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Monday, February 6, 2023

Review: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Remakes Done Right

Every Pokemon fan has a favorite generation, and it often depends on which iteration they played as a child. A distinct nostalgia colors the memories of gaming, so the first experience in the world of pocket monsters is one that is held in high esteem.

I have never been in this situation because later in my life I jumped on the Pokemon train. If I loved the effort the most, it would be Pokemon Go, which is not in the main series. It was only recently that I went through most of the main episodes and, over time, I learned to appreciate the improvements to the franchise.

This brings me and fans to the latest remakes of Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. Both games are based on projects released in 2007 for the Nintendo DS. I haven’t spent enough time with the originals to appreciate them, so I come to these games with a fresh eye. On the surface, the game redesign presented particular challenges for developers at ILCA, the studio that introduced the game to the Nintendo Switch.

Remakes of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl continue to convey the visual charm of the originals. (Nintendo)

Fortunately, the team has developed smart solutions that harness the power and capabilities of a modern console. Shiny Diamond and Shining Pearl are not reimagines of their predecessors; instead, they approach the originals. ILCA modernizes remakes by converting sprite-based graphics to polygons.

Despite the graphical changes, the games retain their charm thanks to the cute chibi graphics. Moving to polygons also improves the level of visual detail, as improved hardware allows developers to accurately reflect Pokémon out of the water and create more detail in the world. Elsewhere, combat sequences are lovingly animated with fresh elements and effects that make combat more intuitive.

Although it looks new, Shiny Diamond and Shining Pearl retain their core gameplay and features. Players travel through the Sinnoh region, capturing and taming creatures to use in battle. They fight the troublemakers in Team Galactic, who are trying to use the powers of the Pokémon for their nefarious purposes. At the same time, players will need to complete the Pokedex and Battleroom Leaders in order to enter the Pokémon League and challenge the champion Cynthia.

Pokemon Shiny Diamond Shining Pearl
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl allow players to choose from three starting creatures at the start of the game. (Nintendo)

The storylines are not the best in the series and repeat the same storylines as the other recordings. On the other hand, the Sinnoh region itself has more fascinating lore than the other chapters due to its primacy in the Pokémon hierarchy, in which Arsei is the creator of the universe. The stories of legendary and mythical Pokémon that players encounter are woven together to create a more fully realized world compared to other chapters.

While Shiny Diamond and Shining Pearl are close to the original path, the remakes take advantage of several gameplay improvements made over the past few years to make the game more fun and less hassle. First, HM moves are no longer tied to a specific Pokémon. Players can use them on the fly to overcome obstacles on the map. This opens up space in the team and reduces the need to retreat to grab a specific Pokémon. The ILCA also includes the Fairy types that were introduced later in this version. This change balances the overwhelming powers of the Dragon and Dark Pokémon in the campaign and introduces new wrinkles that veterans of the original should consider.

In addition, ILCA elegantly adapts the Poketch device to the Switch, despite the lack of a second Nintendo DS screen on the console. The device, which acts almost like an iPhone, contains a variety of apps to help players travel. It is located in the upper right corner of the screen and can be detonated for players to interact with. Finding items, keeping track of your Pokémon’s friendship status, and counting steps to hatch eggs is very important.

Pokemon Shiny Diamond Shining Pearl
The Column of the Spear is home to two legendary Pokémon from the covers, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. (Nintendo)

At the same time, “Brilliant Diamond” and “Shining Pearl” make it easier to exchange and fight with other players. Each original version of the Nintendo DS had a cumbersome interface. Now all players have to do is press a button to connect to a room and trade with a friend on the spot. They can also meet players from all over the world through the Global and Union rooms. The whole process is much simpler and easier.

The developers add depth to the gameplay in the remakes with elements such as the Grand Underground, Super Contest Shows, Poffin Creation, and the ability to catch a Legendary Pokémon in Ramanas Park. The Grand Underground is a fun maze of corridors and rooms that features a fossil dig mini-game in which players are rewarded with stones, statues, and other items. The underground chambers also contain Pokémon that are usually not found in the wild. Players can spend hours exploring them.

Super competition shows and cake baking offer a non-combat way of interacting with Pokémon. Players create cosmetic skins for their creatures by feeding them the right treats, and they put them on shows to make them popular with the crowd. This is a pleasant but unnecessary distraction.

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