Pokemon Announces Diamond and Pearl Remake, to be Met with Mixed Responses

The game's art style has caused a negative reaction from some loyal fans.

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The classic Pokemon game Diamond and Pearl are being remade for Nintendo Switch, with the games renamed as Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

The games are to be released later in the year, with players once again exploring Sinnoh region, and being reunited with classic Pokemon such as Bidoof, Starly, and Arceus, with the same starters of Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. 

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The announcement was made during a Pokemon Presents video on Feb 26, which you can watch here. 

Despite pleas for remakes by fans, there has been a mixed reaction to images and trailers released, with the main complaint being the new art style of the game; the new versions have a “chubified” look, whereas other recent releases have a more modern 3D style.

One twitter user said: “I think I know the reason why I hate the art of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes so. Look at hoe flat the lighting is. I’ve seen wii games with better lighting”.

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However the company say during the video that: “The sense of scale of the original games, towns, and routes have been carefully preserved”. 

Some fans remain excited, however, due to the hit of childhood sentimentality, with commenter under the video saying: “the nostalgia from beginning montage actually brought me to physical tears, it was overwhelming”.

The original games first launched in 2006 for the Nintendo DS in Japan, as part of the fourth generation, and included new features such as WiFi compatibility for online play.

This is the first set of games not being developed by Game Freak, but instead by a third-party studio, ILCA.