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Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS is Nintendo's non-conventional handheld.  In addition to having two screens, one of which is touch sensitive, the DS also has a microphone and the ability to play games online.  With this system, Pocket Monsters is finally able to offer the type of online play that so many fans had been craving.

Portables:  Game BoyGame Boy AdvanceNintendo DS | Nintendo 3DS
Home Consoles:  Nintendo 64 | GameCube | Wii | Wii U
Downloads:  Wii Ware & Virtual Console | Nintendo eShop | Wii U Downloads

Pokemon Dash
(ポ ケモンダッシュ)
(Pokémon Dash)

Japanese Release Date:  December 2nd, 2004
American Release Date:  March 13th, 2005

Overview:  In the first Pokemon-themed racing game, players use the DS' stylus to help move Pikachu through an obstacle course to the finish line.  In addition, players can use the DS' Game Boy Advance slot to create new courses shaped like the pokemon they've caught in their third generation games!  

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  This is the first video game in which Gonbe is a playable character.

Pokemon Trozei
(Pokémon Trozei)

Japanese Release Date:  October 20th, 2005
American Release Date:  March 6th, 2006

Overview:  In this Yoshi's Cookie-type puzzle game, players move the blocks on the bottom of the screen to match up four blocks in a row.  There is also a story mode in which you help a heroine named Lucy Lightfoot (Lucy Fleetfoot in the English version) take on an evil organization.

Changes:  In Europe, the game's title was changed to Pokémon Link.

Trivia:  N/A

Original Pokemon Trozei Japanese Site

Official Pokémon Trozei American Site

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon -
Blue Rescue Team
(ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 青の救助隊)
(Pokémon Mystery Dungeon -
Blue Rescue Team)

Japanese Release Date:  November 17th, 2005
American Release Date:  September 18th, 2006

Overview:  In this entry in the popular (in Japan, anyway) Mysterious Dungeon series, you play the role of a human who wakes up one day and finds that he's turned into a pokemon!  As you get used to your new pokemon body, you form what is known as a rescue team to help the pokemon in the area stay safe from natural disasters.  The DS version takes advantage of the system's two screens to display the pokemon's condition on while screen while containing the gameplay area on the other.

Changes:  When the game was released in Japan, there was a glitch that erased the game data on the Game Boy Advance game whenever a player had a game other than Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon - Red Rescue Team in the DS' Game Boy Advance slot.  Nintendo eventually fixed the bug for Japanese gamers, and they made sure the glitch wasn't present in the American version of the game.

Trivia:  N/A

Pokemon Ranger
(Pokémon Ranger)

Japanese Release Date:  March 23rd, 2006
American Release Date:  October 30th, 2006

Overview:  In Pokemon Ranger, a special class of trainers known as Pokemon Rangers go throughout the Fiore region to complete various missions.  After receiving a mission from Ranger headquarters, Pokemon Rangers go out into the field and borrow the powers of the pokemon in the area to clear obstacles and reach their final objective.  Pokemon Ranger is also the only way to obtain Manaphy, the legendary fourth generation pokemon.

Changes:  The wireless options present in the Japanese version were replaced with a password system for the international releases.

Trivia:  The game was originally known as Pokemon Ranger - The Path to Diamond & Pearl, but the subtitle was dropped before the game's final release.

Pocket Monsters Diamond &
Pocket Monsters Pearl
(ポケットモン スターダイヤモンド & ポケットモンスターパール)
émon Diamond Version &
Pokémon Pearl Version)

Japanese Release Date:  September 28th, 2006
American Release Date:  April 22nd, 2007

Overview:  In the first installments of the fourth generation, players take control of a trainer growing up in the Shinou region.  There, he or she will face off against the Ginga-Dan while trying to obtain the region's 107 pokemon.  New features added to this set of games is connectivity to the previous generation's games, Wi-Fi connectability, and a number of aesthetic changes.  

Changes:  A glitch that made you get stuck in a wall while fighting the Four Emperors and enabled you to capture a Darkrai has been removed from the American version.

Also, several references to the animated movies that existed in the Japanese version were overlooked by the English translators.  Among those references:

Hitomi, from The Sky-Splitting Visitor, Deoxys, shows up on Route 224 with a Metagross.  In the English version, this trainer, who should have been named Rebecca, has been renamed Jamie.

Butler and Dianne, from The Seven Nights' Star of Wishing, Jiraachi, show up on Route 229.  Butler has a Samayoru and Bohmander while Dianne has a Guraena and a Kirlia.  In the English version, they were renamed Felix and Dana.

Special thanks to Maxim for pointing these cameos out in this thread on Bulbagarden.

Trivia:  N/A

Official Pocket Monsters Diamond  & Pocket Monsters Pearl Japanese Site

Official Pokémon Diamond Version & Pokémon Pearl Version American Site

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon - Time Rescue Team & Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon - Darkness Rescue Team
(ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 時の探検隊 & ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 闇の探検隊)
(Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Time & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Darkness)

Japanese Release Date:  September 13th, 2007
American Release Date:  April 20th, 2008

Overview:  Players once again assume the role of a person who wakes up one day and finds that he's become a pokemon.  After joining the Pukurin Guild, you set out to keep the "Cog of Time," a treasure capable of stopping time, from falling into the wrong hands!  The game features 490 pokemon, including those introduced in the Diamond & Pearl games.  WiFi capabilities are included.  

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  N/A

Pokemon Ranger Batnage
(ポケモンレンジャーバ トナージ)
(Pokémon Ranger - Shadows of Almia)

Japanese Release Date:  March 20th, 2008
American Release Date:  November 10th, 2008

Overview:  This is the first sequel to the popular Pokemon Ranger spin-off series!  Players choose either a boy or a girl students from Ranger School to complete the school's training program and become full-fledged Rangers!  Then, players will be able to participate in a number of missions in the Almia region.  The game features pokemon from the Diamond & Pearl games and features WiFi capabilities.

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  N/A

Pocket Monsters Platinum
(ポケットモンスタープ ラチナ)
(Pokémon Platinum Version)

Japanese Release Date:  September 13th, 2008
American Release Date:  March 22nd, 2009

Overview:  Pocket Monsters Platinum is the update to the Diamond & Pearl games.  New features include a new outfit for the protagonists, additional plot elements that center around Giratina, a new area known as the Torn World, and new formes for pokemon like Giratina and Shami.

Changes:  In the European versions of the game, the slot machines were taken out of the Game Corner.

Trivia:  N/A

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon - Sky Rescue Team
(Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Sky)

Japanese Release Date:  April 18th, 2009
American Release Date:  October 12th, 2009

Overview:  Sky Rescue Team is an update to the previously released Time Rescue Team and  Darkness Rescue Team the same way that Platinum is an update to Diamond & Pearl.  Updates include new selectable player characters and a new episode involving a Juptoru who's traveling from the future.

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  N/A

Official Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon - Sky Rescue Team Japanese Site

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Sky American Site

Pocket Monsters HeartGold &
Pocket Monsters SoulSilver
(ポケットモン スターハートゴールド & ポケットモンス タ ソウルシルバー)
(Pokémon HeartGold Version &
Pokémon SoulSilver

Japanese Release Date:  September 12th, 2009
American Release Date:  March 14th, 2010

Overview:  HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of the second generation of games, Pocket Monsters Gold and Pocket Monsters Silver.  The games feature graphics similar to the fourth generation games and contain additions such as a completely intact Kanto region, a series of events known as Pokethlon, and new characters and scenarios.  The games also come packaged with a pedometer called the PokeWalker that allows players to earn experience for their pokemon even when they're not playing.

Changes:  The slot machines in the Game Corner have been removed for the international releases.  The slots have been replaced with a new game called "Voltorb Flip."

Trivia:  N/A

Pokemon Ranger and the Tracks of Light
(Pokémon Ranger Guardian Signs)

Japanese Release Date:  March 6th, 2010
American Release Date:  October 4th, 2010

Overview:  In this third game in the Pokemon Ranger series, you play as a Pokemon Ranger in the island region of Oblivia.  This time around, Rangers are able to summon pokemon in battle by drawing specific symbols on their DS' touch screen.  Up to four players may join forces in a cooperative play mode.

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  N/A

 Pocket Monsters Black

Pocket Monsters White
(Pocket Monsters Black & Pocket Monsters White)
(ポケットモン スターブラック & ポケットモンスターホワイト)
(Pokémon Black & Pokémon White)

Japanese Release Date:  September 18th, 2010
American Release Date:  March 6th, 2011

Overview:  The fifth generation!  You take control of a young trainer as he or she travels through the Isshu Region, fighting the Plasma-Dan while trying to obtain the region's 156 pokemon.   The games boast fully animated battles, three-on-three battles, combination techniques, and the most intricate plotline to a main series game yet!

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  N/A

Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS 
(Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS)

Japanese Release Date:  April 21st, 2011
American Release Date:  N/A

Overview:  This "typing adventure game" asks players to conduct pokemon battles by entering the names of the pokemon as they appear on the screen.  Over 400 pokemon will appear in the game.  Battle & Get!  Pokemon Typing DS can be played either by typing on the touch screen or by using the wireless Bluetooth keyboard that comes packaged with the software.

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  Iwata Satoru has stated that the staff at Nintendo have been able to hook up the wireless keyboard to portable devices like iPhones and Androids.  While he does not guarantee that the final product will be compatible with these devices, it seems likely.

 Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition
(Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition)
(Pokémon Conquest)

Japanese Release Date:  March 17th, 2012
American Release Date:  June 18th, 2012

Overview:  A crossover between Pokemon and the long-running Nobunaga's Ambition series of games!  Players and their pokemon encounter warriors, each based on a real world historical figure, on their quest to take over the seventeen castles of the Ranse region.

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  Despite the fact that several of the games in the Nobunaga's Ambition series have been released in the U.S. before, the game's title was changed for the North American release.

Pocket Monsters Black 2 

Pocket Monsters White 2
(Pocket Monsters Black 2 & Pocket Monster White 2)
(ポケットモンスターブラック2 &  ポケットモンスターホワイト2)
(Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2)

Japanese Release Date:  June 23rd, 2012
American Release Date:  October 7th, 2012

Overview:  Two years after the events of 2010's Pocket Monsters Black and Pocket Monsters White, a new adventure begins!  Play as a new trainer as they travel through the Isshu region.  What's changed in the last two years?  What new Gym Leaders and facilities will there be to find?  And what of N and the Plasma-Dan?  

Changes:  N/A

Trivia:  N/A

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