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- Worldwide battles and trading using WiFi.
- Real-time clock feature changes the time of day based on the DS clock. The Pokemon you can catch vary based on the region and the time of day. Also, certain Pokemon moves' power changes based on time.
- More elaborate Pokemon Contests. Players can use the accessories and dress up their Pokemon. Players make "Poffin" out of Berries to rasie their Pokemon's contest stats.
- New dual-type Pokemon, new/altered moves, and new special abilities add to the already deep strategy of Pokemon battling.
- 3-D enviornments and updated graphics.
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The first DS chapter of the continuing saga of Nintendo's "collect 'em all" RPG series. 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 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 and Weavile. They also can play via local wireless with up to eight other trainers while new moves and abilities deepen strategy.
Pokemon Pearl is a traditional Pokemon RPG that takes place in a region called Sinnoh.
In the Sinnoh region, there are two Pokemon that symbolize the region. They appear in the Sinnoh reigon's myths and old folklore. One is called Dialga, and is said to have the power to control time. The other is called Palkia, who is said to have the ability to distort space. The sinister organization called Team Galaxy is trying to rule the region by utilizing these two Pokemon's power. During your adventure to complete your Pokedex and become the Champion, these two Pokemon, and Team Galaxy, will intertwine into the story and lead you on a fantastic journey across the Sinnoh region.
When you set off on your travels, you'll be able to play as either a boy or girl Trainer. You will also utilize the DS's dual slots to transfer Pokemon from the GBA Pokemon games and be able to link up with Pokemon Ranger to access more special content. Pokemon fans have caught glimpses of Mime Jr., Lucario, Munchlax and Weavile in Pokemon movies, and these Pokemon will be debuting in this adventure.
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* Writing. I won't get into spoilers, but there are story elements that I think are better-handled in Pearl than in Platinum. Notably (but not exclusively), the beginning of the game is very different across versions, and I think Platinum's version was a lot more awkward.
* Compatibility. If you have or are considering getting My Pokemon Ranch from the Wii Shop, then Diamond or Pearl is the way to go. My Pokemon Ranch does not work with Platinum.
* Glitches. Specifically, there's a glitch in the game called tweaking, which, while possible in Platinum, is much more abusable in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl due to the subtle ways in which the programming is different. Tweaking basically has you ride your bike in a certain way that causes the game to load part of the map improperly, and it lets you travel to bizarre places very early on. With tweaking, the game is beatable in under two hours, which is great if you like speedrunning. If you don't, there is still the simple and enticing possibility of doing certain things very out of order and catching the usually-event-exclusive Darkrai and Shaymin. Comprehensive guides on this are just a google search away, and I promise, if you're interested, it's not hard.
Keep in mind, however, if you decide to get Pearl, you'll be missing out on a couple features that were added to Platinum, such as an expanded Battle Frontier. There are also a lot less Pokemon available to be caught before the end of the game in Pearl, and the Elite Four don't get stronger when you rematch them.
All in all, however, I think Pearl Version is a great game that deserves a look, perhaps even moreso than Platinum if the differences I listed sound interesting to you.
I also don't like the massive number of things the game requires you to do. It wouldn't be so bad if it was in consecutive order, but you're expected to keep going back to different towns or areas (whether or not you have the Hidden Move Fly) just so you can move forward. It's too hard to keep track of what I need to do if I have to keep going back and do something else, like talk to some person and collect an item from them. I'm also the kind of player who waits for video games to go on sale and so I get the games way after everyone else does...and I very rarely link up with other players, so it's a downer for me when I'm required to have to link up with other players or meet them in the Underground in order to get a Pokemon or something else (I've already given up on trading Pokemon to level them up).
For me, playing Pokemon Pearl at times is more of a chore than a way to relax, although I am glad they brought back the morning/day/night modes. Pokemon Sapphire still remains my favorite Pokemon game.