gamers (62%) found this review helpful
Pokemon over the years as been pretty consistant, no remarkable changes, or complete overhuals, just a great core gaming experience with new graphics, Pokemon, and battling systems slapped on. This version doesn't stray from that mold, which isn't surprising, but a little odd.
The generation's game takes little advantage of the new graphical capabilities of the DS, the enviroments are in 3D, but far from blow you way, the battle scenes still consist of a 2D battle that dates all the way back to the Red and Blue days. This is unfortunate for fans of the series that were hoping for a new look at Pokemon with the jump to the more graphically advance DS. However fans of the series will also admitt that there was nothing wrong with games battle design before.
Despite it's graphical inadequacies the game does offer a new feature that will blow you away, the games new support of WiFi. For those with a wireless internet connection you can now link up with people from all over the world to trade and battle Pokemon. This will revolutionize the series for those like myself, who traded and battled Pokemon seldomly in the past for whatever reasons. Trading Pokemon is now extremely easy, and will add a look into the game with the ability to trade and aquire Pokemon so easily throughout your time playing through the storyline.
One drawback to this though may be to directly connect with another person for trade or battle you must both obtain eachothers friend code's, so in essence you must know the person. The best way to get yourself invovled in the Pokemon community and ensure that you will be able to trade though would be to join a messageboard for the game, as people will openly share codes there and are often more than willing to assist you in aquiring a Pokemon you wish to have.
Overall the game is much of the same, but to fans of the series that is a good thing, the 100 new Pokemon, new map of Sinnoh, and 8 new Gym Leaders should give you your Pokemon fix.