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Pokmon Platinum Version (????????????? Poketto Monsuta Purachina?, lit.

Pocket Mo nsters: Platinum) is a title in the Pokmon series of video games. It was develope d by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game cons ole. It is an enhanced remake of Pokmon Diamond and Pearl in the same vein as Pokm on Yellow, Crystal, and Emerald, which were remakes of Red and Blue, Gold and Si lver, and Ruby and Sapphire, respectively. It was released on September 13, 2008 , in Japan; March 22, 2009, in North America; May 14, 2009, in Australia' and Ma y 22, 2009, in Europe. The developers made Platinum with the intent of making it a stronger version of Diamond and Pearl, which they described as the "ultimate" Pokmon titles. In Platinum, players control either a male or female child character and start o ff with one of three Pokmon Chimchar, Turtwig, or Piplup from Professor Rowan. Th e mascot Pokmon is Giratina, who plays a central role in the game's plot. While i t only had one form in Diamond and Pearl, it is given a new alternate form along side a new area called the Distortion World, which features altered physics from the normal land of Sinnoh, where the game takes place. The gameplay stays true to traditional Pokmon mechanics. Players explore a large area, which ranges from mountains to bodies of water, grasslands, populated areas, and snowy expanses. S imilar to previous titles, players have their Pokmon fight turn-based battles aga inst other Pokmon. Pokmon Platinum has been met with generally positive reception, holding aggregate scores of 84 and 83.14% at Metacritic and Game Rankings, respectively. It was p raised for the additions and changes made to Diamond and Pearl by publications s uch as IGN, Nintendo Power, and GamePro, though it has also been criticized for being too similar to them. IGN ranked it as the ninth best Nintendo DS game ever made, as well as nominating it as one of the best DS role-playing games of 2009 . It was the fastest-selling game in Japan at the time, selling 7.06 million cop ies by March 31, 2010. Pokmon Platinum is a role-playing game with adventure elements. Its basic mechani cs are the same as those found in Diamond and Pearl, featuring two-dimensional g ameplay. As with all Pokmon games for hand-held consoles, gameplay is in third-pe rson overhead perspective, and consists of three basic screens: a field map, in which the player navigates the main character; a battle screen; and the menu, in which the player configures his or her party, items, or gameplay settings. The player begins the game with one Pokmon and can capture more using Pok Balls. The p layer can also use his or her Pokmon to battle other Pokmon. When the player encou nters a wild Pokmon or is challenged by a trainer to a battle, the screen switche s to a turn-based battle screen where the Pokmon fight. During battle, the player may fight, use an item, switch the active Pokmon, or flee (the last not an optio n in battles against trainers). All Pokmon have hit points (HP); when a Pokmon's H P is reduced to zero, it faints and cannot battle unless revived with a Pokmon sk ill or item. If the player's Pokmon defeats the opposing Pokmon (causes it to faint), it receiv es experience points. After accumulating enough experience points, it may level up; most Pokmon evolve into a new species of Pokmon when they reach a certain leve l. Apart from battling, capturing Pokmon is the most important element of Pokmon g ameplay. Although other trainers' Pokmon cannot be captured, the player may use a Pok Ball on a wild Pokmon during battle. A successful capture adds the Pokmon to t he player's active party or stores it if the player already has the maximum of s ix Pokmon. Factors in the success rate of capture include the HP of the target Po kmon and the strength of the Pok Ball used; the lower the target's HP and the stro nger the Pok Ball, the higher the success rate of capture is. Platinum features l argely the same Pokmon as in Diamond and Pearl, with some added and some missing. Platinum features the Poktch, a wristwatch-like device, introduced in Diamond an d Pearl. It feature simple applications such as a calculator, map, counter, and drawing pad. Platinum also features the Underground mode, a mode where players d

ig for gems and other treasures. New features Platinum adds an area called the "Wi-Fi Plaza", an area that features several Po kmon species-themed mini-games and allows up to 20 players to be present in it. P latinum also introduces the Vs. Recorder, which allows players to record battles held in the Battle Frontier or on Wi-Fi. The GTS system, a system that allows p layers to trade anonymously on the Wi-Fi connection, returns in Platinum; one ch ange to the GTS system allows players to be notified via email when a trade has commenced, though outside of Japan, this feature has been reduced to being merel y a message on the player's Wii. A variety of changes have been made to the appe arance and availability of Pokmon; Giratina, Shaymin, and Rotom all have new form s, with Rotom having four new forms. The trios of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, along with the trio of Regice, Regirock, and Registeel, have been added to the game as well. The game also adds the Battle Frontier, a feature first introduced in Pokmon Emerald. Platinum's Pokmon Contests play similarly to Diamond and Pearl 's; they feature three stages, awarding ribbons to Pokmon for having the best end result. Baked goods called Poffins can be made from berries and fed to Pokmon in order to improve certain traits, depending on the kind of Poffin made. In addit ion to compatibility with Diamond and Pearl, Platinum offers compatibility with the Game Boy Advance Pokmon RPGs. Players can upload Pokmon from Platinum to the W ii games Pokmon Battle Revolution and My Pokmon Ranch, though the latter is only c ompatible with Platinum in Japan.[citation needed] A significant addition is the Distortion World, which features distorted physics versus those in the standard game. Setting and plot Platinum is set in the fictional region of Sinnoh, an island based on the Japane se island Hokkaido. Sinnoh is not connected to any other region in the Pokmon uni verse and is characterized by large, snow-covered mountains (Mt. Coronet, part o f a mountain range, divides Sinnoh in half). In this game, the starters are Fire -type Chimchar, Water-type Piplup, and Grass-type Turtwig. Unlike other regions, Sinnoh has a "northern" feel to it as it is the only region with permanent snow on the ground, and with routes with snow on the ground and active snowfall. In Platinum, there is snow on the ground in other locations where it was not found in Diamond and Pearl, and the player characters and the player's rival are dress ed for colder weather when compared with the designs from the original games. Si nnoh is also characterized by its waterways; it has three main lakes (Verity, Ac uity, and Valor) that form a triangle. Unlike the Hoenn region, however, which i s mostly water routes, only 30 percent of Sinnoh's landscape comprises waterways .[2] Underneath Sinnoh's surface is the Sinnoh Underground, a large maze of cave s and tunnels where players can dig for rare items. Pokmon Platinum, while keepin g to the same plot as Diamond and Pearl for the most part, introduces several ne w elements to it. Two characters are introduced the first being Charon, a scientis t in Team Galactic, and the other being a detective investigating Galactic under the codename "Looker". Giratina is also the focus of the plot, whereas Dialga a nd Palkia were the focuses of Diamond and Pearl, respectively. However, the play er can still obtain both Dialga and Palkia, whereas in Diamond and Pearl, the pl ayer could only catch Giratina and the respective game's mascot. Development Pokmon Platinum was first announced on May 15, 2008, as a follow-up to Pokmon Diam ond and Pearl.[3] It is in the same vein as Pokmon Yellow, Crystal, and Emerald, which are remakes of Diamond and Pearl's predecessors Red and Blue, Gold and Sil ver, and Ruby and Sapphire. When trying to determine what content to change from Diamond and Pearl, game designer Takeshi Kawachimaru felt that the designers sh ould focus on changing only the most important things so as to make sure that it was not too different from the original games. Game director Junichi Masuda com mented that since they designed the original two games as the "ultimate Pokmon ti tles", they had to make Platinum even stronger than them.[4]

Giratina's design change was one of the first things revealed about Platinum.[3] In designing the new form, they paid attention to details; the designer redrew Giratina several times, attempting to make it look different from its form in Di amond and Pearl. They finalized its design as an "antimatter Pokmon". Masuda expl ained antimatter as well as E=MC2 to the developers. He also explained the "Reve rsed Mt. Fuji", which is what they call the reflection of Mt. Fuji. While Kawach imaru didn't understand it at first, he later incorporated them into the game. T he Distortion World was based on these ideas, described as the "core concept" of the game. They also added the Wi-Fi Plaza and Battle Frontier modes to improve players' ability to share information with other players. An idea that the devel opers wanted to include was to allow players to communicate with family and frie nds more easily; the developers felt that the Battle Frontier realized this idea .[4] The developers chose to call the game Platinum because of their observations tha t "diamond" has a "meaning of love", while pearl has a "meaning of happiness". T hey explained that they wanted to choose something that seems "beautiful", descr ibing platinum as "different from a diamond, different from a gem, different fro m a pearl, different from something that nature creates, something [that] shines , something beautiful." They also created the story to be different from Diamond and Pearl, commenting that they wanted to make Giratina seem "more fun, more in teresting, cooler." They added Giratina's new area to make the story "more appea ling". While Diamond and Pearl had gym leaders who sometimes had Pokmon not in ke eping with the type they focus on, Platinum changes this so all Pokmon belonging to gym leaders were the appropriate type.[5] Release and promotion It was first announced for an August 2008 release in Japan, with no release date confirmed overseas at that time.[6] It was eventually released on September 13, 2008, in Japan; March 22, 2009, in North America, May 14, 2009 in Australia; an d May 22, 2009, in Europe.[citation needed] Its North American release was celeb rated by Nintendo in New York.[7] As a bonus for those who pre-ordered Pokmon Pla tinum, Nintendo gave away Giratina figurines in the United States.[8] Expanded s pace was given to Pokmon merchandise in Toys 'R' Us for Pokmon Platinum, which inc luded a Pokmon Trading Card Game card set based on the Platinum name. They also a rranged for several events to obtain rare Pokmon.[9] Reception Pre-release reception GamePro's McKinley Noble commented that he anticipated the English release of Pl atinum.[5] 1UP.com commented that fans will not be left "wanting", stating "once you venture back down the Pokmon rabbit hole, you won't be coming up again for a while."[10] IGN's Craig Harris commented that those looking for something parti cularly new in Platinum such as a new method of control would be disappointed, a dding that the controls felt "clumsy". However, he noted that those who played D iamond and Pearl will enjoy it for its new features and available Pokmon.[11] In another preview, Harris commented that those who have played Diamond or Pearl wi ll have to decide whether the new features are worth buying the game for, while those who have not should buy it if interested in playing a Pokmon game.[12] Critical reception Pokmon Platinum has received generally positive reception. It holds an aggregate score of 83/100 and 83.14% at Metacritic and Game Rankings, respectively. It is the 56th highest rated Nintendo DS game and the 1,542nd highest rated video game on Game Rankings.[19][21] The Anglo-Celt called it a solid, fun game for those who have yet to play Diamond and Pearl.[22] GamePro's McKinley Noble called it a great game, calling other third versions of mainline Pokmon titles "lightweight" in comparison.[23] Famitsu gave praise to Pokmon Platinum. One of the reviewers commented that players are "getting a lot for their money", while another review er commented that those who played Diamond and Pearl would not find it to be "mo

re of the same." Another reviewer praised not only the features but also the imp roved gameplay. The fourth reviewer found fault in it being "Diamond/Pearl at th e core", and as a result, "filling up your Pokdex from zero is rough."[15] Offici al Nintendo Magazine's Chris Scullion called it the "ultimate Pokmon game", thoug h noted that this was because it was an updated version of Diamond and Pearl.[24 ] Nintendo Power called it "everything a Pokemon experience should be, and more. "[19] Nintendo World Report's Zachary Miller commented that players who were burnt out on Diamond and Pearl wouldn't find much incentive to play Platinum, but otherwi se, said that Platinum is the "best Pokmon game ever made".[25] Zippy of Hardcore Gamer cited its main quest, battle system, and multiplayer options for why "it is the best hand held RPG available right now".[26] Games(TM) commented that the depth of Platinum's gameplay was deeper than "most hardcore MMO can boast".[19] Toastfarmer of PALGN called it a "crown jewel" of the Nintendo DS, calling it a "deep, engrossing and virtually endless game".[27] GameDaily's Robert Workman c ommented that while the graphics and gameplay could have been changed more than they were, it "will score with hardcore fanatic and newbies alike."[28] RPGamer' s Adriaan den Ouden commented that while it was similar to Diamond and Pearl, th e expanded Pokdex makes it "far more enjoyable."[29] GameZone's jkdmedia commente d that while Diamond and Pearl were great, Platinum was merely good. He added th at it was a "must-own" to those who haven't played Diamond or Pearl, but not for anyone else.[16] Eurogamer's Dan Pearson commented that those looking for a traditional role-play ing game for the Nintendo DS should buy something like Chrono Trigger, Dragon Qu est IV or V, or the Final Fantasy remakes, though he noted that those looking fo r a Pokmon title should get Platinum.[14] Eurogamer Portugal's Ricardo Madeira ca lled it the "more complete and distinct Pokmon third version he has seen to date. "[30] IGN's Craig Harris commented that while the advancements over Diamond and Pearl were not huge, its adventure mode and online mode were more fleshed out an d expanded.[18] They also included in their list of Nintendo DS games of the Spr ing season, commenting that it improved on Diamond and Pearl's gameplay formula, and went "above and beyond with new areas, characters, and, of course, Pokemon" .[31] In their "Cheers & Tears: DS RPGs" article, which details role-playing gam es of both high and low quality, IGN included Platinum as a game of high quality . They called it "packed to overflowing with content", commenting that even thos e who have played Diamond and Pearl several times could enjoy it.[32] IGN ultima tely named Platinum, along with Diamond and Pearl, as the ninth best Nintendo DS game.[33] IGN nominated it for best role-playing game for the Nintendo DS, whil e its readers chose it as the best multi-player game for the Nintendo DS.[34][35 ] Games Master UK called it "one of the most rewarding and substantial RPGs around ",[19] while NGamer UK's Rich Stanton called it "one of the finest strategy game s ever made."[36] RPG Fan's John Tucker commented that players of Diamond and Pe arl would only be interested in its expanded online mode.[37] Game Informer comm ented that if one was looking for a role-playing game and hadn't played Diamond or Pearl, it is "absolutely the way to go".[20] Cheat Code Central's Jonathan Ma rx commented that players will be "playing for conceivably years to come".[38] 1 UP.com's Justin Haywald called it the best Pokmon game, though noted that it wasn 't very different from Diamond and Pearl.[13] GameTrailers commented that fans o f the series and those who appreciate role-playing games would enjoy it, but bla med games like Platinum for being the reason why some have lost interest in the series.[39] GameSpot's Shiva Stella commented that while not fresh, it was the b est "special edition yet".[17] Game Revolution's Joe Dodson commented that while it was not "breathtaking", it was one of the "biggest and deepest phenomenons i n gaming".[40] CESA gave Platinum one of nine awards for excellence.[41] Sales

Pokmon Platinum's launch was credited for the increased sales of the Nintendo DS in Japan in September 2008.[42] It sold more than one million copies in Japan in only three days, making it the fastest selling game in the region at that time. [43] It sold 315,000 copies in its second week, totaling 1.3 million copies in n ine days.[44] Pokmon Platinum ranked second in another week, selling 195,000 copi es;[45] it ranked first, and sold 122,000 the week after. As of October 23, Pokmo n Platinum was the second best-selling game for the respective week with sales e xceeding 72,000 copies. Its current sales at that time were 1.75 million.[46] It reentered the top 10 list in early December due to a lack of new releases.[47] As of December 31, 2008, Pokmon Platinum had sold 2.12 million copies in Japan.[4 8] It was the fifth best-selling Nintendo DS game for the week of February 12, 2 009.[49] For the week ending July 9, 2009, it was the second best-selling Ninten do DS game.[50] For the week ending July 23, 2009, it was the fifth best-selling Nintendo DS game.[51] It fell from the top 10 list in July 2009.[52] In North America for the month of March 2009, Pokmon Platinum ranked second on th e top 10 best-selling video games chart, selling in excess of 805,000 copies fro m March 22 to April 4.[53] For the week ending March 26, it was the second bestselling Nintendo DS game.[54] For the week ending April 9, it was the best-selli ng Nintendo DS game.[55] It ranked second place in both April and May 2009.[56][ 57] It was the fourth best-selling Nintendo DS game for the week ending June 11, 2009.[58] For the week ending July 9, 2009, it was the fifth best-selling Ninte ndo DS game.[50] For the week ending July 23, 2009, it was the third best-sellin g Nintendo DS game.[51] MarketWatch noted it as a strong seller for July 2009, a month considered to have been in a slump sales-wise.[59] Pokmon Platinum was the 10th best-selling video game of 2009, selling in excess of 2 million copies.[60 ] In the United Kingdom, Pokmon Platinum was the second best-selling Nintendo DS game for the week ended June 11, 2009.[58] For the week ended June 20, 2009, Pokm on Platinum fell off of the United Kingdom's top 10 best-selling video games cha rt.[61] For the week ending July 9, 2009, it was the second best-selling Nintend o DS game.[50] For the week ending July 23, 2009, it was the fourth best-selling Nintendo DS game.[51] Pokmon Platinum was the fourth best-selling game worldwide in the third quarter o f 2008, selling approximately 1,482,000 copies.[62] In the third quarter of 2009 , Pokmon Platinum sold more than 2 million copies.[63] In North America and PAL r egions, Pokmon Platinum had sold a combined 3.75 million copies as of May 7, 2009 .[64] As of August 14, 2009, Pokmon Platinum had sold over 5.66 million copies wo rldwide.[65] By October 30, 2009, Pokmon Platinum had sold 6.39 million copies wo rldwide.[66] As of March 31, 2010, the game's worldwide sales has reached 7.06 m illion.[1]