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If it ain't broke, why fix it? Rensch (216) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A must-have game for DS owners, Pokemon fans or not! Fishaman P (36) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (27 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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GameLemon (Nov 23, 2007)
Seriously, I could go on and on about all the great stuff in these games: additional types of pokéballs make capturing new pokémon much easier later in the game; sometimes you'll team up with other NPC trainers to conquer dungeons co-op; a bunch more items and areas become accessible once you finish the main campaign, etc., etc. These are truly fantastic RPGs, and if you're a fan of the series, or even just someone who likes lighthearted JRPGS, you need to own one. I'm pretty sure you'll die if you don't. In fact, you look a little wan right now. You better go buy it quick. And make sure to bring me back some beef jerky. I'm really hungry.
N-Zone (Dec 15, 2006)
Menü öffnen, Attacke auswählen, auf Treffer hoffen. Wem das bisher nicht gefallen hat, dem wird es auch jetzt nicht gefallen. Statt auf Innovationen setzt Nintendo auf Etabliertes und einen gigantischen Spielumfang, der seinesgleichen sucht. Pokémon-Fans - gerade die perfektionistisch veranlagten - werden wieder wochen- und monatelang hinter ihrem Handheld verschwinden. Der Mangel an wirklich neuen Ideen macht die Spiele aber auch etwas unoriginell. Und im Übrigen: Etwas besser hätte die Grafik schon sein dürfen ...
Nintendo Life (Apr 27, 2007)
The core Pokemon experience holds up after 9 years of existence. Pokemon has received many new additions since Red and Blue's release, and it looks like the series is only getting better. Iwata will no doubt bathe in money with the sales from Diamond and Pearl. These are the greatest Pokemon games ever created, and all Pokemon fans should get one of the two versions immediately.
90 (UK) (May 14, 2007)
Everything on show is bigger and better than a handheld release has any right to be and this new era of Pokmon is ushered in by a pair of the most adept, cavernous and life-absorbing RPGs on the market today. In fact, the amount of time we've lost to this game already (not to mention the series in general) is probably too staggering for the internet to take. We actually broke the in-game clock in Pokmon Gold by maxing out the play-time and judging by the way things are going, that instance invariably won't be the last of its kind. Allow yourself to succumb to its ample charms and you'll never look back. Or at anything that isn't a DS screen, for that matter. Not for some time, anyway. After all, all those cuddly little critters... they're hardly going to catch and raise themselves now, are they?
GameSpy (Apr 23, 2007)
If you weren't one of the half-million Pokémon fans who pre-ordered Diamond or Pearl, then you should feel confident in picking one of these up immediately. The enhanced visuals and online functionality alone make them more enjoyable than any of the previous games, and you don't want to be the last trainer on the block to get with the times. These are the best games in the series by a considerable margin, and should provide you with entertainment for weeks to come, especially if you're planning on playing Pokémon Battle Revolution for the Nintendo Wii. If you've never played a Pokémon game before, then Diamond or Pearl make for an excellent place to begin your love affair with this series.
90 (Aug 01, 2007)
Pokémon Perle ou Diamant, c’est pour les gamins. En tant qu’adulte, on peut y voir un rouleau compresseur ludique. En tant que joueur, il faut bien admettre que les mécanismes du jeu sont de la plus grande complexité tout en restant assez harmonieux. En un mot passionnant. Des dizaines d’heures de combats et de découverte vous attendent. Mais méfiez-vous. Ce jeu peut devenir dans les foyers l’argument d’achat ultime d’une nouvelle console. Et je me demande si Nintendo n’y a pas déjà pensé.
Cubed3 (Jul 28, 2007)
Pokémon has been around for ages and still it continues to sell millions. The release of Diamond and Pearl in Europe will definitely follow this trend, and even though the majority of former Pokélovers will just write it off as a “boring, nothing-ever-changes” follow up, just remember what they all say - “If it ain't broke, don't fix it”.
Armchair Empire, The (May 29, 2007)
Pokémon Diamond or Pearl will satisfy any fan of the previous games: it’s accessible, it’s fun, it features online play and trading, and the battles are more involved than ever, and you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of it – as long as you play against people your own age.
Link Cable Gaming (Jul 31, 2019)
Pokémon (Diamond/Pearl) can be considered a divisive game among the community as it’s the title that started the trend of reusing assets and not being the generational leap that fans were asking for, but it also introduced us to many new types of experiences that have helped the series grow in many different ways. From adding online play as well as a slew of other features that have become staples for the franchise since. While not being help in as such high esteem as previous releases in the series, Pokémon (Diamond/Pearl) still delivered on a fantastic Pokémon experience that many fans still enjoy to this day.
Lawrence (Jun 25, 2007)
If you’ve missed out on the Pokemon series all these years, Diamond and Pearl are a great place to jump in. They retain everything that’s made the series good all these years while adding some much needed new elements. Sure, the graphics and sound could use some work, but that’s nothing they can’t fix for the next game.
85 (May 30, 2007)
Here’s the whole point, this game was made for the fans of the series that have been clamoring for a new game. If you in any form liked any game in the series, you shouldn’t hesitate in picking this up. Anyone that hasn’t heard of Pokemon or is looking for a reason to play the games, this is as good a place to start as ever. There isn’t a way to rank these games because aside from the Pokemon involved or that certain story, they are all the same in a sense. Nintendo did well in knowing the Poke’ formula and sticking to it in every way, however it doesn’t really do anything new either, it’s like playing the same thing you’ve been playing in every other Pokemon game. I still had a lot of fun with the game, and any fan of the series or RPG’s will too.
Diehard GameFan (Apr 24, 2007)
If you own a DS and you don’t have this game, shame on you. You might as well flush it down the toilet. The Wii’s Paper Mario has a much better story and graphics, but Pokemon has a better engine, better gameplay, a stronger replay value, and most importantly, millions of people you can interact with. Both are making Nintendo the company of choice for RPG quality, if not quantity this year. There’s a reason more people are playing Pokemon D&P in North America right now than any other game. And it’s only been out for 48 hours. Anyone who thought Pokemon was even close to dying has to admit their error here. If anything, it’s stronger than it has been in 7 years, and the momentum is growing. It’s like it’s 1997 all over again.
Still, that next level, evolution, or uncaught Pokémon is always only a few battles away - dangled in front of you like a golden carrot. Even after nearly a decade, that basic Pokémon formula still works.
Honderd nieuwe Pokémon, betere graphics en online gaming… dit is een must-have voor de fans. Het spel is ook excellent gebalanceerd en voor wie Pokémon niet kent, de perfecte intro.
Portable Video Gamer (Jun 04, 2007)
As it is, you either love Pokémon, hate it, or know little or nothing about it. The first two groups of people either got the game or ignored it. Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl offer an addictive RPG experience with lots of things to do, and if you can stand the kiddy appeal and presentation, you will find a great adventure in either version, which are the best Pokémon version installments to date.
GameSpot (Apr 23, 2007)
Between the 100-plus new Pokémon, the improved presentation, and the online play, this is a must-have game for established fans. The new features also make this the most well-rounded Pokémon game to date, and if you've never dabbled in the world of Pokémon before, there's no better game to start with.
1UP (Apr 20, 2007)
Hardcore gamers tend to turn their nose up to the Pokémon series, but the secret of its success is that it isn't designed for the hardcore. It's for everyone else, and let's face it: There's more of them there are of us. But why does it matter? Sure, it's easy to forget that the games themselves aren't the same thing as the world-consuming, soul-destroying marketing juggernaut spawned by an unassuming pair of Game Boy cartridges so long ago. Look beyond the cheaply-made anime and the overblown collectible tie-ins, though, and you'll find that the foundation upon which the whole endeavor has been constructed is an enjoyable and often addictive RPG with a fantastic social element. But then, that's hardly a surprise if you've been paying attention at all for the past decade. The fact that it's better than ever this time around, though? That's almost as shocking as the fact that Pikachu can still run circles around every bald space marine the industry has to offer.
IGN (Apr 20, 2007)
Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are still the "gotta have" portable games, but don't expect to be overwhelmed with a fresh take on the series. The team stuck to its guns and kept the DS game in line with the Game Boy Advance designs, which were, honestly, a modest upgrade to the Game Boy Color game, which, in turn, wasn't a huge step over the game that started it all in black-and-white a decade ago.
The time has finally come for a true Pokémon game on the DS, and it fulfills every desire of the long-time fans. They’ll have over 100 new little monsters to collect, raise, and bring into battle against friends and enemies alike. The urge to “catch ‘em all” is just as addictive as ever, online trading and battles effectively widen the community to a worldwide scope (instead of just your circle of friends), and the DS-specific features help to smooth out the interface.
Game Freaks 365 (May 07, 2007)
I expected Pokemon Diamond and Pearl to be the fourth coming of the Pokemon series, and it most certainly is. These games are the real deal, they’re every bit as good as Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, and previous iterations of the series with new Pokemon, challenges, gyms, and side quests. It’s a lot more of the same with enough change to be satisfying for any gamer, Pokefreak or not.
Consoles Plus (Nov, 2006)
Voilà une réussite sans surprise, sans même faire de vagues. Pokémon vit sur ses acquis. Un jeu taillé dans la roche, des défis passionnants, mais alors, qu'est-ce que la route est longue !
80 (Aug 09, 2007)
Au final, ce nouveau Pokémon qui arrive enfin sur DS rassurera les fans avec sa structure globalement similaire aux précédents titres « à l'ancienne » (les Pokémon Rush, Donjon Mystère et Ranger sortis sur DS ne jouant clairement pas dans la même catégorie) et attirera les novices autant par sa richesse que pour ses possibilités multijoueurs. Incroyablement addictif et long, il risque de faire des ravages auprès des joueurs de la portable de Nintendo. En attendant, malgré tout, une refonte plus poussée aussi bien au niveau de la technique que de certains petits défauts de vieillesse.
Konceptet har aldrig gjorts bättre - men precis som i andra spel där samlande är tt grundelement infinner sig förr eller senare en känsla av meningslöshet och förspilld tid.
Nintendo Difference (Oct 23, 2007)
Toujours aussi addictifs, toujours aussi complets, les nouveaux Pokémon continuent de partager le monde vidéoludique en deux. Si une partie des joueurs, comprenant notamment les néophytes, seront comblés par l'efficacité diabolique de Pokémon Perle et diamant, l'autre partie des joueurs auront de quoi être bien déçus. Malgré le changement de support, le peu de nouveautés apportées par ces nouveaux épisodes a de quoi déconcerter surtout quand on a suivi l'évolution de la série depuis ses premiers épisodes. On peut même douter de la capacité de Nintendo à revoir un minimum sa formule mais quand des millions de yens, d'euros et de dollars sont en jeu, ça donne à réfléchir. Pokémon, victime de son succès ?
G4 TV: X-Play (Jun 11, 2007)
Nintendo and Game Freak definitely took the safest route possible when bringing the franchise to the DS. Everything looks and feels familiar, and there’s very little touch-screen functionality of any consequence. In fact, it’s a tad disappointing the developers didn’t make better use of the second screen for the crazy amount of inventory management required in Pokemon. If the single-player mode wasn’t so run-of-the-mill for something that requires so much time of the gamer, Diamond and Pearl would fare a bit better in the score department. But it’s still a kick-ass game once you slog through the first few hours it takes to build a well-rounded team and take them into battle against other Pokefreaks the world over.
Digital Spy (Jul 28, 2007)
Although these games have changed little since their predecessor, with over 40 hours of gameplay just to complete the main adventure alone, Pokemon Diamond or Pearl are both superb titles. If you are a fan of the series, you need to bear in mind that online play is the only real addition. But if you have never experienced a Pokemon game before, you should consider either game a ‘must have’.
If you've ever played a Pokémon title, you know exactly what you're getting. It's pretty much the same as ever, but with the added drawcard of online play. There are no great advancement's in presentation but the multiplayer aspect has been enhanced so greatly that, if you've enjoyed Pokémon in the past, there's a good chance you'll have a blast with Diamond and Pearl. The ability to bring your old friends from previous Game Boy Advance titles is the icing on the cake.
75 (Jul 27, 2007)
Quelle note attribuer au futur blockbuster de la DS ? Faisant toujours autant office de phénomène de société, Pokémon Diamant et Perle nous ramènent avec nostalgie à l'époque des épisodes classiques de la série. Avec une formule de départ tellement redoutable et un concept aussi bien huilé, le résultat était gagné d'avance et le virus circule sans problème d'une génération de joueurs à l'autre. Si déception il y a, c'est parce qu'on était en droit d'espérer plus de renouveau de la part de ces versions qui marquent tout de même l'arrivée de la série sur DS, Pokémon Ranger et consorts étant classés à part. On sanctionnera donc l'absence désespérante de prise de risque, même si l'ajout de suppléments bien pensés et le plaisir de retrouver l'essence de la série suffisent à nous faire replonger comme à la première heure.
Computer Bild Spiele (Aug 01, 2007)
Ohne grundsätzlich am erfolgreichen Spielprinzip zu rütteln, betreten die putzigen Pokémon spielerisches Neuland. Dabei sind die umfangreichen Mehrspielervarianten deutlich beeindruckender als die nur zaghaft ausgenutzte 3D-Grafik und die Stylus-Steuerung. Aber auch Solospieler kommen auf ihre Kosten. Der Spielumfang ist so riesig und mit einigen Neuerungen im Detail aufgewertet, dass bei der Pokémon Jagd kaum Langeweile aufkommt. Die Versionen Diamant und Perl unterscheiden sich nur durch die abweichenden Fundorte der ansonsten identischen 100 Monster. "Gut" sind beide.
70 (Jul 27, 2007)
Si ce nouvel opus pokemonial ne laisse pas de marbre (tiens peut-être le prochain titre : Pokemon Version Marbre), il ne laisse pas un souvenir impérissable non plus. La faute à une absence flagrante de nouveautés et une aventure placée sous le signe de la redondance. Au-delà de ça, cette Version Diamant propose comme toujours un soft doté une durée de vie gigantesque et qui s’avère un moyen pédagogique mésestimé de découvrir les joies d’un RPG. Avant, évidemment, de passer à des titres plus consistants.
Gamekult (Jul 26, 2007)
Si les premières heures de jeu s'avèreront finalement assez peu révélatrices en nouveautés, c'est après quelques longues parties que l'on mesure tout le potentiel de Diamant / Perle. Avec la connectivité en tête, ces nouveaux ajouts permettent au principe Pokémon de connaître un nouvel essor. Il faut dire que le nombre de nouveaux Pokémons, assez peu élevé, les rend particulièrement difficiles à les obtenir tous. Les applications de la Pokémontre, les fabuleux échanges via Wi-Fi, le temps qui passe, ces petites améliorations rendent Pokémon toujours un peu plus riche et un peu plus attrayant. Bien entendu, on pourra toujours s'agacer d'une structure de base toujours identique. Mais le plaisir de jeu est cependant toujours aussi présent, ce qui finalement reste le plus important.