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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl official release date revealed

The Diamond and Pearl remakes for the Nintendo Switch have an official release date.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes for the Nintendo Switch
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Pokemon fans looking to revisit the Sinnoh region and all the other constituents of the Generation IV Pokemon games will no longer have to wonder when the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes are heading to the Nintendo Switch. While the announcement for the games back in February listed “late 2021” as a tentative release date, an announcement Wednesday morning from Nintendo/The Pokemon Company confirmed the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl official release date: November 19th, 2021.

The Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl games mark the first time Game Freak won’t be assuming the developer mantle for a primary title in the Pokemon series, with ILCA, the team behind Pokemon Home taking on the aforementioned role. Notwithstanding, Game Freak producer Junichi Masuda, who directed the original Pokemon Diamond and Pearl games, will still be attached to the project as co-director.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes

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Game Freak President stated that Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will have “faithfully reproduced” the original games upon their release, which leads us to believe that many of the strongest competitive Pokemon in Diamond and Pearl, such as Garchomp, Heatran and Tyranitar, will remain so. One factor in the game that has yet to be formally declared, even with the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl official release date upon us, regards the inclusion of Fairy Pokemon — which would certainly add some staple Fairy-types, ones which would certainly shake up the tier-list of the aforementioned best competitive Pokemon (as well as make the infamous Cynthia, Champion of the Sinnoh region, who sported a Lucario and Garchomp on her team a far more interesting battle).

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The Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes are now available for pre-order. They’ll also be available as a special double pack on launch day:

Are you looking even more forward to the Nintendo Switch remakes now that the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl official release date has been announced? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Nintendo also revealed the Pokemon Legends: Arceus official release date on Wednesday morning as well.

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