Nintendo announces that in just 5 days of availability, more than 1 miilion copies of the new Pokemon games for the Nintendo DS have sold in the US. Here is more info about the game and the franchise:
"One of the video game industry's most celebrated franchises is officially hotter than ever. Within just five days of availability, more than 1 million copies of Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl for the portable Nintendo DS have sold in the United States since Sunday's launch; a faster rate than any previous Pok?mon games since the franchise's U.S. introduction, almost a decade ago. To date, more than 155 million copies of Pok?mon games have sold worldwide.
Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl are poised to become two of the top-selling games of 2007 in the United States. More than one half million people pre-ordered the games before launch. Additionally, thousands of people attended the kickoff launch event in New York, and demand for the games continues to be off the charts. These latest versions of Pok?mon games were introduced in Japan on Sept. 28, 2006, and have already been purchased by more than 5 million video gamers there.
The two games include a number of features that make them particularly attractive to gamers, including:
More than 100 new Pok?mon. A 3-D look that makes Pok?mon jump off the screen. Worldwide wireless battling and trading using Nintendo? Wi-Fi Connection. Voice chat functions that let players talk wirelessly with their friends. Later this year, these two titles will also help expand the Pok?mon universe for the first time to Wii?, Nintendo's new home video game system. Diamond and Pearl owners will be able to use their DS hardware units as controllers for Pok?mon Battle Revolution (launching June 25), the first Pok?mon game available for Wii. Players also will be able to export characters to the Wii game.
Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl Format: Nintendo DS Launch Date: 04/22/07 ESRB: E (Everyone) Game Type: Role-Playing Game Accessories: Nintendo DS Headset Players: 1-8 (1-4 in Pok?mon battles) Developer: GAME FREAK inc., Creatures Inc.
Collect, Train and Battle with More Than 100 New Pok?mon: For the first time, players have the chance to catch new Pok?mon Munchlax, Weavile, Lucario, Mime Jr., Bonsly and many others.
New Region: Set in an entirely new region called Sinnoh, the Sinnoh Pok?dex has 151 Pok?mon total - some old and more than 80 new. This means the National Pok?dex could now have more than 480 Pok?mon. Overall there are over 100 new Pok?mon, even some that aren't in the Sinnoh Pok?dex! How do you find them all?
3-D World: The game now has a 3-D look to the environments, making the world of Pok?mon jump off the screen like never before.
Worldwide Battles/Trading Using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: Once Friend Codes have been registered, two players can then battle and trade while talking.
Night and Day: Using the DS clock function, the game transitions from morning, day and night in real time.
Intense Battles: Many new dual-type Pok?mon, new and refined moves and new special Abilities add to the already deep strategy of Pok?mon battling.
Bring Pok?mon from GBA: Players can bring Pok?mon from their Game Boy Advance Pok?mon games to Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl using the GBA game slot on their Nintendo DS.
Game storyline: In the Sinnoh region, there are two Pok?mon that symbolize the region. They appear in the Sinnoh region's myths and old folklore. One is called Dialga, and is said to have the power to control time. The other is called Palkia, who is said to have the ability to distort space. The sinister organization called Team Galactic is trying to rule the region by using the power of these two Pok?mon. During the adventure to complete the Pok?dex and become the Pok?mon League Champion, these two Pok?mon, and Team Galactic, will intertwine into the story and lead players on a fantastic journey across the Sinnoh region.
Characters: More than 100 new Pok?mon make their debut in Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl. Many are new, and some are even evolutions and pre-evolutions of characters from past games. The player can choose to be a boy or girl trainer. There are eight new Gym Leaders, as well as a new Professor and a new rival. Team Galactic takes the role of the new villains this time around.
How to progress through the game: Players start out as an aspiring Pok?mon Trainer (either a boy or a girl) and aim to become the Pok?mon Champion. They choose from one of the three starter Pok?mon. As they journey through the Sinnoh region, they will catch and level up Pok?mon and battle with other Trainers and Gym Leaders to make their way to the top. The story unfolds as the player goes from town to town, across towering mountains, through muddy swamps and deep into caves beneath the earth.
Worldwide battles and trading using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
Real-time clock feature changes the time of day based on the DS clock. The Pok?mon characters players can catch vary based on the location and time of day. Also, the power of certain Pok?mon moves changes based on time.
More elaborate Pok?mon Contests. Players can use accessories and dress up their Pok?mon. Players make "Poffins" out of Berries to raise their Pok?mon's contest stats.
New dual-type Pok?mon, new/altered moves and new special abilities add to the already deep strategy of Pok?mon battling.
3-D environments and updated graphics. Communication Features:
Once the player has completed the Sinnoh Pok?dex and become the League Champion, he or she can use the dual-slot feature of the Nintendo DS to import Pok?mon from Pok?mon Ruby, Pok?mon Sapphire, Pok?mon FireRed, Pok?mon LeafGreen and Pok?mon Emerald. Once players enter an area called Pal Park, they can see and capture their Pok?mon from previous games, which are then permanently transferred to Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl. Up to six Pok?mon per day can be transferred to Pal Park and then captured in Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl.
Pok?mon Diamond and Pok?mon Pearl are fully Wi-Fi compatible, allowing players to trade and battle worldwide. Also, the games use local wireless to battle and trade with up to four players (eight in the underground game). Also, when using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, two players can chat using the DS microphone.
If players own Pok?mon Ranger, they can enter a special code (found on www.Manaphy.com) to unlock a mission to receive a special Manaphy Egg from Pok?mon Ranger and then hatch it in Pok?mon Diamond or Pok?mon Pearl. With Friend Codes: If players are connected through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, they can trade or battle as they talk to their friends. They have to exchange their "Friend Code" with their friends first.
Without Friend Codes: Global Trade Station (trading without Friend Codes): The Global Trade Station uses Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and allows players to trade Pok?mon with others who have Pok?mon Diamond or Pok?mon Pearl anywhere in the world. They post Pok?mon they want to trade on a board, and they can browse through Pok?mon other players have posted without directly interacting with other players.
Battle Tower (battling without Friend Codes): The Battle Tower allows players to battle with seven Trainers who have registered their player data in the Wi-Fi Battle Dome. After players battle, they can then upload their data so that other Trainers can battle "them." The more players win, the higher their rank rises. Players can register where they live on a terrestrial globe called Geonet in the Global Trade Station. If players exchange data with players from other areas, their location will be registered on the Geonet as well.