Nintendo announces ‘Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’ remake and new open-world game on Switch

Nintendo announces ‘Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’ remake and new open-world game on Switch
The remake of “Diamond and Pearl” will arrive at the end of 2021 on Nintendo Switch. © The Pokémon Company
For the 25 years of the Pokémon franchise, Nintendo unveiled a series of new games this Friday, February 26 in a video event called “Pokémon Presents”. First of all, the highly anticipated remake of the games “Pokémon Pearl” and “Diamond” will arrive on Nintendo Switch at the end of 2021. Called “Sparkling Pearl” and “Sparkling Diamond”, these games will reproduce the intrigues of the titles released in Europe on Nintendo DS in 2007 with improved graphics for the Nintendo Switch. However, we remain below what Nintendo was able to offer for “Pokémon Sword” and “Shield” in 2019. These games are developed by ILCA and not by Game Freak, the usual studio of the franchise.

Perhaps more exciting for fans, Nintendo also announced this Friday the arrival, in early 2022, of an open world game called “Pokémon Legends Arceus”. Like “Diamond and Pearl,” the game will take place in the Sinnoh region, but at an ancient time in a wilder world. The goal for players will be to complete the very first Pokédex in the region. It will be possible to catch and fight wild Pokémon, but the combat between trainers seems absent.

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The Pokémon franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary this Saturday, February 27. It was in fact in 1996 that the games “Pocket Monsters: Red and Green” were released in Japan, a few years before arriving in Europe under the title “Pokémon blue version” and “red version”, in 1999. The many Video games subsequently published have sold more than 368 million copies, while 30 billion playing cards have been sold, according to The Pokémon Company.

Discover the three videos unveiled this Friday by Nintendo:

‘Pokémon Sparkling Diamond’ and ‘Sparkling Pearl’ will arrive in late 2021 for Nintendo Switch

Pokémon: several remakes and a new game announced for the 25 years

We already knew that this year was going to be full of celebrations for the cult Pokémon license. During a virtual Pokémon Presents presentation, the Japanese giant presented nearly three new titles, including the highly anticipated remakes of Diamond and Pearl.

For its quarter century, Pokémon will rhyme 2021 with nostalgia. The cult license took advantage of its latest Pokémon Presents to formalize Sparkling Pearl and Sparkling Diamond, two remakes of the Diamond and Pearl generation released in 2006 for Nintendo DS. Faithful to the original titles, these two HD ports will allow players to discover for the first time (or to immerse themselves) in one of the most emblematic regions of the saga, that of Sinnoh. The opportunity to meet again Tiplouf, Tortipouss, Ouisticram, Dialga and Palkia, in adventures on the borders of time and space. Be patient, both titles will be released by the end of the year, with no specific release date yet. And for the more impatient nostalgic, the New Pokémon Snap game will be available in April on Nintendo eShop, twenty years after the original game’s release on N64.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Another novelty announced on Friday, the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. This time, no remake, as it is a whole new adventure, mixing action and RPG. To complete its Pokédex, this time it will be necessary to study the behavior of wild Pokémon in their natural habitat. Allied pocket monsters will be able to come and help players capture new specimens, but this new installment already promises a “more immersive gaming experience”. As with Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl, the Sinnoh region will be in the spotlight, but this time many years before the events of Diamond and Pearl.

Throughout the year, other celebrations honoring the pocket monsters are also planned. On Pokémon GO, an event dedicated to the Kanto region has just ended, and players can still find Artikodin, Sulfura, Electhor, and Mewtwo in Legendary Raid Battles. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, there is currently a special Dynamax raid to fight and capture Pikachu Gigamax.

What is Pokémon?

The Pokémon video game series is a collection of role-playing video games based on the Japanese Pokémon franchise. It debuted on February 27, 1996 in Japan with the release of the Pocket Monsters Green and Red games. The game duo met with such success that it was successively declined in two other versions (blue version and yellow version), then translated throughout the world. In total, the game duo sold over 31 million copies, making it the second best-selling video game in 1999. Thanks to this record number of sales, Pokémania was launched.

While developer Game Freak saw themselves designing Pokémon up to the second generation including Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pokémon in the early 2000s, the team continued on. In the main Nintendo handheld games, Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald released in 2002, followed by Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in 2006, Pokémon Black and White in 2010, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 in 2012, Pokémon X and Y in 2013, Pokémon Sun and Moon in 2016, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in 2017 and Pokémon Sword and Shield in 2019. Four reissues were also released in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2018 and are called Fire Red and Leaf Green Pokémon respectively. , Pokémon Gold HeartGold and Silver SoulSilver, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee. A fifth re-release named Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl will be released in 2021 while a major game named Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released in 2022.

It is one of the best-selling series of all time in terms of sales, selling over 340 million copies in March 2019.

Satoshi Tajiri was an insect collector as a child, like many children in Japan. He took the nickname “Dr Bug”, translatable as “insect doctor”. Legend has it that when seeing an insect on a link cable connecting two Game Boy, Satoshi had the idea of ​​the monsters to capture1. Another legend says that he got the idea for Pikachu after seeing a mouse shocked on a high voltage cable.

In modeling Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri had two motivations. The first was to create a challenging yet playable game that would spark children’s imaginations. The second was to give children a way to relieve stress and grow up in a post-industrial society2,3.

He created with his friend Ken Sugimori the Capsule Monsters in 19904. The first species of Pokémon created are Rhinoferos (Rhydon), Melofée (Clefairy) and Lokhlass (Lapras) 5,6. Pokémon has been divided into two games based on an idea by Shigeru Miyamoto so that the games communicate better.

Originally, the Pokémon games were to be published only in Japan in two rounds of two games8. In the idea of ​​the designers, the Green and Red games, then the Gold and Silver games were the only games to be designed. Then, the license would end, at the dawn of the 2000.

A Pokémon Direct Thursday… to light up HOME?

A Pokémon Direct will take place this Thursday, January 9, potentially to give more details on Pokémon HOME.

Thursday January 9, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., will take place a new Pokémon Direct which will be broadcast as always on official channels (including the dedicated Nintendo Direct site).

We already know that this live will last 20 minutes. While new information is expected on Pokémon HOME, the service that will transfer old Pokémon to Galar if they are in the regional dex, there is always hope for something else. Since the Pokémon Sword and Shield event dedicated to the current Wildlands Gigamaxes ends on Thursday, we may also hear about the rest of the festivities.

As the broadcast time is inconvenient for those of you who will be at school or at work, rest assured to find a live digest here!

Pokémon Direct recap for January 9, 2019

The Pokémon Direct revealed its secrets on January 9, 2019 during a 20-minute presentation.

The live will have started … with the announcement of a Mystery Dungeon! It is obviously a remake of the first opus, the Rescue Teams, with a very illustrative style. The game will be called Rescue Team DX and will be released on March 6, 2020, 15 years after the original games.

Masuda and Ohmori then took the floor to give a Pokémon Sword and Shield recap. They then announced an expansion pass for these games (downloadable content, in short). The pass is still in development. We will discover new characters, new clothes and new hairstyles. The pass is called “The Lonely Isle of Armor”, “The Snowy Lands of the Crown” – it’s two parts. The images having paraded are really very abundant in characters and Pokémon.

The first part of the DLC is for June, and the second for the fall.

Mr. Tani, the director of the pass, presented the DLC. “Lonely Isle of Armor” takes place on Lone Armor Island, featuring Pokémon not found elsewhere in Galar. It also features a Dojo run by Mustar, who was Tarak’s mentor and a former Galar Master. In the Sword version, you will see Sophora, and in Shield, Saturnin, as rivals in this training.

At the heart of the scenario: Wushours, Fighting Pokémon entrusted by Mustar, and which can evolve into Shifours. This Pokémon has two styles: Final Fist (Combat / Dark), or Thousand Fists (Combat / Water). It even has a Gigamax shape that differs in style, and unheard of talent and ability.

All three of the starting Pokémon will have new forms as well, including Gigamax, and there will be new styles of clothing and riding bikes. We also glimpsed Gigamax for Tortank and Florizarre.

Tani moves on to the second DLC. It takes place in a snowy region with temples and a lot of exploration of which you will be the leader. The legendary Sylveroy, of the Psy / Plant type, is at the heart of this adventure. You will be able to explore these lairs with your friends and meet many ancient legendary dynamaxed! There would even be legendary strangers to discover …

Tani clarifies that the maps of the two DLCs are maps similar to the Wildlands with free movement of the camera.

Ohmori then specifies that more than 200 Pokémon are to be found in these other regions. A free update will allow those without the expansion pass to transfer these Pokémon into their game (including trade-in), and they will also be transferable through Pokémon HOME (free release in February 2020).

Gigamax raids will now allow you to encounter Monthracite, Lokhlass, Pomdrapi, and Dratatin more frequently. You will thus encounter Sophora or Saturnin depending on your game in Brasswick, as well as a Ramoloss of Galar who can later evolve into Flagadoss or Roigada depending on whether you give him an item of Isolation or Crownige. Maintenance is underway on the Sword / Shield servers to introduce all these little people.

We end with the price of the pre-order extension pass: 29.99 euros. A budget vis-à-vis the initial game … but less than what you would have spent for a complementary version.

Pokémon Twilight Wings Episode 1 Release

The first episode of Pokémon Twilight Wings, a series of mini-episodes evoking the inhabitants of Galar, has just been released on Youtube.

The first episode of Pokémon Twilight Wings, produced by Studio Colorido, was released on the official Japanese Youtube channel a few minutes ago. Currently only available in this language, although we are sure fans will quickly come up with subtitles, it lasts about 6 minutes.

We discover a young boy hospitalized fan of Pokémon and Tarak, as well as President Shehroz visiting the building. The two children shown as well as the decor on the roof are those in the promotional image for this collection of mini-episodes, which will air once a month from today.

Pokémon HOME available in February in 2 formulas for Switch and mobile

We know (finally) more about the content and prices of Pokémon HOME. It will be released in two versions, Switch and mobile, and in two formulas, one free and one paid …

Pokémon HOME will arrive in February 2020. This service which will allow the transfer of Pokémon from previous generations will be available in two versions: a basic, free, and a premium. In particular, it will be possible to transfer Pokémon from the 3DS and Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee games, without the possibility of returning to their original game once placed on Sword and Shield.

HOME also seems to want to promote the community aspect, since there will be group exchange features. GTS and miracle trades (in a Miracle Box) will also be possible through this.

Basic. The basic version is not compatible with the Bank. You can only drop 30 Pokémon, 3 in the Miracle Box and 1 in the GTS. The Judge function is not there and we cannot organize discussion groups.
Premium. The premium version allows transfer from Pokémon Bank and gives access to all the previously mentioned features. You can store 6000 Pokémon, 10 in the Miracle Box and 3 in the GTS.
HOME will also be available on Switch and mobile (compatibility with GO coming later). The mobile version will not, however, allow you to move Pokémon with the video games themselves, but will show much more information about Pokémon than the Switch version.

For detailed information on how HOME works, we invite you to visit the official website.

The premium version is displayed at three different subscriptions: one at 2.99 / month, one at 4.99 / 3 months, and an annual at 15.99 euros. To this will be added the price of the Pokémon Bank if you want to transfer Pokémon from there. If you don’t have it yet, be aware that Bank and Poké Transfer will be free for one month from HOME release.

HOME will thus become the bias for the National Pokédex, since you will need to transfer a Pokémon to it to access its complete file.

Discover a new Pokémon for Pokémon Day 2020!

The Pokémon license turns 24 today! The opportunity for The Pokémon Company to organize a few events, including the reveal of a new creature.

The very end of the Pokémon of the Year announcement video (for the Japanese version, at least) showed the fabulous new Pokémon that CoroCoro had revealed. This is a Dark / Plant type whose name is Zarude, having the Leaf Guard talent. More information on how to obtain it is expected to be released shortly.

Small period of raids on the rails! Until March 1, Mewtwo and Kanto’s Starter Pokémon are available to raid in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Mewtwo cannot be captured but brings back items. These raids give useful elements especially in strategy, such as berries and Orbs. The remake of the movie Mewtwo Strikes Back also arrived on Netflix today.

Also, at 3 p.m., The Pokémon Company released the Pokémon of the Year voting results. We find Ectoplasma (10th), Gardevoir (9th), Rayquaza (8th), Carchacrok (7th), Nymphali (6th), Noctali (5th), Charizard (4th). As for the top three, we find Mimiqui (3rd, who here achieves his goal of supplanting Pikachu), Lucario (2nd) … and as Pokémon of the year, Amphinobi!

Pokémon Masters celebrates its 6 months!

A new update awaits Pokémon Masters players on the occasion of the 6 months of the game, and the 14 years of the Pokémon license!
This Thursday, a video released on the Pokémon YouTube channel announced an update to the Pokémon Masters mobile game, which turns 6 months old. The update came out early this morning.

An update that includes the long-awaited arrival of the legendary trainer Red, who came with his Charizard until March 16. The latter will be able to mega-evolve in combat as we see in the promotion video. A duo comprising Inezia and Motisma is also available until this date.

But that’s not all ! A map to facilitate progression through side events has also been added. Thanks to it, new areas will be accessible.

Passio also sees the opening of the Villa de Combat, a new combat mode that will allow teams of up to 9 pairs to be formed. Many rewards are up for grabs such as Special Surprise Biscuits or Surprise Rolls.
Finally, the Pokémon Center will also see some changes.

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Pokémon Presents: Sword / Shield DLC and…

Seven months after the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, the DLC Isolation Armor finally arrives and presents itself one last time on video, accompanied by a few surprises.

Tsunekazu Ishihara took the floor to present today’s news. First game: a new one called Pokémon Smile. This is a free tool to make brushing more “fun” for the little ones.

Second game: Pokémon Café & Mix, a game where you play the owner of a café and complete a series of small puzzle games. The goal is to be sure to keep your Pokémon customers happy, who can even join your team. As you progress, you can expand the cafe, benefit from new equipment and Pokémon. The game will be available on June 24 on both Switch and mobile.

Third game… none other than the successor of a good old variation of Pokémon: New Pokémon Snap! The game is also due to arrive soon, but the images shown are obviously images of the game in development. As a reminder, in the original game, you played a young photographer driven by the desire to collect photos of all possible Pokémon.

Ishihara makes a small insert on Pokémon GO, evoking the GO Fest which, this year, will integrate Victini. The Megas will also be arriving in the near future, along with Canarticho de Galar, Palarticho and player outfits in Isolarmor.

Ishihara finally evokes the DLC of Pokémon Sword and Shield. The first part is indicated as already available, whereas it was expected for 4pm! To play, download the update first. A Zeraora raid, including a chromatic version, is also presented. If a million players manage to beat Zeraora in a Raid, everyone will get the Chromatic.

Final surprise: there will actually be another Pokémon Presents this June 24 … What will you expect?