‘Pokemon Shining Pearl & Brilliant Diamond’ Remakes in Late 2021, ‘Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ Pre-Make in Early 2022!

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl will be remakes of Diamond & Pearl! They will release in late 2021.

The games will present a new visual style for the franchise with a sort of “cute” or “chibi” look that mimics the look of the DS aesthetic. They will be “faithful remakes” of the originals, keeping the scale of the region the same and features from the originals.

The games will be developed by ILCA, who worked on Pokemon Home. They’ll be directed by Junichi Masuda and a developer from ILCA.


Pokemon Legends: Arceus will take place in the Sinnoh of past! Pokemon calls it a “pre-make.”

The Starter Pokemon in the game are Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott, who were brought to the region by a traveling professor. You are to catalogue Pokemon for the region’s first Pokedex.

The game will be presented in a realistic visual style. Battle sequences show the Pokemon making physical contact with each other, like in Pokemon Battle Revolution.

Here is the full press release Pokemon sent us:

Today, during a Pokémon Presents video presentation, Tsunekazu Ishihara—president and CEO of The Pokémon Company—announced Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus—new video games coming to the blockbuster series that spans 25 years. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will launch in late 2021, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch in early 2022. All three games will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

In 2006, Trainers were introduced to the Sinnoh region with the release of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl on the Nintendo DS system. Players can once again visit the Sinnoh region in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, which are faithful remakes of two iconic Pokémon games. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will introduce fans to the Sinnoh region of old—before the existence of Pokémon Trainers and Pokémon Leagues. It’s in this long-gone era that players will embark on an entirely new adventure to create the region’s first Pokédex.

“Trainers caught their first Pokémon in 1996 and began an adventure that has lasted 25 years. Through eight regions, many different platforms, and countless Pokémon encounters, they have strived to be the very best,” said Mr. Ishihara. “We hope that fans of all ages will enjoy creating new memories while exploring the Sinnoh region in these new games.”

More details about the highly anticipated New Pokémon Snap game were also shared in the video presentation, in addition to information about special in-game events taking place in celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
Developed by ILCA, Inc., and directed by Junichi Masuda (GAME FREAK) and Yuichi Ueda (ILCA), Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl enable fans to experience the original story and game features from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl in a fresh way. The original games have been faithfully reproduced and colourfully revitalized for Nintendo Switch. The sense of scale of the towns and routes has been carefully preserved, and fans who played the original games will recognize many familiar places. These games are updated with the easy-to-understand, player-friendly conveniences introduced in recent Pokémon core series video games, in addition to up-close-and-personal Pokémon battle scenes.

Trainers will choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be their first partner Pokémon before setting off on their journey. Along the way, they will be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Dialga in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and the Legendary Pokémon Palkia in Pokémon Shining Pearl.

Category: Tiny Leaf Pokémon
Height: 0.4 m
Weight: 10.2 kg
Type: Grass
Ability: Overgrow

Made from soil, the shell on Turtwig’s back hardens when it drinks water. Turtwig lives along lakes, and the leaf on its head will wilt if the Pokémon is thirsty.

Category: Chimp Pokémon
Height: 0.5 m
Weight: 6.2 kg
Type: Fire
Ability: Blaze

Chimchar lives atop craggy mountains and can agilely scale sheer cliffs. Even rain can’t extinguish its fiery rear end, which is fueled by gas made in its belly.

Category: Penguin Pokémon
Height: 0.4 m
Weight: 5.2 kg
Type: Water
Ability: Torrent

Because it’s very proud, Piplup hates to accept food from people. A skilled swimmer, its thick down protects it from the cold as it dives for over 10 minutes while hunting.

Category: Temporal Pokémon
Height: 5.4 m
Weight: 683 kg
Type: Steel/Dragon
Ability: Pressure

Dialga appears in Sinnoh-region myths as an ancient deity and has the power to control time. It is said that time began to move when Dialga was born.

Category: Spatial Pokémon
Height: 4.2 m
Weight: 336 kg
Type: Water/Dragon
Ability: Pressure

Described as a deity in Sinnoh-region mythology, Palkia has the ability to distort space. It is said to live in a gap in the spatial dimension parallel to ours.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus
The fun of exploring while catching Pokémon and filling in a Pokédex has always been a core part of the Pokémon video game series. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was developed with the desire to deliver an experience infused with new action and RPG elements that go beyond the framework established thus far, while honoring the core gameplay of past Pokémon titles.

As Trainers explore the natural expanses in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they’ll encounter Pokémon that call these grand vistas home. To catch wild Pokémon, players can study the Pokémon’s behaviours, sneak up to them, then throw Poké Balls. Players can also battle wild Pokémon with their ally Pokémon. By throwing the Poké Ball holding their ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon, players will seamlessly enter battle. This new gameplay angle is intended to provide Trainers with an immersive experience.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings Trainers to the vast Sinnoh region as it existed in the past, long before the setting for Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl was established. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, this is a Sinnoh unlike anything Trainers have experienced before as they embark to create the region’s first Pokédex.

As they start off on their adventure, Trainers will be able to choose either Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott as their first partner Pokémon. These three Pokémon arrived with a Pokémon Professor, who encountered them on research excursions to various regions.

Category: Grass Quill Pokémon
Height: 0.3 m
Weight: 1.5 kg
Type: Grass/Flying

This Pokémon from the Alola region uses photosynthesis to store up energy during the day and becomes active at night. It can silently glide to its target and begin pelting it with vicious kicks.

Category: Fire Mouse Pokémon
Height: 0.5 m
Weight: 7.9 kg
Type: Fire

Cyndaquil, a timid Pokémon that is often curled up in a ball, is from the Johto region. The flames on its back flare up when it’s surprised and can also be used to protect itself when attacked.

Category: Sea Otter Pokémon
Height: 0.5 m
Weight: 5.9 kg
Type: Water

Oshawott is from the Unova region and has a scalchop on its stomach. It uses the scalchop to retaliate against attacks and to break open hard Berries.

Category: Alpha Pokémon
Height: 3.2 m
Weight: 320 kg
Type: Normal

Arceus is said to have shaped all there is in this world.

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  1. The Fish 0.o
    The Fish


    Pokemon Legends: Arceus is absolutely gorgeous oh my god
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  2. treeckonation Treecko is a good pokemon


    the new sinnoh games look like playdoh... it should look like sword and shield but who cares we got them.
  3. AshCo "An Excellent Profile Picture"


    The fact that a Pokémon actually walked up to another and hit it in Arceus was genuinely shocking. Didn’t think they were capable of that! That all being said, and I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Pokémon game in 2021...I think Arceus has potential if they manage the execution.

    I think the DP remakes will be fine if they let us just have every Pokémon again. No full roster, I’m not buying. But eeh... I dunno, I can’t shake the feeling they’re gonna just cheap out and make you unable to use everyone for no justifiable reason. I wish they looked a bit more like ORAS or something as far as remakes go, but I can see why they stuck with that visual style, though it isn’t really my jam.

    But let’s be honest here. Pokémon Snap? That looks fantastic. Best thing in the whole presentation and the more information on it just made me even more excited. Can’t wait for that at the very least!
  4. FireLizard Dragon shipper


    Breath of Wild styled Pokèmon.

    Finally remakes woo!
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  5. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Very happy about the Gen IV remakes. I find it funny how some people are unhappy with the way they look, complaining that they should like Sword and Shield, despite the fact that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was also done in a similar style and looked nothing like X and Y. While, I'll admit, seeing Diamond and Pearl in a similar style to Sword and Shield would be awesome, I'm actually glad that the remakes will be faithful recreations of the originals.

    Also, since they're supposedly faithful to the originals, we might get the battle frontier in these remakes, something that people have been wanting for quite some time.

    I'm also extremely happy about Pokemon Legends Arceus. I takes two of my favourite things, Pokemon and TLoZ Breath of the Wild, and blends them together beautifully. I am curious as to how big the game will be but based on the fact that Pokemon has outsourced development of the Gen IV remakes, and the fact that Pokemon was willing to reveal that this game would come out fairly quickly after the Gen IV remakes, something that could potentially hurt the sales of the remakes, it would seem that most of their effort is going into this game, which is great. Definitely can't wait to see how Pokemon's first true open world game goes, because it looks amazing.
  6. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer


    I love how they’ve done the overworld for the remakes but the battle part is literally Let’s Go style. Also, how’re they gonna do the mythical events like shaymin, manaphy, darkrai, arceus and rotom?
  7. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer


    Since this is just diamond and pearl, will there be a platinum remake?
  8. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Highly doubt it. Remakes usually incorporate elements of the sister game while using the names of the two base games (because two games make more money than one) such as HGSS having the Suicune story line from Crystal and ORAS giving Rayquaza a more important story role like in Emerald (Rayquaza was just some random legendary with no real story in Ruby and Sapphire).

    Chances are since these remakes are being outsourced they may or may have the battle frontier from Platnium (especially since Nintendo decided it would be funny to put a statue of the battle tower in ORAS instead of the battle frontier) especially the battle frontier might be one the drawcards that the remakes need.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2021
  9. Kumaquat Collecting Birbs


    I actually like the look of all three Snap, DP, Arceus. Pokemon: Let's Go Broke more like.
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  10. MagnaDrake Aspiring Trainer


    Likely the same way they did it ages ago, except now with the possibility of not having to walk to physical events to get it. Connect to the net and voila, (hopefully) free DLC!
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  11. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
    Skeleton Liar


    I'm genuinely surprised by Pokemon Legends Arceus. Parts of it do look a bit janky, but I'm at least willing to bet this is just from it being in early development. I love the idea of a game being set in the past in a region we're already familiar with. I love the drive of the game being to complete the Pokedex. And I love how open the game looks so far, on top of the Pokemon actually battling each other. It has a lot of potential, and I'm glad to say I'm actually looking forward to a Pokemon game. Please don't mess this one up...

    Diamond and Pearl remakes. They're actually happening. Not sure how I feel about the stubby, chibi trainers. Just seems a bit odd in 3D. Yet ORAS trainers seemed fine. I'm kind of neutral on these games. I'm neither excited nor against them yet.

    EDIT: Just a thought, but... I wonder if Legends Arceus will have TCG sets themed after it. The TCG doesn't theme main sets off of spin offs, but... is this a spin off or technically along the lines of a main game? If they do make TCG sets, that could be something else I might look forward to.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2021
  12. Kyle J. Asplund Some birb boi
    Kyle J. Asplund


    Imagine Surprise Trade capability with this game. Imagine how Maylene would look in this.
  13. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Chances are that they either do them by incorporating them into the story, or they won't. Remember, while they integrated Deoxys into ORAS, they didn't integrate Jirachi and in fact, only gave it out as part of the Pokemon 20th anniversary events, which include almost all legendary Pokemon...

    Chances are good though, that the Rotom room will just accessible by default since it has been since HGSS.
  14. Alex C Aspiring Trainer
    Alex C


    I agree! It has a Breath of the Wild feel! I am so stoked!
  15. Diego Lima Aspiring Trainer
    Diego Lima


    Are you kidding me, people? The remakes being the way they are instead of the way SW&SH are is amazing!!! The only way it could be better was if they went back to hand-drawn 2D sprites again, so I'll gladly take the next best thing. Those games will actually make me finally buy a Switch. The game I played the most out of all Pokémon games by far, when the title song hit and then the opening song (this one: ) started playing as they showed the characters running around in Sinnoh I almost cried. Best OST in the entire series hands down (and one of my favorite OSTs of any game ever really). So so happy.
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  16. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer


    I don't really understand the reasoning behind the mobile-game graphics of the remakes. I get it, they want to make it different from the Legends, but it just looks fugly.

    Pokemon Legends looks like a tech demo you show to starry-eyed investors after three months of work, not a real game. There's around 10 rigged models, some copy-pasted trees and basic animations. I'd be hopeful if it was anyone but GameFreak.
  17. NicoNoo Meta/budget player


    So my theories about the cut-off for the SWSH era being the DPP remakes were actually true - there was very little else they could have done, TBH.

    I wonder if we will keep getting gigantamax pokemon - to this point we are still missing Gengar, Machamp, Hatterene, Kingler, Duraludon, Melmetal and Sandaconda (also Appletun VMax maybe?).

    Maybe they are delaying printing Vmaxes of these pokemon so they can sell sets based on them, but I can't feel but feel concerned that the new focus will be on Sinnoh instead, so we will get YET another Dialga and Palkia themed sets, and may he forgive us, another Arceus card... Please don't remake ADP.
  18. Kangaflora Aspiring Trainer


    I can't wait to play the Diamond and Pearl remakes. I'm also looking forward to delving into Sinnoh's past on Pokémon Legends: Arceus. I can see the TCG being affected by this as well, with the first Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl set being released in December this year for Japan and February for the West. I wonder if they'll bring Team Galactic Pokémon into it (hopefully as Pokémon with Dark in their names)....
  19. Ilexon Aspiring Trainer


    Alternate/original team galactic logo on the sleeves?
  20. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
    The Ultimate Umbreon


    Most likely they'll just throw more Sinnoh Pokemon into the later sets, and the remaining VMAXS with his be in there somewhere, either as set stars, or just present.