Pokémon Diamond, Pearl get Aussie release date

Pikachu and friends' latest adventure to debut down under on June 21.

Aussie Pokémon fans keen to catch 'em all yet again with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS now have a fixed date to mark on their calendars. Nintendo has confirmed that the latest Pokémon games will hit Oz on June 21 and will retail locally for A$69.95 ($58).

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl debuted in Japan in September last year, becoming two of the fastest-selling Pokémon games with more than 5 million sold in the first three months of release. The games take place in a new land called Sinnoh and feature close to 500 critters to collect.

As well as the usual catch and battle mechanics found in all other Pokémon games, Diamond and Pearl will make use of the DS's Wi-Fi and voice capabilities. The games let players log onto the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for battles with others around the world, while the DS's built-in microphone can be used to chat with friends wirelessly. To make voice chats easier, Nintendo will also be releasing the DS Headset (A$19.95) in Australia on June 21.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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39 comments
ZeeM3
ZeeM3

I now feel very, very sad. Out in Japan. Out in the US. Release date for AU, but still TBA for Europe. I imported this from Japan in October, but its no fun without anyone to play with/against IRL... Not to mention the fact the game will be old and dead just about everywhere else by the time it's out here...

delboy769
delboy769

please cam someone tell me a good sit for importing to britain? amazon won't ship to the UK

hezbollahector
hezbollahector

dang that really sucks for you guys and $58 USD is what i pay for my 360 games good thing i downloaded and emulated it

Theguywithshirt
Theguywithshirt

Yay! a terribly slow, unjustifiable release date, Yaaay!

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Since the DS is region-free, it would even be cheaper to import it. For those who don't know how to convert currencies, go to xe.com.

Daytona_178
Daytona_178

you can buy them on eBay for £25 (sterling),,, dont know how many dollars that is.

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

And this, ladies and gentlemans, is why we import.

stevo1000
stevo1000

Europe are getting it on June the 1st or June 30th by the looks of things. Retailers have been suggesting anyway

Mikael_S
Mikael_S

Just imported my Diamond & Pearl a couple of days ago, should arrive soon. I'm tired of waiting for games being released in Europe, it feels like we are always last.

hex_ten
hex_ten

How come austrailia gets it before europe! Damn frenchies and their insistance to speak french!!

magrappy
magrappy

thats not too bad compared to other nintendo titles

chinchinchu
chinchinchu

How come uk always the one that is last to release something XD Dont know if i should get mine or wait....

collum1987
collum1987

Brock_UK Well I'm from UK and I'm gettin mine on Thursday. I really cannot wait! Screw waiting for UK date, I'm going to catch them all now! - My Responce - Exactly, mine shipped on Friday. Can't be assed to wait for a European Release!

Brock_UK
Brock_UK

Well I'm from UK and I'm gettin mine on Thursday. I really cannot wait! Screw waiting for UK date, I'm going to catch them all now!

kicksjustsilly
kicksjustsilly

Ah well, good news for Australia....now for Europe...

Daymos
Daymos

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TorugotoShinsan
TorugotoShinsan

It least Australia HAS a release date. We're still waiting for one for the UK. Ah well I guess that's what imports are for.

Born4this
Born4this

why wont these games EVER GO AWAY!!! They were gone for sooo long and i was equally happy! Cant they just leave us alone! Sorry... i speak for myslef when I say that this is crap! yet another game that is THE EXACT SAME as the others... oh well, it seems I will be the only one to not give two craps about this game...

zsc4
zsc4

I probably wont but it anyways...

ektrix
ektrix

i care and thats ure opinion lol

ektrix
ektrix

why dosent they anounce a eu release date :S if they dont do it this week i gana inport it from the usa!!!!!

diangelogrey
diangelogrey

Game traders had import copies today for those interested in picking this up. I wouldnt worry to much about Nintendo Australia and there crappy release schedule. Just about all the games shops just import now. Was $69 dollars or something so even the price is pretty good. Copy I saw was Pokemon Diamond.

the-very-best
the-very-best

Nice! I was worried I was gonna have to wait till July-August. Seriously, we should be getting it at the same time as the US though.

asdfpo
asdfpo

Taegukki "asdfpo, im guessing it'll be even later than June 21. I live in NZ and we get it pretty bad when it comes to release dates, but Europe gets it the worst. Mass worldwide release date FTW." Amen to that....

Taegukki
Taegukki

asdfpo, im guessing it'll be even later than June 21. I live in NZ and we get it pretty bad when it comes to release dates, but Europe gets it the worst. Mass worldwide release date FTW.

asdfpo
asdfpo

Gratz Oz. But how about bloody europe?!

Taegukki
Taegukki

Mine should arrive tomorrow from playasia, im not waiting til bloody June.

Lumenadducere
Lumenadducere

I really don't see why they don't just have a simultaneous release for all English-speaking countries. I mean, yes, there are some localization issues even between the US and Australia/the UK, but I'm sure if they really wanted to they could've had it taken care of by now. My condolences to you guys down there.

qubeley
qubeley

Would be able to get that game and finished it before it even launches here from eBay. Stupid Nintendo of Australia. I'm not going to wait till anytime they want to release to play a game.

oh_its_on
oh_its_on

i just got mine form ebay.. should eb arriving very soon

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

why don't companies just make all of the formats ready at one time and then release them everywhere at the same time......oh, right, laziness...

Samus_Aran_18
Samus_Aran_18

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oldjoker123
Oldjoker123

I live in New Zealand, and in general, we are really darn sick of having to wait so much longer than the rest of the world. I don't even have a DS, I'm just making the point.