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The U.S. D-Power is different from the Japanese D-Ark and European D-Power in several ways. It has a button to switch off the screen, four separate colored face buttons, and although it has a square screen, it uses its own unique set of sprites. It is also the only Digivice that can connect to a computer.
The left and right buttons are used to scroll through the menu, while the top button is “cancel” and the bottom is “confirm.” At the main screen, press the bottom button to view the distance to your next boss, number of steps you’ve taken, and D-Energy. Press Left or Right to scroll through the menu.
Like previous Digivices, the U.S. D-Power is a pedometer pet and must be shaken or walked with to encounter battles. Unlike other Digivices, your Digimon automatically evolves to its next level depending on what level of the map you’re on. There are four maps, each with three areas. Map 1 gives you Child Digimon, Map 2 gives you Adults, and so on.
Menu options are as follows:
The in-battle menu is as follows:
If you lose a battle, Impmon may come and try to lure your partner Digimon away. To stop him, press the bottom button repeatedly.
The US D-Power is unique in that unlike the Japanese D-Ark and Bandai Asia D-Power, it is compatible with an online game that was included with the product. (Bandai no longer supports the online play.)
The game featured an overworld that had players choose character sprites based on the characters from the anime and limited all conversation to pre-programmed phrases. You could upload your Digimon from your D-Power to battle with these other Tamers. Battling was carried out with a fighting game in which you controlled your Digimon. The Digimon moved about the screen rather slowly and had a very limited set of moves.
The game also came with a Digimon Encyclopedia, training mode (in which you could practice at the game or play with it if your computer refused to connect to the online part), or store your partner Digimon (handy if your batteries ran out or if Impmon stole one of your partners).