If you haven't heard, Pokemon next month...

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More On: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
Yes, Nintendo's really making sure people know that Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are coming out April 22. It'll be one of the few games to use voice chat over wifi, and preordering will net you a cool limited edition stylus.
On April 22, Two New Pokemon Jewels Will Have People Talking

       Wireless and Chat Abilities of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl
                        Act Like a Cell Phone for Kids

    REDMOND, Wash., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For a decade, fans of Pokemon(R)
video games have been entertained by exciting adventures, dramatic battles and
hundreds of new Pokemon.  Now the record-setting franchise is evolving with
Pokemon(R) Diamond Version and Pokemon(R) Pearl Version, two new games
available April 22 for the top-selling Nintendo DS(TM).  The in-depth games
feature enhanced graphics that make Pokemon jump off the screen like never
before.  In addition to the 380 Pokemon available in previous versions,
players can collect, train and battle more than 100 new Pokemon.  After
completing certain objectives, they can also import Pokemon from their Game
Boy(R) Advance games.  Starting March 18, fans who pre-order a copy of either
game will receive one of two collectible Pokemon styluses (retailer may
require pre-order deposit).
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    But the game's wireless abilities are what will have everyone talking --
literally.  Using a local wireless connection, up to eight trainers can

connect and play.  Both Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are fully Wi-Fi
compatible, meaning players can log onto Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi Connection,
Nintendo's wireless gaming service, and compete with players all around the

world.  The microphone built into the Nintendo DS even lets players talk with
friends before, during and after battles.  Only players who have entered one
another's Friend Codes can communicate using this Voice over Internet

Protocol, or VoIP, feature so players can control with whom they communicate. 
For kids, it's like having a cell phone that can only connect with their
friends.  The Nintendo DS Headset, sold separately, makes these conversations

a breeze.
    "The amazing wireless and voice chat features of Pokemon Diamond and
Pokemon Pearl offer gamers something completely new," says George Harrison,
Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate

communications.  "We make games for everybody, and these Pokemon titles are
sure to be a hit with new and returning players."
    Players can trade Pokemon or battle with players anywhere in the world,

even without voice communication.  The Global Trade Station allows players to
post Pokemon they want to trade on a board and browse through Pokemon other
players have posted.  The Battle Tower allows players to battle with seven

Trainers who have registered their player data in the Wi-Fi Battle Dome. 
After the battle, players can upload their data so other Trainers can battle
them virtually.  The more games a player wins, the higher his or her ranking.

    Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl feature the ability for players to
control their Pokedex using the touch screen controls of Nintendo DS.  As time
passes in the real world, the look of the games changes.  The Pokemon

characters that appear change, and the evolution of some Pokemon is affected.
    More than 155 million Pokemon games have been sold worldwide.  When
Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl were released in Japan, they became the

fastest-selling Pokemon games ever, with 5 million units shipped to retailers
in their first three months of availability.  For more information about these
games, visit

    The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment,
Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and
software for its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo

GameCube(TM) systems.  Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video
games and more than 387 million hardware units globally, and has created
industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and

Pokemon(R).  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in
Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the
Western Hemisphere.  For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's

Web site at www.nintendo.com.

    Pokemon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan, manages

the property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing, the Pokemon
Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, home entertainment, the official
Pokemon Web site and an online retail center
.  Just
coming off its 10th worldwide anniversary in 2006, Pokemon was launched in
Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo's Game Boy(R) and has since evolved into a
global cultural phenomenon.  Pokemon was introduced in North America in

September 1998 and today is one of the most popular toy and entertainment
properties in the world.  For more information, visit
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