Pokémon Diamond and Pearl published in North America in 2007 on Nintendo’s DS handheld, and now today’s fans will find a opportunity to revisit these installations with a brand new, contemporary makeover. Announced during today’s Pokémon Presents festivities, this pair of matches — called Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl — is coming to Switch afterwards in 2021.

Even though it might not have been the biggest reveal during the show (that honor belongs to Pokémon Legends Arceus), it’s still an exciting opportunity to leap into the classic Pokémon formula with a fresh spin.

As stated by the Pokémon Company’s Takato Utsunomiya, Outstanding Diamond and Shining Pearl have been”faithful remakes” of those games initially released 15 decades back. The most obvious change is the distinct visual overhaul, however, fans can undoubtedly expect other tweaks to the encounter while keeping the core elements that made the first releases so well-received.

The games take place in the Sinnoh area, and include the starter Pokémon Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. Much like most of the duos of Pokémon releases, the two versions provide similar experiences, with little variations between them, like which mythical Pokémon can be found in each.

All these remakes are being manufactured by Ilca Inc (a studio that helped make Pokémon Home), although Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda is also serving as a manager, which is encouraging considering Masuda was also the director of the original Diamond and Pearl releases.

Start Looking for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl on Switch in overdue 2021, launching simultaneously globally.


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