At this point in Pokémon’s 25-year history, there have been almost as many remakes as there have been main games, but the last pair, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl for the Nintendo Switch, are a bit different. Rather than reimagining the original versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful recreations, right down to their chibi-like imagery and superior point of view. Despite this conservative approach, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl also introduce a variety of enhancements that should help make 15-year-old games more enjoyable for a modern audience.
Nintendo recently gave us a new hands-off look at Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl ahead of their release next month. While the core experience remains true to the originals, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl incorporate numerous quality-of-life improvements from the latest installments in the series, eliminating many of the rough edges inherent in older titles.
This includes organizing Pokémon. Similar to Pokémon Sword and Shield, you can now access your Pokémon storage boxes directly from the menu, so you don’t need to go back to a Pokémon Center every time you want to change your gear. Similarly, Exp. Share is enabled from the beginning here, which means that all Pokémon in your party will gain experience points from a battle, even if they did not actively participate (although a higher participation will be awarded to the Pokémon that participated). Purists may get mad at this particular change, but it helps mitigate the need to level up the routine and improves the pace of games in general.
Perhaps the most notable improvement in quality of life concerns hidden movements. In previous Pokémon games, players had to teach these techniques to their Pokémon and use them to overcome certain environmental obstacles, making them necessary to progress in the adventure. However, since these techniques were generally not very useful in battle, most players generally loaded all hidden moves into one or two Pokémon that they only retrieved from storage when needed, making them a hassle to use. .
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl present a smart solution. In the remakes, the hidden movements are linked to an app for the Poketch, a handy smartwatch-like device that you receive at the beginning of the adventure. This app lets you summon a wild Pokémon to perform a hidden move, so you no longer have to sacrifice your own Pokémon’s move slots to use these techniques, a welcome change that should make traveling the world that much more. gentle.
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl also add some embellishments of their own to the experience, most notably at the Grand Underground, an extensive network of tunnels located beneath the surface of the Sinnoh region. Just like in the original Diamond and Pearl games, you can excavate secret bases here and extract treasures from the walls. This time, however, there are also new areas in the Grand Underground called Pokemon Hideaways. Unlike the overworld, where wild Pokémon are found strictly through random encounters, Pokémon visibly roam these hiding places, so you can choose which ones you want to fight against. Additionally, the Pokémon statues you extract from the Grand Underground have special effects when placed in your secret bases, which will influence the types of Pokémon that appear in Hideaways, which is useful if you are looking for a specific type of monster.
Thanks to these quality of life tweaks, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company seem to have struck a delicate balance with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – they appeal to fans of the original games and make them accessible to new and younger players. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be released for Nintendo Switch on November 19. As a pre-purchase bonus, everyone who gets a copy of any of the titles before February 21, 2022 is entitled to a free Manaphy egg.