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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release date: latest news on the Sinnoh remakes

Travel back to the Sinnoh region with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

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We are about to return to the Sinnoh region, with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl all set to bring players back to that beloved location for a pair of long-requested remakes.

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Japanese studio ILCA is remaking Game Freak’s Diamond and Pearl games, which originally launched back in 2006, for the Nintendo Switch and we are sure that these remakes will look great on the Nintendo Switch OLED‘s improved screen.

Hyping up the release, the official Pokémon website says: “The original story has been faithfully reproduced, and the sense of scale in the originals’ towns and routes has been carefully preserved. People who played Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl can revisit familiar places and relive familiar scenes once more. For those setting out through Sinnoh for the first time, plenty of new encounters and surprises await.”

But when do the Diamond and Pearl remakes come out, and what else do we know about them? Here is all that we know far!

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release date

It may still feel like a way off, but with the autumn and winter months upon us, we will be playing this before we know it. The Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release date has been confirmed for 19th November 2021, which is sure to come along quickly!

Can I pre-order Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

You sure can pre-order Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and/or Pokémon Shining Pearl! All the usual places to buy your AAA games should have it in stock. GAME has the Brilliant Diamond version of the game for £49.99 while Smyths has Shining Pearl for £44.99. We’ll keep an eye out for any deals that may be announced in the lead up to the game’s release.

Which platforms and consoles can play Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

In news that should come as a surprise to nobody, you will need to be the proud owner of a Nintendo Switch if you want to play this as it will be released exclusively on that platform – much like every other AAA Pokémon release since that console was launched.

What is the difference between Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

It all comes down to a legendary Pokémon. If you want the chance to catch Dialga the Temporal Pokémon then you will want to get the Brilliant Diamond version of the game while Shining Pearl will give you the opportunity to get your hands on Palkia, the Spatial Pokémon – other than that they are identical!

What do we know about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl gameplay?

We were waiting for a while for some new gameplay footage for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and then came it along, with this new video that shows us just that – and the game looks just as much fun as we had hoped.

Click play below to see some of the gameplay in action, including such features as character customisation, Pokémon following you around as you traverse the map, Super Contest Shows, capsule decoration, the Grand Underground and much more!

Will the Pokédex have all possible Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

This remains to be seen and announced, but it does sound as though all the Pokémon that we expect to be included will be present and accounted for – we haven’t heard anything that would suggest otherwise. The bigger question seems to be whether the game will have new additions to the Pokédex and we will keep you updated on that as soon as we hear more.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl trailer

The first trailer for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has been doing the rounds for a while now – and here it is for your viewing pleasure! It’s already racked up 2.7 million views (and counting) on YouTube, so you can tell that people are exciting for this one. As we wait for that November release date to roll around, take a look below to see what the fuss is about:

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