Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Pokemon Shining Pearl show off returning features and new gameplay along with a new Switch Lite design

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl were first revealed in a previous Pokemon Presents presentation. These largely faithful remakes of the Gen IV Sinnoh games are set to release for Nintendo Switch on November 19. A new trailer debuted today showing off more of the region and showcases some returning features, of which a few have been updated.

The grand underground, which was present in the original games, has expanded with new areas added to it. These areas, called Pokemon hideaways, contain wild Pokemon. The appearance rate of these Pokemon varies based on the decorations placed in your secret base. Some Sinnoh region Pokemon will be exclusive to the grand underground.

Another returning feature is that of capsule decorations, allowing you to customize your Pokeballs with stickers. The stickers add visual flairs, such as confetti, when your Pokemon emerge for battle. Meanwhile, super contest shows updated the rhythm mini-game and may have melded it to be done at the same time as showing off moves. The union room returns and functions as a lobby. It'll allow for both local and online play with respective rooms so you can trade with and battle other players. Perhaps not surprisingly, ranked play will not be supported in this release. In 2022 Pokemon Home support will be added.


A feature new to these games is being able to purchase and style your clothes, which was not introduced until Pokemon X & Pokemon Y. These outfits seem to be complete sets with no hair customization shown. A partly new addition is that any Pokemon native to these games can follow you throughout the world. Previously in the original Pokemon Diamond & Pokemon Pearl, only a select number of Pokemon could follow you in the location Amity Square.

At the end of the presentation segment, a Dialga & Palkia-themed Nintendo Switch Lite model was revealed. The appearance is strikingly similar to that of a previous Nintendo DS Lite special edition for the original games. This Switch Lite model will be released prior to the games on November 5.


An early purchase bonus for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Pokemon Shining Pearl, a Manaphy egg will be delivered as a mystery gift via internet. It will accessible until February 21, 2022.

The Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games enable fans to experience the original story and game features from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl in a fresh way. First released in 2006, the original games have been faithfully reproduced and colorfully revitalized for Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will bring Trainers back to the Sinnoh region, where they will meet Professor Rowan, battle against Team Galactic, and explore the Grand Underground. The Sinnoh region’s popular Pokémon Super Contests return as Super Contest Shows, and players can socialize with other Trainers from around the world in the Union Room. Trainers will also be able to personalize their gameplay experience by using Capsule Decoration. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be compatible with Pokémon HOME in 2022.

A special edition Nintendo Switch Lite Dialga & Palkia Edition will be released on Friday, November 5, 2021, to commemorate the launch of these titles and will have a design on the back featuring a silver-colored Dialga and a gold-colored Palkia.

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