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  • Summary: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are traditional Pokemon RPGs that takes place in a region called Sinnoh. When you set off on your travels, you'll be able to play as either a boy or girl Trainer. Pokemon fans have caught glimpses of Lucario, Munchlax and Weavile in Pokemon movies, and these Pokemon will are debuting in this adventure. Diamond and Pearl utilize the DS's dual slots to transfer Pokemon from the GBA Pokemon games. Also, you can link up with Pokemon Ranger to access more special content. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. There are a metric buttload of Pokemon to catch and you'll be hard pressed to finish everything this game offers in under 100 hours, much less 150 or maybe even 200.
  2. Pokémon Diamond or Pearl will satisfy any fan of the previous games: it’s accessible, it’s fun, it features online play and trading, and the battles are more involved than ever, and you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of it – as long as you play against people your own age.
  3. As much as I love Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, it alarms me to see how little the core game has evolved over the years.
  4. While naysayers can decry the repetition, the strength of the handheld series continues to be that nobody will whip through the games in few weeks. Diamond’ or ‘Pearl’ are worthwhile investments because they represent months and months of gameplay.
  5. The additions and alterations aren't game changing, and Diamond and Pearl do what the Pokémon franchise has always done best--deliver an accessible and highly addictive role-playing game experience.
  6. With Wi-Fi battles and Global Trade, D/P is essential. [Sept 2007, p.81]
  7. Though the online mode fails to reach its potential, the game itself is polished to perfection.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Sep 9, 2011
    A Super Game With An Intense plot. You See, in this game, you are a trainer who goes on a journey over a region. there is a new villain group called team galactic who want to wake up either dialga or palkia with the use of uxie mesprit and azelf. So go on this great journey and find yourself in it. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    the first game i ever got for the ds was pokemon diamond and i enjoyed it.......i have chieved so much in that game though.....it was then that i got this game stolen a few years later from a 25 year old person named jeff.....well to be exact he said he lost it......months later he finally decides to pay me back woth a yu gi oh game that sucks compared to pearl....the game itself was so bad it probably couldnt make it to the black market......i mean seriously i lost all that hard work for nothing......it was then that one of mybfriends was generous enough to trade me that horrid game for his pearl....and i enjoy that game and find it rather pleasing......and i cant be beat in download play except maybe now and then....if only you didn have to cheat to get some of the exclusive stuff in the gam..... Expand
  3. May 25, 2012
    Pokemon has continued to dominate handheld gaming since its debut and this is no exception.
  4. Jul 27, 2012
    It's the same game over and over again, since Pokemon Red. Yes, it's one of the most fantastic games ever, especially as a child. But repeating the same game over and over should be deemed immoral in a sense, especially because children are actually gullible enough to keep buying it. It's a great game and you can't go wrong with it, but please buy Pokemon Red and get the same, original and better experience. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2013
    A great addition to the Pokémon series, it was not so great as a successor to the acclaimed third generation of Pokémon gaming. Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl boast a more back-to-basics plot of a villainous team seeking world domination for pure power and worship. The game recedes beyond its predecessors by allowing the formula to become tired and less engaging than ever before. Routes that feel as if they're a never-ending natural hallway, in a region that couldn't be more primitive. The pinnacle of the region is the labyrinth of Mt. Coronet. Main setting for the climatic plot, it perhaps boasts the most fascinating aspect of the fourth generation snow! Besides the point that the new Pokémon creatures were largely unnecessary additions to older characters, the side-gaming through Super Contests have gone from fun to a tedious chore. Altogether with a less stellar soundtrack, the fourth generation was a generally plain addition to the franchise. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    Whoa, whoa!! What's the difference of selling the same game with different titles? You disappointed me, nintendo...
  7. Nov 6, 2013
    That's all that comes to mind when I play this game.
    Honestly, it feels like generation 3.5 then generation 4.
    The battles are
    sluggish, uninteresting. The same can go for the entire game really, the game's pace is way too slow for me. The only thing I can complement this game for, It's the online play, the new pokes, and the music.
    Dat music.
    But other than that, nothing else. The game's painstaking slow pace is the reason I can't play this without getting extremely bored.

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