From various quality-of-life improvements and the improved Amity Square to the significantly expanded Grand Underground and more, the upcoming Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are promising some neat improvements over the DS games that they’re remaking. Many, however, have wondered whether the remake will be limited to these iterative upgrades and the visual overhaul, or if we can expect completely new content built for the remakes as well.
Well, there’s certainly going to be at least a little bit of that. In a recently released trailer, The Pokemon Company confirmed that Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will feature a brand-new location called Ramanas Park. This will be a post-Elite Four area (which means post-game, once you’ve defeated the Elite Four and become Sinnoh’s Champion), and players will need specific slates (which look a lot like Gameboy and Gameboy Advance cartridges) that you will have to use here to encounter different Legendary Pokemon, each corresponding to a specific slate.
In a move that’s sure to surprise absolutely no one whos’ familiar with the series and how it operates, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will each have Legendary Pokemon that will appear exclusively in their Ramanas Park, and not the other version’s. Brilliant Diamond gets Ho-Oh, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune, while Shining Pearl will get Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos (I don’t know about you, but the former sounds much more enticing). Meanwhile, Rayquaza and Mewtwo will be available in both versions.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl launches on November 19 for Nintendo Switch.