game's monsters).
Pokémon: Diamond and Pokémon: Pearl follow the adventures of a young Pokémon trainer. In this game, the player has the option of playing a boy or a girl, with the other character becoming your rival.
The game journeys across a new area, Sinnoh. The main game is the same as others have been. The trainer battles other trainers across Sinnoh, and wins eight badges. Now, the player must ward off Team Galactic, the new evil team of the game.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl retains much of the gameplay of the original set of games. However, they have added some things. The most notable addition is 107 new species of Pokémon the game introduced.
The Pokémon's moves have been redone in this game. Rather than being classified as either special or physical based on the type, they are put in a group based on how they are executed. For example, Fire Punch is now physical and Gust is now special. They also added a third group called Status or Other.
Pokémon contests have also been redone as Super Contests. The traditional contest is retained in the final round, but is preceded by a round where the player must place accessories on their Pokémon to enhance their appeal and help them dance.
Also new is a multiplayer area. Located underground, the player can set up a secret base and participate in minigames, including fossil hunting. This area is also the only place the player can trigger the events to capture Spiritomb.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl can connect to other copies of the game as well as Platinum. Along with trading, the games can also connect to play minigames in the underground and battle on another. They can also connect to HeartGold and SoulSilver for trades and battles.
Using the dongle method, Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions, and Pokémon Emerald Version can be uploaded to Diamond and Pearl. Once the Pokémon is in Diamond or Pearl, it can't be transferred back. The player has to recapture it in the PAL Park.
Pokémon Battle Revolution also connects to Diamond and Pearl. Pokémon from the DS game can be transferred to Battle Revolution to battle. Upon completing the Story Mode of the game, a Special Mystery gift is obtainable. Mystery Gift must be already activated on "Diamond" and "Pearl". Diamond and Pearl was also compatible with My Pokémon Ranch, where the player could upload Pokémon to store on the ranch there, and could participate in trades that could lead to the acquisition of a Mew.
In all regions, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl released simultaneously. In order to increase player interactivity, each version had certain Pokémon the other didn't. In particular, they each have an exclusive legendary that is featured on the boxart - Palkia for Pearl and Dialga for Diamond.
It was followed by Pokémon: HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, remakes of Pokémon: Gold and Silver Versions. Afterwards, Pokémon: Black and White Versions were revealed as the next generation's games.
A third version, Pokémon: Platinum Version, was released in 2009.