Fourth Generation Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum kicked off the fourth generation of Pokémon. Two years later, fans of the Johto region were treated to a remastered adventure in HeartGold & SoulSilver. Discuss the games, explore the features, share your experiences, and help other players out!

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Old June 18th, 2017 (4:46 PM).
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    So I'm not sure if it's okay to post this here, but I have been reminiscing about my childhood lately and the first thing that came to mind were the generation 4 Pokemon games. Pokemon diamond was the first game I ever played. From the time I saw that first commercial on tv one afternoon while watching cartoons I knew I had to have them. I love everything from the spritework, to the music, to the E4. I know this generation gets a lot of hate (although I heard in Japan this is one of the most appreciated generations) but imo gen 4 was the golden era of Pokemon. It was the birth of online battles and brought us the physical special split. Anyway I just needed to get that off my chest because I've just been wanting to share my appreciation for my fav Pokemon generation!
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    Old June 18th, 2017 (5:01 PM).
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    Gen IV was memorable to a whole lot of people for the very reasons you've described! Not only this, but Platinum's Battle Frontier was also a huge reason why I've personally loved Gen IV.

    While I haven't started with DPPt myself (I started with Gen III), it will always have a special place in my heart for being one of my favourite and most enjoyable generations of Pokemon gaming. ^^
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    Old June 19th, 2017 (3:49 AM).
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      I started playing with gen 4, and my first game was Pokémon Diamond, too. Then, I played Pokémon HeartGold, then Pokémon Pearl, Then Platinium. The fourth generation is unforgettable, it gave birth to 2 trainers: both you and me :)
      Without generation 4, who know, I may not be here talking to you on PokéCommunity..
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      Pokèmon Diamond was my first game and it reminisces me about my very first Pokèmon: Turtwig. :')
      While it's true that I've never finished it because little me didn't like getting stuck in games, I'll surely grab it again to settle this.
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      Old June 19th, 2017 (7:06 AM).
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        The first game I played was Sapphire, a third generation game, where my sister allowed me to start my very first pokémon journey.
        However, I probably came to know the franchise with the animated series (on our peninsula the franchise first arrived with the
        airing of the Indigo League ep.1 anyway). Diamond version might be the game I played the most( 510 hours and 24 minutes),
        it's also the one I played fully independently(or almost, I was a bit stuck in the second gym, not to mention the cheats that a
        friend gave me in order to get legendary event items) and it was also the last physical game I
        played(excluding a SoulSilver card I was given for a certain amount of time by a guy).
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        Old June 19th, 2017 (11:04 PM).
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          Gen 4 was the first game I played when I got my Nintendo. It was awesome. The graphics, the sprites, the legendaries, the gyms, everything was perfect. It is also said on BULBAPEDIA that Gen 4 was the first gen created by Arceus.
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          I didn't get a DS till Gen IV was out, but I actually started with the Gen II remakes. They were good, but I liked Pearl better then Platinum the best. While not being my favorite Gen, Gen IV is in my top 3.
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            While I started with Sapphire version, DPPT and Gen 4 as a whole was when I really started getting social with Pokemon. Before then, the only person I played Pokemon with was my older brother and one friend. Gen 4 started, and a lot of my friends started playing at that time too, so I finally got to actually play Pokemon with other people, so Gen 4 holds a special place in my heart.
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            Old June 21st, 2017 (9:36 AM).
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              Pearl was my first game, put around 800 hours into it. Still have my starter: a now 10 year old empoleon.
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              Old June 23rd, 2017 (6:56 AM).
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                Platinum was my first pkmn game, so pretty much! :)
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                I started with the original generation of Pokémon myself, but I consider the 4th Gen to be my "second beginning," because it was when I finally started taking competitive breeding, training, and battling seriously.
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                  Yeah, the first Pokemon game I got was Platinum in 2008 I think it was? I loved it so much, and I remember getting the crap scared out of me when Giratina jumped out at the screen. The distortion world totally BLEW my mind away too. Loved every second of it.
                  I played a few other Pokemon games before I got Platinum, but they weren't mine. Platinum was where my OWN adventure started.
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                  Old June 26th, 2017 (8:17 PM).
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                  Technically, I started with Generation III, but the first game I owned was Pokemon Diamond. That was nine years ago. Time flies. I don't have a lot to say in regards to gen IV. It was nostalgic, but most of the music was awful, sadly. I do look back fondly on this particular generation, as it's what got me into playing a lot of Pokemon in the first place.
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                    Same story. My favorite Gen and first Pokémon game. Pokémon Platinum. I haven't completed it yet though.
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                      Okay, I think I'm an odd case here. I started Pokemon sometime between the end of Gen II and the start of Gen III. I think it was a couple years before Ruby and Sapphire were released. My cousin gave me a disc with a ton of emulators and ROMs, and it included all of the main series Pokemon games at the time. So, I played those first, starting with Red and going on to Crystal. I wasn't very good at those games nor did I take completing them too seriously, so I don't think I ever actually beat them, but man did I love those games. But then things took a turn for the worst. I was obsessed. Totally and completely obsessed in the worst possible way. This, combined with the fact that my parents had by that point begun hearing rumours about how Pokemon was of the devil, caused my parents to decide that it would be best to cut my ties with the Pokemon series. They didn't take it too seriously, I still managed to sneak in a few episodes of the anime occasionally and I was allowed to play the ROMs I had whenever I was at my grandma's house, but my intake was severely limited, so I basically missed the entirety of Gen III. Eventually though, my obsession waned to the point where they decided it would be fine for me to get me another Pokemon game. Thus came in Gen IV and Pokemon Diamond. It was like a new beginning for me. My first real Pokemon game. Sure, I had played Red, Yellow, and Crystal before, but I never actually beat those, and this was the first REAL game I owned. So, while technically I had played the previous generations, I consider Gen IV to be my first real experience with Pokemon.
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                      Blue was my first game but I don't think I truly appreciated and understood Pokémon until I played Diamond & Pearl. That's one of the many reasons why I hold DPPT as my all-time favourites in the franchise, they mean a lot to me and I have many fond memories sinking hours into them growing up.
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                      I started with Red, so quite a few years before gen 4, but I've always felt like gen 4 was under appreciated. While it's not my favorite gen, it's definitely up there, and my Diamond had one of my highest hour counts (I think somewhere in the 450-500 hour range; I've never maxed out the time).

                      I first got into breeding a little bit in gen II, and I learned about EV training in gen III, but I became a much heavier breeder in gen IV. All those hours biking up and down, watching the step counter (a feature I really miss)...I also got pretty into RNG breeding for shinies (though I never was able to figure out the timing for manipulating IVs via RNG), and I bred my first shiny, a Squirtle with a terrible nature, just over 10 years ago (I think it was 10 years ago yesterday).

                      I realized from a survey I filled out the other day that the plot and locations didn't stick with me as well in gen IV as in the earlier generations (some of the city names are a struggle), and I think I owe it another play through sometime soon. Still, the generation was memorable for me for the revolutionary changes it introduced, namely online trading and the physical/special split. I recall the latter being pretty controversial at the time, but in the end, I guess most people ended up being happy with it, and for most Pokemon, it broadened their movesets (except for everyone's ruined, now-physical Sceptiles). The former changed Pokemon from an increasingly isolated pastime for me (I didn't have many friends who still played) to something social, and it made for an interesting summer for me shortly after it came out (summer of 2007). Although I was away for some of the summer, I recall spending the time I was back trying to grab shinies in GTS giveaways on the NSider forums (no friend codes technically allowed, though of course there were ways around that), and I remember setting up a breeding shop and arranging deals for shinies and events.

                      I'm curious, for those of you who started with gen IV, if you've gone back and played any of gen I-III, what do they seem like to you? Do they seem clunky? Isolated without the online elements (even though online has been shut down for a while now for gens IV and V)? Having only watched the series evolve over time, I'm curious as to what previous entries seem like to someone who started partway along.
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                        I started with Diamond. My cousin was playing it in his DS, and I got curious and got a DS to play too.
                        My first run was awful. I named my Turtwig IVQKFLO (not kidding) and ditched it after the first gym for a Bidoof. I ended up beating the Elite Four with a Lv 100 Bibarel and a Lv 70 Toxicroak (I ended up stuck for days in some areas fighting wild Pokémon and trying to figure out what to do next).
                        My next playthroughs went much better, and eventually I got many other Pokémon games. Pokémon is now one of my favorite videogame series, but Sinnoh will always have a special place in my heart. Most of my favorite Pokémon are from there, actually.
                        As for the post above mine, I managed to get a physical copy of FireRed, and I have to say that it feels quite strange due to a variety of reasons, such as all moves of a specific type being physical or special.
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                          I've been with Pokemon since generation I, but I can without a doubt say that the generation VI games were some of my favorite. I loved everything about the Sinnoh region, I loved the plot, I loved training, the online battles. There were so many new things that were introduced in generation VI that made it something spectacular. I loved the new evolutions of old Pokemon as well, not to mention how excited I was for the return of Johto in HGSS.

                          At the end of the day, I don't have anything bad to say about generation VI. It was the most exhilarating to play through and it is the generation where I had one of my favorite teams. I only remember half of the team, which was my starter Infernape, a Gallade from Japan, and a Lucario from a friend who was literally a Lucario farm.
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                          I've been playing since the first gen and started with Red. Gen 4 is actually the only gen I haven't played as I was the only one in my group of friends that didn't have a DS. I didn't get a DS until Black and White and then 3DS when X&Y came out.
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                          Diamond was not the begining for me, but rather the return. I had abandoned Pokémon because I was at that awkward age where it wasn't cool anymore, despite being a huge fan since I was 3.
                          When it came out, I tried to ignore it, but stumbled on a Nintento expo where you could play a Pearl demo...15 minutes later I was buying Diamond, because who was I kidding I love Pokémon. It holds a special place in my heart for this, what a great game.
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                            Soo...if you know me well, you will know I will say this, but this is, the real best generation.

                            Okay, in all seriousness, it was also my first. And a good one too. And an amazing, really great gen. And if it didn't exist I probably wouldn't be a fan of this series. And just an impressive gen that needs more respect. And not to mention my childhood. And a great gen. As well as an awesome really good one. Just sayin.
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                                Although Gen4 wasn't my first, it is among the most memorable for me. It was the last I got to play as a "child" (I was a teen, but still young at heart), and getting to explore a new region still had that wonder to it. I remember being at my grandma's house, listening to the Snowpoint theme and drifting off to sleep. I remember coming up with all sorts of stories based on the game, and my brother and I would draw them out. I remember being horrified by how short Dawn's skirt is, but rectifying it by giving her biking shorts when I drew her.

                                A Turtwig with the uncreative name of Leaf was my starter, and he was soon joined by Starly and Shinx, which became my power trio.

                                I guess it's also noteworthy (to me) that I first started frequenting forums around the time Pearl came out, which allowed me to nerd out about it with other fans (something I couldn't do offline).

                                The release of HGSS helped make Pokémon cool for my age group and brought it back centrestage. I remember actually being excited for daylight savings time that year, as bringing the clocks forward would get me closer to SS's launch. I hated Lyra's design, but loved getting to walk around with my Pokémon, and getting to relive some Gen2.

                                I get really nostalgic thinking about it, and knowing that DP came out 10 years (In NA) ago blows my mind. I feel old now cx
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