This is a list of the new features and differences from the original versions of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn what's new and see all changes made from the original Sinnoh games on the Nintendo DS!
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Walking Pokemon are Pokemon outside their Pokeball that follow you around on your adventure. In the past, this used to be limited to Amity Square but the remakes confirm that you can walk your Pokemon around the map.
In Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, players used the Nintendo DS' native Wi-Fi functionality supported by the Nintendo WFC to battle and trade online with other players, as well as make use of The Underground.
With the WFC's discontinuation back in 2014, the Union Room will now function as the hub where you can battle other trainers through local and online communication!
Choosing the Global Room through the Union Room, players can trade Pokemon with other players online, as well as participate in battles and other activities.
Pokemon Contests make a return as the Super Contest Show! Show off your Pokemon's skills and compete with three other performers and win the audience with stylish moves and flair in five different categories - Coolness, Cuteness, Beauty, Toughness and Cleverness!
The Super Contest Show includes a revamp performance feature where Pokemon must dance to the rhythm of the music and appears to include a rhythmn minigame!
The Sinnoh region's Underground makes a return as the Grand Underground, and include two new features - Pokemon Statues and Pokemon Hideaways.
Using the Explorer Kit, players can venture underground and dig up valuable treasure, find Pokemon Fossils, and create Secret Bases!
Pokemon Statues are unique items that you can find by digging up fossils and have an expanded role in the new Grand Underground. When arranged in a certain order or combination, you'll encounter different kinds of Pokemon in the Pokemon Hideaway!
Pokemon Hideaways are a new feature of the Grand Underground in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and appear to reeplace the cartridge feature in the original games.
These hideaways come in different terrains such as verdant forests, volcanic landscapes, and arid deserts and are home to Pokemon here are found nowhere else in the Sinnoh Region! Which Pokemon Hideaway you end up on will depend on the statue arrangement in your secret base!
Pokeball Seals make a return as Stickers as part of the games revamped Capsule Decoration.
There are 90 different Stickers to collect and you can get them by purchasing them at shops or as you progress through the game. Use these stickers to customize the effects that appear when sending out your Pokemon!
Overworld obstacles are confirmed to make a return in Brilliand Diamond and Shining Pearl. These include the mud traps in the Great Marsh!
New to the Sinnoh Remakes is the ability to change your character's appearance at the start of the game!
Additionally, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl now allows players to dress up their characters. Clothing stores have been added in many towns where your character can purchase new clothes!
In the official gameplay trailer, Buneary's Charm move is listed as a Fairy-type, confirming that the Fairy-type will appear in the Sinnoh remakes. The Fairy-type was introduced in Generation VI, thus it did not appear in the original Diamond and Pearl games, which are part of Generation IV.
The addition of the Fairy-type moves could hint that moves introduced in Generation V, VI, VII, and VIII could appear in the remakes.
Numel and Sentret can be seen in the above photo. These 2 Pokemon were not previously in either original Diamond and Pearl games, nor the Platinum expansion.
While trading between Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl with Pokemon Legends: Arceus through Pokemon Home is confirmed, it's not yet known if a similar feature exists for Pokemon Sword and Shield.
In the past, transfering Pokemon between new and old releases are often a one-way trade. It's not yet know if this will apply for the Sinnoh Remakes with Pokemon Legends Arceus, as well as Pokemon Sword and Shield.
With Technical Machines now essentially functioning similar to Hidden Machines, it's possible that TRs will make a return and will include previous single-use TMs available in the original Diamand and Pearl games.
With The Underground making a return, it's possible that the remakes will include some form of touch screen capabilities. In the original version, players would use the Nintendo DS' Stylus to dig for spheres, fossils, and other items in The Underground.
While trading with other players are confirmed with the Global Room, it's not yet confirmed if the National Dex will be included in the game.
|Release Date & Time||Preorder Guide & Bonuses|
|Dialga & Palkia Switch Lite||Manaphy Egg Mystery Gift|
|Pokemon HOME Support||Connections to Legends Arceus|
|All Trailers & Gameplay||Remakes' Graphics|
|New Features & Differences||Version Exclusive Pokemon|
|Multiplayer and Online Features||Grand Underground|
|Walking Pokemon||Super Contest Show|
|Pokeball Stickers||Removed Features|
|Platinum Content||Battle Frontier|
|National Dex||Sinnoh Regional Variants|
|Dynamax and Gigantamax||Mega Evolutions|
|Sword and Shield Compatibility||Poffin Cooking|
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