Pokémon Shining Diamond and Spending Pearl: many new images for the fourth generation remakes

Pokémon Shining Diamond and Spending Pearl: many new images for the fourth generation remakes

Pokémon Shining Diamond and Spending Pearl

Last week's Pokémon Presents gave us a new taste of Pokémon Shining Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl thanks to a new trailer. And now it's time to have a good feast of new images of the Nintendo Switch remakes of the fourth generation titles, originally released on the Nintendo DS.

The images were published by The Pokémon Company in the days following the show of the last week, and subsequently collected by Serebii, and offer a nice full-bodied mix of combat and exploration.

Among the protagonists of the screenshots obviously the trio of the fourth generation starters could not be missing, namely Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup, which we see engaged both in battle and in the Sinnoh dance competitions. Other Pokémon also appear in the images, such as Lucario, Garchomp, Graveler, and Bidoof.

In addition, the screenshots allow you to admire the work of ILCA in rebuilding Sinnoh from scratch for Nintendo Switch, thanks to shots of paths, cities and dungeons (including the Great Dungeons). A work truly faithful to the originals, perhaps too much according to some.

+84 Pokémon Shining Diamond and Pokémon Pearl Shining will be available for Nintendo Switch starting November 19th. By pre-ordering one or both remakes you can get various pre-order bonuses, including the Egg of Manaphy.

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Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Three Entirely New Things For The Remake

pokemon brilliant diamond and shining pearl remakes

At today’s Pok√©mon Presents showcase, trainers got another look at the upcoming Pok√©mon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes. We already knew they’d be newer-looking than the originals (obviously). But more new stuff is coming.

First—and most crucially—you’ll be able to customize your outfits, as you can in the more recent series entries.

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There’s also a new “Grand Underground” area, a sprawling maze where you can catch Sinnoh-specific Pok√©mon. At first glance, it looks a bit like the wild area from Sword and Shield.

Finally, online battles!

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which were first announced in February, are the latest cash cows to come out of Nintendo and the Pok√©mon Company’s reliable nostalgia factory. This time around: A redux of the fourth generation of Pok√©mon games, Diamond and Pearl, which were released for the Nintendo DS back in 2007 for North America and Europe. Like FireRed and LeafGreen (remakes of the original Red and Blue versions), HeartGold and SoulSilver (likewise for Gold and Silver), or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Ruby and Sapphire), Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful recreations. They even feature the same camera angle as the originals, albeit with a modernized art style. Whether or not that means “better” is a matter of taste.

These touched-up versions were already given a November 19 release date for the Switch in a stream this past spring. Of note: Game Freak, the longtime Pok√©mon dev, is not making these games. A studio called ILCA is behind the project, though it’s worth noting that Junichi Masuda—who directed the original games—is overseeing.

This pair of redos heralds a mysterious open-world game, Pok√©mon Legends: Arceus, also based on the fourth-gen games. Set in Sinnoh, your goal is to compile the very first Sinnoh Pok√©dex. Arceus is there, too, but it’s unclear why. (You’ll likely have to figure that out in-game. Per Pok√©mon lore, Arceus is basically god, so ten bucks says that comes into play somehow.) From these early glimpses, the game looks a whole lot like Breath of the Wild: Pok√©mon Edition. That’s out for the Switch on January 28, 2022. I, for one, am at the edge of my seat in anticipation over the new flying-grass-type Pok√©mon, Winglidermon.