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Nintendo Announces Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Remakes: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Sinnoh fans have reason to be excited about 2021. Nintendo has officially confirmed Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – remakes of the popular games from 2007 – in Friday’s Pokemon Direct.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be released in Late 2021.

Fans of the series will be transported back to the world of Sinnoh – a game that promises to be an homage to the original game, according to the game developers.

Nintendo announced that the games would be published in development with Ilca, the company responsible for Pokemon Home, as well as directed by longtime GameFreak director Junichi Masuda. As eluded to, the game will be maintaining true to the original game but with cleaner graphics, paying homage to the original design of the game with a more chibi feel, and keeping the same story of space and time.

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Once again, the three starters will be Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup – fan favorites of the series. In addition, clips of Pokemon such as Shinx, Ambipom and Porygon-Z were shown, revealing popular Pokemon will be returning as a part of the Sinnoh Pokedex. 

There were also glimpses of the mascots in Dialga and Palkia, while in statue form, confirming that once again – the space and time dragons will be returning as the mascots of the game.

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Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were released in late 2006 for Japan but released in North America in April of 2007. The games, the first major Pokemon titles for the Nintendo DS, were massive hits across the globe. Two years later, Pokemon Platinum was released on a global market. At this time, Pokemon Platinum will not be receiving the remake treatment (though one can hope).


While there is still plenty to be announced – including gym leaders, Pokemon and cross play, the games are shaping up to be exciting for all players.

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