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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (ポケットモンスター ブリリアントダイヤモンド; Poketto Monsutaa Buririanto Daiyamondo; Pocket Monsters Brilliant Diamond) and Pokémon Shining Pearl (ポケットモンスター シャイニングパール; Poketto Monsutaa Shainingu Paaru; Pocket Monsters Shining Pearl) are the paired Generation VIII games that are enhanced remakes of the fourth-generation titles Diamond and Pearl. The new games were revealed in a worldwide Pokémon Presents presentation on February 26, 2021. They are set to release on November 19, 2021.
Sprites are now changed to 3D models, akin to that of Pokémon X and Y from Generation VI.
The Underground, a large system of winding tunnels underneath the Sinnoh region, has been turned into The Grand Underground. Here, the player is able to dig up fossils and create their own customizable Secret Base.
Pokémon Hideaways can also be found in The Grand Underground. These are small dens containing different environments and Pokémon that are determined by the types of statues in the player's Secret Base.
Player customization from X and Y has been added, allowing the player to choose clothing and hairstyles.
The Union Room has been reintroduced and now takes advantage of local communication and Nintendo Switch Online communication to get in touch with other players.
The removal of the Game Corner, which has been replaced with a boutique.
The inclusion of Pokémon that were added to the Sinnoh Pokédex in Pokémon Platinum.
HMs have been removed and their functions have been moved to the Pokétch.
They are the first pair of remakes to not have new clothing designs for the player characters or the rival.
They are the first main series games to not be developed directly by Game Freak, although they are still overseeing the project and the games are still being directed by Junichi Masuda, the director of the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games.
They are the first remakes to directly mimic the art style of the games they are based on, having more chibi-like character designs to resemble the sprites used in the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games. However, in-battle character designs are closer to that of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Just like the character sprites, the towns and routes are designed to have the same sense of scale as ones in the original games.
They were announced on February 26, 2021, on Pokémon's 25th Anniversary (the original release of Pokémon Red and Green).
Artwork of Lucas and Dawn
Artwork of Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup
Dialga and Palkia alongside their respective game version logos