Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are 2021 remakes of the 2006 Nintendo DS role-playing video games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The games are part of the eighth generation of the Pokémon video game series and were developed by ILCA and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company for the Nintendo Switch. The game received positive reviews from critics. Gameplay of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is similar to the original Diamond and Pearl games, comparable to previous remakes such as FireRed and LeafGreen, HeartGold and SoulSilver, or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The games are presented in a top-down isometric third-person perspective, though with a distinct visual style. As with the original games, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are set in the fictional region of Sinnoh, an island based on the Japanese island of Hokkaid?. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were developed by ILCA.; as such, they are the first main-series Pokémon games where Game Freak is not the lead developer. They are directed by Yuichi Ueda from ILCA and Junichi Masuda from Game Freak, the director of the original games. Possible development on remakes of Diamond and Pearl had been leaked on 15 January 2021, when a "diamondpearl" subdomain of the Pokémon website was registered and published. On 26 February 2021, the day of the Pokémon 25th Anniversary Pokémon Presents presentation, several leakers claimed that the upcoming livestream would announce remakes of Diamond and Pearl, titled Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, alongside an open world game also set in the Sinnoh region, later revealed to be Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Rebekah Valentine of IGN gave the game a 8 out of 10, stating: "Like the themes of its story, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are solid and enduring – leaning on the past, with all of its triumphs and tripwires." After the announcement, fans were divided on the new chibi art style shown in the trailer.
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