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In the region of Fiore, the delicate balance between people, Pokémon, and nature is protected by Pokémon Rangers, stalwart youths who use a device called a "capture styler" to capture panicked and troublesome Pokémon by encircling them with a Capture Disc. It's up to the player, as a new Pokémon Ranger, to stop the plans of the Go-Rock Squad, who plan to capture Legendary Pokémon and use them for evil.

The game makes innovative and extensive use of the touch pad, requiring players to use their stylus to circle Pokémon on the bottom screen, sometimes calling on the abilities of already-captured Pokémon to assist with special moves, marking a great departure from the usual RPG-based gameplay that the Pokémon franchise is known for. Outside of battle, Pokémon may also be called upon to clear obstacles like hay bales, metal fences, and dead trees with "Field Moves" like Burn, Cut, and Tackle, similiar to the Hidden Machines (HMs) of previous Pokémon installments.

Players will travel between four different towns, play through over ten missions, and have the opportunity to capture over 200 different Pokémon in this game that has been billed as a prelude to the next generation of Pokémon.


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Alternate Titles

  • "ポケモンレンジャー ダイヤモンド・パールへの道" -- Common title (Japanese)
  • "Pokémon Ranger: The Road to Diamond and Pearl" -- Common title
  • "ポケモンレンジャー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Planet GameCube Nintendo DS Nov 09, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Portable Video Gamer Nintendo DS Apr 01, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Nintendo DS Dec 04, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Nintendo DS Nov 02, 2006 7.1 out of 10 71
Nintendo Difference Nintendo DS Feb 11, 2007 12 out of 20 60
Nintendo Life Wii U Mar 08, 2016 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Gamekult Nintendo DS Apr 06, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Nintendo Vision Nintendo DS May 21, 2007 12 out of 20 60 Nintendo DS May 07, 2007 5 out of 10 50 (UK) Nintendo DS Mar 03, 2007 5 out of 10 50


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