Parents' Guide to

Pokémon Diamond

By Anise Hollingshead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Classic Pokémon format, this one's worth catching.

Game Nintendo DS 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+

le good game

it le good but le slow, get platinum for le fast.
age 11+

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 should just skip this one and get Platinum Version instead. My issue with this game is the story is just convoluted and mediocre. The bad guys are just weird. And the game play is way too long which can cause a problem nowadays because of it being too time consuming. The story is too bland to have a game take this long. The other games after this don't take nearly as long and are more story driven. I just found this one too long and boring personally and that's why I put a higher age range, not for violence, but because it would bore younger children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (30):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 21, 2007
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E for Everyone
  • Last updated: December 1, 2016

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