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Upcoming EpisodesNew titles are revealed in various publications such as: TV guides, childrens' magazines, anime magazines, promotional posters and videos, official websites and official television programs. Titles and their translations are added to our episode guide and the chart below when the titles are revealed.
|Jan 20 2019||SM 105: ルガルガン決戦！サトシVSグラジオ！！
Lugarugan Showdown! Satoshi VS Gladio!!
|Jan 27 2019||SM 106: 海あり谷あり！ポケモン進化大特訓！！
We Have the Sea and We Have Valleys! Pokémon Evolution Training!!
|Feb 03 2019||SM 107: 走れカキ！己を超えて！！
Run, Kaki! Surpass Yourself!!
|Feb 10 2019||SM 108: カプ・レヒレの霧の中で
In Kapu-Rehire's Mist
|Jul 12 2019||Movie 22: ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are poised to become two of the top-selling games of 2007 in the United States. More than one half million people pre-ordered the games before launch. Additionally, thousands of people attended the kickoff launch event in New York, and demand for the games continues to be off the charts. These latest versions of Pokemon games were introduced in Japan on Sept. 28, 2006, and have already been purchased by more than 5 million video gamers there.
The two games include a number of features that make them particularly attractive to gamers, including:
* More than 100 new Pokemon.
* A 3-D look that makes Pokemon jump off the screen.
* Worldwide wireless battling and trading using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.
* Voice chat functions that let players talk wirelessly with their friends.
Later this year, these two titles will also help expand the Pokemon universe for the first time to Wii™, Nintendo's new home video game system. Diamond and Pearl owners will be able to use their DS hardware units as controllers for Pokemon Battle Revolution (launching June 25), the first Pokemon game available for Wii. Players also will be able to export characters to the Wii game.
For more information about Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, visit www.Pokemon-Games.com.
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl for NDS - Hands-on Review
Basic Information The fourth generation introduces another 107 new Pokemon, bringing the total of Pokemon available to 493. Diamond and Pearl take place in the region of Sinnoh and the player starts in Twinleaf Town.
Like the previous generations, only certain Pokemon are available in each game requiring both games to capture all the Pokemon. Though, the games WiFi trading system makes it a bit easier and cheaper for those wishing to get a complete Pokedex. Below is a list of Pokemon exclusive to each game.
|Pokemon Game||Exclusive Pokemon Found|
|Diamond||Seel, Dewgong, Scyther, Murkrow, Scizor, Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar, Poochyena, Mightyena, Aron, Lairon, Aggron, Kecleon, Cranidos, Rampardos, Honchkrow, Stunky, Skuntank, Dialga|
|Pearl||Slowpoke, Slowbro, Pinsir, Slowking, Misdreavus, Houndour, Houndoom, Stantler, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein, Bagon, Shelgon, Salamence, Shieldon, Bastiodon, Mismagius, Glameow, Purugly, Palkia|
The day-night system which first appeared in Pokemon Gold and Silver has once again returned. There are now five time periods: morning, day, evening, night, and late night. Different Pokemon will appear in the wild during these time periods and there are also time specific game events. This brings a new level of depth to the Pokemon games
A new multi-function device called the Poketch, short for Pokemon Watch, is also introduced. The Poketch has 25 functions, including a map of Sinnoh like its counterparts the PokeGear and PokeNav did for Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn. The Poketch has many functions that are not available at the start of the game but can be unlocked throughout the game and a few other functions that must be obtained by showing a certain species of Pokemon to another character. The Poketch mainly appears on the bottom DS touchscreen and it displays a clock while walking around in the main world.
Diamond and Pearl are compatible with the Game Boy Advance Pokemon games Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed or LeafGreen. The GBA cartridge is inserted into the GBA slot of the Nintendo DS, while Diamond or Pearl is in the DS card slot. In order for the player to transfer their Pokemon to Diamond and Pearl, they must visit an area in Sinnoh called the Pal Park. Pal Park is located on Route 221 after you get the National Pokedex and it is the only means of transferring the Pokemon to your game from your past games. Pokemon uploads are restricted to six per day per GBA cartridge and the player will have to re-capture such transferred Pokemon in a Pal Park. The player cannot transfer any of the Pokemon back to the GBA cartridge once they are transferred to their Diamond/Pearl copy. While this is a interesting a unique way of allowing backwards compatibility with older games, it's restrictions may fustrate some gamers.
The DS's native support for Wi-Fi is also used, allowing players to trade, battle and communicate using "voice chat" online on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is a free service for all DS users unlike Xbox Live and other online games. Diamond and Pearl also feature Wi-Fi connectivity to Pokemon Battle Revolution, much as their predecessors connected to the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. This allows you to use your DS as a controller in Pokemon Battle Revolution and also transfer your Diamond and Pearl Pokemon to battle online using that game.
Diamond and Pearl feature a global trading system, which allows trainers to search for any Pokemon they want. The global trading system will then go through a multitude of trades with other trainers in order to get the desired Pokemon. This is one of the best new features in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl as it allows Pokemon fans to interact better with people worldwide and find specific Pokemon they are looking for to complete their Pokedex.
Diamond and Pearl also feature connectivity to Pokemon Ranger. By completing a special mission in Ranger, a Manaphy Egg can be sent from Ranger to Diamond or Pearl, where it can be hatched into the legendary Pokemon, Manaphy.
PlotAt the start of Diamond and Pearl, the player sees a newscast about a sighting of a red Gyarados. They then head to their rival's house and go to Trust Lake with him to try to see it. Once there, a Starly attacks. Nearby is a briefcase containing three Pokemon that the two choose from to fight off the Flying-type. As is always the case, the rival takes the Pokemon that weakens the player's choice. The professor's assistant, who is the alternate-gender player character from the player, takes the remaining starter. After the Starly is defeated, the two return to Twinleaf Town with Professor Rowan's briefcase. Back in Twinleaf Town the player's mother gives him or her running shoes and then the player leaves for Sandgem Town to return the briefcase. After meeting Professor Rowan, he gives the player the Pokemon they chose to keep and a Pokedex.
During the course of the game, there are many conflicts with the evil Team Galactic and their leader, Cyrus. When the power of Dialga or Palkia begins to overwhelm Sinnoh, Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf must be summoned and the player must catch or defeat the Legendary." (Source: BulbaPedia)
Overall the plot of the game is similar to the previous generation of Pokemon games, capture, train and collect all the Pokemon that you can. On your journey you collect badges and battle opponents on your way to becoming the Sinnoh League Champion. The story in Diamond and Pearl does help the overall flow of the game unlike the previous games where the story was sort of tacked on.
GameplayA new battle system is used for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. In this new battle system, attacks are declared either physical or special by how the attack itself operates. Other then this change, the same basic battle system/design is used just like the previous games. You select your attacks by using the D-Pad or the stylus on the bottom DS screen and the attacks are displayed on the top screen. A lot of new Pokemon moves have been added. A list of all the moves available in Diamond and Pearl has been posted below.
GraphicsOne of the biggest criticisms of Diamond and Pearl is the battle graphics. The DS is capible of 3d graphics but the developers decided to keep the sprite based battle system instead of going to a completely 3D view like Pokemon Stadium. Many would argue that Pokemon Battle Revolution is the 3D part of Diamond and Pearl, but it would be nice to have Pokemon Stadium like graphics in these DS games. The game-world is in 3D and it only makes sense that the battles should also be in 3D. The sprite based battle system in the handheld games is 10 years old and has only had minor adjustments over that time. It would have been nice to have a fully 3D battle environment for the Fourth Generation of games, knowing that the DS is capable of doing this.
MusicHitomi Sato and Jun'ichi Masuda have composed some great music for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. One of the highlights of Pokemon games is the music and they definitely do not disappoint in this department. It is still limited to computer generated music but the synthesizer for the DS is improved from the GBA. The soundtrack for the games has been out for quite a while in Japan on a 2 CD set and some of the tracks have been fully orchestrated for use in the Diamond and Pearl anime. It would have been nice if they had used orchestrated music in the DS game as well.
ConclusionIf you have ever been a fan of the Pokemon games, you will absolutely love Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. They are definitely the best games in the series with hours of game play. It would have been nice if Nintendo sent out media kits to Pokemon fansites for review to help promote the games, but as our previous article pointed out, it seems that Nintendo did not do very much marketing for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. As the pre-order numbers have shown, little marketing of these games still produced big numbers. It would have been nice if they marketed this game to people who have never played Pokemon or think they are too old to play these games. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl is a great game for all ages and many people will be eagerly awaiting the North American debut of Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Nintendo Wii.
Rating: 8.5 / 10 Rating would have been 9/10 but the 2D graphics leave a little to be desired.
Review written by: Sunain, PPN Staff and www.pocketmonsters.net website admin.Screenshots from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are available on our Imageboard Feel free to view and post your own screenshots there.
zhenlin from Bulbanews posted a translation of the story outline. "To participate in the next Pokemon contest, Satoshi and his friends have come to Alamos Town, where they meet a poor woman named Alice.
Alice guides them around the landmarks of the town - the Space-Time Tower and the beautiful gardens filled with greenery and water, and while they are completely absorbed by the sightseeing, they discover that the gardens have been devastated by someone. "
You can read the entire Pokemon Movie 10 story outline by visiting the Bulbanews article here
The BulbaCast™ regulars assemble at 7 - 10PM EST/EDT on Saturday evenings to talk about everything a Pokemon fan wants to know about - new episodes, new movies, new games, current issues, new Pokemon, and maybe even which character looks best in a bikini. And, since it's a podcast, you can download it to your iPod using iTunes or just listen to it on your computer.
On top of that, if you want to join in the discussion rather then just listen, you can! All you need is a microphone, Skype, and show up in the IRC chat (irc.pocketmonsters.net/Bulbacast), and you too can be a part of the Bulbacast.
Season 2 - Episode 15: DP, M10 theme, and more..
Speakers for Episode 15 include:
PPN Steve - Pok
With four days to go until they arrive, more than 533,000 pre-orders have been taken for Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. Already these games have more than doubled the pre-sale numbers of Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen, which launched in 2004. Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen went on to sell more than 3.4 million combined in North America.
Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl have consistently ranked among the top-selling video game products on Amazon.com, and there are still four days until launch.
Pokemon became a nationwide hit the instant it arrived in the United States in 1998. Now a new wave of Pokemon excitement is on its way, complete with more than 100 new Pokemon characters, the ability for players to battle wirelessly on Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and voice-chat abilities, which act like a cell phone but with connection among friends only.
The Official Nintendo Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Player's Guide also will be available at retail on April 22. For more information about the games, visit www.Pokemon-Games.com
The single containing "Be With You: Itsumo Soba ni" (Always By Your Side) will be released in Japan on July 11, 2007, a few days before the release of Movie 10. The song will also be on her next album which will be released later this year.
The ballad and the movie will commemorate the ten year anniversary of the Pocket Monsters movie franchise. This also marks the first time that a theme song of a Pokemon movie in Japan is sung by an overseas singer.
It is unknown at this time if the song will also be included in the eventual english dub releases, but one can only hope that they will keep the theme song like they did for Chiisaki Mono in Movie 6.
The Toshiba EMI website is now hosting the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai preview. The preview in RealVideo and Windows Media Video format includes her theme song "Be with You: Itsumo Soba ni" (Always by Your Side).
I will be with you
You are my fearful love, sent me from high above, You are the one
I will be with you
I'm going where the wind blows, going where the lost ones go
Preview video (Realvideo): Click Here
Preview video (Windows Media): Click here