If today’s evidence is anything to go by, anyone wishing that Pokémon would begin to lose its influence as a force to be reckoned with in the videogames industry is going to be disappointed. Nintendo has revealed that the number of pre-orders for the upcoming Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to be released on the Nintendo DS have exceeded 533,000. More after the jump!
The report from Reuters UK also notes that these figures are more than double the pre-orders that the last two portable titles in the massively successful monster hunting series managed. To put events into perspective somewhat, Pokémon LeafGreen and FireRed went on to sell over 3.4 million copies in North America alone, so Lord only knows the amount that this latest set of games is going to shift come its release on.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl signify the fourth generation of Pokémon role-playing adventures developed by Game Freak, and the first to appear on the Nintendo DS after previous success on the Game Boy Advance and original Game Boy. Set in the fictional region of Sinnoh, which is based upon the Hokkaidō prefecture island of Japan, players will embark on a journey with the game’s protagonist over snow-capped mountain ranges, stopping off at a trio of lakes that we understand will be central to the plot.
A total of 107 new Pokémon will be available to capture as players progress on their quest to become the Pokémon League champion, defeating Gym Leaders and ultimately thwarting the malevolent plans of Team Galactic. The final Pokémon encounter differs depending on the version of the game a player owns - in Diamond it will be Dialga whereas in Pearl they’ll face off against Palkia.
As Pokémon Stadium and its sequel once allowed via the Nintendo 64’s Transfer Pak, Diamond and Pearl players will be afforded the opportunity to upload their captured critters from the Nintendo DS to witness them battle in glorious 3D in the upcoming Pokémon Battle Revolution for Wii - the first online-compatible experience in North America on Nintendo’s latest console. Similar to the DS’ structure, each copy will arrive with a unique friend code, which when exchanged with other players will allow gamers from across the globe to fight it out against one another.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are released on April 22, while Pokémon Battle Revolution will follow on June 25.