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Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension Shows Now Available via Nintendo Zone in Europe

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Watch some cartoons while in the pub

Nintendo Zone, the 3DS service that connects to thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots to deliver exclusive content, is included primarily to encourage us to take our portables on the road with us — it can't be accessed via a domestic internet connection. As part of the incentive the feature includes trailers or content that you can't get elsewhere, and the latest addition is sure to catch the eye of Pokémon fans.

Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension — also known as Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension — is the 11th series of the 'mon animated franchise, which stars Ash Ketchum as he ventures across Sinnoh with familiar friends such as Pikachu, Dawn and Brock. Originally aired in the UK in 2008, all 52 episodes will apparently be available to stream from a large variety of locations around Europe, with some already online. Details from the press release are below.

It’s never been so easy to access Pokémon on the move as Nintendo 3DS consoles automatically connect to the internet whenever they enter one of over 16,000 locations or venues covered by The Cloud's service – such as Pizza Express, Pret a Manger, Greggs, Wetherspoons and Punch Taverns.

There is no need to worry about any complicated set-up because just being at a Cloud Hotspot or Nintendo Zone is enough to go online with Nintendo 3DS. When you are near to a compatible area – all of which can be found using Nintendo’s handy Hotspot finder - the Nintendo Zone icon will blink to notify you and the Pokémon series will be available to stream.

As well as allowing you to watch your favourite Pokémon episodes, Nintendo Zone also enables gamers on the go to browse the internet, compete with other gamers online, download movie trailers, access Nintendo eShop and receive software updates.

We do suggest that if you access Nintendo Zone in pub chains such as Wetherspoons, bring some headphones with you; otherwise you may get some strange looks.

Still, with a lot of 'mon hype to go around this year, does this offering tempt you to give Nintendo Zone a go next time you're out and about? If the answer's yes, this hotspot finder may be handy.

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User Comments (19)

HeatBombastic

#5

HeatBombastic said:

People always complain about bad-voice acting, bad story, bad characters, bad pacing. All of these things were present in the first season.

For the people who actually complain about too much Pokemon, there was too many from the start. For those people that say it would've been darker, and Ash was going to grow up, the producers knew what they were doing, go watch the first episodes and tell me it wasn't meant for kids.

You're not a young child anymore, and you know the ins and outs of Pokemon, that's why it's not entertaining anymore. And even if you are a young child who doesn't like it, it could be because (A) The child is not interested in action/adventure/ has an early sense of quality. (B) Knows the ins and outs of Pokemon. (C) They don't like it?

I lost train of thought.

Luigifan141

#6

Luigifan141 said:

@HeatBombastic I might be in a minority here, but I thought that DP was really slow paced. There wasn't much that I could remember about it other than the Sinnoh League and the evil Togepi filler episode, and the Sinnoh League episodes were towards the end of DP, so that might not say much. Plus, Team Rocket were extremely annoying throughout DP, more so than any other series up to that point. I'm also probably in a minority here, but I didn't really care for Paul all that much, since he seemed like a typical atagonistic rival with little to no characterization along with a static personality. I never really cared to watch Dawn's contests, so I can't speak for that.

Overall, DP took itself too seriously, it dragged on for four years in one region, and there were a lot of things that I just didn't care for in it. AG and OS are just better to me.

@Haxonberik Nah, the worst saga of the show is definitely Best Wishes Season 2. The World Tournament Junior Cup was very rushed and pointless, and the Unova League sucked. No contest.

HeatBombastic

#8

HeatBombastic said:

@Luigifan141 I'm pretty sure all of them dragged out, they just talked faster in the older ones. I'm not sure if you watched the whole DP saga, but I watched the whole thing. You know how you can make out the personalities and hidden traits of a character if you tried? That's the kind of thing people do with the old characters, so just pretend Paul has a complex personality (at least he's more complex than Gary in the first season).

I'm pretty sure a saga, is all of the seasons per region. Like what Dragon Ball Z did. I'm guess you watch the Japanese versions.

Some of the seasons may be slightly worse than the others, but my point still stands. Most of the complaints made by consumers toward the newer series, can be easily applied to the first. Competing for the worst Pokemon season in the first place is difficult since none of them were exactly good in the first place.

Luigifan141

#9

Luigifan141 said:

@HeatBombastic What are you talking about? The original series might be great because of the nostalgia, but I've always felt that the original series had a lot of fun episodes in Kanto, filler or not. Plus, the whole dynamic between Ash, Misty, and Brock was a fun one, and they all had their own quirks to them. (The BW group of Ash, Iris, and Cilan comes close IMO.)

AG was good too, since Ash was still slightly acting like a newbie, yet he had a lot of experience and advice from his past adventures. Honestly, not too much of note happened during Hoenn and Battle Frontier, but I just feel that it was more enjoyable to watch overall than that chore called DP.

I already said why I didn't like DP above, so I won't repeat myself here.

BW is probably the worst. Not because it's the newest one and therefore must be critized just for being new, but it truly is the worst one yet. They threw all of Ash's experience out of the window, Team Rocket basically became cyborgs, they shoehorned too many rivals for me to care about, and they rushed it to the point where we are now at Orange Islands 2.0. I do like the dynamic between the BW group (like I said, Ash, Iris, and Cilan) and Episode N was pretty enjoyable, but other than those, the BW series is the absolute worst. No contest.

I still like to watch the show from time to time, but I don't watch it as often as I used to.

Yellowgerbil

#10

Yellowgerbil said:

It did get better as it went through, I watched the end of galactic battle and Sinnoh League Victors and I thought it had the same faults but with different characters. I went back to the beginning and well...I think you guys can figure out what I thought of it.

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

"thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots"

I have always thought Nintendo Zone was stupid for just this reason. Sure "thousands" sounds like a lot, but nobody advertises - "Come to Jamaica, we have thousands of sand crystals on our beach."

It's OK for store specific stuff, like get a free small fry at McDonalds, or DL a new Pokemon at TRU or a demo at Gamestop, but for general stuff like this, it's just stupid.

Cesco

#12

Cesco said:

Unfortunately in Italy it's going to be available only at McDonald's so-called "restaurants"

Angelic_Lapras_King

#13

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

They should just release that Pokemon TV app to both eShops. Makes much more sense.

I generally loved the DP era. I loved Dawn as a main character and other characters like Zoey, and generally the DP games introduced a lot of new Pokemon that fast became my new favs, so it helped the anime that DP werte my fav set of games in the series. Don't give me that "Season 1 was the best" arguments because in the end, nostalgia always wins and the way people talk about season one, they make out like it was the best anime of all time, so it just becomes more and more overrated IMO every time I hear that argument.

And yeah, Unova could of been better in the anime. While the serious Team Rocket was a good idea, they quickly became more boring, so its no wonder they've recently gone back to the more comical TR, the whole thing was rushed, which meant Ash got his 8 badges all too quickly, filler arcs and not enough development with his Unova Pokemon or characters.

Ah well, let's see how well the 6th gen treats the long running anime....

HeatBombastic

#14

HeatBombastic said:

@Luigifan141 None of them were good in the first place. I'm not saying opinion, as in, I like it so therefore it's good, or good for me. I'm saying generally good. It always had a bad narrative, and execution of narrative. All of the characters were wood, in terms of acting and personality. Sure you can picture an in-depth persona for them using tiny details in the show, but it's just like forcing yourself to understand Bowsers reasons for kidnapping Peach. I like this show, but it's definitely not good in terms of quality, and has never been. Watch Nostalgia Critic's episode on this for a non-Pokemon fan view on the show (or at least the movie that everyone loves).

RaylaxStaff

#15

Raylax said:

I have yet to find a NintendoZone that actually works. I see the little "NintendoZone is available" flashing fairly frequently when out and about, but it always fails to connect to it.

BulbasaurusRex

#18

BulbasaurusRex said:

One thing I do appreciate about the later seasons is that they stick closer to the game mechanics. They started enforcing the "4 attack limit" in Johto, and, although they still make annoying mistakes at times, they've gradually gotten better at including more advanced mechanics and gotten more accurate with things like attack side effects and type match-ups.

Unfortunately, streaming these episodes on Nintendo Zone doesn't really work that well, since the max 3DS volume isn't loud enough to hear the show properly in a public place like McDonald's.

Laethnes

#19

Laethnes said:

1.) Well about Pokemon episodes in general: can't you watch them on http://www.pokemon.com/us/tv-episodes/pokemon-episodes/ ? (Note: this is pointed to discussion, not main article. I know that these are little different things from article.)

2.) You know you can create your own Nintendo Zone spot, don't you? It's not safe, because you have to turn off encryption on your WiFi AP (if you have one; if you don't you can buy cheaply WiFi dongle), but all the magic is in name of your AP. (Note: if you name your AP correctly and use encryption with password, Nintendo Zone will activate, but it won't be able to connect even if you set up it in connection settings.) See Google for more details. (Note: if you are going to experiment with it and the AP AND Internet connection isn't yours, ASK your parents and/or owner of the AP first!!!)

3.) Nintendo Zone is not good for watching, I agree with that. One of the reasons is that it does not buffer video much (only a few seconds) so with slower connection, you will experience one pause after another. (And I have theory that the video does not use good codec.) And waiting until more is downloaded doesn't help.

4.) Quality of the show is really relative. I loved it 12 years ago (watched until (including) Johto) and now I find it boring (a few months ago I did some experiments with activating Nintendo Zone and succeeded. I saw one episode with Gothitelle and now I know that this show is not for me). (Also I started re-watching the show 5 years ago and stopped with episode with pink Rhyhorn/Rhydon because I found it too repetitive.)

Note: I apologize for my errors in English. It's not my native language.

EDIT: grammar errors, added end of 4.)

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