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Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (Nintendo DS) Review

Review for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on Nintendo DS - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review


Nintendo knows that it has a massive fanbase; it hasn't radically changed the mechanic behind the handheld Pok

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An aspect that has changed quite a bit over time is the battle system, whether it be the introduction of new types in Gold and Silver or double battles in Ruby and Sapphire, and now there is a bit more strategy thrown into the mix. Moves used to be based solely upon their type, power and accuracy. Now they are also referred to as "Physical", "Special" or "Other". This means that a Pok

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There is more still to entertain within Diamond and Pearl, and the new 'gimmick' this time is the Pok

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As with a whole host of other DS games, Diamond and Pearl don't have astoundingly impressive graphics, but the consistent style and moderate use of 3D keeps the presentation of the game familiar to older users whilst still showing a kind of artistic progression. Neat little environmental effects display, however, that the development team wasn't just being lax with this aspect. You'd be forgiven for expecting them to have moved onto full 3D, but in all honesty, it isn't needed. Some of the town tunes are also a little forgettable, but the new Pok

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A definite strength of Diamond and Pearl; the gameplay is so simple yet rewarding (seeing your monsters evolve, obtaining gym badges, etc.) that it is hard to go wrong. The rock-paper-scissors mechanic hasn't changed, and is unlikely to ever do so, which might irritate people who are looking for a radical change in pace sometimes (see here), but rest assured, you'll be hooked like a tree addict in a rainforest.


As mentioned before, they aren't super-fantastic, but the amount of times you'll think a silent "wow" as you walk past a seemingly 2D building only for it to realistically distort hopefully explains how modestly the use of graphical effects has been implemented.


This is a bit of a letdown, as the fidelity of the music doesn't seem to have improved much over that of its GBA predecessors. Still, the tunes themselves are aptly plinky-plonky, and that certainly isn't a terrible thing.


Loads of little extra things to do (and I mean loads), as well as the good ol' "Catch 'em all" element will keep you at this game for ages. The main bulk of beating the Elite Four could take upwards of 30 hours, and then the game opens up tenfold still. You're unlikely to regret this purchase.

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Rated 9 out of 10

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Great review!! I've had Pearl version since it came out on April 22, and I still haven't done everything in the game. The replay value of these games is astounding.

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Nice review Ben, well-deserving of the 9. I've had the game since American launch and am still not sure if it bests Gold/Silver...but it comes damn close if it doesn't.

Nice review, though personally I love the music. :D

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Good point actually mOojc - I think the music is the best of the series!

Oooh I much prefered the Ruby and Sapphire music.

Ah well, that's opinion for ya.

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Awesome, I just bought this game.

Lol I thought superlink had changeed his name to Trulink...anyway thats a great review - Though it feels like its not changed at all since it started, theres been loads of suttle new improvements - like wider IV range, seperate attack types and i never thought i would be but i'm hooked on this game again.

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A 9?? Wow...

great review

Nice video i'm getting this game in a few hours. See you in Wifi =D

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very nice review. i have pokemon pearl so i know if anythnig's a lie or not. no lies full truth. that is what i like! :Smilie

im going to buy it as soon as i buy a ds!

The game is awsome but it needs more tasks like in emerald.
My rating
A solid 9


All of the pokemon games have been great but this one is by far the most expansive and possibly the best (though gold silver and crystal give it a run for it's money)

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