Today marks the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, the remakes of the fan-favorite Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games from 2007. Go on new adventures in the familiar Sinnoh region in these remakes with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. Out now on Nintendo Switch!
Check out the latest trailer for the remakes to get an overview of the most important features!
It’s time to explore the Sinnoh region once again! Whether you’re an experienced Pokémon trainer or a new trainer starting fresh, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl provides tons of features for an unforgettable Pokémon adventure. First off, let’s go over some fan-favorite features that are making a return in the remakes.
The Underground world from the original games has been revitalized and is now called the Grand Underground. In this subterranean world, you can dig up valuable items, obtain Pokémon Fossils and create your very own Secret Base. There are also lots of opportunities to obtain new Pokémon in the Pokémon Hideaways of the Grand Underground. The Hideaways are inhabited by different Pokémon depending on the terrain. You’ll definitely want to explore the Grand Underground as some Pokémon can only be found in these secret Hideaways!
Pokémon Contests are also making a return in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. These Contests, now referred to as Super Contest Shows, are all about showing off your Pokémon’s performance skills. Dance with your favorite Pokémon and compete in five different Super Contest Show Categories. Can you get the most Hype Points with your performance?
Remember Amity Square? In the original games, you could take a small selection of Pokémon for a stroll in this soothing place. This feature is massively expanded in the remakes, allowing you to take up to six Pokémon for a stroll at once. In addition, after you’ve visited Amity Square for the first time, you can walk with your favorite Pokémon in towns and along routes. This feature is completely new to the Sinnoh region and a very welcome addition for trainers that are looking to bond even closer with their favorite Pokémon.
Another new feature of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is Ramanas Pak. This brand new park replaces the Pal Park from the originals and allows you to encounter Legendary Pokémon after beating the Elite Four. Obtain “Slates” by exploring the Sinnoh region and place these slates into the corresponding pedestal to Legendaries such as Mewtwo, Rayquaza, Suicune and Moltres. You can even befriend a Mythical Pokémon if you own a copy of Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield or Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! Sword/Shield owners will receive Jirachi as a companion and similarly Let’s Go owners will obtain Mew.
As is the case with all mainline Pokémon games, there are various differences between the two versions of the remakes. The main difference here is that certain Pokémon are exclusive to one version of the game. For example, you can only obtain Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Ho-Oh, Rampardos, Skuntank and Dialga in Brilliant Diamond. On the other hand, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia, Bastiodon, Purugly and Palkia are only available in Shining Pearl. Keep these exclusives in mind and make sure you pick up your preferred version!
As of today, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are officially available on the Nintendo Switch. Of course, the Nintendo Switch offers many other Pokémon adventures. If you’re new to Pokémon, or simply want to explore other regions, check out:
Also, Pokémon fans will want to keep their eyes peeled for news regarding the upcoming Pokémon Legends Arceus game, which is set to release on January 28 2022. In this beautiful new action RPG, you’ll explore the past of the Sinnoh region by surveying and catching wild Pokémon. The perfect game to play after completing Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!
Now that you’re updated on all new features for the remakes, it’s time to start your own Sinnoh adventure. Stock up on Poké Balls and discover the mythical world of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. Available now!