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Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Remakes Coming To Switch This Year

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Pokémon Diamond and Pearl was released in North America in 2007 on the Nintendo DS handheld, and today’s fans will have the chance to revisit these installments with a new, modern makeover. Announced during today’s Pokémon Presents festivities, this pair of games – called Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl – will arrive on Switch later in 2021.

While that might not have been the show’s biggest reveal (that honor belongs to Pokémon Legends Arceus), it’s still an exciting opportunity to jump into the classic Pokémon formula with a new twist.

According to The Pokémon Company’s Takato Utsunomiya, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are “faithful remakes” of games that originally released 15 years ago. The most obvious change is the distinct visual overhaul, but fans can no doubt expect more changes to the experience while still retaining the basic elements that made the original versions so well received.

The games are set in the Sinnoh region and feature starter Pokémon Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. Like most Pokémon version duos, both versions offer similar experiences, with slight variations between them, like the Legendary Pokémon available in each.

These remakes are being developed by Ilca Inc (a studio that helped create Pokémon Home), though Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda also serves as the director, which is encouraging given that Masuda was also the director of the original versions of Diamond and Pearl. .

Look for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl on Switch at the end of 2021.

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