Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Get a NA Release Date

December 20, 2006, 10:10 am PST
Total comments: 16

North American Pokefreaks can get their hands on the games on April 22 of next year. Pokemon themed styluses will be handed out to those who pre-order.

New Pokemon to Make Diamond-and-Pearl-Studded Debut

Gotta Catch 'Em All! The Next Generation of Pokemon Soon Will Be Here

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Pokemon trainers of the world,

unite! How else will you manage to complete your Pokedex and challenge the

sinister plot of Team Galactic? On April 22, Pokemon(R) Diamond and

Pokemon(R) Pearl, the Pokemon series for the best-selling Nintendo DS(TM) game

system, become available in the Americas. These two titles represent the

latest adventure in the popular Pokemon franchise.

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl offer a number of exciting new features

to please both experienced and new Pokemon fans alike. Set in an entirely new

region called "Sinnoh," players can choose to begin their adventure as either

a boy or girl Pokemon trainer on a path to becoming Pokemon League Champion.

The adventure continues as players can bring Pokemon from their Game Boy(R)

Advance Pokemon games to Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl using the GBA game

slot on their Nintendo DS.

As players trade and collect Pokemon to complete their Pokedex in this new

challenge, for the first time they'll have the chance to catch new Pokemon,

Munchlax(TM) and Weavile(TM). They also can play via local wireless with up

to eight other trainers while new moves and abilities deepen strategy.

"After recently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Pokemon franchise

continues to get stronger," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior

vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "These two new

titles represent the best that Pokemon has to offer, and a great opportunity

for Game Boy users to upgrade to Nintendo DS."

Unique pre-sell styluses featuring new Pokemon from the new series will be

available by reserving the game early at participating retailers. Stay tuned

for more details about this special offer. Pokemon games continue to be

wildly popular around the world, with more than 155 million units sold

worldwide through September 2006. Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are

currently shattering sales records in Japan since their September launch.

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl for Nintendo DS will be available

April 22, and are Rated E for Everyone.

Talkback

Ian SaneDecember 20, 2006

My brother, the Pokemon nut, has his birthday on April 18. It's annoying that this date JUST barely doesn't fit with it. Maybe he'll be getting an "I.O.U. one Pokemon game" note. face-icon-small-smile.gif

WPack911December 20, 2006

I have not played PokeMon Since Gold/Silver, but PokeMon + Online = Awesomeness so count me in on making a comeback.

Beware kids, I am an Original PokeMon Red for the Original GameBoy player (you don't even know what that is son) and I don't play around so you better be ready. J/K lol :P I will be making a comeback though thanks to this game.

-WPack911

JonLeungDecember 20, 2006

*smacks WPack911 upside the head*
I just made a topic yesterday about the proper spacing of "Game Boy" and the spelling and pronounciation of "Pokémon"! How could you?!

I can't believe the franchise is 10 years old (eight in North America). I was starting university when Pokémon made its debut, needless to say I got a lot of stares and confused looks when I discussed my desire to catch them all. Anyone starting Grade 1 back then would be in Grade 9 now, their last year of junior high! o_0

I can still depend on my brother to help me get all the Pokémon at least. But there's, what, soon going to be something like 493 of them with D/P? What, they couldn't think up seven (or eight) more?

TJ SpykeDecember 20, 2006

Don't you mean first year of high school? For the majority of the country, 9th grade is the beginning of high school.

I haven't played a Pokemon game since Ruby (and I didn't enjoy it that much), but I am excited about these two (and will probably get Diamond). I don't know if I will get the expanded version Nintendo will release in about 2 years.

CalibanDecember 20, 2006

April 22? Nooooooooo, I haven't played a Pokemon game since Blue (on emulator lol), what are they thinking, so that would mean we aren't getting Pokemon Battle Revolution anytime soon, damn.

IceColdDecember 20, 2006

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Don't you mean first year of high school? For the majority of the country, 9th grade is the beginning of high school.
Not in Alberta face-icon-small-smile.gif

Ian SaneDecember 20, 2006

"Not in Alberta"

Or in BC. High school is Grades 8-12. I think that's like that everywhere in Canada. We also only refer to grades by number and never use terms like "freshman" or "sophomore". In fact I only have a vague idea what those terms even refer to. Same with college. You say you're in your first year, second year, etc. Also no one cares that much about college since most people go somewhere in their local area and no one cares about college sports aside from people attending the college itself. But that makes sense since hockey is clearly the number one sport and pro hockey players often skip college altogether and join the NHL when they're 18.

IceColdDecember 20, 2006

We also call it university face-icon-small-wink.gif

TJ SpykeDecember 20, 2006

Oh, well I have no idea how the education system in Canada works.

Here in the US, most high schools (not all) are 9th-12th grades. Freshman is 9th grade, Sophmore is 10th grade, Junior is 11th grade and Senior is 12th grade.

MarioDecember 20, 2006

Woo just after my birthday (no i'm not Ians brother). I'm hoping Aus gets it at the same time as the US like most DS / Pokemon games. If Pokemon Battle Revolution comes out on the same day it'll be the biggest day ever.

Guitar SmasherDecember 20, 2006

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Originally posted by: Ian Sane
"Not in Alberta"

Or in BC. High school is Grades 8-12. I think that's like that everywhere in Canada. We also only refer to grades by number and never use terms like "freshman" or "sophomore". In fact I only have a vague idea what those terms even refer to. Same with college. You say you're in your first year, second year, etc. Also no one cares that much about college since most people go somewhere in their local area and no one cares about college sports aside from people attending the college itself. But that makes sense since hockey is clearly the number one sport and pro hockey players often skip college altogether and join the NHL when they're 18.

In Ontario it's 9-12 (at least in the Public Board).

zxkorkDecember 20, 2006

In Quebec it does not work like that.

It goes like this

Kindergaden
Elementary School (1 to 6)
High School (1 to 5)
CEGEP (3 years if you end there, 2 if you proceed to university)
University ( number of years depends on your "partying" level... )

Zx

I moved from Vancouiver, B.C. Canada after 6th grade so technically I never "graduated" elementary since in California, USA I was deposited right into the belly of so-called "Middle School." Yeah.

I actually recall reading somewhere that each part of Canada can decide how it does its school system. Freaky! At this point, I can't imagine 5 years of High School anymore!

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

KDR_11kDecember 20, 2006

In germany it's
Grundschule (1-4)
and

Hauptschule (-9)
or
Realschule (-10)
or
Gymnasium (-13)

With the latter two you can follow up with
Fachhochschule (BA, MA)
or University (BA, MA)

chris+pie=joyJanuary 15, 2007

what is wrong with you people???


you started out talking about pokemon and now your talking about grade levels!!!what is wrong with you????

KDR_11kJanuary 15, 2007

Yeah and you resurrected the thread.

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