Pokémon Trainers will return to the Sinnoh region in the upcoming fourth generation remake Pokémon Brilliant diamond and Pokémon Shining pearls. Nearly 15 years after its original release, Diamond and Pearl The titles are long-awaited reboot, and fans are eagerly awaiting the series’ premiere later this year.
The remake was first announced with a short one-minute trailer in February, and there have been a few new details released since then. But seeing that these are remakes, there’s been 15 years of new Pokémon content since the original, and fan theories have gone viral online, we’ve been able to put together a pretty clear picture of what’s going on. What will these new Pokémon adventures look like?
Here’s everything we know about Pokémon Brilliant diamond and Pokémon Shining pearls right now.
Pokémon Brilliant diamond and Pokémon Shining pearls will release on November 19th, right in time for the festive season.
Like every Pokémon game to date, Brilliant diamond and Pokémon Shining pearls will be released exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Hopefully by the time these games hit shelves, The much-anticipated Nintendo Switch upgrade is also in our hands.
The announcement trailer for the latest duo of Pokémon games relies heavily on nostalgia to get players excited. The trailer opens with footage of one of the titles that originally debuted on the Nintendo DS, the handheld console these games were originally designed for. A montage of memorable scenes from the original plays – the game’s intro, pick your starter Pokémon, fly across the sea on the SS Spiral – before we get our first look at the remake.
It seems that these remakes will be closer to the top-down perspective and chibi art style, like the original, rather than borrowing any of the new styles used in the series. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Come on, Eevee! or the latest entry in the series Sword Pokémon and Pokémon Shield.
While there will certainly be a few new elements added to the game, we expect the gameplay to be very similar to the original titles and what we would expect from a standard Pokémon game..
Players will start the game as a new Pokémon trainer from Twinleaf Town after choosing from the region’s selection of starter Pokémon – Grass-type Turtwig, Fire-type Chimchar, or Water-type Piplup. You’ll start out building a team of captured Pokémon, battle gym leaders, and eventually join the region’s Elite Four, all while thwarting the Team’s chaotic plans. Galactic, an evil organization trying to summon the legendary Pokémon Dialga (in Brilliant diamond) or Palkia (in Shining pearls).
We expect the multiplayer feature to look a lot like Pokémon of the past – you’ll definitely be able to battle against and trade Pokémon with your friends without too much trouble. It is unclear whether the multiplayer elements from Sword Pokémon and Pokémon Shield will be available, like the ability to randomly trade Pokémon globally or the existence of competitive tournaments.
We don’t imagine the game will include anything like Sword and Shield’s Wild areas, allowing players to roam around hunting for new Pokémon with other trainers in real time.
You can pre-order Pokémon Brilliant diamond and Pokémon shining pearl, includes a dual bundle with both games, available at select retailers.