Pokémon Diamond/Pearl - 28 September 2006

Compatibility: DS Designed for: DS
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are the first true Pokémon RPG games for the Nintendo DS. They take place in the region of Shinnoh, and the player's starting area will be Twinleaf Town. The games are backwards-compatible with Pokémon Ruby, Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen using the Nintendo DS's Game Boy Advance slot. Players are able to transfer Pokémon from these games to Diamond and Pearl once certain requirements in the latter games are met, however, unlike the Time Capsule function from Gold, Silver, and Crystal, this transfer will be permanent, and no Pokémon will be able to be traded back to the Generation III games. The day-night system first appearing in Pokémon Gold and Silver returns, now with five time periods: morning, day, evening, night, and late night. A new multifunction device called the Poketch, short for Pokémon Watch, is also introduced. The regional Professor's name is Prof. Rowan, and he will give the player a choice of one of three Pokémon to start their journey with, as the others did. 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, instead of the attack type, as was previously the case. For example, Thunderpunch will is physical and Hyper Beam is be special. This has been highly controversial with fans of the series, as it is considered to be "wasting" some strong Pokémon from previous generations, such as Blaziken and Sceptile, while other fans of the series hail this change as "more realistic". Though it was reported that the games would feature Dark/Psychic/Fighting starters, this has been debunked. The games will retain the starters in the type trio of previous generations, Grass/Fire/Water, this time being Turtwig, Chimchar, and Pochama, respectively. Also, the games feature upgraded contests, with new sections, where a Pokémon will dance or be dressed up for the audience and much more!

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