Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

released on Nov 18, 2021

Revisit the Sinnoh region and the story of the Pokémon Diamond Version game
Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond Version game in a reimagined adventure, Pokémon™ Brilliant Diamond, now on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond game 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.

Adventure together with the Pokémon that appeared in the Pokémon Diamond Version game. Players of the original games can revisit familiar places and relive familiar scenes, while first time players can enjoy plenty of fun encounters and surprises that the Sinnoh region has to offer. The original story and the scale of the Sinnoh region’s towns and routes have been faithfully reproduced. This remake has also been revitalized with some of the player-friendly features of modern Pokémon games and up-close-and-personal Pokémon battle scenes.

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

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i didn't like the chibi art style at first but it really grew on me. there's not much to say about this game, it's pokemon and pokemon is fun. good game.

I have tried on and off over the last few months to make progress in this game. 25 hours I spent catching Pokémon and earning all 8 gym badges. I could of done this quicker but I was enjoying running around the Grand Underground. I am now upon Victory Road heading towards the Pokémon League. I am so close but nothing is calling me to put this game on and push through. I have had trouble wanting to play this remake. Gen 4 was never the gen for me. I never played this generation as a kid. I don’t like the Pokédex available. I find the region boring to explore. The story moves ahead at a snails pace. The big bad Team Galactic are awful, with the majority of the grunts using non evolved Pokémon even up until the late game, therefore providing no challenge in an already super easy game.

I sat down and tried to think what my problem is with this game. And it was the same problem with Pokémon Shield. I have not enjoyed either of the latest switch entries and that’s because, to me they feel soulless. Now back in the day, little school kid trainer me would love seeing all the Pokémon rendered in 3D. But now, man I really miss the days of pixel sprite Pokémon. The poses, the attitude. Most of all the character those little 2D images conveyed. Now a lot of Pokémon just look extremely sad in 3D. Nidoking looks pathetic. Hippowdon, my big chonk hippo lad used to be covered in sand. He looked epic roaring out of the sand pool. Now he’s just a little hippo with holes in his side. And don’t get me started on Typhlosion. He just looks depressed where as before he was a towering badass raging inferno. It’s like this for most Pokémon. You sling the ball, out they come and they just feel lifeless.

But you know, that’s just me. I love pixel art. People can play these games to thier hearts content and love them. And that’s fine. I ain’t here to ruin it for others. But for me, Pokémon seems to be losing its magic. But I will always have the older games so if I ever need my Pokémon fix, it’s back to the past instead of playing the latest release. And that suits me fine, Pokémon’s greatest strength lies in nostalgia.