Pokémon Diamond

Game review by
Anise Hollingshead, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Classic Pokémon format, this one's worth catching.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 57 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Part of the Pokemon franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a non-violent game, even though the focus is on "battles" with the Pokemon that are strategic turn-based moves and don't feature any physical contact between characters. When a Pokemon loses all of its health, it faints. This is the newest version of the Pokemon series, and it allows children who have played the earlier GBA versions to download their caught Pokemon into this game. Pokemon Pearl is the same game as Pokemon Diamond except it contains different wild Pokemon for you to catch.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. October 18, 2017

Hands down WORST main series games

I played this year's back and even now I don't care for this game. Now I know many people have fond memories of these games but I believe that you sho... Continue reading
Adult Written byDix O. August 12, 2016

Good, but slow.

The main problem I have with this game is how slow it is. Transitions between battling are all rather slow, making progress tedious. As it was my first Pokémon... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old November 23, 2019
Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2019

Second best game in the series.

Beloved mechanics such as the physical/special split started with this entry. (most of)the new Pokemon and items are great, but one thing I wish they removed i... Continue reading

What's it about?

POKEMON DIAMOND (or the sister game, Pokemon Pearl) revisits the classic formula that made the earlier Pokemon games so popular: Collect Pokemon, battle with them, and become the best Pokemon trainer around. You and a friend find a briefcase left behind by two mysterious strangers, and find Pokemon inside. When you return the briefcase to the strangers, one of them -- Professor Rowan, a renowned Pokemon expert -- asks for your help in indexing the various species of Pokemon that live in the wild, and you agree. In order to find and catalog the Pokemon into the Pokedex, it's necessary to explore the countryside and towns, and battle the wild Pokemon.

Is it any good?

One major new feature is the ability to play wirelessly over the Nintendo Wi-fi connection, which allows players who aren't close to each other to battle and trade Pokemon over the Internet. They can even use the Nintendo microphone to voice chat, but will need a friend code, which means players can't choose random strangers to play.

The graphics are 2D with some 3D elements. The interface doesn't make much use of the DS touch screen, except during battle when it becomes very handy with large, thumb-friendly icons, which alleviate the need to scroll through choices with the directional pad. Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are true to the Pokemon franchise and faithfully include most of the features of past games. Deceptively simple in concept, both games are rich in strategy, making them fun for both kids and adults who like the franchise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Pokemon is such a popular franchise. Why do you like Pokemon? In this game Professor Rowan is trying to catalog all the Pokemon. Is it important to know many facts about different animals? Why are the trainers fighting each other if they aren't mad at each other?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $35.00
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 21, 2007
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E for Everyone
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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