A new page on the official Nintendo Pokemon website reveals that one of the rarest pokemon, Darkrai, will be getting a North American debut. As Pokemon Diamond and Pearl players know, Darkrai is only available at special, official Nintendo events. At these events, players can download a special item to their DS units. They then go to any pokecenter in the game to receive the Member’s Card item. This card allows players to enter the locked Canalave Inn and battle Darkrai.
A date for the Darkrai event has not been set. In fact, very little information is given about the event, other than to imply it is coming soon. A Darkrai event was already held in Japan at the debut of the July 10, 2007 release of the tenth Pokemon movie, Gekijouban Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai. The Darkrai from that movie event knew the moves Roar of Time and Spacial Rend. The same movie is scheduled to be released in the U.S. March 2008 as The Rise of Darkrai.
Of course players who happen to own an Action Replay DS may already own this elusive pokemon thanks to a helpful code which triggers the event prematurely. If the official NA Darkrai contains special moves like the Japanese one, then it will easy to determine who owns a legitimate pokemon and who hacked the game.
Update: Gamertell has updated the Darkrai story. The pokemon will be given away at Toys”R”Us stores in North America and May 31 and June 1, 2008.