‘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. Hongo Aspiring Trainer


    Hope they bring back a card aesthetic similar to the HGSS era of cards with the inevitable Pokémon Legends inspired sets.

    It was a nice touch of modern and paper/scroll inspired influences. The cards felt special, in retrospect.
  2. His Goominess Galvantula stan (he/they)
    His Goominess


    Sinnoh is (and probably always will be) my fave region in Pokemon, but I just find the remakes looking.... meh. Maybe it's because I really dislike the art style they've gone with for the games, but I'm a lot less excited for them than I was when they were speculated. Imo it somehow looks worse than LGPE (which were already my least favourite games graphics wise).
    HOWEVER I do think it's worth noting that another company is working with GF on the games. I don't know if they've done that before (for the main series at least) so correct me if I'm wrong, but I think other studios/developers working with GF could have a positive outcome for future main games.

    On the flip side, I'm really liking what we've seen of the prequel. The whole 'game set in the past' is something that I've wanted to see for a while, and I'm really excited to see how it turns out. It does look a bit unpolished, but considering it's potentially not even being released for another year I think it's still too soon to make any real judgements on it.
    Also, will Legends become its own series? Could future remakes have a similar set-up with a set of traditional remakes that are faithful to the originals, but another game that takes the region in a completely different direction?
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2021
  3. Diego Lima Aspiring Trainer
    Diego Lima


    I hope they do something, I mean literally anything. It doesn't even has to be that good like the HGSS sets, a return to anything like the B&W and XY era frames, the D&P one, anything would already be better than what we have now. It always baffled me how could they go from a perfectly pretty card frame we had in XY to the abomination that was the S&M era one. The S&S frame is a tiny improvement over the S&M ones, but it still pales in comparison to older frames we had, it's just so bland, so over-minimalist, bleargh. I hope they do some new prettier card frame.
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  4. gema5 Aspiring Trainer


    Prepare for Primal Arceus, or something like arceus's original form.
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  5. Tytus Expanded Best Format


    Honestly I was hoping for an ORAS style remake but I will definitely take a top down style game any day. Now we just need Mega evolutions and I'll be so happy. They also brought back the old grass mechanic, are HMs coming back as well? So excited for this though.
  6. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
    Skeleton Liar


    Honestly, that's exactly what I'm hoping for, if they do make sets for this game.
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  7. The Fish 0.o
    The Fish


    YES. I couldn't agree more. The HGSS cards that aged like fine wine. They always looked slightly tainted, slightly worn, which was so perfect for the art style at the time. Though the modernised holo patterns are great, the HGSS ones didn't have those visible lines. They were perfect. The SWSH reverse holo patterns blend with the text sometimes and it looks silly, so if they brought back the HGSS/Evolutions type of reverse holo foil (or, hell, even the Sun and Moon ones) that would be amazing.
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  8. Perfect_Shot Standard sucks, so Ban Expanded


    Well it seems none of my predictions stuck. Ah well.

    D/P remakes.... So it is likely the reason S/S ended up going in the direction it did was because they were working on these at the same time. If they do that and it turns out that these go the same way then they'll have divided their resources just to make two half-baked games and I will laugh. Legends: Arceus looks interesting though, looking forward to seeing more about it.

    In the end it was competitive balance in VGC (or complete lack thereof) that kept me from S/S and the latter half of Gen 7. If the games are truly faithful to the originals (and the remakes are used for the next VGC season) then perhaps this will be the first game since BW2 to lack a gimmick mechanic, which I would welcome over the nonsense Dynamax has brought with it. I miss having Megas as part of the meta but not having them, Z-Moves or Dyna in the format would be refreshing.

    As for the Pokedex, I wouldn't mind if they decide to leave out some of the roster as I would love if they specifically left out the past two generations of Pokemon. As it stands in VGC there isn't much reason to deviate from a team of something like Incineroar, Rillaboom, 1-3 DLC Legends (Urshifu, My Little Ponies, Galar Birds) and/or Ultra Beasts, another Terrain setter and/or your choice of support. It's honestly painful to see how ridiculous the power creep has been lately and the only other way this could be fixed would be if GF decided to restrict usages to the above Mons and some other offenders to 1-2 per team. It's not really the cookie cutter teams that bother me, it's that all the matches I've watched feel so bland and predictable on top of the braindead balance choices.
  9. bunnybird12 Don't be sad- be hoppy!


    Honestly, I'm just happy that DP remakes have finally been announced and that they kept the underground feature. I have so many good memories of messing around with friends in secret bases.
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  10. Ice Arceus #Jovimohnaeliackvid
    Ice Arceus

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    Father... Is that you?!

    I am BEYOND hyped Arceus is back in the spotlight. Really excited for the remakes and Legends: Arceus. Lots to look forward to!
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  11. Animegamer420 Aspiring Trainer


    Pokemon development budgets are always 5$ and it shows
  12. bbb888 One Life. One Dream.


    The return of Dexit and HM slaves!

    Also, will these new games be backwards compatible with GBA like the original Diamond/Pearl? How am I supposed to get Electivire and Magmortar and such?
  13. Perfect_Shot Standard sucks, so Ban Expanded


    By paying for Pokemon Home, of course.

    But for real it depends on whether they take Platinum into account, which had wild Magmar and Electabuzz.
  14. Grass-Type Farm Owner Aspiring Trainer
    Grass-Type Farm Owner


    I now think it's way more likely that "the VMAX Climax" trademark hints at the end of Dynamax in the TCG.
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  15. Raven Zombie Dark/Ghost Trainer
    Raven Zombie


    IMO. I am highly disappointed with the remakes. until they actually add something new. i have hope for legends.
    FRLG was gen 3 Kanto
    HGSS was gen 4 Johto
    ORAS was gen 6 Hoenn
    BDSP is gen 4 Sinnoh, again.
    so in my mind, the 'remakes' are the new virtual console, and the Legends are the new remakes.
  16. Kaizaac Aspiring Trainer


    I think they will cause in the trailer it showed Ambipom and Porygon-Z and I don’t think they were in the Diamond/Pearl base game.
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  17. Deltaphox Aspiring Trainer


    Pokemon fans are the whiniest little sobbles I’ve ever had the pleasure of being in a community with. The new games look amazing! It’s honestly everything everyone has wanted. Gen 4 remakes? Check. Open world gen 4 remake that takes place in the Pokémon past? Check. Nintendo is obviously listening to fans and trying to pump out what we want. Some people don’t like the way Diamond and Pearl remakes animation looks. Chibi? Like Chibiusa from sailor moon? Anyways people argue they wish Pokemon games weren’t super realistic looking and we could go back to them looking like handheld games. Not everyone wants to play Skyrim with Pokémon. Some people enjoy the not so realistic looking people, because hey the world of Pokémon is not realistic. I am very excited for the new games and will be purchasing all three for my husband and I to play. Does anyone in the community still hear about a New Pokémon game and just get excited that a new Pokémon game is coming, instead of picking it apart?
  18. Deltaphox Aspiring Trainer


    I love how they look like play dough
  19. cardgjammer Aspiring Trainer


    Do you think one feature, the Poketch, will be in the remakes?

    Or will the lack of a second screen on Switch, where the poketch was located on in the original DS version, mean it's history?

    Without the poketch, I wonder if the number of steps taken can still be displayed, and if so, where on the screen it will be with no second screen this go-around?

    And will they close the Veilstone Game Corner this go-around? Or will they Voltorb Flip it one more time?
  20. Charmaster:) The Cube Master, Charmander fan, & Lapras rider.


    I agree. These games are amazing and have something for everyone.
    I just have ONE question.
    Will Legends: Arceus have Mega Evolution? (Please add mega evolution!)
    I was disappointed when I heard people say that Pokemon DP remakes probably wouldn't have SWSH or better graphics, but also hoping for a near-carbon copy of DP. Contradictory, I know. Which is why I'm so happy that I don't have to CHOOSE between the classic DP experience and standing atop a gloriously realistic Mount Coronet gazing over the expanse of Sinnoh.
    Also really excited about Pokemon Snap.
    "Why does a Pokeball burn?"
    "Because its made of wood!"