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Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Recovery Program (JPN)

Discussion in 'Pokemon Demos & Bonus Discs' started by Professor Oak, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. Professor Oak

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    I don't know exactly what the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl JPN recovery program was used for, however I suspect this was used to recover from the surf glitch.

    What is the surf glitch?

    The surf glitch is a glitch found only in the Japanese versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl best known for allowing the player to catch the event-only Mythical Pokémon Darkrai and Shaymin.

    Due to a programming mistake, the door in Aaron's room of the Pokémon League can be Surfed through, by facing the door and manually selecting Surf from the party screen. This allows the player to step into the void around the indoor area and walk to other areas.

    As the void is not intended to be accessed during the normal course of the game, it poses the risk of the player getting trapped with no way out.

    How did Nintendo fix the surf glitch?

    Nintendo has officially acknowledged the glitch and made it possible to repair the save with a program that was distributed to DS Download Stations in Japan starting October 27, 2006. When the save is fixed the player is transported back outside their house in Twinleaf Town, allowing them to resume the game.

    Their seems to have been various revisions of the Diamond and Pearl games released in Japan over the years, presumably to patch this glitch and various other. Groups in the rom scene have dump 1.5 and 1.6 versions of both games for example:
    • Pocket_Monsters_Diamond_v1.5_JAP_NDS-PUSSYCAT
    • Pocket_Monsters_Diamond_v1.6_JAP_NDS-PUSSYCAT
    • Pocket_Monsters_Pearl_v1.5_JPN_NDS-BAHAMUT
    • Pocket_Monsters_Pearl_v1.6_JPN_NDS-BAHAMUT
    How to use:

    You can load the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Recovery Program on a DS using a flash cart, I then presume if you swap the cartridge out and insert a legitimate JPN Diamond and Pearl which has been glitched it will patch the game for you.

    It's possible this could be a homemade rom created by capturing the files sent to the DS from a DS Download Station.

    This was released by the rom scene as Pocket_Monsters_Diamond_and_Pearl_Recovery_Program_JPN_Demo_NDS-iND (ind-pmdaprp) with the release notes "found this someplace and decided to share it enjoy!"

    Screenshots:

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    Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Recovery Program (JPN) Download
     

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  2. YoshiMoshi

    YoshiMoshi Well-Known Member

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    What cartridge did this come from?
     
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    This is cool!
     
  4. Gridelin

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    I found it on some massive demo dump from 2010~ish
     
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    I found it here, I think we already have all of the other distribution carts, although one of the 2011 distributions linked there might be a different variant of one we have or something.
    https://mega.nz/#F!FvQmyL6b!T-k3mMzHIclbDGmpr7pbVQ
     

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