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Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes and Legends: Arceus get new release dates

By Tim Augustin - on 27 May 2021, 4:46pm

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes and Legends: Arceus get new release dates

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It’s time for some Sinnoh nostalgia. 

Nintendo has revealed release dates for the next three mainline Pokemon games! First up are Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl, which will both launch on 19 November, 2021. Pokemon Legends: Arceus will come a little later on 28 January, 2022. 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are the highly-anticipated remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, which launched back in 2006 for the Nintendo DS. The remakes brush up these 15-year-old games’ visuals and add new chibi looks for NPCs in the Sinnoh region. Other than that though, players can expect to play through the exact same story and environments as the original games. This ain’t no Final Fantasy 7 Remake. 

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a very different take on the Sinnoh region. This game takes place eons ago, when the region resembled feudal Japan and Pokeballs were made of wood. Unlike the mainline Pokemon games, this title will fuse open-world exploration with the ability to capture Pokemon with having to battle them. Turn-based combat will still return, but the rest of the game is much less linear than usual Pokemon fare. The story will also deal with the mysterious Pokemon god Arceus. 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, Pokemon Shining Pearl and Pokemon Legends: Arceus will launch on the Nintendo Switch. 

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