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Together with Pokémon Diamond, this game starts the 4th generation of the Pokémon series. Set in a new region, Sinnoh, it includes 107 new Pokémon, bringing the total up to 493. It is also the first online game in the series, featuring Wi-Fi battles and trading. Players can collect badges, challenge the Elite Four, and become the ultimate Pokémon master.

The game continues the basic idea of previous Pokémon games - you, a new trainer, set out on a quest to catch every Pokémon and defeat the Pokémon league. Along the way, you will foil the plots of the evil organization Team Galactic, who seek to use a trio of legendary Pokémon to awaken a sleeping titan with the power to control space. There are many sidequests and other activities along the way, including the Battle Tower and catching other legendaries.

The core Pokémon series features an RPG turn-based battle system. Each monster can learn up to four attacks. In a single turn, the two opponents select their attacks, and the one with the higher Speed attacks first. The amount of damage is influenced by the Attack and Defense stats. In the past, attacks were automatically classified as Physical or Special based on their elemental type. In Diamond and Pearl, each attack can be individually categorized, so attacks which use natural elements are Special, and those which use simple force are Physical.

The Pokémon Contests from Ruby and Sapphire return, with many new features. In addition to the attack performance, where you must try to impress the judge with flashy moves, you'll also dress up your Pokémon and dance in time to music. Diamond and Pearl also bring back the real time system from Gold and Silver, where day and night are reflected in your game. Some Pokémon are only catchable during certain times.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon Version Perle" -- French title
  • "Pokémon Versione Perla" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon Perl-Edition" -- German title
  • "Pokémon Edición Perla" -- Spanish title
  • "Pocket Monsters Pearl" -- Japanese title
  • "Pocket Monsters DP Peolgia" -- South Korean title
  • "ポケットモンスター パール" -- Japanese spelling

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USA Today Apr 24, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
AceGamez 2007 9 out of 10 90 Aug 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gamestyle May 21, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Cubed3 Jul 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Aug 13, 2007 85 out of 100 85 Apr 20, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGFan May 14, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Netjak May 22, 2007 8.1 out of 10 81
WiiDSFrance Feb 12, 2009 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

Pokémon Pearl Version appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


According to publisher Nintendo, Pokémon Pearl Version together with Diamond Version sold 17.63 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).


LordRM (51) added Pokémon Pearl Version (Nintendo DS) on Apr 22, 2007