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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Announced for Switch, Launches Late 2021

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Announced for Switch, Launches Late 2021 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2021 / 2,155 Views

The Pokemon Company during today's Pokemon Presents video announced Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl for the Nintendo Switch. It will launch in late 2021. The long-rumored games are remakes of the 2006 Nintendo DS games, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.

View the announcement trailer below:

Here is an overview of the game:

The Sinnoh Region of the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Games.

Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games in an adventure reborn on the Nintendo Switch system.

Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will take place in the Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll visit many different locations in the Sinnoh region, while striving to become the Champion of the Pokémon League.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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24 Comments
shikamaru317 (on 26 February 2021)

I’d also like to point out that people made fun of me when I predicted the names Shiny Diamond and Lustrous Pearl like 2 years ago, these names are not far off from that. xD

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Zeldadude (on 26 February 2021)

I hope Nintendo has other holiday games other than these.

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Naum Zeldadude (on 01 March 2021)

Pokemon isnt developed by Nintendo

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hunter_alien (on 27 February 2021)

Another 15 million + seller that's for sure.

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Shiken (on 26 February 2021)

Between this being on the horizon for holiday 2021 and legends slated for early 2022, clearly the cliff is nowhere to be seen. What I can see however...is a new peak.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 February 2021)

Graphics looks absolutely disgusting seriously game freak it's 2021

After searching da devs it's ilca inc whatever my bad haha but still a huge disappointment I was totally looking forward to this now they just plain ruined it!

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heavenmercenary01 LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 February 2021)

for once it's not GameFreak, but somehow they managed to bring worse to work on them. GameFreak supervised the developement, and guess what? they seem to be happy with it (dumb and dumber here).

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Ljink96 LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 February 2021)

Yeah...this wasn't made by Game Freak and I can't believe I'm saying this, but it shows.

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HoangNhatAnh LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 February 2021)

watch Pokemon Presents, it's not game freak

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Real LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 February 2021)

Remember " graphics makes the game "

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heavenmercenary01 Real (on 26 February 2021)

Basically all they had to do is to rework the graphics. What were expecting people to be complaining about in a remake? the content that they already know?

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GamingRabbit Real (on 26 February 2021)

Well.. yeah.. partially yes. If graphics wouldnt matter, then we would all be playing board games instead.

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kems Real (on 02 March 2021)

It's a remake, graphics are literally the only big upgrade people are expecting. And when the remake looks worst than the original, that says a lot about the company

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KLAMarine (on 27 February 2021)

D'awww! Look at chibi Dawn! Adorable!

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dark_gh0st_b0y (on 27 February 2021)

actually I prefer this original art style and camera angle instead of the tiny 3D world we got in Sword/Shield

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Chazore (on 26 February 2021)

I really don't like that morphed chibi look tbh. Visuals on some scenes also look like a step down from previous remakes as well.

Not gonna go for it I think, especially knowing it'll be £60

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Real (on 26 February 2021)

Yeah Switch doing big numbers this year

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 February 2021)

Legends arceus is the one we should be waiting for,
That trailer was amazing unlike this garbage...

Remakes should be matching gameplay/graphics wise to current game
Just like shika saying hg/ss = dpp, oras = xy,
It wouldve been a ton of work for these current remakes to replicate sw/sh style but that's what its suppose to be...

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Pemalite (on 26 February 2021)

I started off with Pokemon Blue and skipped every Pokemon release right up to Sword and Shield (Which was a pretty average game).
So going back and revisiting this title (Top down view or not) will be interesting.

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shikamaru317 (on 26 February 2021)

Well that was underwhelming. 2D grid instead of 3D, chibi artsyle, no Pokémon following, no visible over world Pokémon. I must say I had higher hopes for this, especially after Gamefreak moved their headquarters to the Nintendo campus, many saw that as a sign that Nintendo was going to provide development assistance to finally make Pokémon a AAA series worthy of Switch, rather than a AA series that still feels like it belongs on the older 3DS.

Edit: Ok, looking into it, the AAA Gamefreak + Nintendo Pokémon game is the other one they announced, this was outsourced.

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SvenTheTurkey shikamaru317 (on 26 February 2021)

Diamond and pearl remake had to be faithful. A let's go would have been a kick in the groin. They went the link's awakening route, although uglier. But it's 6 months out. The visuals could change.

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shikamaru317 SvenTheTurkey (on 26 February 2021)

I was expecting more the HG/SS or OR/AS route than Let's Go route. HG/SS and OR/AS updated the graphics of the games they were remaking to match the current graphical standard of the current Pokemon generation at the time (gen 4 for HG/SS and gen 6 for OR/AS), and also updated the mechanics of the original games to the mechanics of the current Pokemon generation at the time. BD/SP here seems to have neither the current 8th gen Pokemon graphics of Sword/Shield, nor 8th gen mechanics from Sword/Shield like full 3D movement, the Wild Area, and Gigantamaxing. While no gigantamaxing would actually be a plus in my book, it would have been nice to get D/P remakes with the Sword/Shield artstyle and graphics and some of the Sword/Shield mechanics like a full 3D movement and a wild area with visible overworld Pokemon.

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LivncA_Dis3 shikamaru317 (on 26 February 2021)

I fcking agree it should be sw/sh style so trading can be allowed between games just like oras was to xy seriously...

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SecondWar (on 26 February 2021)

I knew the art style wasn’t going to get some hate and I wasn’t wrong. I don’t actually mind it that much.

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