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==Changes==
 
==Changes==
===Aesthetic Changes===
 
   
  +
=== Changes in the Gameplay ===
*Lucas, Dawn and Pearl have new clothes designed for colder weather since the entire [[Sinnoh]] region has dropped in temperature.
 
[[Image:3129133521_02000a6ea2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Dawn and Lucas in their new outfits.]]
 
   
 
*On certain days of the week, there are Trainers that the player can challenge in certain Pokémon Centers, who are located in front of the Center's desk.
*The Pokétch has been redesigned. Players can now scroll up and down between applications instead of having to cycle through them all to reach a previous one.
 
   
 
*Bebe's PC has new wallpaper, like Retro (modeled after the Gen I & II games).
*Some moves have been redesigned with a different animation, like [[Razor Leaf]].
 
   
 
*The Wi-Fi area has been enhanced with the new Wi-Fi Square, which supports up to 20 people at once. The new area seems to focus exclusively on mini-games, which include Pumping Wobbuffet, where players hit a Wobbuffet, and Rolling Mime Jr., where players can balance Mime Jr. on a ball.
*When Pokémon are called from their Poké Balls, the back view animation has been changed, as well as the front view animations. Like the animations introduced in [[Pokémon Emerald]] and continued in [[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl]], these animations will consist of two frames with variations on the sprite.
 
   
 
*The GTS has now incorporated an e-mail system that allows players to be notified of completed trades. Notification messages are sent to the player's actual e-mail address.
*When battling against certain Trainers, such as Gym Leaders and the rival, their sprites are now animated to move in the same manner as a Pokémon's sprite.
 
   
 
*There is a new key item called the VS. Recorder (given to the player by Looker when the player first meets him in Jubilife City), which allows players to record battles in the Battle Frontier and Wi-Fi, and share the records with other players over the GTS. Battle records can be rated by other players when viewed, and the most popular battle records are displayed for all to see. Players can also take snapshots of their PC boxes and share them with other players in a similar fashion.
*Some Trainers (including your rival) use Seals when sending out their Pokémon.
 
   
 
*Over local wireless, there is a new feature where the player and their friends can put their Pokémon Eggs in and randomly swap.
*Three of the region's Gyms have been changed. Eterna, Hearthome, and Veilstone Gyms have all been redesigned.
 
   
 
*The Sinnoh starters are now allowed in an expanded Amity Square, allowing a total of 20 Pokémon to enter the park.
*Gym Leader closeups, just before a Gym battle, have been changed from enlarged sprites to higher-quality drawings, and the term VS.
 
   
 
*HM04 ([[Strength]]) is now obtained from Riley on Iron Island, instead of in the [[Lost Tower]].
*The template in battle for a Pokémon's name, level, and HP is now a dark gray instead of white, and its shape has also been changed.
 
   
 
*HM05 ([[Defog]]) is now located on the bottom floor of the Solaceon Ruins, instead of Pastoria's Great Marsh.
*When entering new areas, the location labels in the top-left corner of the screen have been redesigned, similar to their update between [[Pokémon Ruby]] & [[Pokemon Sapphire|Sapphire]] and [[Pokémon Emerald]].
 
   
 
*Along with Diamond/Pearl's Move Tutors, three more have been added in Platinum. They are located in Snowpoint City, Route 212, and the Survival Area.
*When first visiting the Resort Area, the player is given access to a large house. Inside on a table, there is a catalog that lists different items that can be mail-ordered to decorate the house. This is similar to the Secret Bases of Hoenn.
 
   
 
* [[Dialga]] and [[Palkia]] both appear on Spear Pillar,both on Lv.70.
===Storyline Changes===
 
   
 
* [[Registeel]], [[Regirock]], and Regice can be found in the game.
*The player meets Professor Rowan and the opposite gender character earlier, and obtains their starter Pokémon on Route 201.
 
   
  +
=== Changes in the Storyline ===
*The very first battle is against the player's rival who, following tradition, has chosen the starter Pokémon with an advantage against the player's starter.
 
   
 
* The player meets Professor Rowan and the opposite gender character earlier, and obtains their starter Pokémon on Route 201.
*The player and the rival now encounter Cyrus at Lake Verity at the beginning of the game. The player will also meet Cyrus at different areas, such as the Eterna City statue.
 
   
 
* The very first battle is against the player's rival who, following tradition, has chosen the starter Pokémon with an advantage against the player's starter.
*[[Dialga]] and [[Palkia]] both appear on [[Spear Pillar]]. [[Giratina]] then phases into the dimension in front of Cyrus.
 
   
 
* The player and the rival now encounter Cyrus at Lake Verity at the beginning of the game. The player will also meet Cyrus at different areas, such as the Eterna City statue.
*A new area known as the Ruined World(also called the Torn World, in the USA version Distortion World) is playable, with platforms floating at ninety-degree angles to each other. This dimension does not follow the laws of physics that the human world follows, like allowing the player to surf down an upward-flowing waterfall. The camera angle changes between perspective and isometric views to suit the angle of the player. It also has moving platforms with jumpable gaps between them. Giratina, when inhabiting this dimension, will be found in its Origin Forme, and is also the only wild Pokémon located here. Uxie, Mespirit, & Azelf also appear to help the player reach Giratina, but may still only be battled at the Sinnoh lakes.
 
   
 
* [[Dialga]] and [[Palkia]] both appear on [[Spear Pillar]]. [[Giratina]] then phases into the dimension in front of Cyrus.
*A Double Battle with the player's rival against Flint and Volkner occurs at the entrance to the Battle Frontier.
 
   
 
* A new area known as the Ruined World(also called the Torn World, in the USA version Distortion World) is playable, with platforms floating at ninety-degree angles to each other. This dimension does not follow the laws of physics that the human world follows, like allowing the player to surf down an upward-flowing waterfall. The camera angle changes between perspective and isometric views to suit the angle of the player. It also has moving platforms with jumpable gaps between them. Giratina, when inhabiting this dimension, will be found in its Origin Forme, and is also the only wild Pokémon located here. Uxie, Mespirit, & Azelf also appear to help the player reach Giratina, but may still only be battled at the Sinnoh lakes.
*Dawn/Lucas no longer gives the player the Dowsing Machine or the VS Seeker near the Route 206 junction. Instead, she/he now meets the player at the entrance to Mt. Coronet.
 
   
 
* A Double Battle with the player's rival against Flint and Volkner occurs at the entrance to the Battle Frontier.
*Some of Sinnoh's Gym Leaders have been reordered. Fantina is now the third Gym Leader, Maylene is the fourth and Crasher Wake is now the fifth.
 
   
 
* Dawn/Lucas no longer gives the player the Dowsing Machine or the VS Seeker near the Route 206 junction. Instead, she/he now meets the player at the entrance to Mt. Coronet.
*At least two new characters have been added. One is a police officer spying on Team Galactic, using the codename "Handsome" (U.S. name "Looker"), and the other is Pluto (U.S. name "Charon"), a professor of Team Galactic.
 
   
 
* At least two new characters have been added. One is a police officer spying on Team Galactic, using the codename "Handsome" (U.S. name "Looker"), and the other is Pluto (U.S. name "Charon"), a professor of Team Galactic.
*Team Galactic's plans for world domination and the layouts of their HQs, such as their hideout in Eterna, have been changed. In addition, they openly recognize their goal, and are more villainous.
 
   
 
* Some of Sinnoh's Gym Leaders have been reordered. [[Fantina]] is now the third Gym Leader, [[Maylene]] is the fourth and [[Crasher Wake]] is now the fifth.
*The player is now able to challenge all the Gym Leaders of Sinnoh to rematches, as well as the player's tag battle partners from throughout the game (Cheryl, Buck, Marley, Mira, and Riley) can also be challenged in a restaurant located in the Survival Area, known as the Trainer Café. Each opponent has a team of five Pokémon, with levels between 65 and 78.
 
   
 
* [[Team Galactic]]'s plans for world domination and the layouts of their HQs, such as their hideout in Eterna, have been changed. In addition, they openly recognize their goal, and are more villainous.
*The Elite Four's Pokémon are stronger after the player visits the Battle Zone, with levels between 65 and 78.
 
   
*Team Galactic gains control of Stark Mountain under the command of Charon; it is up to the player, with help from Buck, to defeat them.
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* Team Galactic gains control of Stark Mountain under the command of Charon; it is up to the player, with help from Buck, to defeat them.
   
 
* The Elite Four's Pokémon are stronger after the player visits the [[Battle Zone]], with levels between 65 and 78.
===Gameplay Changes===
 
   
 
* The player is now able to challenge all the Gym Leaders of Sinnoh to rematches, as well as the player's tag battle partners from throughout the game (Cheryl, Buck, Marley, Mira, and Riley) can also be challenged in a restaurant located in the Survival Area, known as the Trainer Café. Each opponent has a team of five Pokémon, with levels between 65 and 78.
*The Wi-Fi area has been enhanced with the new Wi-Fi Square, which supports up to 20 people at once. The new area seems to focus exclusively on mini-games, which include Pumping Wobbuffet, where players hit a Wobbuffet, and Rolling Mime Jr., where players can balance Mime Jr. on a ball.
 
   
 
=== Aesthetic Changes ===
*There is a new key item called the VS. Recorder (given to the player by Looker when the player first meets him in Jubilife City), which allows players to record battles in the Battle Frontier and Wi-Fi, and share the records with other players over the GTS. Battle records can be rated by other players when viewed, and the most popular battle records are displayed for all to see. Players can also take snapshots of their PC boxes and share them with other players in a similar fashion.
 
   
 
[[Image:3129133521_02000a6ea2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Dawn and Lucas in their new outfits.]]
*The GTS has now incorporated an e-mail system that allows players to be notified of completed trades. Notification messages are sent to the player's actual e-mail address.
 
 
* Lucas, Dawn and Pearl have new clothes designed for colder weather since the entire [[Sinnoh]] region has dropped in temperature.
   
 
* The Pokétch has been redesigned. Players can now scroll up and down between applications instead of having to cycle through them all to reach a previous one.
*The Sinnoh starters are now allowed in an expanded Amity Square, allowing a total of 20 Pokémon to enter the park.
 
   
 
* When Pokémon are called from their Poké Balls, the back view animation has been changed, as well as the front view animations. Like the animations introduced in [[Pokémon Emerald]] and continued in [[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl]], these animations will consist of two frames with variations on the sprite.
*Over local wireless, there is a new feature where the player and their friends can put their Pokémon Eggs in and randomly swap.
 
   
 
* When battling against certain Trainers, such as Gym Leaders and the rival, their sprites are now animated to move in the same manner as a Pokémon's sprite.
*HM05 (Defog) is now located on the bottom floor of the Solaceon Ruins, instead of Pastoria's Great Marsh.
 
   
 
* Some Trainers (including your rival) use Seals when sending out their Pokémon.
*HM04 (Strength) is now obtained from Riley on Iron Island, instead of in the Lost Tower.
 
   
 
* Three of the region's Gyms have been changed. Eterna, Hearthome, and Veilstone Gyms have all been redesigned.
*On certain days of the week, there are Trainers that the player can challenge in certain Pokémon Centers, who are located in front of the Center's desk.
 
   
 
* Gym Leader closeups, just before a Gym battle, have been changed from enlarged sprites to higher-quality drawings, and the term VS.
*Along with Diamond/Pearl's Move Tutors, three more have been added in Platinum. They are located in Snowpoint City, Route 212, and the Survival Area.
 
   
 
* When entering new areas, the location labels in the top-left corner of the screen have been redesigned, similar to their update between [[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire]] and [[Pokémon Emerald]].
Dialga and Palkia both appear on Spear Pillar,both on Lv.70.
 
   
 
* When first visiting the Resort Area, the player is given access to a large house. Inside on a table, there is a catalog that lists different items that can be mail-ordered to decorate the house. This is similar to the [[Secret Base]]s of [[Hoenn]].
*Bebe's PC has new wallpaper, like Retro (modeled after the Gen I & II games).
 
  +
 
* The template in battle for a Pokémon's name, level, and HP is now a dark gray instead of white, and its shape has also been changed.
   
 
* Some moves have been redesigned with a different animation, like [[Razor Leaf]].
* Registeel, Regirock, and Regice can be found in the game.
 
   
===Map Changes===
+
=== Changes in the Map ===
   
 
* Sinnoh's climate has changed drastically. Snow is now found as far south as Twinleaf Town, whereas the Battle Zone is more tropical, now with palm trees.
*A new Battle Frontier takes the place of the Battle Park. It has the Battle Tower, Battle Factory, Battle Castle, Battle Roulette, and Battle Stage as venues.
 
   
*Twinleaf Town and nearby Routes now have snowy patches.
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* [[Twinleaf Town]] and nearby Routes now have snowy patches.
   
*[[Jubilife City]] has been refurbished with new pathways and some buildings have animated roof lights.
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* [[Jubilife City]] has been refurbished with new pathways and some buildings have animated roof lights.
   
*Jubilife's Global Trade Station has been redesigned and now includes a larger global terminal.
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* Jubilife's [[Global Trade Station]] has been redesigned and now includes a larger global terminal.
   
*An arch now represents the entrance to Floaroma Town.
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* An arch now represents the entrance to [[Floaroma Town]].
   
*Mist is now present in Eterna Forest, but cannot be removed by the use of HM05 Defog.
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* Mist is now present in [[Eterna Forest]], but cannot be removed by the use of HM05 [[Defog]].
   
*Eterna City has been redesigned with new foliage and pathways. Team Galactic's Eterna HQ has also had a redesign, inside and out.
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* [[Eterna City]] has been redesigned with new foliage and pathways. Team Galactic's Eterna HQ has also had a redesign, inside and out.
   
*Cycling Road has been updated and now has tunnel-like shelters in the middle of the road.
+
* [[Cycling Road]] has been updated and now has tunnel-like shelters in the middle of the road.
   
*Hearthome City has been updated with new pathways.
+
* [[Hearthome City]] has been updated with new pathways.
   
*Amity Square has been completely remodeled. It now includes a small lake, more paths, and more upper levels. The old buildings now contain warp panels which transport the player to other old buildings within Amity Square.
+
* [[Amity Square]] has been completely remodeled. It now includes a small lake, more paths, and more upper levels. The old buildings now contain warp panels which transport the player to other old buildings within Amity Square.
   
*Lost Tower has a new color scheme, and now has fog on three of its five floors, which can be cleared with HM05 Defog.
+
* [[Lost Tower]] has a new color scheme, and now has fog on three of its five floors, which can be cleared with HM05 Defog.
   
*Solaceon Town's houses have been remodeled, and the Pokémon Daycare now has a trough filled with water and tent-like shelters.
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* [[Solaceon Town]]'s houses have been remodeled, and the [[Pokémon Daycare]] now has a trough filled with water and tent-like shelters.
   
*Veilstone City now has new pathways. Team Galactic's Veilstone HQ has been redesigned, inside and out. The Veilstone Department Store now has a basement.
+
* [[Veilstone City]] now has new pathways. Team Galactic's Veilstone HQ has been redesigned, inside and out. The Veilstone Department Store now has a basement.
   
*The Hotel Grand Lake has been updated with new pathways.
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* The [[Hotel Grand Lake]] has been updated with new pathways.
   
*Pastoria City's houses have been remodeled and now also includes a board with a Croagunk on it which is located in front of the Great Marsh.
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* [[Pastoria City]]'s houses have been remodeled and now also includes a board with a Croagunk on it which is located in front of the Great Marsh.
   
*Pastoria's Great Marsh has a new color scheme, and also has foliage changed and added.
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* Pastoria's [[Great Marsh]] has a new color scheme, and also has foliage changed and added.
   
*Celestic Town's houses have been remodeled.
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* [[Celestic Town]]'s houses have been remodeled.
   
*Canalave City has new pathways, and its houses and library have also been remodeled.
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* [[Canalave City]] has new pathways, and its houses and library have also been remodeled.
   
*The player now needs to use HM08 (Rock Climb) to access Lake Acuity.
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* The player now needs to use HM08 [[Rock Climb]] to access [[Lake Acuity]].
   
*The area of water south of Snowpoint City where the player boards the boat to the Battle Zone now contains small icebergs. These can also be seen in the ocean when the boat is crossing to the Battle Zone. The boat has also been redesigned, most likely due to the icebergs in the sea.
+
* The area of water south of [[Snowpoint City]] where the player boards the boat to the [[Battle Zone]] now contains small icebergs. These can also be seen in the ocean when the boat is crossing to the Battle Zone. The boat has also been redesigned, most likely due to the icebergs in the sea.
   
*Sunyshore City has been refurbished with new pathways, and its houses have been remodeled.
+
* [[Sunyshore City]] has been refurbished with new pathways, and its houses have been remodeled.
   
 
* [[Stark Mountain]] now resembles more of a volcano, featuring crags and lava pits.
*Sinnoh's climate has changed drastically. Snow is now found as far south as Twinleaf Town, whereas the Battle Zone is more tropical, now with palm trees.
 
   
 
* The Veilstone Dept Store now has a basement, where the player can buy contest items, as well as [[Berries]] and [[Lava Cookie]]s.
*Stark Mountain now resembles more of a volcano, featuring crags and lava pits.
 
   
 
* [[Oreburgh Mine]] has two coal transporters that run from the mine entrance to the entrance to the deepest area of the mine.
*The Veilstone Dept Store now has a basement, where the player can buy contest items, as well as Berries and Lava Cookies.
 
   
 
* The entrance and exit of [[Victory Road]] have been widened.
*Oreburgh Mine has two coal transporters that run from the mine entrance to the entrance to the deepest area of the mine.
 
   
 
* A new [[Battle Frontier]] takes the place of the [[Battle Park]]. It has the Battle Tower, Battle Factory, Battle Castle, Battle Roulette, and Battle Stage as venues.
*The entrance and exit of Victory Road have been widened.
 
   
==Connectivity==
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== Connectivity ==
   
 
*Pokémon Platinum can connect automatically to Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl once the player has access to a Pokémon Center. This game is able to connect with My Pokémon Ranch, Pokémon Battle Revolution and to Generation III games. It is known that Nintendo plans to release a patch that will allow My Pokémon Ranch to be compatible. It is unknown if the patch will be for Japanese and other language versions of the software, or if those outside Japan will have to wait for their own versions of the patch.
 
*Pokémon Platinum can connect automatically to Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl once the player has access to a Pokémon Center. This game is able to connect with My Pokémon Ranch, Pokémon Battle Revolution and to Generation III games. It is known that Nintendo plans to release a patch that will allow My Pokémon Ranch to be compatible. It is unknown if the patch will be for Japanese and other language versions of the software, or if those outside Japan will have to wait for their own versions of the patch.

Revision as of 20:12, 28 March 2009

Pokémon Platinum

PokPlatinumBoxArt.jpg

Game Information
Platform: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Game Freak
Category: RPG
Players: 1-4
ESRB: E for Everyone
Release Dates
Japan: September 13, 2008
North America: March 22, 2009
Europe: May 22, 2009
Australia: TBA

Pokémon Platinum Version is the third game of Generation IV, after Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions. Its version mascot is Giratina, which appears in its Origin Forme. The game was officially announced by Nintendo on May 15, 2008. The Japanese version was released on September 13, 2008. The game was released in the U.S. on March 22, 2009.

Changes

Changes in the Gameplay

  • On certain days of the week, there are Trainers that the player can challenge in certain Pokémon Centers, who are located in front of the Center's desk.
  • Bebe's PC has new wallpaper, like Retro (modeled after the Gen I & II games).
  • The Wi-Fi area has been enhanced with the new Wi-Fi Square, which supports up to 20 people at once. The new area seems to focus exclusively on mini-games, which include Pumping Wobbuffet, where players hit a Wobbuffet, and Rolling Mime Jr., where players can balance Mime Jr. on a ball.
  • The GTS has now incorporated an e-mail system that allows players to be notified of completed trades. Notification messages are sent to the player's actual e-mail address.
  • There is a new key item called the VS. Recorder (given to the player by Looker when the player first meets him in Jubilife City), which allows players to record battles in the Battle Frontier and Wi-Fi, and share the records with other players over the GTS. Battle records can be rated by other players when viewed, and the most popular battle records are displayed for all to see. Players can also take snapshots of their PC boxes and share them with other players in a similar fashion.
  • Over local wireless, there is a new feature where the player and their friends can put their Pokémon Eggs in and randomly swap.
  • The Sinnoh starters are now allowed in an expanded Amity Square, allowing a total of 20 Pokémon to enter the park.
  • HM05 (Defog) is now located on the bottom floor of the Solaceon Ruins, instead of Pastoria's Great Marsh.
  • Along with Diamond/Pearl's Move Tutors, three more have been added in Platinum. They are located in Snowpoint City, Route 212, and the Survival Area.
  • Dialga and Palkia both appear on Spear Pillar,both on Lv.70.

Changes in the Storyline

  • The player meets Professor Rowan and the opposite gender character earlier, and obtains their starter Pokémon on Route 201.
  • The very first battle is against the player's rival who, following tradition, has chosen the starter Pokémon with an advantage against the player's starter.
  • The player and the rival now encounter Cyrus at Lake Verity at the beginning of the game. The player will also meet Cyrus at different areas, such as the Eterna City statue.
  • A new area known as the Ruined World(also called the Torn World, in the USA version Distortion World) is playable, with platforms floating at ninety-degree angles to each other. This dimension does not follow the laws of physics that the human world follows, like allowing the player to surf down an upward-flowing waterfall. The camera angle changes between perspective and isometric views to suit the angle of the player. It also has moving platforms with jumpable gaps between them. Giratina, when inhabiting this dimension, will be found in its Origin Forme, and is also the only wild Pokémon located here. Uxie, Mespirit, & Azelf also appear to help the player reach Giratina, but may still only be battled at the Sinnoh lakes.
  • A Double Battle with the player's rival against Flint and Volkner occurs at the entrance to the Battle Frontier.
  • Dawn/Lucas no longer gives the player the Dowsing Machine or the VS Seeker near the Route 206 junction. Instead, she/he now meets the player at the entrance to Mt. Coronet.
  • At least two new characters have been added. One is a police officer spying on Team Galactic, using the codename "Handsome" (U.S. name "Looker"), and the other is Pluto (U.S. name "Charon"), a professor of Team Galactic.
  • Some of Sinnoh's Gym Leaders have been reordered. Fantina is now the third Gym Leader, Maylene is the fourth and Crasher Wake is now the fifth.
  • Team Galactic's plans for world domination and the layouts of their HQs, such as their hideout in Eterna, have been changed. In addition, they openly recognize their goal, and are more villainous.
  • Team Galactic gains control of Stark Mountain under the command of Charon; it is up to the player, with help from Buck, to defeat them.
  • The Elite Four's Pokémon are stronger after the player visits the Battle Zone, with levels between 65 and 78.
  • The player is now able to challenge all the Gym Leaders of Sinnoh to rematches, as well as the player's tag battle partners from throughout the game (Cheryl, Buck, Marley, Mira, and Riley) can also be challenged in a restaurant located in the Survival Area, known as the Trainer Café. Each opponent has a team of five Pokémon, with levels between 65 and 78.

Aesthetic Changes

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Dawn and Lucas in their new outfits.

  • Lucas, Dawn and Pearl have new clothes designed for colder weather since the entire Sinnoh region has dropped in temperature.
  • The Pokétch has been redesigned. Players can now scroll up and down between applications instead of having to cycle through them all to reach a previous one.
  • When Pokémon are called from their Poké Balls, the back view animation has been changed, as well as the front view animations. Like the animations introduced in Pokémon Emerald and continued in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, these animations will consist of two frames with variations on the sprite.
  • When battling against certain Trainers, such as Gym Leaders and the rival, their sprites are now animated to move in the same manner as a Pokémon's sprite.
  • Some Trainers (including your rival) use Seals when sending out their Pokémon.
  • Three of the region's Gyms have been changed. Eterna, Hearthome, and Veilstone Gyms have all been redesigned.
  • Gym Leader closeups, just before a Gym battle, have been changed from enlarged sprites to higher-quality drawings, and the term VS.
  • When first visiting the Resort Area, the player is given access to a large house. Inside on a table, there is a catalog that lists different items that can be mail-ordered to decorate the house. This is similar to the Secret Bases of Hoenn.
  • The template in battle for a Pokémon's name, level, and HP is now a dark gray instead of white, and its shape has also been changed.
  • Some moves have been redesigned with a different animation, like Razor Leaf.

Changes in the Map

  • Sinnoh's climate has changed drastically. Snow is now found as far south as Twinleaf Town, whereas the Battle Zone is more tropical, now with palm trees.
  • Jubilife City has been refurbished with new pathways and some buildings have animated roof lights.
  • Eterna City has been redesigned with new foliage and pathways. Team Galactic's Eterna HQ has also had a redesign, inside and out.
  • Cycling Road has been updated and now has tunnel-like shelters in the middle of the road.
  • Amity Square has been completely remodeled. It now includes a small lake, more paths, and more upper levels. The old buildings now contain warp panels which transport the player to other old buildings within Amity Square.
  • Lost Tower has a new color scheme, and now has fog on three of its five floors, which can be cleared with HM05 Defog.
  • Veilstone City now has new pathways. Team Galactic's Veilstone HQ has been redesigned, inside and out. The Veilstone Department Store now has a basement.
  • Pastoria City's houses have been remodeled and now also includes a board with a Croagunk on it which is located in front of the Great Marsh.
  • Pastoria's Great Marsh has a new color scheme, and also has foliage changed and added.
  • Canalave City has new pathways, and its houses and library have also been remodeled.
  • The area of water south of Snowpoint City where the player boards the boat to the Battle Zone now contains small icebergs. These can also be seen in the ocean when the boat is crossing to the Battle Zone. The boat has also been redesigned, most likely due to the icebergs in the sea.
  • Sunyshore City has been refurbished with new pathways, and its houses have been remodeled.
  • Stark Mountain now resembles more of a volcano, featuring crags and lava pits.
  • The Veilstone Dept Store now has a basement, where the player can buy contest items, as well as Berries and Lava Cookies.
  • Oreburgh Mine has two coal transporters that run from the mine entrance to the entrance to the deepest area of the mine.
  • A new Battle Frontier takes the place of the Battle Park. It has the Battle Tower, Battle Factory, Battle Castle, Battle Roulette, and Battle Stage as venues.

Connectivity

  • Pokémon Platinum can connect automatically to Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl once the player has access to a Pokémon Center. This game is able to connect with My Pokémon Ranch, Pokémon Battle Revolution and to Generation III games. It is known that Nintendo plans to release a patch that will allow My Pokémon Ranch to be compatible. It is unknown if the patch will be for Japanese and other language versions of the software, or if those outside Japan will have to wait for their own versions of the patch.

NOTE: An update to My Pokémon Ranch has been released on November 5, 2008 that allows it to be compatible with Pokémon Platinum. All new forms of Pokémon can be transferred such as Giratina in its Origin Forme. However, Shaymin is always in its Land Forme, but if you have the Gracidea Flower in Platinum, you unlock the Gracidea Flower for use in the Ranch that appears randomly. When Shaymin touches it, it changes to Sky Forme for as long as you are in the Ranch. Removing Shaymin while in Sky Forme changes it back to its Land Forme. Go see the My Pokémon Ranch article for the non-Platinum info about the update.

Trivia

  • This is the first game where a version mascot's primary color is not the name of the game. However, while no color is especially dominant in Giratina's color scheme, it has gray areas that the word "Platinum" may refer to, and the names Giratina and Platina share the same word ending.
  • Platinum is the only game so far to have altered a regional Pokédex.
  • Two of the mini-games feature Team Rocket's Pokémon; Wobbuffet and Mime Jr.
  • In Veilstone City, there is a man who speaks English instead of Japanese (in the Japanese version). In the US version, he speaks French instead of English.
  • There is a Battle Frontier just like in Pokemon Emerald which was also the third game of the series.
  • All three mini-games on the TCG are Psychic Type Pokemon.
  • Mars believes that Lucas and Dawn are a couple.
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