Nintendo have announced the release date of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl; along with revealing box art.
As previously reported, the games are remakes of the 2008 mainline Nintendo DS Pokemon games. Players will head to the Sinnoh region; based on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, and part of the Russian island of Sakhalin. Its most prominent feature is Mt. Coronet, a mountain range that divides the land in two.
The region is also steeped in mythology; especially around a trio of Pokemon living in lakes across the land, and legendary Pokemon said to command time and space. However, Team Galactic seeks to abuse this power for their own gains.
The original games introduced new features such as Super Contests, Poffin cooking, Ball Seals for custom Pokeball animations, and the underground. The latter allowed players to make their own bases, dig up fossils, and play capture the flag with local players (not to mention setting and avoiding traps).
Unlike other main Pokemon games, this one will not be developed by Game Freak. Instead, it will be handled by ILCA Inc.; the studio behind the Pokemon Home app. The game uses an art-style akin to the Let’s Go games (along with a chibi artstyle in the overworld evoking the DS games), but it seems players will once again fight wild Pokemon.
Along with announcing the release dates and box-arts, Nintendo also confirmed there would be a double pack featuring both games available both physically and digitally.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl launches November 19th on Nintendo Switch.
You can find the rundown (via Nintendo) below.
Revisit the Sinnoh region and the story of the Pokémon Diamond Version and the Pokémon Pearl Version games
Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond Version and the Pokémon Pearl Version games in a reimagined adventure, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, now on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will take place in the familiar Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with mighty Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey to become the Champion of the Pokémon League. Along the way, you’ll be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Dialga (in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond) or Palkia (in Pokémon Shining Pearl).