Pokémon still popular

Apparently it’s true. Within the first four days of its release, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl sold over a million copies in the US, making it the fastest selling Pokémon game to date. More than half a million people pre-ordered a copy, which must be some kind of record.

Snorlax pokes youOn the surface it doesn’t look like much has changed since the original ten years ago (and that’s the reason I haven’t even bothered playing my copy yet), but now you can battle other players and trade Pokémon online. Which sounds quite spiffing, though with Nintendo’s closed-off friend code based network most people above school age will be left playing by themselves, too ashamed to ask other people if they’re ‘Pokémon Masters!’

Neatly you’ll be able to hook up your DS Pokémon to Pokémon Battle Revolution on the Wii, and make them fight it out in glorious hyperdimensional-technicolour. That sounds really nice. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl should be out in the UK in two months time, and the Wii version whenever Nintendo feel like it.

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