Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, or Pocket Monsters Diamond/Pearl, as it is known in Japan, is a role-playing game (RPG) developed by Game Freak exclusively for hugely popular Nintendo DS handheld gaming console.
Both Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are set in the fictional world of Sinnoh, a region with snow-covered routes and characterized by its waterways. This region is the habitat of 493 different species of Pokemon, a special type of creatures that possesses different kinds of powers that can be used in the fight against their enemies. Like all Pokemon stories, this title depicts the journey of a young trainer who collects, trains and battles Pokemons, also foiling plans of a criminal organization. It also features 8 gyms where skilled trainers are rewarded.
Features such as Internet play, via the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, or changes to the gameplay and battle mechanics are present in the title also including older concepts such as Pokemon contests.Diamond and Pearl is also compatible with Game Boy Advance Pokemon RPGs, Pokemon Ranger, and Pokemon Battle Revolution. After earning National Pokedex in Diamond and Pearl, player can also transfer Pokemon from the Game Boy Advance games to Diamond and Pearl with an insertion of a Game Boy Advance cartridge. After uploading six Pokemon from the cartridge, they are sent to the Pal Park, an area where the transferred Pokemon can be captured by the player.
The game has received positive reviews, with critics praising the addition of Wi-Fi features, which enable players to engage in some interesting battles with their friends.