Every part we find out about Pokémon Good Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon trainers might be heading again to the Sinnoh area within the upcoming generation-four remakes Pokémon Good Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. Almost 15 years after their unique launch, the massively well-liked Diamond and Pearl titles are getting long-awaited reboots, and followers are eagerly ready for the sequence’ launch later this yr.

The remakes have been first introduced with a fast one-minute trailer again in February, and there have been few new particulars launched since then, akin to within the newest Nintendo direct. However seeing that these are remakes, there have been 15 years of latest Pokémon content material because the unique releases, and fan theories have run wild on-line, we’ve been in a position to put collectively a reasonably clear image of what these renewed Pokémon adventures will seem like.

Right here’s every little thing we find out about Pokémon Good Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl proper now.

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Launch date

The protagonist and his friend are attacked by bird Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Pokémon Good Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are set to launch on November 19, simply in time for the vacation season.


A Pokémon trainer throwing a Poké Ball.

Like each Pokémon sport to this point, Good Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl might be launched completely for the Nintendo Change. Hopefully, by the point these video games hit the cabinets, the much-anticipated Nintendo Change improve might be in our arms as effectively.


The announcement trailer for the most recent pair of Pokémon video games depends closely on nostalgia to get gamers excited. The trailer opens up with a shot of one of many unique titles launching on Nintendo DS, the hand-held console these video games have been initially designed for. A montage of memorable scenes from the originals performs — the sport’s introduction, selecting your starter Pokémon, cruising throughout the ocean on the S.S. Spiral — earlier than we get our first have a look at the remake.

The sport will, clearly, return us to the Sinnoh area the place we are going to accumulate Pokémon and battle fitness center leaders whereas competing with our rival and trying to thwart Group Galactic. There are additionally new mysteries ready to be found and solved. Cynthia, a mysterious character, will present up at varied factors to assist unravel these mysteries.

It appears like these remakes will keep nearer to the top-down perspective and chibi artwork fashion, just like the originals, as an alternative of borrowing any of the brand new types utilized in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or the latest entries within the sequence, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Protect.


A trainer running through a snowy field.

Whereas there’ll certainly be a few new parts added to the video games, we count on the gameplay to be similar to the unique titles and what we’ve come to count on out of a regular Pokémon sport.

Gamers will begin the sport as a brand new Pokémon coach setting out from Twinleaf City after selecting from the area’s collection of starter Pokémon — the grass-type Turtwig, the fire-type Chimchar, or the water-type Piplup. You’ll begin constructing a crew of captured Pokémon, battling fitness center leaders, and ultimately taking up the area’s Elite 4, all whereas thwarting the chaotic plans of Group Galactic, a villainous group that’s attempting to summon the legendary Pokémon Dialga (in Good Diamond) or Palkia (in Shining Pearl).

The August Nintendo direct gave us a glimpse at some new options these video games will convey. Whereas they have been solely proven briefly, we noticed that we can beautify our Poké Balls with stickers, commerce and do battle domestically or on-line in a Union Room, customise our characters’ outfits in a Fashion Store, take part in Tremendous Contest Exhibits that seem to play like rhythm video games, and enter maze-like dungeons with Explorer Kits.

The deep underground is filled with fossils to find, and you may even beautify your personal hideout of types with statues and sculptures of your favourite Pokémon. New to those areas are Pokémon hideaways, which is able to spawn totally different Pokémon relying on the decorations you’ve arrange in your base. Some Pokémon will solely present up right here, encouraging experimentation.

The stickers you place in your Poké Balls not solely make the balls themselves extra attention-grabbing but additionally add distinctive results when used, akin to confetti springing out or fireworks capturing off.

Lastly, you may select any Pokémon you’ve caught to be your accomplice Pokémon and see them comply with alongside behind your coach as you discover the world.


A trainer entering a city.

We count on multiplayer to look similar to the way it has in previous Pokémon — you’ll positively have the ability to battle in opposition to and commerce Pokémon with your mates with out an excessive amount of problem. It’s unclear if multiplayer parts from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Protect might be obtainable, like the power to randomly commerce Pokémon globally or the existence of aggressive leagues.

We don’t think about the sport would come with something like Sword and Protect’s Wild Space, which allowed gamers to roam round looking for new Pokémon alongside different trainers in actual time.


A turtle-looking Pokémon ready to fight.

You may pre-order Pokémon Good Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, together with a double-pack with each video games, proper now at a handful of choose retailers.


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