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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl

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Total Reviews: 78
VSG Recommendation: Skip It
Critics Consensus: While nostalgic, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl is an unambitious remake of an already generic Pokémon entry.
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Critic Reviews: 78
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Critics Consensus

# Reviews: 78

While nostalgic, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl is an unambitious remake of an already generic Pokémon entry.

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Critic Reviews for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl

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8.5/10
John Carson (Game Informer)

Catching, training, and trading Pokémon remains a blast, and Sinnoh is a great region to explore.

November 17, 2021 |

It’s a weird spot to be in, because Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are being released just a few scant months from Pokemon Legends: which promises a lot more originality. As I make my way through Sinnoh again we’ll see how it stacks up in the full review, but for now, this is looking somewhat non-essential.

November 19, 2021 |
Not Recommended
Chris Carter (Destructoid)
7/10
Donovan Erskine (Shacknews)

There are some much-needed quality of life improvements, and the games are well polished and run really smoothly on the Switch. It’s hard to see newer fans finding much to appreciate here, but those that have fond memories of the original Diamond and Pearl will have a lot to love about Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

November 17, 2021 |

John Carson (Game Informer)

8.5/10 - (Read Review)

Catching, training, and trading Pokémon remains a blast, and Sinnoh is a great region to explore.

Chris Carter (Destructoid)

Not Recommended - (Read Review)

It’s a weird spot to be in, because Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are being released just a few scant months from Pokemon Legends: which promises a lot more originality. As I make my way through Sinnoh again we’ll see how it stacks up in the full review, but for now, this is looking somewhat non-essential.

Donovan Erskine (Shacknews)

7/10 - (Read Review)

There are some much-needed quality of life improvements, and the games are well polished and run really smoothly on the Switch. It’s hard to see newer fans finding much to appreciate here, but those that have fond memories of the original Diamond and Pearl will have a lot to love about Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

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A double pack containing the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will be available for purchase as a packaged version or as a digital downloadable version. The packaged version includes 1 physical Pokémon Brilliant Diamond game and 1 physical Pokémon Shining Pearl game while the downloadable version includes digital versions of both the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond game and the Pokémon Shining Pearl game. Revisit the Sinnoh region and the story of the Pokémon Diamond Version and the Pokémon Pearl Version games Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond Version and the Pokémon Pearl Version games in a reimagined adventure, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, now on the Nintendo Switch system! Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games 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 (in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond) or Palkia (in Pokémon Shining Pearl).

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