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Together with Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, this game is the 3rd games in the 4th generation of the Pokémon series. Set in a new region, Sinnoh, it includes 107 new Pokémon, bringing the total up to 493. Pokémon Platinum includes for the first time in the 4th generation, the Battle Frontier which can be played on and off-line, make Poffins on-line. Players can collect badges, challenge the Elite Four, and become the ultimate Pokémon master.

The game continues the basic idea of previous Pokémon games - the player, a new trainer, sets out on a quest to catch every known Pokémon and defeat the Pokémon league. Along the way, the player will attempt to 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, the Battle Frontier, expanded on-line options, downloadable content via Mystery Gift, a brand new GTS with the option to receive notifications of completed traded over the Wii, record battle videos, the option to submit one's Pokémon party data for others to see and the Distortion World, which defies the laws of gravity and contains Platinum's mascot, Giratina.

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, Pearl, and Platinum 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 the player must try to impress the judge with flashy moves, players will also dress up their 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.


Pokémon Platinum Version Nintendo DS Taking a walk with Empoleon.
Pokémon Platinum Version Nintendo DS Title Screen
Pokémon Platinum Version Nintendo DS The Gracidea is an item new to <i>Platinum</i>. Obtain it by having an event Shaymin in your party.
Pokémon Platinum Version Nintendo DS With the Gracidea, Shaymin can transform into its new Sky Forme.

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Pokémon Platinum Version Screenshot
Pokémon Platinum Version Screenshot
Pokémon Platinum Version Screenshot
Pokémon Platinum Version Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon: Version Platine" -- French title
  • "Pokémon: Versione Platino" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon: Platin-Edition" -- German title
  • "Pokémon: Edición Platino" -- Spanish title
  • "Pocket Monsters PT Giratina" -- Korean title
  • "Pocket Monsters: Platinum" -- Japanese title
  • "ポケットモンスター プラチナ" -- Japanese spelling

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Nintendo Life Mar 29, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Retro Gamer Jul 16, 2009 90 out of 100 90
Digital Chumps Apr 09, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
WiiDSFrance May 22, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
GameTrailers Apr 01, 2009 8.1 out of 10 81
Modojo Mar 27, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPG Site Aug 25, 2009 8 out of 10 80
JeuxActu May 29, 2009 15 out of 20 75
Eurogamer.fr May 15, 2009 7 out of 10 70
UltraNinjas Jun 09, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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It was voted Best DS Multiplayer Game in IGN's Best of 2009 Game of the Year Readers' Awards.

Regional Differences

Due to PEGI introducing stricter ratings guidelines for games that include gambling, the Veilstone Game Corner does not have working slot machines in European releases of the game. Since one item, TM64, was meant to be earned by playing the slots, European releases instead have it as a random gift from an NPC in the Game Corner.
Nick Frampton (124) added Pokémon Platinum Version (Nintendo DS) on Jul 01, 2009