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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Pokétch Calculator Broken For Some Players

Some Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl players have noticed the Pokétch calculator app doesn't work in some languages. The Pokétch is an item first introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and it has returned in the Nintendo Switch  remakes.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl's Pokétch is an in-game smartwatch-like device which features several apps, including a digital watch, pedometer, and a Pokémon list. One new addition to the Pokétch in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is quite useful, as it allows the player to more easily HMs in the overworld. The Pokétch calls Wild Pokémon to use HMs, with creatures like Bidoof quickly appearing to use Rock Smash on any boulders in the player's way. This is considered to be one of the best quality-of-life upgrades in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, as Game Freak has moved away from forcing players to save Pokémon move slots for HMs in the years since the original Gen 4 games.

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However, there's one Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Pokétch feature which isn't working as advertised for everyone. A user on the Pokémon subeddit uploaded a video showing the Pokétch's calculator app in action. In the video, the calculator was unable to perform division, with seven divided by three bringing up a series of question marks. Those who try to replicate this issue in their own copies of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl may notice their calculator doesn't seem to suffer from the same issue as the one shown on Reddit, but there's a reason for that.

It turns out the Pokétch calculator issue isn't occurring for most players because the glitch is tied to the in-game language selection. The errors have only been encountered when Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are played in certain languages, which is presumably a result of the game mixing up commas and decimal points. One way to replicate the glitch without starting the game over is to change the language of the Nintendo Switch system to German, which will cause the Pokétch calculator to begin malfunctioning.

The Pokémon series was once notorious for its glitches, especially when the mainline entries made the jump to new hardware. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are no exception, as players have already discovered a Diamond and Pearl remake Shaymin unlock glitch. Luckily, the developers can release updates for the game, so it's likely the Pokétch calculator glitch could be fixed soon. The Pokétch mostly existed to show off the touchscreen functions of the Nintendo DS, but some of the apps are mostly filler and represent wristwatch gimmicks of the past. The calculator app probably won't be used by most players since many smart devices also include them and aren't operated by a cursor, but that doesn't make the glitch much less of a nuisance.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available for Nintendo Switch.

Source: Pokemon/Reddit

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