It’s a great time to be a Pokémon fan, with several major franchise entries set to launch over the next few months. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the next two games arriving on the Nintendo Switch, and whether you’ve played the original versions or you’re coming in fresh, there are plenty of reasons to be excited.
Diamond and Pearl are two of the most fun and creative Pokémon games around, and it’s fantastic to see them return in shiny, remastered form this November.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming games.
What are Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl about?
Like other Pokémon games, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are about getting your very first Pokémon and starting off on a world-spanning adventure to avert ecological disaster as an evil squad (Team Galactic) schemes in the background.
In your travels, you’ll face off against gym leaders, enter your Pokémon in beauty contests and become the greatest trainer of all time.
As far as structure goes, anyone who’s played a Pokémon game will be familiar with these games and how they work. Still, Sinnoh is one of the best Pokémon regions and there’s plenty of secrets to discover.
What are the Pokémon starters for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?
In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you’ll be able to choose from three starter Pokémon: Piplup, Chimchar and Turtwig.
Piplup is a water-type Pokémon that resembles a penguin, and you’ll want it by your side because it can eventually learn important moves to help you navigate the world.
Chimchar is a fire-type Pokémon that resembles a monkey and has one of the most powerful evolutions of the three starters.
Turtwig is a grass-type Pokémon that looks like a turtle, and has mighty powerful leaf-based attacks.
All three have their own merits, but you may find choosing Piplup will give you an early game advantage due to its high-powered attacks and ability to learn essential HMs.
What’s new in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl?
The most noticeable difference between the original Diamond and Pearl and their new gen counterparts is art style (the pixel art has been interpreted as ‘chibi’ in the remakes), but there are also a few other key updates you should know about.
Super Contests have been given a facelift, for one. In the new version of the game, these competitions will be more dynamic and have a dance and costume element.
In addition, you’ll also be able to dress up your trainer, with a new dress-up system that takes cues directly from Sword, Shield and other recent Poké adventures.
The Underground (detailed below) is also getting a refresh, with new terrains to explore and more items to add to your secret base.
What Pokémon are exclusive to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?
While an official Pokémon list is yet to be confirmed for the Diamond and Pearl remakes, it’s likely they’ll reflect the original exclusives.
In that case, here’s what you can expect for each game:
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Exclusive Pokémon
Pokemon Shining Pearl Exclusive Pokémon
Does Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have multiplayer?
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were the first two Pokémon games to really take advantage of the Wi-Fi compatibility of the Nintendo DS, and they introduced a range of features which connected players.
Luckily, these will all be returning in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl — so yes, you’ll be able to play with your friends in multiplayer mode.
You can take part in online Pokémon trainer battles and tournaments in both games, as well as visit your mates in The Underground.
In The Underground, a returning multiplayer map, you’ll be able to mine rocks with friends, play capture the flag and build a secret base filled with decorations or traps. While multiplayer is a minor part of both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, The Underground was brilliant in the Nintendo DS games, and it should be just as fun and wholesome here.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Release Date
Pokémon Shining Diamond and Brilliant Pearl are currently set to release on November 19, 2021.
You can purchase them in a two-pack or separately in both physical and digital editions.