Pokémon Announces 'Brilliant Diamond,' 'Shining Pearl,' and 'Legends: Arceus'

Gotta catch 'em all.

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The Pokémon Company celebrated their 25 Year Anniversary this year and on Saturday, February 27, 2021, not only was there a Post Malone Virtual Concert and New Pokémon Snap preview, but also the announcement of new games being released on the Nintendo Switch. In 2021 and 2022, we're going to see Pokémon Legends Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl

1. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

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The remakes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl are highly anticipated. With Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch, you will get modern graphics with the original map carefully designed to replicate Diamond & Pearl from the Nintendo DS console. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are located in the Sinnoh Region in the present day, with the challenge to become a Pokémon Master and League Champion at hand. Starting out, the 3 Pokémon you’ll be able to choose from are Turtwig, Chimchar & Piplup. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond offers you the chance to catch the Legendary Pokémon Dialga, which is an ancient Pokémon. At nearly 18 feet in height, Dialga is an imposing figure that can also control time. The legend states that time began with the birth of Dialga. Make sure to fill that Pokédex in the pursuit to complete Pokémon Brilliant Diamond. The release date for Brilliant Diamond is currently slated for Late 2021.  

2. Pokémon Shining Pearl

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The counterpart to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl will give you the ability to catch the Legendary Pokémon Palkia. Palkia is a Spatial Pokémon listed at nearly 14 feet in height. The unique ability Palkia has is the power to distort space. The mythological Pokémon, Palkia, is rumored to live in a special dimension gap that’s parallel to the Pokémon world. The Sinnoh Region gets a complete makeover with all three of the new Pokémon games being located there. The release date coincides with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, so stay tuned as we get closer to Late 2021 for an actual release date for the games. Make sure to check out our Top 12 Pokémon Games Ranked and see where the original Diamond & Pearl stacked up to the greatest games in the Pokémon catalog. 

3. Pokémon Legends Arceus

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Ready to return to an earlier time in Pokémon lore? Set in the Sinnoh Region before the Pokémon Diamond & Pearl games, Arceus challenges you to complete the first Pokédex for Sinnoh. Catching Pokémon in Arceus will take skill: you’ll need to discover each Pokémon’s unique traits while catching them off guard before throwing your Pokéball. You will also be able to utilize your own Pokémon to battle and catch wild Pokémon; buy throwing said Pokémon at the wild one. The 3 Pokémon you’ll choose from to start the game are Rowlet, Cyndaquil & Oshawott. The Game’s release is currently slated for early 2022.       

With the announcement of these three games, The Pokémon Company also announced New Pokémon Snap would release on April 30th, 2021. New Pokémon Snap will also be available on Nintendo Switch, which remakes the 1999 Nintendo N64 version. Here you will photograph Pokémon in the wild with the challenge of completing the Pokémon Photodex. Basically, you try to get Pokémon to give the best possible photo by feeding them. You can also add stickers, frames, and or filter to your snaps and even share the pictures after. It’s remarkable to see Pokémon at 25, captivating minds young and old alike and bringing families together to share in the experience of catching em’ all.

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