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  • Summary: The adventure through the Sinnoh region has been reborn. Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games in an adventure reborn on the Nintendo Switch system. Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will take place in theThe adventure through the Sinnoh region has been reborn. Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games in an adventure reborn on the Nintendo Switch system. Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will take place in the Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You'll visit many different locations in the Sinnoh region, while striving to become the Champion of the Pokémon League. The original story has been faithfully reproduced, and the sense of scale in the originals' towns and routes has been carefully preserved. People who played Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl can revisit familiar places and relive familiar scenes once more. For those setting out through Sinnoh for the first time, plenty of new encounters and surprises await.

    These remakes include easy-to-understand, player-friendly conveniences of the modern Pokémon series, plus up-close-and-personal Pokémon battle scenes.

    Whether you played Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl back in the day or you're encountering these games for the first time, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

    You'll choose Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey.

    Turtwig
    Category: Tiny Leaf Pokémon
    Type: Grass
    Height: 1'4"
    Weight: 22.5 lbs.
    Ability: Overgrow

    Made from soil, the shell on its back hardens when it drinks water. It lives along lakes. It undertakes photosynthesis within its body, making oxygen. The leaf on its head wilts if the Pokémon is thirsty.
    Chimchar
    Category: Chimp Pokémon
    Type: Fire
    Height: 1'8"
    Weight: 13.7 lbs.
    Ability: Blaze

    It agilely scales sheer cliffs to live atop craggy mountains. Its fire is put out when it sleeps. Its fiery rear end is fueled by gas made in its belly. Even rain can't extinguish the fire.
    Piplup
    Category: Penguin Pokémon
    Type: Water
    Height: 1'4"
    Weight: 11.5 lbs.
    Ability: Torrent

    Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold. It lives along the shore in northern countries. A skilled swimmer, it dives for over 10 minutes while hunting.
    Along the way, you'll be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Dialga in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Palkia in Pokémon Shining Pearl.
    Dialga
    Category: Temporal Pokémon
    Type: Steel/Dragon
    Height: 17'9"
    Weight: 1505.8 lbs.
    Ability: Pressure

    It has the power to control time. It appears in Sinnoh-region myths as an ancient deity. This Pokémon is spoken of in legend. It is said that time began moving when Dialga was born.
    Palkia
    Category: Spatial Pokémon
    Type: Water/Dragon
    Height: 13'9"
    Weight: 740.8 lbs.
    Ability: Pressure

    It has the ability to distort space. It is described as a deity in Sinnoh-region mythology. It is said to live in a gap in the spatial dimension parallel to ours. Palkia appears in mythology.
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 88
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  1. Nov 18, 2021
    100
    For anyone new or returning to the Pokémon series, Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is a perfect starting point that bridges the gap between classic and modern Pokémon games. The quality-of-life additions make the game more accessible without making it feel bloated, the art style is simplistic and cute, and the gameplay mechanics will keep players moving through the adventure with ease. For veterans of the series, these versions are an easy recommendation and an excellent recreation of a fan favorite. With only a few exclusive Pokémon between Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, either one is an excellent choice for any player.
  2. Nov 17, 2021
    85
    Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the best way to enjoy the fourth generation. Coming back to Sinnoh after so many years feels amazing because of the new art style and the charismatic characters that inhabit the region. Also, the new features are very welcome for a better experience. These remakes are a must for any Pokémon fan who wants to feel nostalgic while also being great for new players.
  3. Nov 22, 2021
    80
    If a good remake is defined by its loyalty to the original, then Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are very good remakes indeed. They are Diamond and Pearl down to nearly every detail, looking nicer than ever before with a few small tweaks, most of which are pretty good ones. It leaves in some of the original’s roster flaws, but they’re largely forgivable if you’re like me and have some degree of nostalgia for a time when Pokémon’s scope was smaller. And yet, I can’t help but be disappointed that Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl weren’t braver in how they improved upon the originals in the same way other Pokémon remakes were, bringing even some now-historic improvements back to correct history’s mistakes. Of course, I still had a perfectly pleasant time revisiting both Sinnoh and the simultaneously simpler yet more challenging era of Pokémon that took place within it reminded me of a time when this series asked a bit more of us.
  4. Nov 17, 2021
    70
    There are some much-needed quality of life improvements, and the games are well polished and run really smoothly on the Switch. It’s hard to see newer fans finding much to appreciate here, but those that have fond memories of the original Diamond and Pearl will have a lot to love about Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
  5. Dec 16, 2021
    70
    These two new remakes will likely be remembered as the weakest, especially considering that they are stuck in the middle of Sword & Shield, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus which is only due out in a few months.
  6. Nov 29, 2021
    70
    Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl does little new, but therefore also little wrong. The atmospheric remakes offer a faithful Pokémon experience with some subtle (and less subtle) changes to the formula. You should not expect more from it.
  7. Nov 29, 2021
    50
    By attempting to remain as faithful as possible to the original games, this remake has ended up with a great deal of problems. While other Pokémon games (including the remakes) have continued to evolve the franchise, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will likely only be enjoyable for players who have a nostalgia for the originals.

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  1. Nov 20, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love underground this remaser and i enjoy this game but i don't like exp share all / Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2021
    10
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  3. Nov 26, 2021
    8
    Una sorpresa bastante agradable, es muy respetuoso con el original pero no tiene miedo de cambiar aquello que debia ser cambiado, tiene muchasUna sorpresa bastante agradable, es muy respetuoso con el original pero no tiene miedo de cambiar aquello que debia ser cambiado, tiene muchas mejoras de caldiad de vida, contenido nuevo y algunso añadidos que vienen directo del platino, en general es bastante redondo y es mejor que la version ofiginal.

    El unico problema quizas es que la progresion esta un poco rota al principio porque el repartir exp te bastante nivel con varios pokemons y los entrenadores caen de un golpe y los lideres de gimnasio tambien (como en el original realmente, pero tenias que hacer mas cambios de pokemon), pero a cambio los pokemons de los lideres estan diseñados de forma mucho mas competitiva y algunos combates son igual o incluso mas dificiles que en el original, notese sobretodo la liga pokemon, donde el salto respecto al original es bastante notable, todos los pokemons tienen algun objeto y tienen iv y EV bastante notables, siendo garchom el mas significativo, 31iv a todo y EV a velicidad y ataque, es mas rapido que un infernape sin EV bien subidos varios niveles por encima y mata a palkia de una garra dragon (y a cualquier bixo no resistente tambien en verdad).
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  4. Nov 20, 2021
    4
    Its a really disappointing remake. When people said they wanted gen 4 remakes, we meant platinum...

    Even despite the lack of obvious
    Its a really disappointing remake. When people said they wanted gen 4 remakes, we meant platinum...

    Even despite the lack of obvious improvements, its a really clunky remake. It feels BAD to play.
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  5. Dec 8, 2021
    3
    Sure, it looks great with the chibi remake of the game! but say you want the legendary mew and jirachi? Nope, pay up 140 bucks for lets goSure, it looks great with the chibi remake of the game! but say you want the legendary mew and jirachi? Nope, pay up 140 bucks for lets go whatever or sword/shield **** Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2021
    1
    This is such a faithful remake but unfortunately, they also remade all the flaws of the originals. In 2006, it was acceptable because of theThis is such a faithful remake but unfortunately, they also remade all the flaws of the originals. In 2006, it was acceptable because of the jump to the DS and all the other upgrades, but now after Sword and Shield, playing it feels like a chore. Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2021
    0
    I genuinely wonder why they even released a "remake" if they couldn't be bothered to remake anything. These were some of the most anticipatedI genuinely wonder why they even released a "remake" if they couldn't be bothered to remake anything. These were some of the most anticipated games in the franchise and this is what they did with all of that potential. By the third gym, I counted 7 different glitches and game crashes. By far the worst Nintendo game I've ever suffered through. Expand

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