Finally, 3 years after they were first announced, the games I've been waiting for are here: Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl.
These 2 games were supposed to be released in the USA on Sunday, April 22, 2007, which is tomorrow, but I've been hearing reports that game retailers across the USA have broken the street date and released them early. I was expecting these 2 games to arrive here a week later, so I was really surprised when I went to the Greenhills Theater Mall early today and passed by Celtex, the shop where I mostly buy my DS games, and the saleslady there promptly informed me that their Pokemon Diamond/Pearl shipment just arrived.
Of course, I freaked out, but managed to hide my excitement and calmly asked if she was really sure. She said that she'll check again, and will send me a text message once the games are already in the shop. Now I've known this shop and its salespeople for more than a year now, and they're really good--they sell handheld hardware and original games at prices significantly lower than the bloated, excessive prices you see at places like Toy Kingdom or AstroPlus, and they get the games faster as well.
So when I found out the launch date for the new Pokemon games earlier this year, I already informed them a month early and begged, er, requested them to reserve me copies. Since they already know me and are generally an overall nice bunch, they agreed.
I went around the malls for a bit, and minutes later, I got the text confirming the arrival of the games. Off I went to the shop and gasped at seeing the 2 games--I couldn't believe I was actually holding them; I mean, this had to be a first, where we were ahead of the USA release date.
I hurried home and spent the entire afternoon playing Pokemon Diamond. It's every bit as great as I expected it to be, and it looks like this is gonna preoccupy most of my free time from now on...