You thought you'd seen the end of Pokemon?

by: Sean Colleli -
Well, there isn't an end in sight for the adorable little monsters.  Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are pushing record numbers of units in Japan, and they're set to do the same thing in the States come April 22.  Maybe we'll see some cool DS-Wii connection bonuses with Pokemon Battle Revolution, once it makes its way to the US.  It'd certainly be a good way to kick off the latest wave of Pokemon over here.
Did You Know?
 
    Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl Break Sales Records in Japan
    Anticipation Builds for U.S. Release in April
 
    After more than 10 years as one of the most popular entertainment 
franchises in the world, Pokemon(R) video games are once again shattering 
sales records. Just three months after launching on Sept. 28, Pokemon Diamond 
and Pokemon Pearl shipped a record-breaking 5 million units to retailers in 
Japan, making them the fastest selling Pokemon games ever. More than 155 
million copies of the Pokemon series have been sold around the world through 
September 2006.
 
    With a number of exciting new features, including powerful moves and the 
exotic "Sinnoh" region setting, Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl offer new 
and experienced fans thrilling new Pokemon adventures. Fans can get an early 
start on their Pokemon collection in the games with the introduction of a new 
character in the series, the mysterious Manaphy. A Water-type Pokemon, Manaphy 
has the power to swap healing effects with other Pokemon through its "Heart 
Swap" move.
 
    To harness the power of Manaphy and its "Heart Swap" move, players must 
first capture the Manaphy egg hidden within Pokemon Ranger by beating the 
story mode of the game and entering the exclusive "Manaphy Egg Code." Manaphy 
can then "hatch" in Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl via a unique transfer.
 
    Announced on Jan. 20, the "Manaphy Egg Code" can be found on the Manaphy 
Web site at www.Manaphy.com. Savvy Pokemon fans should check in often for new 
information on this mysterious character, as well as fun downloads and game 
tips. In addition, fans can learn more about Manaphy through its film debut as 
the star of Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, to be released on DVD in 
the spring.
 
    Pokemon Ranger is rated E for Everyone and is available at retail stores 
nationwide. Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are rated E for Everyone and 
will debut in the United States on April 22.
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