Pokémon Pearl Version (Nintendo DS)

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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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Pokémon Pearl Version Nintendo DS Double battle
Pokémon Pearl Version Nintendo DS Evolving ponyta
Pokémon Pearl Version Nintendo DS 17 hours later
Pokémon Pearl Version Nintendo DS Obtained Pokemon

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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Critic Reviews

GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Jul 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) May 14, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central Apr 30, 2007 4.5 out of 5 90
GameZone Apr 26, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Kombo.com Apr 20, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
V2.fi Aug 13, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Gaming Target May 24, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGFan May 14, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2007 8.25 out of 10 82
EL33TONLINE Oct 06, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Sales

According to publisher Nintendo, Pokémon Pearl Version together with Diamond Version sold 17.63 million copies worldwide (as of March 31, 2014).

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LordRM (52) added Pokémon Pearl Version (Nintendo DS) on Apr 22, 2007