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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Everything You Need To Know

Pokémon Brilli9ant Diamond and Shining Pearl have been announced, with new gameplay footage from Nintendo.
Pokémon Brilli9ant Diamond and Shining Pearl have been announced, with new gameplay footage from Nintendo. / Courtesy of The Pokémon Company.

The new Pokémon games, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have been announced, and here is everything you need to know about them!

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Everything You Need To Know

Players Will Start in Sinnoh

The Pokémon Company has announced that in "late 2021" they will release the new Pokémon games titled "Brilliant Diamond and "Shining Pearl." From the trailer that confirms the game, we know that players will start in Sinnoh. The developers have worked on a style that stands up to today's standards, while also being loyal to the original Sinnoh and other regions that fans love. While the designs have received mixed reviews amongst players, some point out that the developers kept the proportions of the original sprites while others dislike the smaller appearance.

When addressing the art style, the official Nintendo announcement states, "The sense of scale of the towns and routes has been carefully preserved, and fans who played the original games will recognize many familiar places."

The Pokémons Players Can See Changes Depending on the Game.

The legendary steel-dragon Pokémon, Dialga, can be seen by those who purchase Pokémon Brilliant Diamond. Players that buy the other game, Pokémon Shining Pearl, will be able to encounter a different legendary water-dragon type Pokémon: Palkia. Both of these Pokémons are from the fourth generation.

For their starting Pokémon, players (regardless of which game they purchase) can choose between Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup.

It's A Remake

At the core of these games is nostalgia, based on the gameplay previews that have been shown and the brief commentary from developers. They are trying their best to bring the fourth generation Pokémons to the Nintendo Switch and other consoles, with improved (and remastered) graphics that stand the test of time.

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have yet to announce a specific release date, but both games are expected to be released worldwide in "late 2021." It is unknown if they will take the player feedback regarding the character models into consideration, although it is safe to say that it is quite late in production for Nintendo to completely change the models of the trainers.